I’m originally from the Dallas / Fort Worth area of Texas. I moved to the UK just over 18 years ago and I have 3 lovely children who are the apple of my eye.
I come from an IT pedigree, both of my parents were very IT focused – first working at Texas Instruments and then for Microsoft. Following on in their shoes I’ve been in the IT industry ever since leaving College. I cut my IT teeth at Microsoft in Las Colinas. During my employment I took the opportunity to further my education further and obtained my Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator and CompTIA certifications.
Upon moving to the UK in 2002 I started working several contracts until taking on permanent employment in 2004 I started with Finning UK. During my tenure as a Senior Infrastructure Analyst I upgraded my Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator – MCSA from 2000 to 2003 and then I’ve upgraded this to Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist – MCTS or the MCSA 2008 equivalent. One of my key projects I was responsible for before departing Finning was to deploy Microsoft Office Communicator (OCS) this was to work alongside key deployments within other Finning environments in South America and Canada.
Furthering my Unified Communications experience and wanting to get into the nitty gritty of tech I joined Vodafone as a Microsoft Analyst in early 2011, BT Engage IT in late 2011, Applicable in early 2013, and Computacenter in Late 2013. My key responsibilities are to provide an expert understanding of Microsoft Skype for Business, Microsoft Lync, and Microsoft Office Communicator and ultimately all Microsoft Unified Communications.
Outside of my place of work am a founding member of Microsoft Cloud User Group (MSCUG) with Microsoft MVPs Steve Goodman to host UC Birmingham User Group.
In addition I am a founder of UC Day brings you the content and spirit of global conferences like MEC and Lync Conference, updated sessions from Ignite to the United Kingdom.
My views and blog posts are my own and not the opinion of my employer.