Through out my life my parents have really emphasized leadership, not only how to be a good leader but also how to put it into practice. My father introduced me to Boy Scouts at a young age and I have been active with my local troop in Helena ever since. I received my Eagle Scout on April 20, 1999. The next summer I staffed at a Boy Scout camp in Idaho, where I learned a lot about myself and how much I enjoy teaching. In addition to putting my leadership skills into practice with the Boy Scouts, I have also attended several leadership conferences.

The first of these conferences was a program put on by Kaplan, and was designed to teach the ins and outs of the SAT exam. It turned out to be much more than that. I was introduced to fifteen people from all over the world, we all became good friends and still keep in touch. During the summer of 2002 I attended two week long workshops put on by the National Student Leadership Conference, one entitled Business and Technology and the other Mastering Leadership. At these conferences we learned how to work with people in an effective manor.

My interest in technology began at an early age, however I didn’t embrace it until I was in high school. My first technical computer class was a class designed to introduce students to the physical components of a computer as well as the software side. We were introduced to Microsoft Office, and touched on website development. I came to college with the intent to major in English Teaching and minor in computer applications, but found that my urge to be a computer geek was too strong. I changed my major to Business Information Systems and kept the Computer Applications minor.

As a highly experienced individual with a passion for technology, I have the qualifications you are looking for. I have experience working with both Microsoft and Apple systems, including Microsoft Office, Windows NT, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Mac OS X. In addition I am very comfortable using various open source solutions including Novell Suse and Ubuntu, as web servers utilizing Apache, MySQL, and PHP.

I enjoy computer programming and am well versed on the ins and outs of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, JSP and Java. I have set up and maintained several web, file, and print servers able to support PHP and JSP using both Windows server 2003, Suse, and Ubuntu in both a personal and professional setting.

I have extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office including Access and Excel, as well as the Adobe Creative Suite. In Addition to my software and programming experience, I have built several computers, replaced components, and thoroughly cleaned desktops and laptops. I feel I would be a reliable resource in regards to technology related purchases.

As the web master I was influential in the redesign of the website for the School of Education at the University of Montana, and lead the implementation process. I worked closely with faculty and students to resolve technology based issues, both hardware and software related. In addition to working on the School of Education’s website I have been responsible for setting up and maintaining a web server for the University of Montana which runs Suse 10.2 and LAMP. It is currently supporting blog and wiki technology, which will be made available to all users with a campus login.

As an active member of the Boy Scouts of America, I have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. My experience with this organization instilled in me a sense of purpose. It taught me the importance of goal setting and follow through. In college I became an active member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, and was elected vice-president of Inter-Fraternity Council, and later served as my chapter’s vice-president of finance.