My Tech Story
I was forced into learning about “those new computers in the storage room.” It was an order from my company commander after finding out that other companies were already “Plugged In”, or plugged up. He wasn’t sure but, we needed to get plugged in too. Apparently, not being plugged in could hurt a company commanders promotion chances.
In 1987, while serving in the US Army, I was tasked with unboxing, setting up, configuring, networking and connecting these eight new IBM 80286 Personal Computers to the Headquarters main frame.
I was given this opportunity by the Co. Commander because I had served with him a few years prior at Ft. Hood, TX. He remembered that I had a “penchant” for computers. That was true, if you consider a Commodore Vic 20 a computer.
The good news was that, I was hooked. I got into every aspect of managing and improving the network and connections.
When I left the military, I was was able to leverage my US Army experience to land a job with a major insurance company in the IT Department. That job led to a job at the St. Paul Companies, then Ameritrade, Bank One and Chase Bank, working my way up to Regional IT Director.
Turning to full-time freelancing in 2015, I realized that many small business owners were reaching out for help with eCommerce, Email list building and mail automation, Customer Relationship Management, PayPal, Google Search, SEO, etc.