Employees at A-LIGN take many different paths – that’s why we spent time sitting down with Vice President of Business Development, Joel Wonicker-Cook, to talk about his journey in the technology industry and why he likes working at A-LIGN.
Where are you from and how did you get involved with A-LIGN?
My family and I currently live in Tarpon Springs, but I’m originally from Wisconsin. I realized I enjoyed technology and data analytics when I first started working for Schwinn and would compare dealers and year-over-year growth. Once I relocated to Florida, I decided to pivot to technology sales. I started in IT managed services and later transitioned into cloud solutions before coming to A-LIGN.
As Vice President of Business Development, what do you do?
I work with our clients to help match cybersecurity and compliance solutions to suit their unique needs. Serving as a team lead, I focus on aligning multiple standards and programs, helping to establish auditing efficiencies to add value for my clients in the time and resources needed to complete an audit.
Why do you think cybersecurity or security audits are important?
It’s important that all organizations protect and safeguard the data and information from the bad actors. Identify theft and credit card fraud has ramped up and if our clients (and us) can help do something to combat that – we’re all better off.
Which of our values do you connect with the most?
Be All In. I’m all in – and enjoy going the extra mile for our clients and colleagues to make sure all their expectations are surpassed.
What is something you wish other people knew about A-LIGN?
The opportunity to work for an energetic and growing firm like A-LIGN is exciting. We have developed a great culture within the organization and one that is not only innovative but one that has a strong emphasis on quality. The culture combined with our core values (Be All In, Commit to Quality, Do the Right Thing, Always and Innovate Constantly) are driving our business to new heights – internally and externally. The possibilities and opportunities are endless — for our clients, myself and my colleagues. There are endless opportunities for our clients, myself and my colleagues.
What is something people don’t know about you?
I’m a life-long athlete and two-time Ironman.
What do you do for fun outside of A-LIGN?
On the weekends, I enjoy boating and spending time with my family in Tarpon Springs.
What is your motto/personal mantra?
Improve the lives of others through service to them.