FormAssembly Teammate Highlight: Mike Karlin

How well do you know the awesome people behind FormAssembly? This series is the place to learn all about our awesome team members. This week we’re profiling Mike Karlin, our Knowledge Lead.
Name: Mike Karlin
Title: Knowledge Lead
Time at FormAssembly: 2.5 Years

1. What interested you about FormAssembly in the first place?

I was looking for a local Bloomington company, preferably one that would allow me to combine my professional areas of technology, education, and instructional design, while also allowing me to work part time while I completed my Ph.D. at IU. I somehow managed to hit the jackpot and was lucky enough to get hired at FormAssembly, which has been an absolutely perfect fit.

2. What do you love about what you do? About FormAssembly as a whole?

What I do is help our users understand how to use our software. As a lifelong educator, helping people to better understand things has always been my goal, so I feel like this role at FormAssembly is a perfect fit for what I am most passionate about. Plus, I get to work with an enormous range of clients, and explore all the different ways that people are using and implementing FormAssembly.
What I love about FA as a whole: The team here is a wonderful mix of people from different backgrounds, all coming together with a common goal of helping make this organization as awesome as it can be. Some of my best friends are colleagues here at FormAssembly!

3. What has been your proudest moment at FormAssembly?

That’s a hard one. Probably giving a 6-hour in-person training to Indiana University. This was the moment I realized, hey, I actually know a whole lot about this software and feel really comfortable teaching others how to use it in so many different contexts. Plus, the training went over really well, and it’s my own university, so that felt particularly special.

4. If your team had to use one word to describe you, what would it be and why?

ummmmmmm…. “docs”? Because every time there is an issue with the docs I’m usually the one who gets tagged in our chat conversations.

5. What are some of your favorite activities outside of work?

Aside from getting my Ph.D. (which I don’t really think counts as a favorite activity) I would say playing music and playing with our puppy Dixie!

6. What’s something not a lot of people know about you?

I’m allergic to cantaloupe. And I love puns…

7. If you were a breakfast cereal, what would you be and why?

I want to say Captain Crunch Berries but I’m not entirely sure why. Maybe it’s because I try to be the perfect mix of work and fun (Berries + whatever those other things are that aren’t berries).

8. Who was your role model/hero as a child? Why?

Elton John! Because I played the piano and really wanted to rock, but with a ton of style.

FormAssembly Peer Reviews

“I could write an entire blog about why I love working with and knowing Mike. He’s like a sponge when it comes to learning, and continues to learn more everyday. Mike uses that wealth of knowledge to help our team and customers learn how to use FormAssembly and is always helpful in testing out new things to share.” – Hillary Sciscoe, Director of Customer Success
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