We Are Thinsolutions….Meet Chris Norton

December 17, 2010

My name is Christopher Norton.  I am an IT consultant working out of the Jupiter, Florida IT Consulting office.

I have been with Thinsolutions for three years now.  Funny thing is I was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, but joined the company while living down in Florida.  I grew up in Stow Ohio.  I moved to Jupiter, Florida right after high school with my family.

I met my wife Cindy through friends at college.  We got married on Valentine’s Day and have been married for almost 16 years now.  We have been blessed with two healthy, beautiful daughters, Kayla, age 11 and Kate, age 7.  We love jumping in the car and heading to the beach.  We try to do activities outside whenever we can.  This is really a great place to live.  My parents have since moved back to Ohio and we enjoy going up to visit about twice a year.

I love a good challenge and in this profession you see them all day long.  I have always had a love for technology and computers.  My first experience with computing was back in the days of programming with the Commodore Vic 20 and other models.  My father, a businessman,  was fortunate to have some of the earliest computers in our house.  I learned everything I could about them.

Some people can use a computer for years, without asking questions like, “How does this thing work?  I kept on learning as time has passed.  The years went by, the first computer I built was a 286 IBM clone with a 20MB hard drive.  I continued building machines for friends and family. 

I experimented with different job industries, like insurance sales, stockbroker, but it just wasn’t for me after time.  I had some experience in printing and took a position with a printing company.  I installed some of the first networking there with coax and lantastic.  I managed that print shop for about 5 years, all the while incorporating the latest advances in PC’s and networking.  At this time, I had friends in the computer industry who, before they got their jobs,  had learned everything they knew about computers from me.  They advised me to pursue a career in the field of Network Administration.

I got the opportunity to work as a Windows NT admin in conjunction with a team from whom I could learn.  I adapted quickly and decided this was the place to be.  Even though I liked the creativity I had in the Printing Industry, I was learning something new every day.

After mastering Windows NT, Windows 2000 came out and I got my MCSE during that year.  I then went on to work for a security company and installed client/server access control systems in cruise ships for Princess, Royal Caribbean and others.  There were plenty of other notable places, NYPD HQ, Ernst & Young, MacDill AFB and many other Hospitals, Schools, etc.

One thing I experienced soon enough was that, while some people may call you a computer analyst, you are a hero to others.  It makes one feel good about themselves to help others in this way.

I got to travel all over the world at this time, places like Japan, Singapore, and Italy.  One thing that travel allows for is time to study. During this time I fell in love with the world of Linux, which made me seek out the RHCE certification to further diversify myself.  After 5 years, the travel was starting to get old, so I moved on. 

Next, I worked for an Antivirus company for a while as a network engineer.  It was a great place and it taught me the importance of project management and how to guide a project along.  I had to work directly with development and QA to make this happen.

Working at Thinsolutions, I have learned a lot and gained much more Cisco experience.  I have completed my CCENT certification and I’m close to finishing the CCNA.  I have a lot of great clients and look forward to working with them and advising them in the future.

I believe that your health is very important, eating well and getting exercise is the key to a long fulfilling life.

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We Are Thinsolutions…meet Joe Massi

November 18, 2010

Hi! My name is Joe Massi. I’ve been with Thinsolutions for a little over 3 years now and currently work as a Help Desk Analyst in the  Managed Services  Group.  I’ve been in the technology industry for 9 years and have really enjoyed it.  I learned about computers while in college at the University of Akron getting my associates degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology. I graduated from Akron in December 2000 and the following May got my first IT job.  So much for that expensive 2 year degree that took me 7 years to get!  Why did it take me 7 years to get a 2 year degree? Well, I was working landscaping during the day and then driving to Akron at night to take classes. 

I’m married to my wonderful wife Paula and we have 2 kids, Briana age 5 and Michael age 5 months (as of the end of November). We live in Chardon Ohio in our new home.In my spare time I like to, umm…uhh…well if I had spare time I’m sure I could find something fun to do.

One thing that people would never peg me for doing is skydiving. It’s true. I went skydiving, even though I have a fear of heights. It was the summer of ’99 and I jumped not once, not twice but 10 times!! Go figure. It was awesome though. The biggest adrenaline rush I’ll ever have!

 


We Are Thinsolutions….Meet Larry Mellgren

October 21, 2010

I grew up in Spokane, Washington.   I graduated from WSU with a BS in Forest Management , a BA in Business Administration and a commission in the U.S. Army.

I went to Ft Belvoir for Engineer Officer Basic and Ft Benning for Airborne school. I then went Germany and was a Combat Engineer Company Commander in the Third Armored Division fighting the “Cold War”. I came off active duty as a Captain and returned to Spokane. I was a Hot Rolling Forman at Kaiser for two years and commanded the 623 Engineer Company in Hillyard.

I then moved to Boston and worked in the Graphic Arts Industry. I started as a sales rep and wound up as World Wide Accessories Marketing manager for Compugraphic, a manufacturer of phototypesetters. I spent 220 days a year outside the country for about ten years. I would start in Helsinki and wind up in Istanbul, Turkey.

