This is our eighth post in the Meet Newmind blog series. If you enjoy it, check out our Meet Newmind posts from past months!

To ring in 2015, our Meet Newmind series of posts takes some time getting to know Newmind Group’s quintessential up-and-comer: Tyler Triemstra!

Tyler belongs to the handful of Newminders native to Kalamazoo, Michigan, and his family (Dutch, if you hadn’t guessed by the name) is entirely descended from immigrants who settled in West Michigan in the 19th century. Today he’s living just a skip and a hop north, in Grand Rapids (another very Dutch community) where he’s attending Davenport University to study Global IT Project Management.

“I chose to study Global IT Project Management because I have a passion for connecting the world and forming relationships that transcend our national and cultural boundaries.”

Tyler and several classmates on his senior class trip to Chicago

Tyler and several classmates on their senior class trip to Chicago

Tyler, meet Newmind

Incidentally, Tyler is also the youngest among our team, but don’t mistake age for experience—he’s one of the most well-traveled and multi-talented among us. He took a chance on Newmind Group two summers ago, and the rest is history. Since joining our ranks as an intern, he’s migrated between several positions, coming into his own as a Client Happiness Associate, helping with automation, and shouldering various tasks for the Marketing department.

“I assist our sales team in finding potential customers who may be interested in managed services, Google for Work, or educational technology. I also assist other Newminders with automation, so I figure out how to get reports working, and updated automatically so that no one has their time wasted by having to manually update and pull reports.”


Tyler Triemstra Fast Facts:

How have you been spending your time lately?

Lately, I have been spending most of my free time on homework, thanks to a Composition professor who assigned thirteen pages of writing per week. I have also been spending free time meeting new people on campus and hanging out with some of my new friends. If I have time left-over then I will pick up a book and read for a while.

If you could enlighten every acquaintance with one movie and one book, what would those be?

Book: Love Does by Bob Goff – Goff lays out a framework for unconditional love and joy in everyday life and illustrates it with clarity and a good dose of humorous stories from his own life.
Movie: Gladiator – Who doesn’t love a heroic epic film?

If you were forced to leave the country for 10 years, where would you go to settle down?

I would go to Europe, due to the diverse cultures all packed into such a small area.

Favorite place to eat in Kalamazoo?

Irvings at lunch— I love the busyness but also the hospitality that they show to every customer. I like to get their Roast Beef on Flatbread with a no-bake bar for dessert.

If you could have coffee with one person from history, who would it be?

I would like to have coffee with Robert Oppenheimer, one of the lead scientists on the Manhattan Project. I would like to discuss the moral dilemma of nuclear weapons and his work to create an international body to govern nuclear weapons and their proliferation.