Jeff started his IT career working at a Briggs and Stratton Corporation plant on the college production line. Upon completion of an Associates of Arts Degree in Psychology at Three Rivers Community College, he became a Machine Technician Level B and maintained heavy part making machinery. He also was able to learn Allen-Bradley Ladder Logic programming. Quickly becoming adept with the code, he took on higher positions doing coding for other machines in the factory.
Jeff continued his education by attending Arkansas State University 90 miles from the plant. While driving back and forth to school, he continued obtaining promotions until he became an Assembly Line Supervisor, where new employees would start and be trained. After a couple of years in this position, he was able to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas State University in Management Information Systems(MIS) where he learned HTML, Java and COBOL coding along with basic knowledge of Network and Systems Administration in the year 2000.
Once his Bachelor’s degree was earned, Jeff was eager to pursue a career in Information Technology, so he began interviewing with other companies in the major cities. Management at Briggs and Stratton, upon being told of his desires to transition to IT, offered him a position at their corporate offices in Wauwatosa, WI doing ABAP programming in SAP in order to keep him with the company.
Jeff agreed to work in Wisconsin for 2 years as a trial, but ended up staying there for three and a half years doing multiple programs for many different facets of the company. He was exposed to ITIL standards with incident and change management by becoming the Sparta TrackWise Administrator for Briggs and Stratton. This position allowed a much broader view into the workings of an IT department, including the Data Center processes on top of ABAP coding for multiple aspects of the business through SAP. He also began working on his Master’s Degree in Technology Management.
Due to family needs, Jeff had to move closer to home, ending his 12 year career at Briggs and Stratton. He took a new position programming in ABAP at a growth organization, Tractor Supply Company(TSC), at Brentwood, TN in 2004. At TSC, many opportunities were presented where Jeff was able to learn Remedy Administration (Change & Incident Management), Cisco Tidal Administration (Job Scheduling), SQL Database utilization and Operations Management (Data Center Included). Jeff was responsible for 24x7 coverage of the Operations team, the development and production data centers, job scheduling and was manager of change control.
As the company grew, Jeff was promoted to Critical Facilities Engineer, overseeing the Data Center and all the computer rooms at the Distribution Centers. He joined AFCOM in order to continue learning and sharing experiences with his peers regarding data center environments. Jeff continues to work in this role and has been part of AFCOM for the last 5 years. His recent work was instrumental in bringing Infrastructure Change Management processes to the Data Centers and IT rooms for the company, and implementing a DCIM solution using OpenDCIM.
Tractor Supply Company
Married Father of two working in Critical Facilities Industry for 7 years and AFCOM member for 5 years.