Josh Riegel, IT Specialist

Most of Josh’s day is spent troubleshooting. He is a fixer–whether it’s fixing issues with employee computers, monitors, printers, and various other devices, or troubleshooting new technology. He works on our Local Area Network (LAN) and is broadening his knowledge by working in the WAN department to help create innovative and automated solutions for our internal network.

What is a little known fact about you?

Most people wouldn’t know that I was a semi-working musician while I was in high school/college. I mostly stuck to the drums, and the gigs never really paid more than the gas money to get to the show, so I stopped. I still write and record my own music at home, although not as often I’d like.

Have you ever disliked something and then changed your mind?

Sushi. I always thought it sounded gross and unappetizing. Eventually, a good friend of mine invited me out, and I tried it. It has since become my favorite food. Now I can eat Sashimi which is just the raw fish part.

Tell us about a pet peeve you have.

People with an undeserved sense of importance or authority over others. Or really anyone that treats people as ‘below them’. Everyone deserves a level of kindness and respect.

Are you into podcasts or do you prefer music?

I’m into mostly music, but I occasionally turn on an audiobook or The Joe Rogan Experience if the guest is interesting. I listen to a lot of different music, but I have been laser-focused on 40s-60s folk music. Primarily Guthrie, Seeger, and Dylan’s early recordings.

What makes you feel most alive?

Performing live. It’s a sink or swim environment, being right on the edge of being cheered or booed is pretty exhilarating.

What do you remember most about your first job?

To be honest, Citizens really is my first job. I have worked for very short periods of time at other places, but never stuck with them long enough to really work there. As my first Job, I feel welcomed here and appreciate the amount of kindness that everyone here shows me. I look forward to staying here and working with everyone for a long while.

What is the secret to a good life?

The secret to a good life is to try to live in the present as much as you can. People can tend to linger on their past or worry about what the future may bring to the point where they can’t see or enjoy right now. Live in the moment when possible.