About Steve Baier…
Steve is one of the oldest ClarionDoor members – we are not talking about age here! He was the fourth person to join ClarionDoor and continues to be an integral part in shaping the company that you know today. We had a chance to sit down with Steve for some fun Q&A and about his experience at ClarionDoor…
What was ClarionDoor like in the beginning?
When I started here, there were just four of us working out of a warehouse space in Carpinteria. It was exciting to be part of something like this and it met all of the expectations you typically read about with startup companies. We all had the same vision and determination to really change insurance software and I think that is what made us so successful. Over the years I’ve split my time working as a business analyst, backend developer, front end developer, and manager. Today I still do all those things to various degrees, but more and more I try to use my experience to help others create and implement the best solutions. Seeing how ClarionDoor has evolved in the last decade continues to be inspiring.
Before working at ClarionDoor, what was the most unusual job you ever had?
I worked at the county fair selling entrance tickets. On the weekends a special train was chartered to stop near the fairgrounds, and I was always the one chosen to go out to the platform and sell tickets for that train as well. There were always a lot of different groups coming through.
What is your favorite activity to do when not at work?
I enjoy spending my time camping (in an RV). It is something that my family did as I grew up and allowed me to create a lot of lasting memories with them. Now I’m always looking forward to creating more with my wife and children.
What was the first and last concert you went to?
First concert – My parents took us to see The Beach Boys when I was pretty young. I can remember when John Stamos, at his peak Full House fame, made a special appearance to perform a few songs with them.
Last concert – My most recent concert was Weird Al, who always puts on a really great show.
What is your favorite quote?
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Camping in the June Lake loop in the Eastern Sierras. It’s a really peaceful area, and for the most part not too crowded.
What do you like most about ClarionDoor?
I like that it challenges me, even after all these years. Between helping to create new products, upgrading our existing ones to the newest technologies, and figuring out algorithms for a new line of business – there is always more to learn and figure out for the first time.