The picture you see is my wonderful family and me. The reason I live and work so hard.
I was born in McHenry IL, just north of Chicago, when I was 10, my parents moved us to Mountain Home Arkansas where I completed my childhood training. (LOL) My father owned a construction company there caked Amundsen and Son’s Construction. Yes, my brother and I were the Son’s. We worked with him since the time we were 12 years old. We did commercial work, Residential, Custom Homes, Repairs, Remodeling as well as helped build our own home when we moved there.
I have always carried all of that construction, plumbing, & electrical experience with me and constantly performed those tasks on my own house, neighbors, friends and family. Nothing feels better then getting your hands dirty!
I got my first computer and 1982, a Texas Instruments TI 99/4A and immediately fell in love with it. My next computer was a Commodore 64. I would spend all day working with my dad in construction and all night writing programs, games whatever I could think of to make the computer do.
When I graduated High School, I knew I wanted to go to school for computers, however, in 1984, not one 4 year college offered any courses in Computer’s and Computer sciences, they actually told me that Personal Computers were a fad and would not last. I did manage to find two trade schools that offered Computer Programming and Technical courses. Devry and Bryan Institute. So off I went to Bryan Institute in Tulsa, OK to complete my two-year degree. I believe now they call is an Associates Degree in Computer Technology.
When I graduated, I was picked up by an Oil and Gas Research company in Colorado Springs, Co. There I helped write code, and kept all of the computer equipment in good working order. This is also where I met my first wife who passed away several years back from cancer.
After that, I worked as a Service Technician for a Business Machine Company in Colorado Springs. It was there I received my Networking Engineer Certification from Novell, Printer Certifications, PC Certifications and my Tempest Certification. The Tempest Certification allowed me to work on Top Secret government PC’s. I spent the next several years working inside N.O.R.A.D, Fort Carson, Peterson AFB, Falcon AFS and the Air force Academy.
I was then offered a Showroom Manager position for Applied Computer Technologies, who at the time was on INC’s 500 fastest growing companies in America list. We opened up a location on Colorado Springs and after the first year I received their Employee of the Year award. We were the first location to turn a profit our first year in operation.
When my late wives father got ill, she wanted to move back to her home, Baton Rouge, LA, to be near him and her family, so we packed up and moved. This was in 1995 and I have loved it here ever since.
My first job here was with Computer Technologies Group as a service tech. I figured it would be a good way to start and also to learn Baton Rouge, by going out on services calls and meeting all the people and businesses.
After only a year, I got hired by PCA Solutions as their IT Administrator. They were the servicing company for LUBA Worker’s Comp. When LUBA left PCA to go with Risk Management Services to administer their Work Comp Fund, RMS hired me on as their IT Administrator. After a few year a lot of growth, Locations in Baton Rouge, Metairie and Beaumont TX, I was promoted to Vice President of I.T.
While at Risk Management Services, Myself, one of the owners and a couple of managers developed a Bill Review software program which saved LUBA over 3 million dollars in claims the first year of use.
It was then we left RMS to start Cost Containment Services, a bill review company for any and all Work Comp organizations. After a lengthy lawsuit between RMS’s previous owners over ownership and royalties from Cost Containment Services, unfortunately the company had to close its doors.
After being on my own services clients and companies, I decided to open a Daycare. I did this to give a family member a business so that they would have a future, unfortunately after working it for a year, they decided they did not want it. I tried to keep it going for several years, but after $15,000 in bad debt from the parents I had no choice but to shut it down. However, it was at this daycare where why late wife passed away and I met my new wife and her two wonderful children.
So far my life has definitely been a journey, I cannot wait to see where else it takes me!
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