My name is Jason Ashley. I have lived in Kansas City for the last 20 years. The past 7 years I spent as the Director of Operations for a large church on Ward Parkway, managing the day-to-day, paying the bills, managing staff, etc. I enjoyed my time, learning a lot but had reached the top of my potential there. I desired more challenges, more opportunities for growth and professional development. Over the years, I have built small networks, many computers for others and enjoyed it as a hobby. I am super excited to learn, grow and develop in the IT profession.
Hello, my name is John Swift. Before taking the dive into technology I worked in government at a Parks and Recreation department and the insurance industry. I started out being self-taught while focusing on front-end development but decided to come to Centriq to expand my abilities.
My name is Daniel Deberdt, I am an Army veteran that served as a medic for the past decade. I have travelled all over the world during my time in the Army, but finally decided to settle in the KC area. I’ve been here for a while now and so far, I have enjoyed my time here. I have an Associates Degree in Health Sciences, as well as many certifications including Instructing for Basic Life Support.
Hi, I’m Ryan Pflugradt. I am a fun going hard working guy that loves to write code, play disc golf (or anything outdoors), and hang out with the family! I am from a small town south of Kansas City, but I’ve always called Kansas City my home. I attended college at Missouri Western State University right out of high school and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics in 2008. Following that, I have worked in the insurance industry for the past 12 years. I am very excited to start a new chapter and pursue my passion for coding!
Hello everyone! My name is Zach Harvey. I was born and raised in Kansas City and have spent the last 10 years of my life wearing a variety of hats professionally. I’ve done everything from managing a Waffle House to assembling, repairing, and fitting durable medical equipment for patients. My last job was a retail sales position at a motorcycle dealership, and while I enjoyed interacting with customers and educating them on all of the new gear and performance parts, I felt it was time in my life to “level up” and change careers.
Hi everyone, I’m Deborah Reed. Most people call me Dee. I married my high school sweetheart twenty years ago and have grown with him ever since. Love of a challenge has given me a steady, yet eclectic work history. I spent close to ten years working with children, first in a daycare, and later as an aide in an elementary school. I think it’s important to be a good role model and keep a positive attitude. I’ve also run my own business as a traveling massage therapist. Most recently, I spent the last seven years with Nebraska Furniture Mart, a wonderful company. I started in sales and moved into merchandising, and I was even asked to move to Dallas to help open their new flagship store.
My name is Krystal Bledsoe, I was raised in Paola, KS. In 2009, I graduated from Pittsburg State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Case Management. I have worked 10+ years in the Human Services field working with troubled youth, juvenile offenders, adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities and foster care. I have a passion for working directly with people of all ages and abilities and take pride in treating others with the utmost respect.
My name is Anthony Truhe. I am a husband, father, and developer. I am originally from Topeka. I went to college straight out of high school and graduated from Benedictine College in 2008 with a double major, Athletic Training and Physical Education – Concentration in Coaching. I spent the last decade-ish working in the world of sales, developing myself leadership skills along the way.
Before deciding to attend Centriq I was a Parts and Inventory Control Analyst with most of my working career focused around customer service and retail sales. Finding people’s needs and coming up with solutions for those needs or problems is something I have always really enjoyed. I have a passion for tech, always trying to get my hands on the newest and greatest devices being it phones, audio equipment, gaming rigs, you name it. When a friend or family member was looking to upgrade something, I was the one they came to – it was fun for me.
Before coming to Centriq, I earned my bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Central Missouri. I also worked for several years in the marketing, sales, and logistics industries in a variety of roles. I love helping others, problem solving, and tinkering with things. I’m a firm believer that hard work and dedication always pay off and fully commit myself to everything I do. I’m happiest with a thunderstorm, black coffee, and beats.