Michael Acton, IT Administrator at Soligent, has a diverse and eclectic set of skills. Having started at Soligent in HR to help with recruiting, then transitioning full-time into IT, Michael found his calling in the problem-solving and support aspects of the department. He is the go-to person for all on-boarding and sales enablement IT needs and always does it with a smile and a quick-witted joke.
What people may not know about Michael is his absolute love of travel. He’s traveled many places around the world as well as called home to Japan, Orlando Florida, Washington DC, London, and his home base of Northern California. The Pandemic curbed his travel for a while, but Michael took the opportunity to cook new foods with ingredients not typically used in his everyday cuisine. You may find Michael out locally playing trivia with friends and visiting family, on a group zoom call with friends both near and far, or in the office hosting games during our company get-togethers on Friday afternoons. We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know our valued colleague and friend as much as we have. To learn more about Michael, check out the questionnaire below.
What is your name?
What department do you work in?
How long have you worked at Soligent?
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
Do what scares you.
What do you do to turn things around when you’re having a bad day?
I play some 90’s pop and dance music.
What’s a trip that changed you, and why?
My trip to Sri Lanka with Habitat for Humanity showed me how lucky I am and how important it is to empower people to make the world better.
What’s one of your favorite memories from the past year?
This is technically cheating as it has happened multiple times, but that first hug from good friends I hadn’t seen in over a year.
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I climbed to the top of Mt. Fuji…in sneakers and without enough batteries for my flashlight.
What’s something—big or small—that you’re really good at?
I have a knack for making people laugh while they’re drinking. Luckily, everyone survived so far.
What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?
Breathe. It’s so simple, but it brings me to a place where I can plan and execute my next action or fall asleep.
What three words would your friends use to describe you?
Imaginative. Empathetic. Funny.
What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend?
Chatting with old friends on Zoom
Do you have a hidden talent? What is it?
Lots of trivia knowledge. What magazine had Jimmy Hoffa’s last interview?
If you could only have three apps on your smartphone, which would you pick?
Mint. Facebook Messenger. DoorDash.
What’s one song or artist that you’re embarrassed to admit you like?
Steps – 5,6,7,8
What’s your favorite TV show—the one you’re always watching on repeat?
The Good Place. The comedy is top notch, the emotions are earned, and the puns are heavenly.
What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Under the Sea from the Little Mermaid.
What’s the top destination on your must-visit list?
I would like to return to Japan and visit the islands in Southern Okinawa.