01 Jun 2016

Behind the “Green” Curtain: Carl Liberato

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Providing superior support to our clients is a key differentiator for BMS. We consistently hear from clients that they appreciate the assistance they receive from the team members in the BMS Support Center. You’ve heard their voices over the phone over the years. But who are they? Take a closer look in our continuing series “BMS Behind the ‘Green’ Curtain” where we profile a different BMS team member each month.

This month, meet Carl Liberato—BMS Engineer. Carl works on CaseLink Office, TrustWorks and several other core systems that help support communications between BMS, the courts and the bank:

Q: Where are you from originally and how did you get into software development?

A: I was born in Rhode Island, and my family moved to Southern California when I was five years old. I attended California State University Fullerton as a physics major, and computer science was just starting to explode at the time so I decided to take some computer classes. That’s how I fell in love with programming.

Q: How did you start working with BMS and how long have you worked here?

A: I’ve been working at BMS since the early 2000s. I had previously worked with another developer who worked at BMS, and through that connection, I was able to get a job working here.

Q: Share an interesting fact about our software.

A: Computers have changed a tremendous amount over the last 20 to 30 years. Back when BMS pioneered the development of the original bankruptcy case administration software in the late 1980’s, personal computers were not considered powerful enough to run the “serious” database software offered by many companies. It was widely believed that software powerful enough to run a business would always require a mainframe or at least a mini-computer—hardware that most small businesses couldn’t afford. Then a group of early PC databases known as xBase surfaced and proved that PCs could compete with the big systems. CaseLink was based on this xBase architecture and, as such, revolutionized how Trustees administer their cases.

Q: What do you love about your job?

A: The people at BMS really make coming to work fun.  Everyone here is a hardworking professional, but I consider them more like a big family than coworkers.

Q: What is a unique challenge you’ve solved at BMS?

A: Keeping up with the constant changes to the ECF requirements has always been the most challenging part of working in the bankruptcy industry. There are 93 courts with many small differences between their electronic filing systems, plus differences in the debtor forms that have evolved drastically over the last few years. It has been a real challenge to keep up with those constant changes, but it’s also rewarding when you know that you helped think through the solution and coded the programs to overcome those challenges.

Q: What’s your favorite part about working at BMS?

A: Besides the great people here, I love that programming makes up such a large portion of my job. I think that most people like solving puzzles to some extent, and that’s what programming is all about.

Q: What do you enjoy outside of working at BMS?

A: I like to go on nature hikes in the many national parks we have in this beautiful country. Last year I went to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon. Every time I go I am amazed at the beauty of nature.

Q: Share a fun fact about yourself!

A: My nerdiness surfaced pretty early. When I was four years old, I started buying one or two superhero comic books every week. I learned to read from comics about superheroes such as Batman, Thor, and The Flash.  By the time I was a teenager I had amassed boxes upon boxes of comic books. My mother gave most of them away thinking they were worthless junk but I’m sure many of them would be worth quite a lot today!