People of Blueprint:

Andrew Redman – Development Manager

Title at Blueprint

Development Manager

Joined Blueprint

January 2019

First job

Paperboy

Favorite drink

Cherry Lime Coke

Favorite book

“In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day” by Mark Batterson

First concert

Garth Brooks

Tell me about growing up in Oklahoma.

I am from Goltry, Oklahoma. The joke I always like to tell people is that there were more people in my first class in college than in my whole hometown. My great grandad made the Land Run in 1893, and my uncle still farms that land. It is really cool that the farm is still part of the Redman family. My dad was a manager of a grain elevator for 30 years. He has an accounting and agriculture economics degree from Oklahoma State, and he went to law school but decided he didn’t want to finish. He told me it was because he received the first C he ever got in his life. My mom owned and operated a beauty shop in our home for most of my childhood. When I was in high school, she finished college, got her master’s degree and worked the remainder of her career in different counselor roles. I have two brothers and one sister, and I love being at home with my family. We are all still really close to this day, but now we all live in the Oklahoma City area.

Andrew's 3 sons at the Grand Canyon

Andrew chose his career to support the family he wanted to have. His 3 sons, pictured at the Grand Canyon.

Did you always want to get into computer science?

When I started at Oklahoma State, I thought I was going to become a math teacher. That was by far my favorite subject in school, and I thought I would enjoy it. When classes started, someone showed me a list of the highest-paying jobs coming out of college – teacher was at the bottom. I didn’t even have a girlfriend at the time, but I knew eventually having a family was really important to me. I didn’t think becoming a teacher would be the best choice for supporting a family. I picked computer science because it was No. 2 on the list behind electrical engineering, which I wasn’t interested in. I liked computers and was good at science, so I figured computer science would be a good option. I had no idea it had anything to do with programming. I lucked out, though – I love it and enjoyed all the math classes I had to take for the degree.

Did you have any interest in computers before that?

The internet was pretty new when I was in college – we’re talking 1997. I remember in high school we could do things like getting the secret Neiman Marcus cookie recipe on a message board. You couldn’t just Google it – Google didn’t exist yet. I knew nothing about computers going into college, but I loved the idea of them. When I was a sophomore in high school, my aunt received a catalog in the mail and made photocopies of the three pages that listed computers and gave me those copies. I got my first computer by calling that 1-800 number and based my choice entirely on which one I could afford. When I received the computer in the mail, it was broken. I called them, and they walked me through all the steps to diagnose the problem. Apparently, my video card was bad. After explaining what that was and how to fix it, they sent me a new one, and I swapped out the video card. I enjoyed that whole process, but computers were still so new. All I did on mine was play games. We were charged by the minute to be online, so we’d get in trouble if we were on too much.

How do you think your previous career set you up for success at Blueprint?

I have worked in roles across the development lifecycle, which set me up perfectly for my position at Blueprint. My first job was backend programming C++-type stuff. My second job was where I started getting into application development. It was there that a director asked if I would be interested in a quasi-sales role. I’d go with him and talk to customers about how they were using their technology and see what we could do to make it better. I’m a talker and enjoy being around people, so I loved meeting people and listening to how they were using the products we were building. The problem was that I wasn’t the one who got to fix that problem for them.

When I was young, I used to take things apart all the time. I took my brand-new bike apart because I wanted to see how it worked. I got the sprocket for the back wheel off the bike, and all these little silver balls fell out. I just crammed them all back in and closed it back up. I had no idea that was crucial to how the bike worked, but I learned and got it all put back together correctly. I’m a problem solver. And now, at Blueprint, I get to do everything from the backend work to the client interactions to the solution development – it combines all my experiences and passions.

Do you still take things apart?

I like to work on all sorts of things now – cars, my house, electronics, computers. I actually bought a 1992 Camero – the 25th-anniversary edition – when I was 17. I had that car for 25 years and loved tinkering on it and keeping it running. It got to where I was only driving it a couple of times a year, though, so I sold it recently and put up a basketball goal for the boys and me. My oldest son is into taking and editing video, so now we have a YouTube channel to give us something to do together: Handy Ginger. I show people how to do anything from repairing a hole in sheetrock to replacing mower blades on a John Deere riding mower to building a side table. One of our videos even has 30,000 views!

What is the coolest thing you’ve done at Blueprint?

The coolest project I’ve done at Blueprint was working with a water logistics company to design and build an end-to-end reporting and invoicing system that eliminated time-consuming and expensive manual processes. We planned, built and launched a faster, more reliable data storage and retrieval system for the cost the company was paying for one year’s license with their 3rd Party vendor. (Read more about this project here.)

It was a small company, and they didn’t even know what was possible. It was amazing to be able to use a bunch of tools and techniques I had never even used before to make their invoicing system almost 100 percent automated. Seeing how valuable the solution was for them – that’s what makes this job so great.

What’s something that has strongly influenced your life?

From a work perspective, it’s something my dad did 30 years ago. He was mad one day because he asked me to mow the lawn and I didn’t – I was sitting on the couch watching TV. As punishment, he made me go to work with him the next day. From that day – I was 13 years old – I’ve worked pretty much as hard and as often as I could because my dad instilled in me that you need to work hard. There is, of course, a balance, but my work ethic definitely comes from my dad. On a more personal note, my faith plays a big role in who I am. From the time we first met, my wife, Becky, and I decided to raise our family with a solid foundation of faith. Our hope is that it will be a foundation for them when they leave the house and discover who they are. When our boys were younger our days consisted of just barely making it through the day caring for them. Now they are much older and don’t necessarily need the care and feeding they used to, but we try to help them navigate the decisions they need to make in life by guiding them along the way. As a family, we’ve gone through a lot together. From my oldest son being diagnosed with a really rare form of muscular dystrophy to my wife having multiple auto-immune disorders and everything in between. Through everything, we’ve been able to lean on each other and our faith. I love my family and am so thankful for everything we’ve gone through together as it has definitely shaped who I am today and who I will be in the future.

Andrew on winter hike with his wife, Becky

Faith and family are paramount in Andrew’s life. Pictured with his wife, Becky, Andrew is a role model to his sons like his father was to him.

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