Humans of Terakeet: Liam Lipsky

Maggie Farragher-Gnadt

Editor’s Note:

Terakeet’s growing workforce is full of people with cool hobbies and diverse life experiences. Just like with our Workplace Wisdom feature, we want to celebrate the uniqueness of our ‘Keeters via a recurring series on the Terakeet Careers blog. We sat down with Liam Lipsky, Digital Outreach Specialist to explore his unique musical talent, his travel plans, and more. 

Q1: How did you come to work at Terakeet? What is your favorite part about working here?

I came across Terakeet when I was looking through Handshake (Glassdoor more designed for college kids) when I was at Fredonia. I work in the outreach department, and I’ve been here for around 9 months!

My favorite part about working here has got to be the people. Everyone is kind, outgoing and super smart. If you put forth the effort, you can definitely learn something new from each and every person here. They’re also always so excited to share, which makes information transfer a breeze between everyone.

Q2: Tell us a little more about you outside of work! What’s one thing most people wouldn’t know about you? 

I actually used to travel a whole bunch. I’ve been to 10 different countries on 4 different continents. I’ve been to France, Jamaica, Belize, Honduras, Haiti, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Canada. Overall, I’d say France, Mexico, then Canada were my top three in that order. 

I can also beatbox, which is kind of cool. Currently, I only really jam with my friends here and there; definitely keeping my eye out for other opportunities though.

Q3: What’s your current obsession? 

I love anything art-related. Music, painting, cooking, you name it. I usually find a new medium, get obsessed with it for a week or two, then forget about it until I get re-obsessed a few weeks later. It’s a vicious cycle, but I love it.

Q4: Choose a movie title for the story of your life.

I’d have to say Good Will Hunting for a few reasons:

  • The title – I’m always searching for a reason to be in a good mood, so it just makes sense.
  • The plot – While I’m not as much of a trouble-maker as Brad Pitt, I always feel like I’m looking to better myself, and I’m always looking up to role models to help me better my own position.

Q5: What’s the strangest/coolest thing that’s ever happened to you?

I was at a Killers concert in Connecticut, and because my friends and I had so much energy, we were given the setlist halfway through the concert by the sound guys, then got upgraded to floor seats and ended up getting asked by multiple random families to take pictures with us after the concert rather than the band.

Q6: What would your “Desert Island” band/artist be, and why?

Either Louis the Child or John Mayer depending on how much I want to dance. 

Q7: What is one thing you’re scared to do, but really want to try this year?

It probably won’t happen this year, but I’d really like to take a good chunk of time off and travel Southeast Asia either alone or with just 1 other person (Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, etc.).

I say Southeast Asia because I feel like that would be the biggest culture shock I could have. I really want to challenge myself outside of my comfort zone; I feel like that would be super fun. There’s a whole bunch of different mountains and islands I’d love to explore!

Being solo or with one other person allows me to do absolutely what I want, when I want without any complications. Even though it is considered dangerous to travel alone, those risks can definitely be mitigated through proper research, planning and a good mindset.