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.
As companies shifted to a more remote workforce in 2020, tools such as Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 apps have become essential components of our workday. Most organizations have not had the time to formally train their teams on these tools, so employees instead figured out the “hacks” they needed to continue their normal work routines. In response, Centriq created a series of one and two day Microsoft 365 Apps classes which provided comprehensive training on all different components of M365. Now Centriq has created a new series of shorter training classes focusing on specific tasks or projects within various M365 apps. These new, two-hour learning events are called M365 MicroClasses.
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.
As COVID continues to alter the workplace, organizations are understanding that the “work from home” evolution requires not just improved technical skills but also improved “soft skills” such as more efficient communication, effective project management as new processes are implemented and even greater time management. Here are some of the most popular classes Centriq customers are taking this fall to close “soft skills gaps” as we adjust to the new workplace environment.
My name is Lance Vogel and I was born and raised here in St. Louis, MO. My wife Nikki and I have lived in Holly Hills for 2 years and we are expecting our first child in October. We also have a Pekingese, Taco, and a cat named Margo. I have been using computers my whole life and even learned to read with the Reader Rabbit computer games. Creative Writing and Computer class were always my favorites and I am excited to have finally merged my favorite subjects with my coding education.
I was born in a small town in the middle of Nevada, ending up in Kansas City at the age of 14 and have loved living here since, I especially enjoy the museums here. Before coming to Centriq I tended to have manual labor jobs, from warehouse work to construction and working at a plant nursery, because I enjoy working with my hands and being active. I enjoy spending my time with my family and friends, reading books of nearly any genre, and some gaming as well.
Centriq’s IT Career Program grads work for some really great companies. We asked Darla Liebl, Director of Marketing at RESULTS Technology, to tell us about her company and why they hire Centriq grads.