Modo’s Got Talent: Matthew Banman
As a member owned co-op we put our people first. Our inclusive and fun work culture and social purpose attracts the best, and the most talented. After hearing of so many hidden talents and unique hobbies at staff meetings, we finally decided it is time to share these stories with our members! Each month we will introduce one of our staff members and their secret talent, making Modo the diverse and inspiring workplace we love.
Meet Matthew “Matt” Banman, Modo’s Software Developer
How long have you been working at Modo?
I’ve been working on the software development team at Modo for a little over four years now.
What are your secret talents (or not so secret)?
I am an avid yoga and meditation student (and sometimes teacher), and I’ve nearly completed my 500-hour certification. I like to play and write music, and once upon a time I would compose music and design sound effects for video games and short films. I know some things about coffee and beer!
Your favourite thing about working at Modo?
As a software developer at Modo, I get a lot of satisfaction when I hear how a feature or promotion that I worked on has made a positive impact for our members. Making our carsharing platform better and easier to use is why we do what we do.
How do you keep your calm in stressful situation, in other words – does your meditation practise help you at work?
For sure! In general, a regular meditation practice can help manage stress and reduce reactivity, improve concentration, and promote empathy towards others. The key is making it a “regular practice”, or carving out a bit of time for it each day, which is something I struggle with at times. Still, even little bits help, so I highly recommend giving it a try.
Where can Modo members find your meditation classes?
I’m currently teaching out of Kushala Yoga in Port Moody. Look me up on the schedule if you’re interested!