What are your duties at the Chamber as Director of Information Systems?
I’m in charge of managing all PCs, servers and the technology budget. I primarily work with the databases and manage other things as well. I’ve been here 15 years.
We’ve gone through a lot of technological updates recently at the Chamber. What have been the most challenging and rewarding parts of that for you?
In the department as a whole, we reduced the number of servers down to three with new technology and virtual servers. We’re working on moving to the cloud, which takes high levels of coordination.
What is the critical role that technology plays for serving Chamber members?
It’s important to give the staff as many tools as possible to be efficient and to be able to work from anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection. Office 365 and Dropbox give everyone access to get to their files and email from anywhere.
What’s the craziest computer help request you’ve ever had?
I was once asked if a file was a Word or an Excel file.
What are some of your hobbies outside the office?
Spending time with my kids and my grandkids
Now that the weather is beginning to warm up, what are you most looking forward to about the spring and summer months?
Camping; we’ll be doing a lot of camping this year. We normally go to Lieber State Park, but we’re going other places this year, like Mammoth Cave.
If you could be any super hero, which would it be?
We talk about this a lot. It would be Wolverine – he’s the coolest.
Favorite vacation spot: Alabama beaches
Favorite food: steak
Favorite movie: Tombstone
Favorite band: old ’80s hair bands