Here at Tahzoo, we pride ourselves on not only our work, but those who are instrumental in helping us to to create seamless experiences for our clients. Every single person in this office has a unique story, a different talent to offer and varying interests. Every month, we will interview someone in one of our offices to gain a better understanding of who they are, because knowing them, means you know a little more about Tahzoo as a whole. The Out Of Office series begins with Karl Johnson, SVP of Technology. It’s not all Java and CSS with Karl, he has some pretty cool recommendations on where to eat in DC that will make it really hard for you to stick to that New Years Resolution to lose some of those holiday lbs.
What do you do at the ‘zoo?
I make sure the elephants are properly bathed each day and maintain top notch foot care. Foot health is super important for elephants!
In my spare time, I run the technology consulting team here at Tahzoo. This fantastically talented group includes our User Experience, Business Solutions, Enterprise/CMS Development, Digital Experiences and Managed Services teams. In addition to leading this great group, I own setting the technology and digital experience vision for Tahzoo and making sure we grow and retain the best possible team to execute on that vision.
You are based in our DC office – what do you like about DC?
I’ve traveled to about 35 countries (do you count autonomous republics??) and almost every major city in the US, but DC will always be my favorite city. I love it so much, I used to write for a blog called “We Love DC” to keep locals up to date on everything crazy and amazing going on around here. It doesn’t hurt that I’m a history and politics buff and that I grew up about 70 miles outside of the city.
Where would you recommend I eat?
While I love a great high-end restaurant when the occasion calls for it, my favorites are usually hole-in-the-wall ethnic restaurants. My short list: Ravi Kabob for kabobs and chickpeas, Super Pollo for Peruvian chicken and Dona Azucena for pupusas in Arlington, and Taqueria Distrito Federal for tacos and tortas (and horchata!) in the District. On the nicer end, I’d go Rasika or Fogo de Chao (warning: the only “chain” in my list).
What’s hot about Tahzoo right now?
What isn’t!?! Our unique combination of brilliant data scientists, SDL Partner of the year award-winning enterprise development team, and top-notch content strategy and UX capabilities, makes us the hottest thing the CX world has ever seen.
What’s your passion, outside work?
Hope it’s not too cliché for DC (ok, it is…but) travel, culture and food. Seconded by politics, the great outdoors and more travel.
We have a book club at Tahzoo, which book would you put on our list?
Well if everyone hasn’t already read the Tipping Point, then that. Otherwise, let’s mix it up and read a novel about a Russian or Israeli spy plot. Somehow that’s pretty much all I ever read.
Who do you think we should interview next and why?
Let’s go with Jess, our UX Director. UX is king in so many ways when it comes to delivering the best possible CX to our clients, but is often the unsung hero. Let’s shine the spotlight!