My name is Ira Stotler. I grew up in Manito, Illinois. I joined the Marine Corps in 2013 in the IT field. I am happily married to my wife 6 years now. We have two beautiful children Kathryn and Damien. I have studied and worked in the IT field for 11 years in positions ranging from Helpdesk to Field Technician.
My name is Matthew Davila and I was born in Watertown, NY but raised in Big Spring, TX. I was a former pre-Med student at Mizzou for a little over a year before realizing that I was much more passionate about Computer Science. Before coming to Centriq, I was a Price & Signage Coordinator at DICK’S Sporting Goods and a Driver for Enterprise Rent-A-Car, where I learned valuable skills in the service industry that I look forward to transitioning into the technological field. Using the knowledge and skills gained from Centriq, I am very excited and optimistic to see where my future career leads me.
I grew up in the Kansas City area. I joined the Navy as a Cryptologic Technician working in missile defense. During that time, I deployed twice. I returned home after four years and worked in private security for nine years. I am married and have 4 children aged 15, 14, 12, and 5. I’ve always had a passion for technology and love seeing what it can do to aid humanity.
My name is Stephen Mesler, I have lived in St. Peters, MO my entire life. I am happily married to my wife, Theresa, for almost 8 years. We have three monsters (cats) together, Chudley, Houdini, and Navi. I have worked multiple positions for the same company before coming to Centriq Training to find a new path for myself.
I grew up in a small town in Iowa where my family owns a small amount of land. I had a very supportive family to help me while I pursued my interests. I worked in several different customer service jobs from a diner, to a grocery store, to a steakhouse. These different jobs have helped me develop soft skills especially in the customer service department. I am very excited about the career opportunities ahead of me!
I am a small-town country girl who is married with three amazing children. I was raised on a farm and grew up loving animals, especially horses. I am one of five kids; I have two older brothers and two younger sisters. I joined the Marine Corps when I was 19 and was honorably discharged at 23. My children are 11, 10, and 3. I love being a mom and teaching my kids everything I know.
My name is Michael Ashford. I grew up in the metro-east region of Illinois. I attended the Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville (SIUE), where I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Business Administrations with a specialization in entrepreneurship. I am happily married to my wife for 5 years now. We have two dogs together, Smokey and Bandit. I have worked in various positions ranging from cashier to most recently production planning before coming to Centriq.
I started on a traditional route to a state university, where I accumulated a small house worth of debt. I decided to join the Army rather than continue to accumulate debt. I enjoyed my time in the Army and it was not an easy decision to separate, although I can’t say I miss all the running. I spent about three years working at a help desk and found that I enjoyed solving technical problems.
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For the first time at Centriq, we have a set of twins that have both been chosen to be our featured student! Though they may be similar in appearance, both Jacob and Nicholas have their own unique sets of skills, and both decided to come to Centriq for their own reasons. Congratulations to you both!
Jacob: In short, I’m a recent high school graduate, tech enthusiast who loves trying new things, and a business-minded person. I became interested in technology ever since I got a PlayStation 2, but that interest grew when I read a biography of Steve Jobs. In the coming years I made friends who shared similar interests, that led to the founding of a tiny tech company. During my high school years, I dove into the world of software and web development, mainly focusing on fun user experiences.
Nicholas: I am a recent high school graduate who is excited by the opportunity to learn more about technology. My interest in technology as a whole grew exponentially when my high school offered a class for repairing Chromebooks, and in that class, I learned even more about business and project management. These topics are my favorites to learn and apply throughout my everyday life, and in doing so, I started a small software company.
I’ve spent majority of my working life in the restaurant business while having a little over five years in the middle of that in Law Enforcement. I enjoy playing in sand volleyball leagues with my son, and doing whatever my little girl wants to do. I also play on the computer at home— a lot— doing various things.