Meet Jason: Our Dog Lovin’ Tech Enthusiast

If you have any questions about the latest technology, Jason is the go-to guy. Most likely, he has already spent time researching whatever gadget is being released to consumers tomorrow, next week, and even next month. He’s also a very passionate dog lover. He and his girlfriend, Susie, have a sheltie, Teddy. What else keeps this guy ticking? Find out here.

I’ve been in IT for …

Almost 18 years. In 1999, I began with some very basic tasks, installing applications, basic networking, learning how backup worked and slowly began learning more and more. I was an IT manager for a government contractor who created eLearning software for the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). I managed their entire infrastructure from email servers, file servers, network, security, just about everything.

The most exciting part of my day at Howard Tech is …

That everything is always changing. Just wait a week and something new will be coming to market. I love that I do not know what tomorrow will bring but I am so excited to find out. I absolutely love anything technology-related. I cannot wait to get my hands on anything new that comes to market and learn everything I can about it. I also enjoy sharing that knowledge with others. I like helping people figure out the good products from the bad, and showing them how it can enhance their lives.

My most proud accomplishment is …

That I decided to attend a 4-year university to get my bachelor’s degree. As someone who was never excited about going to school, I had several moments of hesitation when I graduated high school. Ultimately, I decided to put in the extra work, and I am so glad that I did. Also, I made a ton of friends and learned a lot more, too.

Now I would like to continue my education to …

Receive my SonicWALL certification and some certifications in cloud services such as Azure, AWS (Amazon Web Services), and others.

Outside of work I enjoy …

I love to play video games. I love to work on cars, specifically BMWs. I am a bit of a BMW enthusiast specifically. I’ve rebuilt them from near ground up over the years. If I wasn’t doing IT I would have been an auto mechanic. I also love going to concerts and working on the house. I tend to DIY anything and everything I have time to.

My favorite TV show is …

The Simpsons. I’ve been a huge Simpson fan since they originally aired. I try to watch new episodes every Sunday whenever possible. Despite some of the episodes having gone downhill from where they once were, it is now more nostalgic than anything.

Some causes I am passionate about are …

I LOVE dogs and even though I have not spent much time volunteering in recent years, I fully support the adoption facilities and folks who rescue animals from abusive situations.

I also support the local homeless shelters, Grassroots specifically. I think it is important to help out our fellow community. I’d sure want someone to help me if I was in that situation. Susie and I just spent last weekend cleaning out closets and brought a few trash bags full of towels, blankets, and clothing over to Grassroots.

I also donate to the Maryland Cancer Society. My father struggled for 8 years with cancer. Thanks to the experimental treatments that came to market it saved his life and he has been cancer free for about 4 years now. Susie’s father is also a cancer survivor, so it is something that has effected my life and one’s I love, dearly.

Last but not least my Grandmother passed away from heart complications, so I’ve often donated to the American Heart Association as well.

A funny, timeless family story is …

When I was younger, we spent a lot of time at my grandparent’s farm in Pennsylvania. One day I was outside playing with my two cousins Buster and Chip. Chip had to use the bathroom and we convinced him to just go around the back of the farm house and not waste time going inside. He was taking an abnormally long amount of time, so we went to check on him. We ran around the back of the house and when he saw us coming he got startled. He fell backwards into a massive cactus. Why Grandma had a cactus, no one knows? He shot out of the garden screaming at the top of his lungs. He ran inside and told his mother what happened. Moments later my mother and aunt were in Grandma’s bathroom with tweezers pulling hundreds, maybe thousands of prickles out of my cousin’s rear end. They were in there for hours working to get them all out. We were maybe 10 years old at the time. When getting together for holidays we still, to this day, give him a hard time about it. Pretty infamous story in our family and brings us lots of laughs.

A food I could not live without …

Hamburgers. I am a bit of a hamburger connoisseur. Is that even a thing? Susie and I have traveled far distances in search of “the perfect burger.” While we’ve had many great ones, I am not sure we’ve found “the one” just yet. The search continues…

My favorite gadget …

My smartphone. It is literally a life line for me. Also, without my calendar I would never make a single appointment or remember what I need to do each day. It literally dictates my next move.

A survival technique I wish I had …

For my body to be able to naturally purify water. That would be pretty amazing. I am not sure if that’s even possible to achieve, but since you asked that is my wish, oh Genie!

My goals for the new year (2018) …

Get engaged to the wonderful girl in my life. It is time to stop dragging my feet on that one. I also have some upcoming repairs I need to do on my house, like a new roof, install patio in the back yard, and some other things. I’d love to get some new IT certifications as mentioned above.

Three things on my desk …

Picture of Susie and I from our first vacation together in Ocean City. A network drawing I asked Susie to create for me to show up the one Nathan drew. Of course my computer, where all the “magic” happens from the day to day.

Three people who inspire you …

Both Ananta and Patrick (of Howard Tech Advisors) for sure. I love those guy’s attitudes and personalities. They both have helped me grow so much over the past few years and it is great working with those guys. I consider them extensions of my family.

I also get inspiration from my good friend Ali Alzand. Ali came to the United States from Iraq, learned the language, became a citizen, bought a house, got married, and is now working at Amazon and all within a fairly short time period. He just never gives up on his dreams and has taught me if you want something, simply do it. No hesitation, don’t think about it, just do it and it will happen.

Something that most people at Howard Tech do not know about me…

Is that I am absolutely, positively terrified of heights. I can easily get paralyzed by only ascending a short distance from the ground to the point where I can not physically move and I get massive pains in my leg muscles. I’ve tried many things to overcome this irrational fear and yet nothing has worked out yet. Have any ideas?

 

About The Author

Michelle Pelszynski

Michelle Pelszynski

Born and raised in Howard County, Michelle is an upbeat wordsmith, with a passion for giving back to her community. She enjoys live music - from bluegrass to hip hop, having fun with her husband and daughter, traveling, running, practicing yoga, reading, and baking. She also has the pleasure of coaching a group of amazing young ladies in the Heart & Sole and Girls On the Run after school program.


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