Our Employee Spotlight series give you a behind-the-scenes peek at what makes SMG work—our people. In honor of Veteran’s Day, meet Eric Goodloe—retired Gunnery Sergeant of the United States Marine Corps and current Senior Software Engineer.
Tell us what an average day in the life at SMG is like for you.
I work on one of SMG’s discretionary teams developing products and features. As a full-stack developer, we program across a multitude of technologies and languages. We work closely with the architecture and product teams to bring their vision to reality. It’s a wonderful sense of accomplishment when you begin seeing the fruits of your labor come to life.
What do you love most about your job at SMG?
Working with highly intelligent people on challenging tasks. We are in the business of not only generating new features and reports for our clients, but actually generating new technologies along the way. I am fortunate to have been involved in the development of a few of these projects and features. It is enjoyable collaborating with dynamic people to develop applications for a company passionate about serving their clients. It makes this job fun!
Which branch of the military did you serve in and what was your position/rank?
I was a Gunnery Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.
How many years of service?
20 years, retired.
Where have you been stationed?
After graduating from boot camp in San Diego, I was stationed all over the US—from Washington to Virginia and many places in between. I was deployed to both Iwakuni, Japan in support of Desert Shield/Desert Storm operations, and Al Asad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I was honored to receive 3 Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, 3 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
What inspired you to join the military?
I was an Eagle Scout and very patriotic growing up. The structure and discipline provided by the Marine Corps was a natural progression in my life and just felt right.
What’s one thing you learned in service that you apply to your everyday life?
Problem solving! In the military, we were often faced with accomplishing the mission with minimal resources. I quickly recognized the importance of taking inventory of assets and collecting feedback from each of my Marines.
How did your military experience influence your career path?
My military occupational specialty was precision measurement equipment (avionics calibration). Calibration is all about following established standards to a high degree of accuracy. This introduced me to the International Organization for Standardization. Upon retiring from the Marine Corps, it was only natural to pursue a new career in technology. I have always enjoyed working with computers, so I went back to school and earned my degree in computer information systems.
SMG provided me the opportunity to begin my new career in programming and advance to my current position. I have enjoyed being surrounded by highly talented people and working with the rapidly evolving technologies here at SMG. Even after 12 years here, I continue to learn something new each and every day.