About Me

I'm the IT Manager of Evans Consulting in Falls Church, VA, and I have six years of professional experience. My areas of focus include Windows Server administration, Office 365, PowerShell, and various networking areas including firewall and switch management. I hold an M.B.A. from California University of Pennsylvania.


I invite you to check out my projects on GitHub as well as my conference presentations and blog posts which I will write here from time to time. Please feel free to connect with me either via LinkedIn or via the form on the "Contact Me" tab. You can also find me on SpiceWorks as theitguy107.


When I'm not busy with managing IT or testing a new concept in my home lab, I enjoy running half marathons, playing classical piano, and serving in my church.

Skills

IT Management

Budget and cost-savings

I believe that every IT expense must align with a corporate business goal, and those purchase decisions must involve a thorough evaluation of all relevant vendors in the industry. This approach enables IT departments to identify the best cost leader who can provide for all the needs in a project. In one example, I enabled an organization to cut costs by adopting a system integration model instead of a "cookie-cutter" approach when I built their IT infrastructure. While this initially involved a more hands-on configuration, the savings to our budget justified this approach and allowed us to have available funds for other projects that year.

Security-focused philosophy

Security in IT is a two-part process that involves technical and people aspects. I have helped companies become more security-focused through deployment of security infrastructure (firewalls, WPA2-Enterprise WiFi networks, security policies) and by providing cybersecurity awareness trainings to staff in the form of lunch-and-learns and eLearning platforms like KnowBe4.

Vendor Relations

The best vendor relationships are those that are understood as partnerships instead of purely transactional. One lesson I learned from a former boss was how a solid working relationship could be developed with partners via simple acts of hospitality such as a friendly greeting or offering a cup of coffee to an account manager during an onsite visit. From my own experience, better relationships always lead to better results from vendors and partners.

Digital Asset Management

I helped a company deploy its first digital asset management solution to organize its media assets. The project involved working with third party consultants to research and vet potential vendors, attending the Henry Stewart DAM conference in New York, and organizing the onsite demos with our finalists. Once we had selected our DAM vendor, I was responsible for deploying the servers and SAN and working closely with their engineers and our DAM Manager to configure the DAM in accordance with our metadata model and upload our assets to it.

System Administration

My 5 years of experience as an IT Manager has allowed me to be involved with nearly all aspects of managing an IT infrastructure including servers, networking, storage, and Microsoft 365. My strongest area of sysadmin expertise is in server management, virtualization, and Exchange & SharePoint Online. Some of the projects I have completed include a P2V Hyper-V migration, network upgrade involving a WatchGuard firewall and Unifi access points, and implementation of Microsoft Teams and new SharePoint sites.

PowerShell

My focus in PowerShell is primarily around Windows Server management and automation. Some of my work is available on my Github page here: https://github.com/theitguy107

Public Speaking

I've presented at SpiceWorld in Austin, TX three times since 2018 and enjoy talking about IT management soft skills and various technical topics. You can view some of my sessions under the Video tab of my website.

Work experience


IT Manager, Evans Consulting

May 2020 – Present

  • Manage daily day-to-day operations of the company’s IT on-prem and Office 365 infrastructure

  • Provide technical support for end users via collaboration with the company MSP

  • Develop the annual IT budget and strategic plan

IT Manager, Fred Rogers Productions

July 2016 – May 2020

  • Manage daily maintenance and backup of the company's IT infrastructure.

  • Collaborated with the Chief Operating Officer to create the annual IT budget and strategic plan.

  • Streamlined and automated maintenance operations via remote deployment software and PowerShell.

  • Helped to evaluate and deploy a digital asset management system for the company’s media assets.

Network Technician, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

August 2014 – July 2016

  • Provided A/V services for campus events and worship services.

  • Migrated WSUS Server 2003 to Server 2012.

  • Evaluated and deployed a new digital signage system for the entire campus.


Education


  • Master in Business Administration, California University of Pennsylvania (2016)

  • Bachelors of Science in Biology, Duquesne University (2011)