EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Blade Smith
December 22, 2022
Blade is an enrolled Winnebago Tribal member and has worked for Ho-Chunk, Inc. for two years. He is an IT Technician in Winnebago.
I belong to the Thunder Clan. My Ho-Chunk name is Wakąja Mānᶖ Ga.
What does your role as an IT Technician entail?
I am responsible for installing and configuring workstations, troubleshooting hardware, software, and network issues, maintaining the helpdesk ticketing system, ordering equipment, and assisting the Pony Express and Sweetwater Cafe locations with technical difficulties.
Why do you feel working for a Native-owned company is important?
Working for a Native-owned company is important because they give back to their tribe. It is inspirational to see Ho-Chunk, Inc. bring resources, work and money into the community. This allows the community to grow and become more successful. Ho-Chunk, Inc. is not just a regular corporation – they want to see our people thrive. I am excited to see how much the company will grow in the coming years.
How has Ho-Chunk, Inc. helped you grow?
Ho-Chunk, Inc. has helped me gain tremendous hands-on experience in my line of work. I’ve also improved on my communication and organizational skills which has helped me in my professional and personal life.
Ho-Chunk, Inc. has also influenced me to continue my education because learning never stops. I have been able to attend IT conferences, allowing me to stay current on developing knowledge in my field of work.
Now for the fun question! What do you like to do outside of work?
I enjoy spending quality time with my partner and our three children. I also like to exercise and do research on the stock market.
In the future I would like to volunteer more within my community. I would like to teach my children that it is great to give back to the community – just like they have supported us.