14 years in IT. I have experience in every aspect of IT, from networking to security, development to management, databases to scripting and administration to support, though if I had to pick a specialty it would be project and process management. I have been using Agile Project Management techniques since 2004, and I also have experience in the creative side of the business as well: UX & UI, web site & and graphic design. I have been a solo act, been part of some great teams and I have also led many teams to produce class leading enterprise applications and processes that are being used all over the world. Customer satisfaction has always been my number one priority, and when I say customer, I mean both internal and external customers. I am not someone who requires much in the way of direction or instruction, though I do welcome feedback and constructive criticism, and understanding that most of my customers are not at the level of nerdom as I, I try to communicate in a clear & direct language.
Before coming to IT, I worked up through the ranks in the restaurant industry. Over the course of 10 years I went through dishwashing, cooking, serving and finally management. You might be thinking, yea right, flipping burgers, great job Einstein! But there are three important things that I learned in my years in the restaurant industry that I carry with me even to this day: people are not equipment so don't manage them as such, the importance of a satisfied customer, and hustle.
I’ll be the first one to admit that my edumacation is somewhat lacking, however, my extensive experience, knowledge, motivation, discipline, dedication and communication skills more than make up for it.
I went to high school at Central Bucks West and was only an average student (I was bored out of my mind). At 15 I started working part time at perkins restaurant in montgomeryville and went full time just before high school graduation. Since I was progressing so quickly up the ranks, I saw no need to continue on to college, plus I didn’t know how i’d pay for it! 8 years in I found myself wanting more, a new direction if you will, so I attended CLC (Computer Learning Center). I took the 18 month course learning the basics; networking, security, administration and programing... It was grueling work: school 5 nights a week and working 40 to 50 hours a week, but I came out the other side in one piece and armed with just enough knowledge and experience to make me dangerous ;) Right before graduation, I got a job as a junior programmer at ICANON Associates and was only there a year before landing a job at Sealing Solutions where I would spend the next 14 years honing my skills, acquiring new ones, and help Sealing Solutions become the leading supplier of fluid sealing devices to the aerospace industry in the United States.
My obsessions all fall under the umbrella of knowledge and learning. Anything that requires discovery or research and I run the risk of becoming obsessed. For example, when building my electric bicycle, I didn't just go out and buy one off the showroom floor, I immersed myself in 3 months of research. There is a huge body of knowledge involved with building an electric bicycle from scratch. Not only is there the bike specific items like proper wheel spoke patterns, truing a wheel and gear ratios, but there is also the electrical side like volts and amps of your battery pack and matching it with your motor, soldering, proper wire gauge, calibrating the throttle and regenerative braking. Battery technology, proper battery pack wiring, what connectors to use to handle amp draw. There are even things that you normally don't have to think about with a regular bicycle, like what tires and tubes to use? Seems like a simple question but keep in mind the bicycle goes 45mph and regular bicycle tires are not rated at those speeds!
My new obsession is motorcycles and motorcycle gear. I have many motorcycle projects i’d like to start, but the one that seems most likely is a hardtail shovelhead build. It seems as I get older, the toys just keep getting more expensive!
Tech, video games, movies and comics. typical geek stuff. My video game and movie timesinks have lessened as of late, but my interest in tech is as strong as ever. even things that i know i'll never use or need still fascinate me.
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