Meet the Team: Koert Council
A father of 4 daughters. A guy who plays driveway pickleball and gets excited about ways to store things in his garage. He may knot bee known four his speling abilities butt he has a grate since of humor! I now bring you one of the founders of Kosh Solutions, Koert Council!
Kinda silly question but, how long have you worked for Kosh?
Day 1, Josh and I started Kosh back in 2005.
What do you do here at Kosh?
Being a founder, I have done a bit of everything. We have a great staff and I'm learning to stay out of the way. I help drive new business and work with new and existing customers to design solutions that meet their current and future needs. In particular, the current security landscape is daunting, and I try to break it down in a way that non-tech people can understand.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Las Cruces NM. I love me some green chili!
What other places have you lived? What did you like about those places?
I've lived in a few places and there're positives and negatives to all of them, but I like to focus on the positives. I love the culture in Boston and the beaches of California. Las Cruces has amazing Mexican food and great people. The outdoor activities and seasons in the four corners can’t be beat.
Before working at Kosh, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I was a projectionist at the local movie theaters. This was back in the day when we had to actually splice film together…. Yes, that was a thing and now I’m dating myself. We used to have a midnight showing as a test to make sure the film was spliced together correctly - you wouldn’t want to have the film reels out of order when showing the film. I remember one time when I was the projectionist, I was running the original mummy movie. The film got caught in the projector and the bulb burnt a hole through about three feet of film. I had to splice it out and for all future showings, the scene with the mummy getting burned alive was shortened by a few seconds…. oops.
What did you dream of “being” when you were in high school?
I wanted to be a pilot. But I have this problem where as soon as I get on a plane, I instantly fall asleep. So, I decided on a career that was a little more grounded.
What are one or two "passion projects" (hobbies, dreams, activities) that get your feet out of bed?
I would have never thought that I would have 4 daughters with ages ranging from 16 years to 16 months. There isn’t much time to do anything else besides keeping up with them! I do make time to get out and play soccer in an adult league and occasionally go surfing. These activities are some of the only times my mind completely let's go of everything else going on.
Who is your hero and why?
My Wife. She always has a positive attitude and deals with everything in stride. With 4 daughters and a busy business-owner husband, she could complain about something all the time. She always has a smile on her face and is always there. I learn from her every day.
What really makes you angry?
Laziness, and when people forget to do something they commit to. In general, I try not to get angry. Angry = negativity and nothing good comes from negativity.
What makes you really happy?
My girls are the light of my life. With them, there's always something new and different and that makes me happy. Currently, the thing that makes me the happiest is when Boston Paige, my 16-month-old, smiles when I walk in the room.
Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.
Every summer during high school 4 friends (one of those being cofounder Josh Fristoe) and I took month-long surfing trips to California. I'm sure the property owners were always excited when we left. Anyway, one year we stayed at Josh’s Grandma’s place, and I think she went to the grocery store every day to keep us fed. In another place in Oceanside, we left the AC on the entire time and the electric bill was almost the amount we paid to stay there for the month. The last spot we stayed at was an apartment in San Diego. We almost got kicked out weekly for "boys being boys." I could go on and on, but I’ll just stop (call me for more details 😊).
What are you listening to?
Honestly, I'm on the phone a lot! I'd say it's about 80% on the phone, 19% music, and 1% podcasts/audiobooks.
What's on your current playlist?
Oh boy, here we go: Tool, Korn, NIN, ACDC, Less than Jake, The Ataris, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Michael Buble, Rancid, Zebrahead, Fenix TX, Dropkick Murphies, Flogging Molly, Real Big Fish, NOFX, Gold Finger, Save Ferris, Eminem, The Bouncing Souls, Pennywise, The Might Mighty Bosstones...
What is the best concert you attended?
Flogging Molly in Boston.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
My mamma's lasagna. You can get on my good side with lasagna.
What would you like to be known for?
I just want to make an impact. It's not important for me to place my mark on something or to be known for something. I just want to make the world a better place.
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
Anywhere, everywhere, anytime. I'm mostly interested in time travel for all the incredible educational opportunities. I love learning new things. Being able to witness important events up close and in person would be awesome.
What's your favorite holiday?
Any holiday that gives me an excuse to go surfing, snowboarding, paddle boarding, or swimming. Halloween is cool too.
What was your favorite subject in school?
Weightlifting and Billiards. Those were fun, but I liked my capstone class in college where we designed and created an Ethernet cable tester.
Do you collect anything?
No, not really. With four kids everything gets destroyed!
Do you have a most “exciting” moment?
When I found out my wife was pregnant with our fourth daughter…. if you don’t know the story, call me - you won’t be disappointed.
What is something you are proud of?
My kids of course. But there was a moment recently that gave me a feeling of pride. A staff member asked me, “How does it feel to be a part of something that helps your employees buy a house?” I never really thought about it before, but it feels great to know Kosh provides a livelihood for our employees and their families. I feel good knowing I've been part of creating something that makes a big impact on so many people's lives.