Meet John: Our “Yes” Man

John joined us late last year and immediately felt like part of the family. He is the definition of having a “whatever it takes” attitude, which is probably how he got in the IT industry to begin with. Learn more about this go-getter here.

How did you find yourself in IT?

I have always been interested in technology but it really all started when my family got our first computer. It was a 1996 Gateway 2000 that my uncle bought us. Within the first week of having it, while playing DOS games that came with the computer, I somehow BSOD’ed (translate: “Blue Screen of Death”) the computer and it would not turn back on. That started my journey into the world of computer troubleshooting and repair.

What is one of your proudest accomplishments?

Building my first computer in high school and acquiring my A+ and Net+ certifications.

What is the most exciting part of your job at Howard Tech?

Working with a wide variety of dynamic, smart and interesting individuals. I enjoy meeting new clients and solving lots of different problems!

Outside of work, I enjoy:

Cooking, hiking, and growing a beard. I am an O’s and Ravens fan! Some of my favorite shows are Futurama, Planet Earth, and The Simpsons. My favorite “books” are the Dune series books and The Food Lab, a scientific cookbook. For movies, Fifth Element, Armageddon, The Martian, Star Wars, Indiana Jones: Ark of the Covenant. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus and Dr. Dre are some of my favorite artists.

My favorite tech gadget:

Most definitely my Chromecast and my S9+, which has allowed me to go cable-free and save lots of money.

I could not live without…

Cheese. Pickles. Hot sauce.

A funny family story…

I bought my dad a German Shepard for his birthday back when I was a Junior in high school. He was not very well trained but we loved him anyway. One morning, his collar broke. He chased our neighbor’s Shih Tzu around the neighborhood. Luckily, I caught him before he ate the dog. Shortly after, the neighbor moved. Before he moved, he gave us a gift. It was a book, titled “Cesar’s Way” by Cesar Milan, a dog training book. Also, one Thanksgiving my dog ate our Thanksgiving turkey.

If I was stranded in the wilderness, I wish I could…

Know how to forage for edible plants and fungi. I think it would also be helpful to know how to set traps.

My favorite motivational quote:

Surround yourself with people who have dreams, desire and ambition. They’ll help you push for and realize your own.

Three things on my desk…

A desktop punching bag for everyone to use. A talking Futurama Bender action figure. A gift shop glass cup from Colorado filled with candy for passersby.

Something that not many people know about you?

Before I went into IT, I worked as a cook and aspired to be a chef. I first learned and was trained in classical French cooking and technique. I still cook pretty often, read up on all things food, and own the two most famous Food Science texts, Harold McGee’s “On Food And Cooking: The Science And Lore Of The Kitchen” and Kenji Lopez-Alts’s “Food Lab”