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How I Knew IT Was the Field for Me

Growing up in rural Iowa, the only people I knew who had attended college were my teachers. One of those teachers introduced me to computer science—and I was hooked.


My high school in New Hampton was fortunate enough to have an adjunct professor from the University of Northern Iowa teaching computer science courses. In a way, my classmates and I were guinea pigs for his lesson plans at the college level. We tested out class materials by programming in machine language, Fortran, and more. Day after day, I was fascinated to find out what I didn’t know.

Working in IT fuels so many areas of my personality:


The Curious George—There’s so much to explore. Every day it seems, there’s a new game-changing innovative technology to dive into.


The Lifelong Learner—Understanding everything about technology is an unachievable goal. I love that challenge of having to continuously reeducate myself about what’s going on in the field.


The Maximizer—Moving things from good to great is one of my passions. We consistently find new ways to use technology to learn about our customers’ preferences and buying behaviors and what products might meet their immediate consumption needs.


The Embracer of Change—Technology never stands still. It keeps you on your toes. It recreates itself about every three months. And that’s why I love it.

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