What follows is a personal history and peek inside my life and where I get my core values from.
To start with, I feel like I'm very lucky. I get to do what I enjoy - work on computers, from mini's to laptops, to desktops, to servers. I LIKE COMPUTERS.
And I get to make a living from it. As far back as I can remember, I've always loved PCs! In Junior High School, my first exposure to a personal computer was the Apple II, I first purchased my own a TRS-80 II it cost $999 - it had 16k of RAM with an 8k ROM, and used a cassette tape recorder to save programs, my very first program was written in BASIC!
What was it? Mr. Potato Head! My four year old son would just tap the keys and the eyes, ears, nose, lips would all randomly change, this was an 4k application!
My interests are broad and tend to lean toward music and computers. For example, while in high school I played saxophone, more about that in a bit. I volunteered to teach adults computer literacy. I was a guidance counselor for teens, in my local church group. I love to sing karaoke, and once in a while you can catch me hosting an internet radio show, or hosting an internet radio karaoke show.
Now I get to talk about me...
I was born in Harbor City, California, in a hospital. My father was an Brick Layer, my mother was still in High School. I moved to Carson CA, where I'm told I attended kindergarten and first grade, then moved again to Long Beach, CA where I spent the remainder of my grade school years.
We moved to Costa Mesa, California where I spent my "growing pains" called Middle and High School years. It was during this time where I met two influential men in my life both music teachers. Mr. Don Kimble, and Mr. Peter Fornier. Under their guidance, learned to play the saxophone; soprano, alto and tenor. It was where I learned music appreciation for classical, jazz and concert. I played in the Jazz, Marching, and Stage Bands. The biggest adventures during this time was Band Camp, Football Half-Time Shows, and Marching Band. But, the biggest thrill was marching in the Rose Parade. During practices for parades and half-time shows, I learned attention to detail and timing.
I, graduated early from High School, and left home to serve in the Armed Forces, proudly served my beloved country in both the Marine Corps and the Army National Guard. During this time I learned my personal core values, from the Marines:
Semper Fidelis - It Distinguishes the Marine Corps bond from any other. It goes beyond teamwork — it is a brotherhood that can always be counted on. Latin for "always faithful," Semper Fidelis guides Marines to remain faithful to the mission at hand, to each other, to the Corps and to country, no matter what. Becoming a Marine is a transformation that cannot be undone, and Semper Fidelis is a permanent reminder of that. Once made, a Marine will forever live by the ethics and values of the Corps.
Honor - A code of personal integrity, honor guides those who do the right thing when no one is looking. It is not only a duty, but also a distinction, as those who possess honor are held in honor. It's found in one's beliefs, but exhibited through one's actions. Marines are held to the highest of standards, ethically and morally. Marines are expected to act responsibly in a manner befitting the title they've earned.
Courage - When other principles are tested, it's courage that prevents them from crumbling. It isn't ignoring fear, but being stronger than fear. Courage is the guardian of all other values. It is there when times are toughest, when difficult decisions have to be made. It takes the form of mental, physical and ethical strength, and is found in the backbone of every Marine.
Commitment - Commitment is the spirit of determination found in every Marine. It is what compels Marines to serve our nation and the Corps, and to continue on when others quit. Commitment doesn't take breaks and it cannot be faked. It measures and proves one's desire, dedication and faithfulness. Becoming a United States Marine represents the highest level of commitment.
"Know yourself and seek self-improvement" - Never rest on your laurels, there is always something to be done, lessons to be learned, and a more efficient way of doing things.
The top ten places I've been in the world. Hiroshima, Japan - Nuremberg, Germany - Sydney Australia - Rome Italy - Iwakuni, Japan - Manila, Philippines - Hong Kong, China - Washington DC - Fukuoka Japan - Vancouver, British Columbia
I can also say that I have accumulated enough miles to circle the earth three times.
I received my college degree, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology, at Trinity College & University in Malaga Spain.
Although focused in the information technology industry, I have done several types of work, Travel Reservations, Search and Rescue, Logistics, and Aircraft Load Planning,
The most often asked question in my interview's has been how did you get started in the IT field?
My answer is - I was working as a load planner for a company called Transit Air Cargo Inc and a hard drive failed on the server, the DBA.Consultant was unavailable so the President of the company, came out and ask "Can any fix a hard drive?" I raised my hand and said I could. He gave me the corporate card and sent me on my way to Circut City, where I purchased a replacement hard drive. After the drive finished rebuilding, he told me "Rob, you're now my computer guy", the rest is history!
When I am not working, I love to Read, listen to Audio Books, Travel; A good friend of my wife and mine told us "Never waste a sunrise" so we don't. We can be anywhere from San Diego to San Simeon, and from Las Vegas, NV to Phoenix, AZ. I also love to sing Karaoke and play on my iDevices (iPhone and iPad).
I am available for Information Technology Consulting or Karaoke Hosting
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