Employee of the Month: Brandon Wolgast

Congratulations Brandon Wolgast on being Employee of the Month for January 2023


Brandon joined the Monroe IT team in November of 2015. When he first started, his primary role was to be our first IT Support Specialist for the 2 Monroe locations that existed at that time. Flash forward 7 years and 35 locations later – he has played a critical role in helping build, scale, and support the ONE MONROE Information Technology backbone for the entire organization.

With his depth of ever growing IT knowledge, problem solving skills, phenomenal communication and project management abilities, Brandon consistently goes above and beyond in his role as Director of IT. He is a model person, team member, and leader that embodies every single one of the ONE MONROE core values.

One of my favorite things about Brandon is that if he does not know something he always takes the time and initiative to learn it…and then he teaches me ;).

To say that I am proud to have him on my team working shoulder to shoulder is an understatement and I look forward to seeing his future continue to unfold.

Thanks for you all you do Brandon! -Rob

Get to Know Brandon Wolgast

Employee Name: Brandon Wolgast

Job Title: Director of IT

Where did you grow up? Shelby Twp, MI

How long have your worked for Monroe? Since Nov 2015, so a little over 7 years.

What do you like about working for Monroe? I enjoy the challenges that the job presents, which gives you constant opportunity to learn and grow my skills.

What is one thing you love about your job? I would have to say our Monroe IT team. We have a hard working team that takes pride in it’s work, communicates well, and we all get along and can have fun together. Everyone has a great sense of humor on the IT team as well.

If you could add one thing to your office, what would it be? My Dog.

Before Monroe, what was the unusual or interesting job you have ever had? Probably landscaping as my first job in high school. It was definitely a challenge working 10+ hour days in the sun, 7 days a week.

Three words to best describe you. Creative. Dedicated. Witty.

If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? Pizza. At least you can change the toppings and keep things somewhat interesting.

If you were an animal, what would you be? I don’t know? Maybe a mountain lion, or a wolf.

Do you have a hidden talent? What is it? I have many hidden talents. If I revealed them, they wouldn’t be hidden.

What is one song you have completely memorized? Starlight by Muse

What is one totally irrational fear that you have? Spiders.

Any favorite line from a movie? I have difficulty picking favorites, because I quote movies and shows all the time.

Best vacation you have been on? Our Freedom of the Seas cruise a few years ago. It was our first time going to San Juan, which is now one of our favorite destinations. We also went to Antigua, which had absolutely stunning beaches. Afterwards, we stayed in Florida for a few extra days and went to Busch Gardens Tampa as well.

Least favorite food? Sour cream. Or onions. Or both. Especially together.

Do you have a motto or personal mantra? It is what it is. It’s a fairly common saying, but I find it applies quite often to life and it’s empowering to be able to accept things for what they are and let go of things outside of your control.

What are your three most overused words/ phrases? 1. It is what it is. 2. That’s ridiculous/absurd. 3. Seriously?!

What is an ability you wish you had? I wish I could play piano.

What is one thing on your bucket list? I’d like to visit Alaska sometime soon.

What do you like to do in your spare time? Hockey. Video Games. Binge watch TV shows. DIY home improvement/ renovations.

What is your favorite sport or sports team? Detroit Red Wings

Would you rather be a tiny elephant or a giant hamster? Tiny Elephant

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Retire. Then Travel.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? Steve Yzerman

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