Smarty
Inside Smarty - Dirk WhatcottMeet Dirk, Smarty's Operations Engineer Team Lead, known for problem-solving and a positive spirit. Discover his impact on Smarty's culture and operations.
Dan Lambourne
Dan Lambourne
 • 
March 13, 2024
Tags

Meet Dirk, Smarty's very own Swiss Army knife, with a smile. Officially, our Operations Engineer Team Lead, he's our go-to guru for IT, building management, APIs, and more. He’s also known around the office for running the movie script reading group (A group of Smarty workers who spend their lunch reading through well-known and classic movie scripts.). Picture him as the superhero of systems, ensuring everything runs like a well-oiled machine, providing that smooth, worry-free experience for us here and our customers at Smarty.

But wait, there's more to Dirk than just his IT wizardry. Are you stuck in a pickle? Dirk's your man. Need something fixed, built, or creatively solved? He's your real-life MacGyver, minus the mullet. Always armed with a can-do attitude that could put Disneyland to shame, Dirk turns every situation into "the happiest place on Earth." So, if you're ever in a bind, just remember: Dirk's here to bring a bit of that Disneyland magic, one fix at a time.

Let's dive in and get to know Dirk Whatcott.

A chair that Dirk hand made

Explain to a 10-year-old. What do you do at Smarty?

I control access to things and keep our software up-to-date.

What is the most surprising thing you learned about addresses after joining Smarty?

Addresses can be more complex than imagined.

What challenges do you face in your job role at Smarty?

Making sure every request is addressed.

Dirks 1968 Ford Torino

Do you have any completely irrelevant skills or talents?

I can make a hanger do amazing things.

What has been your most joyous discovery?

Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.

What do you think makes our company culture unique, and how do you contribute to maintaining that culture?

Focus on people and make them feel appreciated.

What strategies do you use to build strong working relationships?

Striving to capture things that need to be done by me and then reviewing and doing said things. I like to do what I say I am going to do.

Dirk and his spouse at Disney

In simple terms, Dirk is the heart of Smarty, wearing many hats and always ready to lend a hand. Whether it's fixing a technical glitch or just making the day brighter, he's the go-to guy. His knack for solving problems and his constant cheerfulness make him a key player on our team, ensuring everything runs smoothly and everyone stays happy.

Visit our careers page to explore exciting opportunities to join the Smarty team.

Subscribe to our blog!
Learn more about RSS feeds here.
rss feed iconSubscribe Now
Read our recent posts
How Tech Companies Can Succeed in the 2024 Hiring Market
Arrow Icon
Throughout my many years of leading tech companies, I’ve immersed myself in the varying shifts in technology’s job market. However, the 2024 tech hiring market presents significant challenges for both companies and candidates, stemming from the rapid evolution of the industry, a shortage of skilled talent, workforce preferences for remote work options, increased competition, and a growing emphasis on cultural fit and soft skills. To navigate these challenges successfully, finding strategic approaches for employers is crucial.
Smarty Launches US GeoReference Data, Providing the Easiest, Most Accurate API Needed To Access Census Tract and Block
Arrow Icon
PROVO, Utah, April 10, 2024 – Smarty, the address data intelligence leader, announces today the launch of US GeoReference Data, a set of updates to Smarty's US Address Enrichment solutions. US GeoReference Data is a cloud-native solution that will allow organizations to append the geographic data found in U. S. Census Block and Tract information into accurately geocoded addresses.  Smarty's US GeoReference Data is the simplest and fastest way for organizations to access Census Blocks, Tracts, location names and statuses, as well as additional Census ID information relevant to a property.
International Be Kind to Lawyers Day
Arrow Icon
Lawyers get a bad rap. Lawyers have been around for a long time, and when you're this old, you're bound to collect your fair share of good and bad. It's true, ask your grandpa. We've got records of people described as "lawyers" going back to ancient Greece, Rome, and the Byzantines. These first individuals were folks who were asked to speak for the accused because those under scrutiny were—understandably so—shaken up by the situation. It went from someone who was your friend and did you a favor by speaking on your behalf to someone who knew all of the laws, and you'd hire them to speak eloquently for you.
Ready to get started?