30Nov Meet the Newest Members of Ideal’s Research and Development Team Ideal is pleased to welcome Bob Murphy and Randy McKay to its Research and Development team. Both started working at Ideal this fall and are already making an impact on the development of the product. Bob Murphy Bob is no stranger to Ideal having worked here in the early 2000s when the company was first developing the Windows product. He then pursued software development opportunities in the healthcare and ground transportation industries. Bob has worked with and managed small to large teams developing stand-alone Windows applications, multi-tier web applications and some mainframe and mid-range applications. He’s excited to bring his experience back to Ideal. “It’s great to have the opportunity again to work on a project so focused on the needs of a large user community,” said Bob. “It’s difficult to comprehend and appreciate the effort and the vision needed by the team to develop such a successful product, and I’m grateful to be a small part of it.” Bob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and English from Iowa State University. In his spare time, he enjoys distance running, film photography, working on his 100+ year old house, and is part of the community arts council and the historical preservation committee. He and his wife also spend a lot of time supporting their two sons who are both in high school and participate in a variety of activities. Randy McKay Randy brings a wealth of experience to Ideal. He worked in development at Gensoft Systems Inc. for over 18 years, and also held positions at Iowa Compass and EBE technologies. He’s done extensive work with Delphi and SQL processing raw data and setting up interfaces. Randy holds an AAS in Applied Science of Electronic Engineering from Hamilton Technical College, an Associate’s degree in Computer Science from Scott Community College and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Teikyo Marycrest University. “I appreciate the fact that my current position challenges me with new development and learning opportunities,” said Randy. “My co-workers are great to work with.” When Randy is at home, he trades in the computer for his guitar. He’s a music enthusiast who has played instruments since he was nine years old. Randy plays in a contemporary Christian band and he and his wife started a community band that includes 12 members including his son who plays guitar, and his daughter who plays the drums and ukulele. They play oldies, folk, 70’s, Christmas music and take a wide range of requests.