Hi and welcome to this blog about Jason Olson’s adventures as an IT Professional in Redding California. Formerly a founding partner at TJ Myers Consulting Group which was acquired by Proactive IT Consulting Corporation in Silicon Valley. After the acquisition, Jason was promoted to Director of Information Technology for Field Services. Looking for a better place to raise his family, he relocated in 2008 to Redding California and joined a technology firm in Redding.
Jason is currently a Microsoft Certified System Engineer with a security emphasis, Citrix XenServer (CCA), Cisco Certified Network Professional, CIW Certified Web Professional and holds an A+, Network+ and Securtiy+ certification from Comp/TIA. Combined with several other vendor certifications in Microsoft Small Business Specialist, Cisco Call Manager Express, LVS and LinksysOne VoIP, Cisco SMB, APC Reliability Expert, Asigra Advanced Training to name a few.
If I have been able to see further, it was only because I stood on the shoulders of giants.
~ Isaac Newton on his intellectual debt to those who preceded him.
I owe the majority of my success to the mentors and leaders that I have been able to observe over the last 30 years of my life. Their knowledge and guidance have been beyond any financial compensation could provide. To take another person by the hand and walk them through the good and bad of life is priceless. It is with the example set before me that I hope to bring the same to you.
In 2006, I founded a small organization of successful business executives to begin mentoring an exclusive group of up-and-coming individuals. They were chosen because of their passion and drive, not because of their finances, project or business, nor anything that an investment banker would really consider. We chose these people because they had the internal makings of a great leader, and entrepreneur if provided the correct tools.
With those simple beginnings, we have taken the opportunity to coach and mentor a dozen or so individuals and help them carve out a bigger piece of the American dream. We do this via a one-to-one mentoring setting, and eventually making our visits less often formally and more occasionally. Then we ask them to provide referral of their own to someone they would love to see find the same sort of success. And so the process repeats.
I work for both profit and at no charge. And our hope is to help raise up the next generation of business leaders.
What is my key to success: it’s less about what you know, and more about WHO you know.
Work History Summary:
Senior Network Engineer, Redding, CA 2008 – Present
Senior engineer specializing in building and maintaining healthcare information technology infrastructure. Designing better patient care through secure, accessible and effective use of technology for Electronic Health Record adoptions. Provide technical leadership for company products including a company owned, cloud-based backup and a web-based tax payment portal. Provides leadership and mentoring for the healthcare support team which consists of 8 technicians. Works collaboratively with vCIO, sales, and other internal departments to ensure customer excellence. Nurtures vital relationships with some of the largest clients. Currently implementing a $1.6 million dollar hospital project, including the technical engineering and implementation oversight.
Director of Technology, Partner, Proactive ITC Corporation, 2003 – 2008
Primary developer of Managed Services product, which effectively doubled hourly revenue. Worked closely with principals to develop the overall direction for the corporation, and strategies for new offerings. Supervised senior technicians, and provided final quality assurance for all projects large. Built a strong relationship with clients, with a focus on utilizing technology to resolve actual pain-points in customer networks. Developed several international, multi-site networks supporting 100+ employees. Grew annual revenue from $800k to 4.5 million, with a 23% total profit.
Director of Technology, Hillside Evangelical Free Church, 2001-2003
Provided overall direction and implementation for church technology, leading and collaborating with other non-profit church technology professionals to raise the overall awareness of the meaningful use of technology in the ministry, developing new web-based applications including a VBS registration and student management system. Creative communications and development of new publications. Designed a redundant, scalable solution for both the internal network and public services (web & mail). Deployed remote (VPN) and webmail (OWA) access for mobile and remote staff. Expanded technology in business by 400%.
IT Solutions Manager, William Jessup University, 1998-2001
Researched, developed and deployed a Windows NT migration to Windows 2000 Active Directory. Technical lead on alpha and beta testing of Microsoft Windows Server 2000, Active Directory and Exchange 2000. Optimized 3Com network performance via complete network redesign. Supervised helpdesk, webmaster and student workers. Assisted the Director of Technology to develop projects and budgets for the following fiscal year. Managed $2.1 million dollars departmental budget.
Co-Owner, FOH Engineer, Producer, New Spectrum Productions, 1992-1998
Founded New Spectrum Productions providing sound, lighting and production assistance for live theater, club and concert venues. Primary responsibility as managing owner and FOH Sound Engineer. Also worked as a sound and lighting designer, principal programmer for intelligent lighting; consultant to major industry vendors such as Vari-lite, Celco and NSI corporation. Grew company to 8 employees and a pool of sub-contractors.