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Back in 1985, I started working as a delivery driver for a small auto parts store. When I wasn't delivering parts, I would spend my time putting up stock, sweeping the floor, and machining brake rotors and drums. After a few months, I was slowly moved to the parts counter, taking telephone and in-person orders. During this time, I started to develop the skill of interacting with different personalities. When the company purchased a new computer system, the store manager noticed that I was able to learn quickly, and soon I was the go-to guy for any questions about how the computer system worked. I learned to manage a fairly large inventory of different parts. The store manager was also an excellent mechanic, and he shared some of his knowledge with me. He didn't mind that I performed minor automotive repairs to make extra money (for example, I would get to work early, and start a brake job before the store opened, and I would finish it up during my lunch break).
Eventually, the store was sold, and the new company gave me the opportunity to try my hand at outside sales. I really enjoyed the marketing part of this new role (designing sales flyers, etc.). One of my responsibilities was to help garage owners get connected to our computer system so that they could look up parts, check prices, and place orders online (at this point in time, most smaller businesses did not have a high-speed Internet connection, so most of this was done with a modem and a telephone line). I really enjoyed doing this for my customers. I even wrote a small user manual that they could refer to after I left. I liked this work so much that I decided to go back to school!
After two years at Wake Technical Community College, I received an Associate's Degree in Applied Science for Networking Technology. While I was at Wake Tech, I studied many computer operating systems, hardware platforms, and programming languages. I also had the honor of being a Student Ambassador, giving tours of the campus, describing available programs and resources, and sharing my personal experience with potential students and their parents. As a Student Ambassador, I was able to continue learning to develop interpersonal relationships.
By the time I had finished my coursework at Wake Tech, a professor that I had befriended recommended me for a position with a small software company, and I became the installation manager. I traveled the United States (as well as Canada and the U.S. Virgin Islands) installing IVR (Interactive Voice Response) Systems and other hardware/software products in pharmacies. I was very fortunate to be exposed to many different environments, and I was able to learn how to integrate and troubleshoot a very wide variety of computer operating systems, networks, telephone systems, printers, and all kinds of miscellaneous hardware and software products.
While all of this was happening, I had a very busy personal life as well. I was lucky to be born into a family with a lot of different skills. My Dad built his own house. While I would like to say that I helped, I was too young to have contributed much. Since I was the youngest of five children, he also had to keep a miniature fleet of vehicles on the road. I watched some and participated some as he did body work, upholstery, engine and transmission rebuilds and replacements, tune-ups, brake repairs, etc. We weren't wealthy growing up, but he helped each of us get a car, and taught the boys how to keep them running. As we got old enough to purchase or build a home, he jumped in and helped every one of us in some way. For about 15 or 20 years, there was constantly a house being built, an addition, a garage or workshop, a kitchen remodel, or something being done to one of our houses. Somewhere along the way, I developed the confidence and skill to build my own house. I've since sold, bought, remodeled, added on, etc. several times. In addition to my own projects, I have helped many friends, family members, and clients with construction projects of varying degrees of complexity.
I recently decided that it is time for me to go into business full time - I want to use all of the skills that I have developed over the years to help make the world a better place in whatever way that I can. I have my van loaded with tools, and I hope that I will be able to serve you!
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