Adam Scheinberg, vice president of Information Technology at Massey Services, Inc. shares what brought him to Orlando, what’s kept him here and how being here is integral to his personal and professional success.
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In this first installment of Orlando Profiles in Tech, we hear from the man who stepped up to be the first-ever chair of the Orlando Tech Council, Adam Scheinberg, vice president of Information Technology at Massey Services, Inc., on what brought him to Orlando, what’s kept him here and how being here is integral to his personal and professional success.
Have you experienced an “only in Orlando” moment? If so, what was it?
I frequently think of Orlando as a big city that feels like a small town. Running into people on Park Avenue, downtown, at Disney, and in Sanford seems unlikely, given the distance between those locations. And yet it happens all the time. When going to an event like the OEP’s BBQ on the Boulevard, you wouldn’t expect to run into so many people you know, and yet, it still feels like a high school reunion. That intimacy is what sets Orlando apart from the rest.
What brought you to the Orlando region? What’s kept you here?
Coming from Northern VA and working in DC, and being in my late 20s, I was looking for sunshine and a quick trip to both coasts, and Orlando seemed up-and-coming. It wasn’t long after I got settled that I started to think of Orlando as my home. Unlike DC, which is designed for a flux of people moving in and out regularly, people often come to Orlando to make a life. The people keep us here. An incredible pride in, and dedication to, our region, is why we’re here to stay.
What makes Orlando the right place for your business? How does being in Orlando contribute to your business success or personal growth?
My company, Massey Services, is an Orlando-born company. We have dedicated time, services, and resources to improving our communities. We support varied causes, from juvenile diabetes, to autism awareness, to veteran’s care, to arts education, and I take incredible pride in that commitment to our community beyond our business. People want to do business with a company that improves and supports their community.
Orlando’s small town feel has been key to my personal success. One of the best parts of living here is how easy it is to get plugged into the greater community.Adam Scheinberg, vice president of Information Technology at Massey Services, Inc.
By joining a few organizations, going to some high profile events, and just participating in our culture, you can immediately find yourself shoulder to shoulder with a large network of people. Everything from dinner downtown to a show at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center becomes a chance to run into friends and colleagues.
What makes the Orlando tech ecosystem unique?
Orlando is unique in that you can see the seeds of one of the first “tech communities” via efforts like EPCOT, way back in the 1960s. But despite that early presence, we’re also just getting started with a true, mature, unified tech community. Unlike, say, Austin, Boston, or Denver, getting involved now gives you the ability to help shape the identity of Orlando. Everything from ODevs to Nerd Nite, from Luminar to Fatt Merchant, from Black Orlando Tech to the Orlando Tech Council is contributing to defining who we are and who we’re going to be as one of the next big tech hubs in the country.
What’s one thing you wish Orlando had? What will it take to make that a reality?
I struggle with this question, because so much of what I’ve hoped to see has already become a reality. But I think the best answer is more investors willing to sink cash into projects born, bred, and based here and allow them to stay here. We should aim for entrepreneurs to be able to create a company, grow it, and sell it, all within our greater region.
If you had to describe to an out-of-town friend what it’s like to live, work, learn and play in Orlando, what would you say?
If you want to know what it’s like to live in a city where there is shared pride; a shared mission to invest time and energy into truly making the place you live better; a unified vision of a strong, united unit, Orlando is for you. If you want to enjoy an economy where every industry can succeed –optics, tourism, fintech, simulation, military/defense, game development, and much more, Orlando is for you. If you want a family friendly environment, where pools and parks and fairs are common, and your family from all across the country will come to visit you, Orlando is for you. And if none of those things matter, and you just want a fun, safe place to live with a generally low cost of living – Orlando is for you.