Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I thought about writing an article this morning...

I thought about writing an article this morning, and it touched my heart just as I thought about it. So I knew it had to be done. This article is a praise of all the people that God has introduced into my life that have made a profound impact on my life.

The three greatest influences in my life:
My Parents
My dad taught me everything I know; from right to wrong, to the love of computers. My mom taught me tenacity and that life isn’t always fair. She taught me the value of a good education and that family always comes first.

Only with Amy and Addie have I experienced unconditional love. Amy is my guidance, my comfort, my rock, and my soulmate. She is God's greatest gift in my life. She is my hero.

Kent Lott
Kent demonstrated passion for God and an unleashed passion for Excellence in everything he did or touched.

The three greatest influences in my career:
Greg Baldwin
Senior Software Developer, EFC Systems

Greg taught me precision, even in the most minutia details, is crucial to a quality product and a quality customer experience. He taught me the ability to make a plan and execute the plan directly and precisely.

Michael Bobbitt
Level 3 Developer, Acxiom Corporation

Michael taught me to apply “Think Smarter, Not Harder”. It’s engrained in everything I do. Ex: Before I go down this path, is there an easier way? What tools are sitting beside me that can help?

Matt Hays
Level 5 Developer, Acxiom Corporation

Matt is a well regarded expert in the IT field and has worked at Acxiom for over 15 years. He is the prime example of what I want to be when I grow up. This is based on his knowledge and expertise, his hard work ethic, his upbeat attitude, and how he can take the time out of his multiple high priority projects to explain a concept or thing to someone (technical or non-technical) in such a way that it makes sense.

I thank God for all of these great people God has introduced along my path. Each of them has helped lead me to where I am today. I feel blessed to be in the company of such awesome people.

I’d also like to take this time to reiterate a prayer request from our friends Jason and Amanda Bell. As you are traveling during the holidays ahead, take the time out to relax and enjoy your family.
Say Hey! to someone new. Do a random act of kindness. Give a little. Give a lot. And be safe.

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