Meet Jeff: Our Technical Lensman

Jeff joined the Howard Tech Advisors team as an Engineer earlier this year. Previously he worked at the Social Security Administration as a Systems Analyst and has been in the IT industry for over 15 years. Jeff enjoys learning about new technology and enjoys working at Howard Tech because of the small, family-like feel. He enjoys being able to support customers efficiently. Everyone here is happy to have him on the team! Learn a little bit more about Jeff here.

What makes your role here different from others?

I’ve mainly worked at larger IT shops, where sometimes issues get lost in the clouds. I like how HTA is so customer-focused. I also love how quickly we can resolve issues here.

I’d like to take some classes to get certified in…

SQL Server Reporting Services or SSRS. I could help our clients build flexible and powerful reports based on their database, SharePoint data, and other information. These reports could help leaders, specific departments, managers, or even their entire office. I would also like to receive certifications for VMware and Cisco.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I have a 27-month old son and he is the center of my universe. So even though I wouldn’t call that a personal accomplishment, he is, with no question what I am most proud of.

One of my favorite hobbies is…

Photography. Ansel Adams and Annie Leibovitz are two of my favorite photographers. One day I would like to travel to New Zealand.

Some of my other favorite activities are…

Recently, I’ve become an expert of knowing just when my 2-year old son is about to hit his head on something and helping him avoid it. Other favorite hobbies include playing video games. “The Last of Us” is a current favorite that entertains as much or more than a movie. Music. I’m a devourer of all music, including Miles Davis, A Tribe Called Quest, Radiohead, Aphex Twin, and Stevie Wonder. There are a lot more but those are just a few that come to mind. I don’t watch too much current television, but I am a huge fan of The Wire and The Sopranos. I did recently watch the HBO mini-series, The Defiant Ones, and really enjoyed it. More recently, I have been watching “Halt and Catch Fire,” which is a series set in the 1980s during the personal computing boom.

A favorite motivational quote of mine is…

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” ~Confucius

What is a recent book you have read worth mentioning?

I am a Hunter Thompson fan. During the recent presidential election, I re-read Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, and consider it a favorite. It’s a collection of articles Thompson wrote for Rolling Stone magazine while following the 1972 Democratic nominee, George McGovern. Thompson was one of the first journalists to use “technology” to turn in articles. For this collection, his articles were sent in via the “mojo wire” a.k.a. “fax machine” just minutes before due to the press for printing.

I wish I could…

Make fire from ice. Yes, it is possible. Here is video to prove it:

Important things you will find on my desk…

A fidget cube. They aren’t just for children. Several people in the office have them and they are great for keeping my hands busy while I’m on hold with a vendor. I also have the trusty pen and pad. When I’m onsite with a client, I’m constantly taking notes to make sure I clearly communicate with my team any changes in their environment or to get back to the client with any answers to questions they may have.