Tech 25 winner Rick Seifert turned a chance encounter into a successful tech career
As Indiana’s tech community continues to grow and mature, it’s getting harder and harder to narrow down the winners for our annual Tech 25 Awards program. There is a wealth of tech talent in the Hoosier state, and they are making incredible moves. Join us in celebrating the Tech 25 class of 2021 through this profile series and learn a bit more about each winner.
Rick began his career in tech as an electrical engineer working with instrumentation and computer system validation. He soon started a computer business and impressed clients with his devotion to customer service, technical skill, and business acumen.
The International School of Indiana (ISI) put his skills to use—first as a volunteer and later as a key member of the growing school’s staff. In supporting ISI’s fundraising events, Rick encountered OneCause, where he’s worked since 2011 and holds the title of Sr. Director, IT.
Rick has served nonprofits, including the Indianapolis Rowing Club and Castlewood Singers. He’s performed with Castlewood for 18 years and served as its president for the past five. Rick embodies the core values of OneCause: passionate, curious, helpful, and committed.
What led you to the tech industry and this occupation? What was your first job in tech?
I was led into technology as a high school student, learning everything I could about computer systems at a time when personal computers and programming were just making their way into homes. I then gained a problem-solving mindset as an engineer. These skills have led to a fulfilling career in technology.
When you think of a day in your life, what are the main work activities you do or responsibilities you have?
On a day-to-day basis, I enable my co-workers to be successful, secure, and productive with technology while also managing IT costs for OneCause.
What resources would you recommend to those who want to learn more or advance their skills in this occupation?
I have always enjoyed reading Wired magazine in print and online. It has led to an understanding of technology and how that interplays with politics and society.
Rick Seifert is a Tech 25 winner who is helping to grow and improve the tech landscape of Indiana. He was nominated by his CEO, Steve Johns.
Visit the Indianapolis Business Journal website to see the full listing and celebration of the 2021 Tech 25 honorees in the joint CTO of the Year and Tech 25 Awards supplement. You can also watch a video of the livestream from the CTO of the Year and Tech 25 Awards virtual event.
Read more coverage of the Tech 25 in this Index Feature Story and view and tag the gallery of photos from the event on Facebook.