Since I was young, I was always lucky to have a computer at my fingertips, whether it was my dad’s PowerMac or the LCII in the school computer lab. To say that this access was formative in my life would be a huge understatement – I spend nearly every day in front of a computer, and that early understanding made learning video editing, compositing, graphic design and more incredibly intuitive.
When I found out that WEX was working with the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maine to provide laptops to students interested in coding, I knew I had to be there to document it. If any of the CodeX participants finish 12 hours of coding in their own time, they will get their very Chromebook to continue their learning.
As the number of technical and programming-based roles continue to grow and the number of qualified graduates struggles to keep up, it is more important than ever that we encourage students to explore STEM subjects.
Check the video to learn more.
Last year, I worked with FocusMaine, a non-profit dedicated to increasing the prevalence of internship programs in the state, to create a video intended to convince businesses of the need for strong internship experiences as a talent pipeline.
Working with key stakeholders at companies like WEX, L.L.Bean, and MedRhythms, we worked to craft a story that does justice to the strengths of these Maine-based companies and why interns and businesses alike should work toward creating these networks for young professionals.
I worked with WEX’s health and wellness team to put together this short piece around a large donation they made to the global charity UNICEF. They needed a quick turnaround on this piece, so we kept it simple: one naturally lit interview with a key expert, and an hour of b-roll filming off-site.
Non-profits will always be near and dear to my heart. I cut my teeth doing work with these organizations, who gave a young, inexperienced, eager videographer the opportunity to get his hands dirty, make some impressions, and try out techniques that may not have flown with agencies and corporations.
Whenever I get the opportunity to tie my work back to non-profits, I invariably say yes.
The stories are so easy to tell. They are stories of hope, of success, of grit and determination. They are stories of underdogs and overcoming tremendous odds. The are stories that always, always work. They hit hard, have true emotional roots, and have to the power to substantially improve lives.
Last week, I went out to Cow Island with WEX to film their work for Rippleffect, a fantastic local non-profit, which I attended nearly fifteen years ago, that brings kayaking and outdoor, experiential learning to students in Maine. It was a blast to spend a gorgeous day with a group of passionate people helping strengthen a program that I strongly believe in.
Check out their site, consider sending your kids, and maybe even donate!
Apropos of the political situation around healthcare, it’s about damn time someone explained the proliferation of acronyms: HSA, HRA, COBRA, it’s all a little daunting. Back in April, I worked with WEX’s Health line of business to record interviews with industry experts to explain some of these new healthcare trends.
Check out this, the second episode, wherein HRAs are explained.
For the last three years, I have been fortunate enough to take part in the United Way of Greater Portland‘s Day of Caring. The UW brings together employees from some of the largest organizations in Southern Maine to provide a day of community service.
In the past, we have served at food pantries, school supply distribution centers, and more, all in the service of creating a stronger community.
Each year, I have put together a video for WEX, one of the companies involved, that highlights the work they do and reaffirms their corporate culture and dedicated to community.
Give it a watch!
For the last year, WEX has worked to earn its place as an industry-leading workplace. To achieve that, they have moved forward with some amazing perks, benefits, and changes to the corporate workplace and culture. This has included paid volunteer days, parental time off, and new offices.
Last week, however, was possibly the coolest change in recent memory: a fleet of corporate bicycles. Working with Priority Bicycles of NYC, WEX has added fifteen bikes to help employees commute around our four South Portland buildings.
Watch the video for some interviews with WEXers and Priority Bicycles about the program.