Brett Yanoski is a renaissance man that is constantly searching for the next great thing in music, food, technology, and culture at large. He’s a 2012 TCU grad, and at Schaefer, he is a Senior Front-End Developer where he works with brands across multiple verticals building digital experiences that leave a lasting impression. We sat down with Brett to discuss music, dish about his favorite food in Fort Worth, and pick his brain about his favorite pieces of technology.
Schaefer: Let’s start by getting to know you a little better. Tell us about yourself.
I like video games, technology, music and traveling. When not working, I’m expanding my palette exploring new cuisine, cocktails, craft beers and wine.
Schaefer: What are some of your favorite eateries around Fort Worth?
Joe T. Garcia’s, Rodeo Goat, Salsa Limón, Cané Rosso, Fixture, and Spice.
Schaefer: What’s something you love to do?
I love playing video games. I started with the Nintendo 64 and have been a fan ever since.
Schaefer: What are your favorite games of all time?
Some of my favorite games include Battlefield 2, Call of Duty Modern Warfare, Left for Dead, and Red Dead Redemption.
Schaefer: What’s your favorite place?
My favorite place is Napa Valley because it’s beautiful out there and has great wine. My favorite vineyard is actually an old castle called Castello di Amorosa, which specializes in producing Italian-style wine.
Schaefer: What do you love about the job?
I love solving creative problems because of the satisfaction that comes with identifying a solution that works effectively, and the joy and relief it brings others. It’s really cool to finish a project and hear about how my work has improved a business, or made a life better.
Schaefer: If you could do anything besides what you are doing now, what would you do?
I’d love to run a successful video game podcast and play video games all day (laughs), or travel the world and learn about people’s stories. I have a dream of interviewing game developers and discovering the obstacles they faced when creating the game. I enjoy digesting the creative process behind imagining a new world, and bringing it to life.
Schaefer: What is the last thing you’ve binged watched?
I recently binged all of the Marvel movies, and the final seasons of the Big Bang Theory. I watched all of Marvel so I could secure my nerd card, and I just like Big Bang – it’s a good show with very relatable characters.
Schaefer: If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Tacos. Any kind of tacos, I don’t discriminate.
Schaefer: Why Schaefer?
I chose Schaefer for the family-focused culture, and the ability to work on a variety of challenges within different businesses and verticals. I like the strong reputation Schaefer has in Fort Worth, plus, the office is cool and I have some great friends that work here.
Schaefer: If there weren’t any more computers, what would be your new occupation?
I would probably work within the event space – something that brings people together, most likely centering around games or live music.
Schaefer: Any words of advice?
I would say be nice to people, do cool stuff, and give a damn.