A Face in the Cloud – Chris Halvorson, Global Amazon Partner Lead
Here at Cloudreach, we believe that the growth of a great business is fuelled by great people. It is our talented individuals and the relationships they build that make Cloudreach the success it is. Chris Halvorson, Global Amazon Partner Lead, tells us about his experiences working and keeping it cloudy at Cloudreach. We caught up with him ahead of the AWS Summit in Atlanta - read the interview below.
Tell us a bit about your journey in cloud computing so far?
Around five years ago, I moved into the cloud industry, after being in corporate IT for about 18 years. When I joined Cloudreach I realized I had found what I was really passionate about. I enjoy my job, I enjoy getting up and going to work every day and the people I work with, both at Cloudreach and our partners. The public cloud is such an exciting area to be a part of.
What’s the set up like in Seattle?
I grew up in Seattle, and have lived here most of my life. Although I have traveled the world and have been to beautiful places for work and vacation, I always love coming back home to Seattle.
The Seattle office opening was in October 2017. I was the first native Seattle person to join. Since then, Cloudreach has hired more people here and we’re an office of nearly 15 people now.
In terms of cloud computing, Seattle is one of the best places to be. It is the home of Amazon and Microsoft, while Google, Facebook and other major tech players have a big presence here. They are all building a great economy and prosperous area for businesses in the technology industry. This makes it a really exciting city to work in!
You are attending the AWS Summit in Atlanta in September, how important are these types of events for Cloudreach?
All events are very important. They are crucial for our exposure to customers and partners in showing them what we do well and getting that rare opportunity to meet face-to-face with so many people. Moreover, they are a great way to get products and services to the market and keeping exposure and visibility high.
After the joining of Cloudreach and Relus Cloud, upcoming events will be a great way to show off the new capabilities from the acquisition.
How are you feeling about Cloudreach and Relus joining forces?
I am really excited, Relus Cloud is focused on Amazon and have a great reputation throughout our community and network. The people and culture at Relus Cloud match Cloudreach really well and they bring even more world-class experience delivering business solutions to their customers. Relus Cloud already has a strong presence in North American markets and therefore will be beneficial for Cloudreach expanding here.
What are your career goals?
I am very happy where I am right now. I love this industry, this company, and the partner teams that I get to interact with on a regular basis. My goals are to continue in this space, helping Cloudreach become the segment leader, and to keep learning and building my knowledge of this business.
What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this?
If I was lucky enough to choose my career, I would be a professional baseball player. I grew up playing, coaching, and officiating the game. I have been a high school and college baseball umpire, and have recently started umpiring Girl’s Fastpitch Softball, which is my newest favorite sport.
You’re a big part of our leadership team. Have you ever done any mentoring in the past?
I have done some mentoring in the past. I love teaching up-and-coming talent the knowledge I have built over 20-plus years.
In my past leadership roles I was able to mentor some of my team members aspiring to become leaders themselves. I enjoy helping others navigate through tough situations professionally while they start shaping their own leadership style. I am happy to pass on information and build the next generation of great leaders!
Have you been mentored in the past?
I have had some great mentors in my career. Three, specifically that I have kept in touch with and am still good friends.
It is great finding natural connections with different leaders and having them be able to mentor you in your career. I believe the people who mentored me made me into the leader I am today.
Name 2 things on your bucket list?
- Own a ranch in Northwestern Montana with a river running through it.
- Take my wife and two children to all of the amazing places I have been lucky enough to go to through business travel over the last several years, such as Ushuaia, Argentina; Riga, Latvia; Galapagos Islands and French Polynesia.
What advice would you give to those who are just starting out working in cloud computing?
As with any career choice, I always suggest figuring out what you truly enjoy first. What aspects of technology do you get really excited about? Is it solving complex problems using the latest and greatest technology? Is it building systems from the ground up, getting them to a place where they are useful and then continually improving on them, making them more and more efficient? Or do you love taking aging systems, figuring out how they work and helping to rebuild them or modernize them?
Do these self-assessments, then map those outcomes to training that will help you build your knowledge in those areas. From there you can build a career on what you truly enjoy doing, making "work" not work at all!