This month we meet John Shider, Lead QA Inspector II, working out of our Massachusetts location. John was born and raised in Meriden, Connecticut, and moved to Massachusetts in 2010.

John Shider III

Where were you born or raised? Any education/degrees/certs? Favorite sport, team, hobby or activity, if you have one.

Growing up I wanted to be a firefighter or a police officer, so I enrolled in a Volunteer Fire Department and served five years. During that time, I received my Firefighter I and Firefighter II certification. I also found one of my passions, which is salsa dancing and I have been teaching salsa lessons for more than six years. In my spare time, I became a professional photographer, DJ, and am focused on raising his three-year-old son.

Prior to joining CMC, what did you know of energy efficiency or the industry?
Before CMC, I did not know much about energy conservation.

What made you join CMC?
I joined CMC, which was called CRI at the time, because my cousin gave me some information about the company. He explained why he liked the industry and I figured to give it a try.

John at Black Mamba Dance Co.

What do you like about the work that you do at CMC?
I love the fact that I can bring comfort to the clients that we serve. More broadly, my work contributes to reduced fossil fuel consumption. As I get older, I have become sensitive to what improvements can make the next generation’s life more sustainable.

Look what John caught: a 32″ striped bass

What do you do for fun? Do you have any hidden talents or interests?
I have many hobbies and passions including, Latin dancing, bowling, basketball, fishing, tennis and table tennis, indoor rock climbing, my skills as a DJ, photography, hiking, and trying out the area’s new restaurants.

Family first: John and his son

Do you have any plans for the end of winter?
My major plan for the end of winter is to avoid getting sick as much as possible. Between dealing with COVID and having a three-year-old that goes to daycare, staying healthy is the name of the game.

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