Militarily I stayed in the Reserves and commanded a Battalion in Boston. I then went to work in the Pentagon. I worked in Plans and Operations. I worked on Grenada, Panama and wound up being called up for the first Gulf War. I ran the night shift in the war room. I retired as a Lt Col.

I then moved to Florida to become National Sales Manager for Visual Graphics. After a year I started a company selling billing systems to Doctor’s offices. We merged with a couple of other companies and eventually I went to work for Web MD and now I work for Thinsolutions  selling IT Services and EMR Software.

I am married and I have one son, one daughter and a step daughter  who is a dentist.

I live in Tamarac, Florida on a golf course so I play golf.   I also fly airplanes.  My wife and I enjoy cruising and have been on about 20 cruises.


We Are Thinsolutions….Meet Jeff Gordon

October 21, 2010

Looking back, Jeff Gordon can hardly remember a time when he wasn’t tinkering with computers.  Growing up in a household with a father who was  a computer systems manager, and an older brother going in to computer programming, he was surrounded by technology from a very young age.  This has developed in to a passion that continues today.

Jeff has worked professionally in IT for six years, and is coming up on his three year anniversary with the Cleveland IT Consulting  group at Thinsolutions.  “Being a consultant is anything but boring most of the time.  The technology I support is constantly evolving, and I love learning about new technology.”

Jeff attended the Cisco Networking Academy at Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, and began working professionally in IT shortly thereafter.  Jeff currently holds several certifications including Cisco Certified Network Associate, CompTIA Network+, Microsoft Certified Professional, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, and Microsoft Certified IT Professional.

In his free time, Jeff enjoys riding his motorcycle, video games, and travelling.  Last summer he went for a week long backpacking trip at Yellowstone National Park, and is currently exploring the possibility of a white water rafting trip through the Grand Canyon.


We Are Thinsolutions…..Meet Chris Abbott

September 23, 2010

Chris Abbott claims to have spent most of his childhood summers grounded for one reason or another, although he does not really remember why he was being punished. “Sometimes I think my mother just wanted help with the yard work.”

He has always had an interest in computers.  “ I worked 2 jobs, averaging 20 hours a day,  only sleeping every third day for 2 months to buy my first computer .  It cost over $1,000 15 year ago.   I used to call my dad when I messed it up but then it got to a point where he couldn’t help me anymore and I had to figure it out myself. I learned then that I had a knack for it.  Now I have an Associate’s degree in Information Technology/Computer Network Systems, and I am a Microsoft Certified Professional and a Certified ShoreTel installer.”

Chris has worked in the industry for 4 years and has been a part of the Cleveland IT Consulting Services  Group at Thinsolutions for about a year.  “I like being able to solve problems. The problems are always different so it never gets repetitive, and you always learn something from each one.  I like to be challenged and in this field there is no shortage of that.”

When not helping our clients with their IT challenges, Chris enjoys camping, fishing and going to Indians games.  Until recently most of his free time was spent with Monica and their 5 month old Boxer puppy, Turk.  All that changed on September 4th though, when Chase Michael Abbott entered the world .  Now Chris spends most of his free time learning to be a Dad!


We Are Thinsolutions…Meet Jesse Wells

September 12, 2010
 

My name is Jesse Wells.  I have been with Thinsolutions for 6 years.  I have been married for 15 years to my high school sweetheart.  We have three great boys who are all interested in sports.  I have a 13, 10 and a 5 year old.  I was in the military for 6 years where I worked in the hospital as a medical lab tech.  While working there, I got a feel for computers and I really enjoyed working and fixing our computers that we used in the lab. Because of that,  I pursued a degree in computer science from the University of Phoenix.  We were stationed in Tucson, AZ for most of my tour in the Air Force.  When my tour was over, my wife and I decided to move back home to Ohio.  We both feel that family is important and it has been great watching our children grow up near both sets of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.  My other passion is traveling.  I have been very lucky that I have been given the opportunity to visit many islands.  I enjoy the ocean and love to get out and snorkel as much as I can. 

 


We are Thinsolutions…..Meet Brandon Bergum

September 2, 2010

Brandon Bergum’s first job was at Wyandot Lake making funnel cakes. He was quickly transferred to an easier job at the candy shop, however, when the funnel cake lines consistently extended past the bumper cars. While he acknowledges that he was not the fastest at funnel cakes, Brandon is still amazed by how crazy people get about their funnel cakes.

Following graduation from Kent State with a Finance major, Brandon sought both finance and technology jobs. His first offer was a technical consulting position and he has never looked back. A lot has happened since learning to cut and paste on his first day on the job.

Brandon has now been with Thinsolutions for seven years and in the technology industry for twelve years. In his role as Manager of IT Consulting Services for the Cleveland area, he especially enjoys the wide variety of customers and technology with whom he works on a daily basis. Every day is something different and an opportunity to lean new things.

Brandon lives in the Akron area with his wife Andrea and their two young boys, Nicholas and Christopher. In addition to chasing his sons, his hobbies include golf, playing basketball and other outdoor activities. He believes his greatest accomplishment is his family and he takes great pride in watching them grow every day.