Isaac Mishkit

Hometown?
I am a New Englander through and through. Born in Burlington, VT. Summered in Old Orchard, ME. Spent my High School years in Bow, NH. Went to College at PSU. Moved to Boston in my early twenties. I now live with my partner Michelle in Manchester.
What is your role at Mainstay?
Through the building of relationships with our vendors as well as research of new and updated technologies; my goal is to keep the cost of hardware and software fair and responsible. When we do this it is possible to pass savings directly on to our partners which allows them to invest more into their own business. When efficiency and value is achieved everyone benefits.
What was your first memory of using computers?
While I was still middle school age I snuck down stairs very early Christmas morning to find a brand new Windows 95 PC on the family desk. I turned it on and played until my parents woke up to find me sitting there. My dad knew right away I wouldn’t take my eyes off a computer display the rest of my life. We spent many nights struggling with replacing dead hardware or playing Sim City 2000 when the PC actually worked.
When you’re not found in front of a computer you are…
I am an actor/singer so you will occasionally see me on a stage somewhere performing in a musical. More than that though, my two passions in life are technology and theater, so if I have the opportunity to be involved with a production that combines the two, I will be there. I have held jobs in stage management and theatrical lighting and now do backstage work for community theaters around New Hampshire.
What is a silly or interesting event that you’ve participated in previously, and what did you take away from it?
A couple years ago now my friends and I started a board game YouTube channel that reflected the we way play games; 50% playing the game, 50% talking about what we experienced. Out of this endeavor we started to go to board game conventions with the main event being GenCon in Indianapolis. I use my photography and videography skills to document our time there every year. Having the opportunity to be around people that have the same passions as I do is inspiring, even when it is “just” board games. There is nothing like gathering around the table with new and old friends alike to learn a new game.
If you could go anywhere for an entire month, where would it be & what would you do (or why would you do it)?
Most would think I would be in Manhattan seeing theater, but a month of Time Square is a bit much. I would probably go to Central America or a Caribbean Island. I could settle for Maine if I am on the shore and it is July/August. Just give me a beach or put me on a boat. Please and thank you!
What are you more frequently heard listening to?
News podcasts or a musical. The Daily by the NYT is my… daily. When it’s time concentrate it will be listening to the sounds of the founding of the United States, a French revolution, a murderous barber, a doctor with a split personality, or the struggles of the social castes in early twentieth century New York.
What is one thing you love about your career?
As anyone in our office can tell you, being the one at family gatherings to fix everyone’s computer/phone… refrigerator touch screen; sometimes all you wish for is a team to solve the problem with you. While we haven’t ventured into the refrigerator market yet, we are the team we all wished for. I get to work with the team, friends, professionals I have always wished to be associated with.
What is one thing that everyone should know about Mainstay?
The focus on integrity is real. Mainstay encourages us all to just do the right thing for our partners, vendors, colleges, and the community that we live in. It is important to me to live this way; it is exciting to work for a company that tries to cultivate it.