How do values guide your journey? At VMware, our EPIC2 values – Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customers and Community – guide us in the work we do each day – both as individuals and as a community. The annual EPIC2 Achievement Awards is one way we recognize members of our workforce who bring each of our values to life in ways that inspire our global community to flourish. Continue reading to learn a little bit more about how family roots, inspiration to continuously innovate, and the community at VMware, are shaping 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award winner, Dexter Arver’s journey to growth.
Name: Dexter Arver
Role: Office of the CTO Manager
Location: Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.
VMware Tenure: 10 years
VMware value that means the most to you: Integrity. I feel like if you don’t have integrity, what do you have?
Hobbies: Woodworking, photography, cooking, baking and hiking
People might not know:
- I grew up on a farm in Korea where we didn’t have any running water. My family moved to the United States when I was 9-years-old.
- My last name is Arver, but that is not because I have a parent who had Greek roots or anything like that. My last name used to be Kim, just like tons of Korean people. When we were living in Fresno, California we felt like we were being discriminated against, so when we got our U.S. citizenship. My father asked my brother and me to come up with an English version of our name. Kim means gold. We found the Greek prefix, aurum, which means gold, and then determined that we needed a Greek suffix to end it, so we chose vera, which means truth. So that is how my family got the last name Arver. We came up with it from a bunch of Greek words.
Inspiration: I feel very fortunate to have the life that I have. I feel very lucky to have found the people I’ve found, to have found VMware when I found it, and all the opportunities to grow. Because of this I am always trying my best because I would be doing a disservice to everybody who has every helped me out.
Guilty Pleasure: Drinking Coca-Cola made with real Mexican sugar cane
VMware Goal: I’m trying to think of innovation programs to help our engineers come up with the next crazy idea that’s going to make VMware successful.
Career Ambition: I’d like to officially be the Head of Innovation at VMware.
If Money Wasn’t an Obstacle: If money wasn’t an issue, like supporting my parent’s and my wife’s parents, I don’t think I’d be working-working. I think I’d make my wife quit, and then we would take our girls and live in various places around the world.
#1 Passion: I really want to be the best husband ever, and closely following that is being the best father ever.
Biggest Takeaway from receiving the 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award: After I received the award, I just realized, because I don’t think about it that often, how many friends I have here and how embedded I am inside VMware, and just how fortunate I am to be surrounded by awesome people.
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