Job Role: Director
Department: Information Technology, Lincoln
Military Branch: Navy
Explain a little bit about your career at NRECA. What is the core function of your current role and how does it support the mission of the organization?
I’ve worked at NRECA for 16 years. I am the director of IT for the Lincoln office of NRECA, overseeing a staff of 15 people. We are responsible for 401(k); FSA/HRA and Group Claims related systems; Lincoln Workflow; Imaging; the Lincoln Data Center and Network; Lincoln Phone System; Audio Visual and Print technologies; and Service Desk support for Lincoln employees. I’ve been in my current role for 8.5 years. Prior to that, I was an application developer on the Omni Support Team.
How did you get here? How has your background in the military influenced your career choices and your career path?
I was an electronic and cryptology technician in the United States Navy. That interest in technology carried forward when I started college in the early 1980s and it influenced my decision to get a degree focused on computer technology.
How did you become interested in your area of expertise?
My experience as an electronic technician in the USN, along with the booming growth of computer technology in the late 1970s and early 1980s, really helped to drive my interest in the information technology fields.
Aside from your daily work, what appeals to you about NRECA as an organization?
Our mission and our dedication to our membership, as well as working with others who are inspired by that mission and are dedicated to serving our membership.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by people who love their jobs and are driven to learn the most they can learn and achieve the most they can achieve. Helping others find their career path and be successful in achieving their career goals also inspires me.
What does it mean to you to be working in your current field?
Computer technology, and specifically computer programming, is something I enjoyed from my initial introduction to it in the early 1980s. I’ve always enjoyed helping others achieve success by helping to solve their problems and acting on opportunities provided through technology.
If you could give one piece of career advice to someone who is transitioning out of the military, what would it be?
Find something you love to do, that is in demand. Learn everything you can and work hard to be the best you can be in your chosen field.