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Our Fix-It Guy: Steve Nowak

Friday, January 02, 2015

People profiles give you a chance to meet our staff - the folks you may deal with on a regular basis here at IT Resource. 

Official Title: Network Engineer II

What do you do at IT Resource, and what certifications do you have: I provide customers with IT services from ranging server configuration and maintenance, to software license management, projects, and network management. Providing customers with end to end service to fulfill any IT needs they may have is what I do. My certifications include Network Engineer - MCP, Cisco Unified Computing Technology Support Specialist, Cisco Data Center Support for UC Specialist, WebEx Design and Implementation, and VMware VSP.

What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail? Build my dream home on the shores of Lake Michigan. 

Do you have any hidden talents?  I am pretty good at electrical and mechanical work. The repair of small engines and home projects of sorts come naturally to me. I love to work to improve my home and assist my family and friends on their projects.

What is the best part about working at ITR? Every day is an opportunity to learn about emerging trends and to apply those to new and existing customers.

How long have you worked at ITR? Since September, 2011

If you knew then, what you know now, what piece of advice would you give yourself? Add your gut feelings in to the decisions you make with logic. Your gut may be right.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I still would like to work for the US Forest Service in the Manistee National Forest or Yellowstone National Park as a park ranger, if money is no object. Can’t get enough of the natural beauty of either location.

What is the most interesting job you’ve ever had that was not IT related? Fieldman/Truck Driver while in college for a local farm Co-Op. I drove all over Michigan and elsewhere in everything from pickup trucks to tractor trailers. I worked with farmers, and companies like Meijer, Spartan Stores, D&W, and others to make sure that the Michigan farm products (apples, peaches, etc.) were delivered and staged in the stores. 

Tell us something your colleagues don't know about you: I almost joined the US Parks Service but then found out how low the starting pay was for the job of Ranger. I chose wiser.

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