I was born and raised in Germany by my mother. At 16, I decided that I wanted to move to the United States for better opportunities. I joined the Air Force as a Security Forces member right out of High School. After my 4-year enlistment I was honorably discharged and started doing jobs as an Admin Assistant. I moved from Missouri to Wyoming to Massachusetts to Cali back to Missouri. I now live in Independence with my Husband and my cat Phelix.
My name is Joshua Harrison. I served in the United States Army as a Field Artillery soldier. I deployed to Iraq in 2008 in Babil Province, which is south of Baghdad. Ever since I can remember, I have had a strong curiosity towards technology. When I was a child, my Father introduced me to the computer languages Visual Basic and HTML, and I was hooked! I have since explored technology further and I love to expand my knowledge of the “how’s” and “why’s” applications behave the way they do.
Hi, my name Is Michael W. Smith. I currently am a student over at Centriq Training in St. Louis MO studying to be a System Administrator. I am also working on getting some certifications in my time here such as the A+, Sec+, Net+, and MTA just to name a few. Computers and Technology have always interested me. My goal is to become a successful individual who makes a great impact on a company and help drive them to success.
I was born in the Pacific Northwest and I’ve lived there for most of my life. I have two sisters that live here in Kansas City, a brother in Washington, and my parents live in Florida. For the last five years, I worked in the construction industry as a full-time job while freelancing as a writer and editor. My wife and I still haven’t decided if we want children, but for now our dog Peanut fills that role.
My name is Nathaniel Broadway, and I was born and raised in the Lawrence, KS area. I graduated from Eudora High School in 2015. I then went to KU for a year pursuing a Master’s program for biochemical engineering. I left KU in 2017 to care for my family by working at General Dynamics as a Help Desk Representative concerning Medicare and MyMedicare.com. I am currently an expecting father and pursuing training in Full Stack Web Development at Centriq.
I attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where I received my Bachelor’s in General Studies. After college I got a job working at Civil Design, Inc., a small civil engineering firm in St. Louis, where I worked for thirteen plus years as a Water Resource Tech and Land Surveyor. I worked a lot of rewarding projects during my time as a Land Surveyor. Some as small as locating property corners for a single home to as big as total bridge replacement over the Mississippi. My most memorable experience I had as a surveyor was finding a property corner stone set in 1865.
After graduating high school, I went to Missouri State University with the intent of majoring in IT but somehow ended up on the pre-medicine track. When I could no longer afford that, I worked in retail, customer service and warehouses. Unchallenged and unpassionate, I decided to re-spark old interests and found my purpose in IT. That’s what led me to Centriq. Now I’m having the time of my life and couldn’t be happier!
My name is Jerry Crow. As a kid, I always loved building things with Legos. I was able to take that love and passion and transfer it into computers. I remember my first programming course and the feeling of being so lost. I got a “C” in the class, but I was hooked. The teacher was shocked to see me back for the next course, but I was determined and got an “A.” I graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in Computer Information Systems. I have been working in IT for 22 years. I spent most of those years building Windows-based programs in Visual Basic. The last seven of those years, I primarily used Java to build client specific projects and a reporting environment to interface with company products. The company was purchased by another firm, and I received the opportunity to train at Centriq.
I’ve spent most of my professional life in the retail industry before finding a comfortable job as an Admin Assistant. While in that position my passion for technology came into full view. In both my personal and professional life people were coming to me for help with different technology problems, I enjoyed solving and learning from each one. It wasn’t easy but I knew I needed to follow this passion. So I decided to go all in. I found Centriq, quit my comfortable job, and fully immersed myself into the program. It feels a lot like free falling, but I soak up every bit of information I can along the way.
Hello, my name is Johnny Vitale. I’ve been working at Jack Stack BBQ (one of the most successful restaurants in KC) for almost 5 years now. Before that, I did an array of labor-intensive jobs like farming and laying tile. After being President of FBLA and Student Council President of my high school I thought I had my whole life figured out with college and becoming a leader in the business world. Unfortunately, two years into college I found out that College just wasn’t right for me and I was kind of at a lost of where to go from there, or how to be successful without it. Growing up in small-town USA with parents that only knew the small-town way it was a trek to find a path to being successful on my own. Nonetheless, I continued to work hard and persevere through the young stage of my life until life started to click and make sense. I, like most, had troubles finding my passion and what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. Maybe even afraid of the success and the sacrifice it would take to get there. I realized there was nothing wrong with failing, nothing wrong with succeeding. One day it just clicked with what my core passions really were: to solve others problems, serving others with positivity and passion, and Technology. Bringing smiles to others faces and being that one difference in someone’s life that stood out from the rest.