Meet Bob! He’s part of Musictoday’s IT team.
How did you end up in this role?
“I was in the furniture business before, but I wanted a change and was intrigued by IT. At the end of the 90s there was a big push for people to get trained in IT, so I sent myself to a Microsoft bootcamp. After that I got a job at a help desk and then later began working here.”
Can you describe your role?
“Currently I am the Senior Systems Engineer. I’m the technical lead for the data center.”
What is a typical day like for you?
“A typical day for me as of late has been setting up vanity URLs. Which is really provisioning new stores. We setup the backend of the eCommerce systems that make the sites work.”
What is your favorite thing about working at Musictoday?
“My favorite thing about working at Musictoday is coming to work on the Downtown Mall. It’s a beautiful place, especially when the weather is nice. My second favorite thing about working here is all the technology we get to work with. I got into IT because I like working with the technology and the gear. We consider ourselves generalists. We do server work, network – we all do a little of everything.”
I got into IT because I like working with the technology and the gear. We consider ourselves generalists. We do server work, network – we all do a little of everything.”
What kind of music do you listen to?
“I like to listen to music with a good bass beat. I like jazz, funk, reggae – I tend to gravitate towards genres that feature the bass. I used to play the bass years ago and have recently been practicing again. I have two, one in the office, one at home.”
What was your first concert?
“The first one I remember was Yes! at RFK in Washington D.C. Peter Frampton was the opener. I think that was in the 70s.”
How do you spend your free time?
“I do a lot of cycling. I also watch a lot of the English Premier League. And I have been playing the bass as I mentioned before. I’m a photographer as well, I won a “Capture Charlottesville” contest a few years back, but I haven’t really been shooting much lately. I also like to cook. I didn’t before, but I’m on a whole food, plant-based diet now. I’ve lost 80 pounds since last summer. I made the decision to lose the weight and then dedicated myself to eating right and cycling again. That has been a cool journey for me and I am thrilled with it.”
Favorite lunch spot?
“The Iron on Water Street. They have these paffles, which are waffles made out of pastry dough – I don’t eat wheat, but they have a gluten free version. Their falafel paffle is really good.”
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