About Me

Professionally speaking, I am currently an IT manager at a community college in Raleigh, NC.  I have been in the information technology field since 1998, and was able to work up from an entry level analyst position to a manger level in 2007.  Some of this professional growth was easy and straight-forward, but other parts have been quite a challenge.  I am always learning and applying these lessons to my managerial responsibilities.  Sometimes I learn from others, and unfortunately, sometimes I have to learn from my mistakes.  Failure is part of the process and sometimes is the best way to learn a new lesson.

In 1995, I completed an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University in history.  History is very interesting and historical lessons commonly shape my outlook and disposition.  Unfortunately, it really did not directly lead to opportunities.  Honestly, my dream job would be at the Smithsonian where I could be part of actual history.  I just don’t think that is a viable option at this point, but what a job it would be!  In 1998, I completed an associate’s degree in computer information systems, which allowed me more opportunity and was able to get established in the computer field.  While working as a manager, I decided to go back to school and pursue graduate degree in business administration.  Not necessarily directly related to the IT sector, but I feel it was something that would allow me to branch out and allow for more opportunity.  More importantly, I have an acute interest in aligning business goals with the IT department.  I feel it is a significant problem in the business world where the IT departments are not equal business partners, and feel this is a common mistake.

On a personal level, I enjoy working on computers, or anything in the technology sector.  I also love to read all sorts of books and topics (science fiction and personal growth being the most common) and am constantly striving to improve all aspects of my life and hope to make a difference in others.  I enjoy arts and crafts and love to paint when I get the chance.

2 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Gerrit,

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    Would be great to hear your views once you’ve read it.

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    Regards
    Parani

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