Nintex Q&A with Bingham Blalock

In this employee Q&A, we talk with Bingham Blalock. Bingham (he/him) is wondering what new discoveries the James Webb telescope may find, would take fire, shoes, and water to a desert island, and can’t live without his 91’ Ford Bronco. He would rather have dinner cooked for him, as long as he doesn’t have to clean up – a perfectly reasonable request! 

We use our Q&A blog series to find out a bit more about the team and what life at Nintex is like. Bingham has been with Nintex for almost ten years. His favorite project at Nintex has been helping the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on their automation journey.  

What is your role at Nintex?  

I am a senior enterprise federal account manager. 

Tell us a little bit about how you ended up at Nintex?  

 I was out of money, with 50 dollars left in my checking account. I was in need of a job and a place to live. I had a friend tell me to move to Seattle, where he would let me stay for one month, with free room and board until I found something, or I would need to head back home to South Dakota, and start a job at a lumber yard working the sawmill. During the month of August 2013, I applied for over 300 jobs and Nintex provided me with an offer I couldn’t refuse. 

What has been your favorite project or moment at Nintex so far? 

I am most proud of the work I did at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Knowing they were a non-profit, I wanted to help with their automation journey, and I was able to do just that. Our partner even donated some of their own margins to the cause. We are hoping to enter their solution into the Nintex Solution Innovation Awards next year. 

What does an ideal day off look like for you?  

It really depends on my mood. L, lately I have been really getting into collecting high end purses & basketball cards. 

Where is home for you? 

Sturgis, South Dakota 

What is your favorite indoor / outdoor activity? 

Basketball and making candles with my partner. 

What is the best advice you could give to a Nintex customer?  

You’ll never be able to make a decision on automation until you decide how you want to use it. Decide if you want to focus on automation projects or strategy. 

What is your favorite food?  

Cinnamon rolls, cookies, and maple bars. For food, potatoes au gratin. Every time I eat it, I think of my mom, so it is very nostalgic. 

If you could learn a new skill or hobby today, what would it be? 

I’d like to write and create short films. 

Would you rather cook dinner or have dinner cooked for you? 

Cooked for me. I am also assuming don’t have to cleanup, including dishes. No strings attached!  

If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

Tacos 

What was your first job ever? 

Lynn’s Dakota Mart – grocery cashier 

Would you rather have a cat or a dog as a pet? 

I have a cat, Maine Coon, named Hewith Prescott Billiams. 

What does your ideal house look like? 

It would look like a warehouse.  

What would you choose as a superpower and why? 

I’d like to heal quickly from everything. I have a little fear of dying… 

Do you like working from home or would you rather be in the office, or a combination? 

Both work well for me. I like to work at home because it allows me to be hyper focused on projects that need my attention. I like going into work because I feed off the energy of others. I can also hear in person what is working or not working for them. Slack at times can feel impersonal.  

What is your favorite book? 

Growing up it was the Count of Monte Cristo 

Would you rather have a million dollars in pennies or a million dollars’ worth of ice cream? 

Pennies. I’d have no place for a million dollars’ worth of ice cream, my fridge is too small, plus ice cream spoils. I’ve never had a penny spoil.  

What do you like most about your job? 

I like that automation gives back time to customers and more importantly their employees. Through automation, Nintex has a great way of giving time back to employees, which they can in turn use to invest in themselves, their family, or however they choose. I like to think I can bring folks together through automation. community and purpose. 

You find a suitcase of money on your hike through the wilderness, what do you do? 

I would spend all of the money, but make sure I replaced the cash with I.O.U.s.  

What would you tell your 20-year-old self? 

Don’t listen to your father.  

What are the first three things you’d take to a deserted island? 

Fire, shoes, water.  

What are your tips for dealing with feeling overwhelmed? 

When I am overwhelmed, it usually means I have too many loose ends and I am unsure where to start. So, I clean the house. By giving myself a busy task, I am able to calm down and focus on my environment. Subconsciously I am able to prioritize my action items and boost my confidence within myself.   

What would you like to be famous for? 

Movies. 

What kind of music do you gravitate to? 

Outlaw Country recently. 

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day? 

William Shakespeare or DaVinci. 

Would you rather be able to fly or know any language on earth? 

Fly, technology has decreased the need to learn languages. 

What is your favorite movie or binge series and why? 

Dances with Wolves. My grandpa told us a lot of stories of how he grew up and I always romanticized the idea of living on the prairie. I’ve watched the movie over 50 times.  

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this? 

A cCowboy. 

What have you been wondering about lately? 

I’ve been wondering what new discoveries the James Webb telescope may find. 

What is your favorite spot to get away to? 

My home that I built with my partner. 

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?  

Paul Walker 

If you could witness any historical event, what would it be and why? 

The singular event that created the universe we see today. 

 What is one thing you can’t live without? 

My 91’ Ford Bronco 

 

 

That’s all for this Q&A with Bingham. Find out more about what it’s like working at Nintex and take a look at our current career opportunities by clicking here.

 

 

Alex Valdesuso-Pinney

Alex is a new addition to the Nintex Marketing team, as he is now a Marketing Specialist on the Corporate Communications team after completing a year-long internship with Nintex starting in the summer of 2019. He just completed his undergrad studies at Pitzer College in Southern California, double majoring in Psychology and Media Studies.

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