We’re the employees you would hire if you could. Responsive, helpful, and dedicated in ways automation simply can’t be. We’re your team.
Each month we recognize one of our Most Helpful Humans in Hosting.
Corey Wagner is our Senior Affiliate Program Manager at Liquid Web, where he has been focused on helping our Affiliate Partners for almost six years by providing valuable growth and strategy. Corey has been enjoying a path in the Technology Industry for almost 18 years and considers his Web Hosting career with Liquid Web an inspiration.
We sat down with Corey to learn more about what he is up to these days, including helping print 3D face shields for Sparrow Hospital frontline healthcare workers during his spare time.
Why did you join Liquid Web?
I wanted to work for an organization that actually cared about their customers and employees, and Liquid Web seemed like a great place to find both of those attributes. I had heard about Liquid Web from a good friend of mine named Gordon. He was always talking about the free drinks, company events, and Nerf gun wars happening, and how much he enjoyed his career there. I knew it would be a great fit for me too.
What draws you to the hosting industry as a career?
Working for a web hosting company means working on diverse projects and with different teams daily. Liquid Web is a global company and in a given week, I can work with different people from all around the world. Everyone has different ideas, business models, and views, but at the end of the day, everyone needs hosting. I’m happy Liquid Web has given me the opportunity to be part of the Most Helpful Humans in Hosting culture we have built. No project is too small or challenging for us to help with.
Is there something specific at Liquid Web that you just love?
I love the culture and how much the organization gives back to its employees. Covid-19 brought on new challenges for everyone, but Liquid Web immediately took action. In order to help flatten the curve, they instituted a mandatory work-from-home policy, which protected the employees. You can tell leadership truly cares about each one of us.
Culture is a big thing in our company, so when the work-from-home policy was implemented, our Culture Committee immediately implemented fun activities we could participate in remotely. The Committee set up events like Netflix Parties, Mario Kart Competitions, Trivia, and fun Slack channel groups with different topics. It has made a world of difference for employees.
What’s your favorite part about the company culture at Liquid Web?
I love that we have the ability to share memes/gifs in a Slack channel with colleagues, and it isn’t seen as off-limits or unprofessional. A friendly environment is encouraged between all levels while at work, which really brings enjoyment to our projects.
In your eyes, what’s the difference between Liquid Web and other employers?
Liquid Web truly takes care of its employees. A few years back, I incurred some health issues which led to me having brain surgery, and my Liquid Web family created a GoFundMe page to assist with all the health expenses. (Thank You All!) Something I was tremendously thankful and forever grateful for. Their support made it possible for me to focus on getting better instead of worrying about financial difficulties. This is what makes them different – it’s the people.
Tell us about the most positive experience you have had at Liquid Web.
Earlier this year, I knew I needed to help somehow with the shortage of PPE (personal protective equipment) that frontline healthcare workers needed. I decided to put my 3D printer to use and print out face shields to donate to Sparrow Hospital, which is a local hospital in Lansing, Michigan. I uploaded a few pictures to my personal Facebook page sharing my work, and a few days later, Liquid Web made a donation to me to purchase an additional 3D printer and materials. I was pleasantly shocked and grateful for that donation. I have been able to double my output and provide some additional PPE equipment for our heroes on the frontline fighting Covid-19.
Not only did Liquid Web donate to me, but they also made an initial donation to No Kid Hungry, and will continue to donate $10 for every order we receive until May 31st.
The donation to my project and helping feed children around the nation shows how much Liquid Web cares about our communities. The company really means what they say… being the most helpful humans.
What is the biggest milestone you’ve accomplished?
Taking over the Affiliate Program and continuing to grow it to the present has been truly fulfilling. I have been with Liquid Web for almost six years now, and it’s amazing to see the growth trajectory we have made in that time.
What are you known for at Liquid Web? What do people specifically come to you for?
I am usually pinged when anyone has questions about our Affiliate Program. Even though we have a team to help out with questions, I am usually the one singled out, which I love. It is good to be thought of first and be the go-to person on a team.
What is one thing you wish our customers knew about their hosting?
I would love for them to see how happy most of us are to go to work every day and how it doesn’t even feel like a “job.” It feels much more like a career where we are able to make a difference and help business owners grow in ways they absolutely need right now.
We’re laser-focused on making sure our customers have what they need to continue to grow during this time, including becoming part of our Partner Community as an Affiliate, or adding other services such as VPN capacity, a Content Delivery Network (CDN), or security services. Hackers know this is a vulnerable time right now for many small businesses, and owners need to be vigilant about cybersecurity threats that may surface.
Work aside, what are some of your hobbies?
I love working with 3D printing Also, wood working, car modifying, and photography.
What is your favorite TV show?
Star Trek: Picard is an amazing show. I grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation with my Dad, and this is basically a sequel/reboot of the franchise with a lot of nostalgia sprinkled in.
If you could have dinner with one famous person [dead or alive] who would it be?
Keanu Reeves or Tom Hanks would be top picks. Both are known for being very kind and generous people. I love both of them for their acting in movies and would love to share a meal and conversation with either/both of them.