September 2021 Member Spotlight – Stefan Rodriguez

Stefan Rodriguez is a native Neapolitan who recently returned to Naples after spending the last several years in Chicago. Stefan currently works as a computer coder for the recruiting company Hunt Club. In addition, he has a background in civil engineering and taught science in Thailand.

YP: How did you come to live in Naples?

SR: I was born and raised in Naples, Florida. The last several years I was living in Chicago, Illinois. I decided to leave Chicago last year during the pandemic to be close to my family and to enjoy all the beautiful outdoors Southwest Florida has to offer.

YP: What has your professional journey been like?

SR: My professional journey is somewhat unique. I went to school for Civil Engineering and soon got a job after. I didn’t end up liking it so I resigned and decided to be a science teacher in Thailand. In my free time between classes, I taught myself how to code. I loved it, and once I moved back to the states, I decided to enroll in a software development program. I’ve now been a software engineer for about five years.

YP: Where do you work now?

SR: I currently work at Hunt Club, a recruiting company whose mission is to remove the bad reputation that the recruiting industry has surrounding it. We do this by combining technology, and personal relationships to match ideal candidates with their dream jobs.

YP: What an amazing journey. What advice would you give to others interested in getting into coding?

SR: My advice for anyone wanting to learn more about coding is to find meetup groups in your area and reach out to others working in the field. Most people are more than happy to answer your questions, provide valuable guidance, and pass on any of their knowledge (including me).

YP: What non-profits have you been involved with, professionally or otherwise?

SR: Young Professionals of Naples has been a great organization to be involved with to learn more about the nonprofits in the area. In the past, I’ve worked with so many amazing tech nonprofits and think they are so important to the local community. Code2040, CodeNation, and TheOpenCode Foundation are just a few of the nonprofits that help teach students from underprivileged communities how to code. 

YP: In what way have these organizations been meaningful to you?

SR: They have taught me to think beyond myself. I’ve learned that everyday people are being left behind. People who need help and have no one else to turn to. Nonprofits are helping to build a better, kinder, and a more inclusive world for us all.

YP: Is there anything else you would like to share?

SR: If you’re interested in learning more about Hunt Club, want to get to know more about myself, or have an interest in anything software related, please don’t hesitate to reach out by email at santonrod@gmail.com or come find me at the next Young Professionals event.