Inside ViewPoint: Meet Gerrell Johnson
Name: Gerrell Johnson
Job title: Municipal Strategist
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
How long have you been with ViewPoint? 1 year
Describe yourself in three words: Inquisitive, empathic, and adventurous
ViewPoint Cloud Superlative: The All-Time Weekend Warrior Award
What’s the biggest thing people often don’t know about SaaS, government technology, or permitting?
The impact potential—SaaS solutions in the municipal space have the potential to improve the day-to-day lives of pretty much every constituent in any given city, town, village, or community.
How does your role at ViewPoint fit into that?
I think I have one the coolest jobs in house. I get to strategize, test, experiment, iterate, and refine processes to contribute to a perpetually improving growth machine that connects us to the communities that really want to modernize services. My job here at ViewPoint Cloud is extremely fulfilling and I only want to get better at it!
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three co-workers would you want to have with you, and why?
- Rachel Keyser because of her perpetual optimism and our knack for embarking on the most epic existential debates
- Tom Crosby because I’m sure he’s read at least 20 books on general survival and could probably build our shelter and keep us fed, clothed, and entertained
- Kelsey Price because of her superior skills in skee ball, which we could wager to get out of tricky situations
When was the last time you really laughed?
The last epic laugh attack that comes to mind was from my recent camping trip to the Sequoias.
Can you share one of your favorite photos taken there?
This is a picture from my last camping trip to Sequoia National Park. I love to camp, hike, and take day trips here. It’s only a three-hour drive from Los Angeles and every time I go I feel like I’m in another world—miles away from all my worries, concerns, and all of the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s my happy place.
What’s the best live show you’ve ever seen, and why?
Kid Cudi, Coachella Music and Arts Festival, 2014! Cudi is my all-time favorite artist and his set was magical. I was in the desert with all my friends and his set was right at sunset. All of the lights, the desert breeze, his energy—all combined it was the best music experience I’ve had to date!
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in the last year?
Life is short and tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone. Tell the people you love that you care about them, that they mean something to you every chance you get.