I first took an interest in computers in 1982 when my junior high school opened a computer lab filled with Commodore PET computers. After an introduction to the BASIC programming language, I was hooked.
While I was in the Navy, I was given an opportunity to learn about, and install, NetWare networks at a small number of Naval installations scattered around southern California. After leaving the Navy in 1996, I focused on system and network engineering roles using a variety of technologies including Windows, Linux, and Solaris servers running on a variety of VMWare and HP hardware and utilizing Cisco networks.
I started my career in traditional IT roles starting out in desktop support and systems and network engineering. I was the Director of IT for a small game company leading a team of 12 people and supporting more than 150 servers, 250 workstations and 4000 desktop PCs installed throughout North America.
In 2009, I became the administrator for an ERP implementation of NetSuite during which we consolidated two CRM systems and an ERP system into a single, cloud-based, financial system.