Employee Spotlight: Andry Rakotomalala


Welcome to our Employee Spotlight blog series, which features Q&A’s from Rook employees as a fun way for you to get to know our team.

Name: Andry Rakotomalala
Title/Role/Department: Project Coordinator Intern & Intern Ambassador, PMO
Time at Rook: Joined on April 20th, 2015
Current City: Indianapolis, IN
Link to LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/andryrakotomalala

If you could switch with anyone else at Rook Security for a day, whose job would you want? Honestly, I think I would want to try out Mat Gangwer’s job. He has his hands in so much and I want to see what it’s like to be Superman for a day. Also, I’m hoping the one day doing his job will result in a very epic manly beard. I’m guessing that’s a perk of the job that sticks.

Before working at Rook Security, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? When I was in undergrad, I worked as a recycling manager. I got to drive a big truck with a trailer where I would lift recycling bins and drive them around campus. It was a good workout and I got pretty good at backing up a trailer. Those things are tricky but the job itself was pretty fun. Now I can say I did my part to keep the Earth healthy I guess.

What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? I would buy a gold-plated Apple Watch, a pet tiger and a house made of chocolate. Just kidding, I would promptly put all that money towards the Hospital Missions Program my parents are running in Madagascar. Then maybe get a motorcycle so I can be as cool as Scott and Evan.

What do you like to do in your spare time? When I’m not working or studying, I’m most likely swing dancing. I’m a swing dance instructor, competitor, and DJ during the evenings and weekends. Usually, I’ll travel with my girlfriend Michelle to events all over the country for workshops and exchanges. If I’m not dancing, I’m on the couch with my roommate watching Family Guy or laughing at silly cat videos on YouTube. Everyone does the second one right?

What is your favorite sports team & athlete? Lionel Messi from Barcelona FC, hands down. Nowadays in professional sports, you don’t see many athletes who still have respect, honor and humility for the game without boasting or being stuck up. I’ve always appreciated Messi’s passion (not flopping as much as other players) and his incredible skill. The way he plays isn’t fancy at all but just simple, efficient, and classy.

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? I love anything with rice but if it was one meal in particular, it would probably be my mom’s Cantonese rice recipe. It had sautéed veggies and eggs mixed in with yellow rice and chicken and peas added as a side. She always used to make these on Sundays after church when I was younger and it was always a highlight of my weekend. I could eat that forever!

What is your family like? Both my parents are hard workers who have truly invested in their children’s future. When they aren’t busy saving lives through their medical professions, they chill at the beach and go on walks. Both my sisters are artistic, one in culture and the arts, the other in social media and web art. Combine that with me and you get a bucket full of goofy! I mean, our family has a video of us doing a “Turn Down For What” Vine. Doesn’t get much goofier than that.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? When I was younger, my friends brought over some fried and salted black termites. They usually came out after the first rain after the dry season so they would usually be super fresh. We put them on some white rice and it was delicious!

What is an ability you wish you had? I wish I could fly. Can you imagine how much that would save on gas, car insurance and transportation overall? Not to mention I could solve all of Gandalf’s problems by flying him everywhere. Eagles might be out of a job but hey, would still be fun.

Do you have any hidden talents? I speak five languages: Malagasy, French, English, Pidgin English and Spanish.

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