Employee Spotlight – Jonathan Vinson

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As a Software Developer at United Systems, Marshall County native Jonathan Vinson spends his workdays turning what many of us see as a bunch of random letters, symbols, and numbers into appealing functional software for utilities. Jonathan works primarily on our Alliance G5 applications and aids in planning and product design.

Jonathan began his tenure at United Systems in May of 2015 as a Software Developer. We’ve had the pleasure of watching Jonathan expand his development skills and become a true leader in the department. Originally from Calvert City, Jonathan is a graduate of Marshall County High School and graduated from Murray State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Jonathan currently resides in Marshall County, KY, with his girlfriend Haley, two dogs, and a cat.

Unsurprisingly, Jonathan is extremely interested in technology, not only software but tech devices & gadgets. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys staying informed on all the latest devices and technological developments. You can regularly find Jonathan reading about some new Elon Musk-Esque technological advancement or the newest blockchain article. Don’t be surprised if you find him in the hall discussing the hottest new tech trend, item, or game.

Based on his role on our Software Development team, it’s easy to guess that Jonathan would have interests in technology, devices, and gaming. However, you might not know that Jonathan has a strong interest in music and Japanese culture. For close to a decade, Jonathan has done local musical performances at the Badgett Playhouse in Grand Rivers, KY, and the Market House Theater in Paducah, KY.  In addition to his local performance, Jonathan was a member of a Chicago-based, experimental electronic rock band, Pinn Panelle.

Over the years, Jonathan has combined his love for music and technology through multiple “maker” type projects, including a guitar with wireless MIDI communication to special effects equipment with built-in sensors and a glove that communicated MIDI wirelessly. In addition to his musically inclined projects, Jonathan has also created various smart home items such as a keypad-controlled lock. He is currently working on a smart curtain opener that can be integrated into a smart home ecosystem.

In addition to a passion for technology and music, Jonathan has a strong appreciation for Japanese culture. This appreciation can be seen throughout his life. For example, while watching the animated Japanese tv show Cowboy Bebop, Jonathan was introduced to Yoko Kanno, an S-tier composer who quickly became his favorite music artist. Jonathan’s love for Japanese culture can also be seen in his favorite food, sushi, as well as his travels. In 2013, Jonathan traveled to Japan, where he got to experience a wide variety of technological and cultural sights, including the K supercomputer, beautiful religious shrines, and temples, as well as the earthquake memorial in Kobe.

Jonathan adds a unique perspective and immense creativity to our team here at United Systems, and we’re glad to have him as a part of our Development team!