Employee Spotlight: Dan Mon
October 5th, 2015
Although few of you have had the chance to get to know Dan Mon yet, this Elite newcomer is a recent Engineering gradute with a passion for power chords and classic rock. You are in good company Dan--among the anechoic chambers and powerful amps here, we have plenty of Strata-masters and rock-enthusiasts. Find out a little more about our new sales engineer and make sure to stop by and say hello if you see a new face around the office. Welcome to the Elite family!
Quick Team Member Facts
Title: Technical Sales Engineer
Year Started at Elite: 2015
Areas of Interest: Sales, Electrical Engineering
Education: University of Illinois-Chicago
Any unique hobbies, talents, skills, experiences, etc.:
I play a lot of guitar. I picked it up and started teaching myself to play around the age of 16 with friends’ guitars until I was able to get one of my own. I used to play a lot of sports, nowadays it’s mostly golf.
How did you get into EMI testing?
I found out about Elite and I thought all the different kinds of tests were really cool. When you think about it, your average consumer is just going to buy things/devices and expect them to work, they don’t really think about all the tests and behind the scenes work that goes into a device.
What's the most rewarding aspect of working at Elite?
It’s a company that makes sure products can go out safely into the world and into real physical environments. We do all the behind-the-scenes testing so that regular people and consumers, for instance, can drive a car or hop on a flight and go on vacation without anything to worry about. We make sure it works and the things that get done here have an impact on the everyday lives of millions of people.
What's your proudest moment so far?
Graduating from UIC with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.
What would you consider to be your passion outside of work? How did you get started in it? Any advice for anyone looking to try this activity?
Guitar playing/music are my biggest passions outside of work. I got started in high school at a friend’s house. We had music playing and I was really starting to get into classic rock at the time. If I remember correctly, The Lemon Song by Led Zeppelin came on and that was when I decided I wanted to try it out. My friend had a guitar and a Line 6 amplifier so I started to dabble and mess around. He, patiently, showed me some basic chords and terminology and the rest is history, I was obsessed from that point on. My advice to anybody looking to get into guitar playing, or any instrument for that matter, is to not give up. It sounds cliché but it’s true. Picking up any instrument and trying to teach yourself is difficult but if it is something you really have your mind set on, you will get there. There are plenty of resources these days like YouTube and guitar tablature websites at your fingertips.
Anything that customers/colleagues would find surprising about you?
Our family lived in California when I was younger so I often root for the San Francisco 49ers and the Golden State Warriors alongside my Chicago teams.
If you had a personal motto, what would it be?
Relax. Enjoy life while you’re here.
If you could be paid in something other than money, what would you choose?
Guitar strings or golf balls.