Meet John: Our Down to Earth Dispatcher

John Lebo joined the Howard Tech Team in the summer of 2017 as the first “John” of the team. In a few short months, most of our clients have been lucky enough to talk to John, as he is diligent in his Customer Service Coordinator role. In other words, John is the man at manning our service boards. Also in a few short months, he has continued to let his beard grow past “Movember” (aka No-Shave-November), which he is very proud of. Learn a little bit more about our premier John here.

I have been in the IT industry…

For 4-1/2 years. Before joining Howard Tech, I was pursuing my associates degree in cyber security at Howard Community College (HCC). I was also working part-time at HCC in the student computer labs. I began searching for full-time employment and loved the culture at Howard Tech.

The most exciting part of my job is…

Working alongside the amazing people at HTA. I love coming to work every day because everyone is so welcoming. I am reminded of the closeness and camaraderie I felt while I was active duty in the Air Force. I feel fortunate to not only have found a career I enjoy, but also a place I look forward to going to every day. Also, I love to learn and since technology is always changing, it’s a great industry to be in!

I am very proud…

To have served in the U.S. Air Force. One of my fondest moments serving was being deployed in 2008 to Afghanistan with a 10-man group. We were tasked with repairing an A-10 Warthog that was badly damaged and thought to never fly again. After months, we successfully repaired the aircraft. Besides the mission being a success, all of us developed a close bond that still lasts today. I have been told that the aircraft is still in service today, flying with our wartime repair.  Through my service, I attribute my personal accomplishment of graduating from Howard Community College with High Honors. I am also very proud of receiving full physical custody of my oldest son when he was younger. My kids mean the world to me and this moment helped me realize I was doing my best for him. I’m also very proud of my awesome beard!

 Outside of work…

I love to play and watch sports, spending time with my kids being silly, hiking, camping, traveling and playing video games. I am a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Capitals, and any team my kids are on. Some of my favorite movies include Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, also a fan of the books, and Harry Potter. South Park, The Office, Parks and Recreation, Bob’s Burgers are some of my favorite TV shows. As far as music, I am a hip hop fan at heart but my love of music spans across many genres. Recently, I have been enjoying house and dubstep.

One of our family traditions is…

Around Christmas time, I take my kids to the store to pick up various gifts for other children. This allows them to feel like they are helping those less fortunate and empowering them with a feeling of selflessness. My oldest son loves this and would probably buy everything for every kid if he was able to.

A funny story not a lot of people know about me…

When I was a kid, I was extremely afraid of praying mantises. This was probably because I was told at a very young age that they could cause you to become blind by spitting acid in your eyes. When I was 14-years old, my family and I visited Conner Prairie, an attraction where visitors could experience life as though they were in Colonial times. It is an awesome place for history buffs. While we were walking between exhibits, we stopped to decide where to head next. My aunt noticed I picked up a traveler. She said, “you have a hitchhiker on your shoulder.” It was a praying mantis!

I glanced over to my shoulder and in sheer terror, I screamed as though I was singing a Mariah Carey song. I was wearing a pullover jacket and immediately ripped it off, my aunt said within seconds it was on the ground. I then began jumping up and down on the jacket and yelling random words. My grandmother was watching with a bewildered look and my aunt was leaning against a tree laughing so hard, she may have wet her pants. Yes, a wonderful day to be a teenager!

My favorite piece of technology is…

Right now, my Garmin fitness watch. My son and I have one and compete for steps everyday. Usually, he is the victor. I also rely heavily on GPS. I would most likely get very lost without it.

People who inspire me are…

My wife. Since the first day I met Shannon, she has inspired me to be the best person I can. Because of her influence, I have expanded my boundaries in many aspects of my life. This includes, my love and appreciation for nature, openness to trying new things – whether it’s travel, food, or activates. I have also become more mindful and aware of myself and what I am capable of in life.

My mom. She has always been there for me. In tough times, she has supported me, while pushing me to work through hurdles to create a better life. In good times, she has been there cheering me on and proud of my accomplishments. She has also inspired me to always work hard and always do your best, no matter the circumstance.

My children. They inspire me every day to enjoy life and just be myself. Being able to slow down and spend time with them daily is something I cherish. They remind me, through their innocence and caring attitude, that everyone has good inside and is special. They also encourage me to have fun and be carefree with them, acting silly and laughing together.

Something that not many people know about me…

While I was in high school, I worked for my aunt’s daycare as a teacher’s assistant. It was an amazing experience and very rewarding. Being around children and allowing them to feel welcome and safe is very special to me.

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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