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Employee Spotlight – Meet Nathan Taylor, Tier One Help Desk Technician

Meet Nathan Taylor, Tier 1 Help Deck Technician at KiteTech. Nathan has been with us for just 6 months and is already a customer favorite; one client even said, “Nathan Taylor was INCREDIBLY patient, friendly, and knowledgeable and kept his focus, humor, and professionalism the entire time.” Another shared “Haughn loves Nate! He’s always able to take care of us and is fast & friendly!” 

Westminster, Maryland is home to Nathan and when he’s not fulfilling customer tickets, he enjoys working out, hiking, playing soccer, and hanging out with his family and friends. 

What’s your favorite part of being a member of KiteTech?

My favorite part of being a KiteTech member is the family orientation and mindset we have here as a company. We all care about each other and we want to see each person succeed. I can always count on my coworkers to assist me on any challenging assignments or tasks.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?

1. Always treat people with kindness and respect no matter who they are. 2. Always give 100% effort in your job no matter how challenging the days can get. 3. Always help when possible; one person cannot run a company. Share what you know with coworkers to better each other.

What do you like most about your job?

I love the connection and relationships we build with our users and being able to help our clients to make their days easier.

What does true leadership mean to you?

Someone who is in charge, is willing to do what is being asked, and who will always be the first to guide or assist.

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

My greatest challenge I had to overcome in my life was adapting to the military lifestyle and serving for 8 years.

What’s your motto or personal mantra? 

“Perfection is impossible, BUT perfect effort is not.” I always believe in putting 100% effort in everything I do to better myself and KiteTech.

Favorite line from a movie?

“I am a peacock, you gotta let me fly!” The Other Guys

 What are your three most overused words/phrases?

“Cool Beans,” “You do You,” and, “Bees Knees.”

Any random facts you could share with us?

I competed in a Bodybuilding Competition.

Three words to best describe you:

Motivated, contagious, and outgoing

Top three life highlights:

My two kids’ births, enlisting in the Navy, and joining KiteTech.

If you were an animal what would you be?

I would be an elephant; I grew up loving elephants and to this day they are my favorite animal.

What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?

The smart phone – literally having a computer in your pocket has changed the way the world works.

Are you currently binge-watching any shows?

Psych (for the 3rd time)

We hope you learned something new about Nathan and enjoyed getting to know him a little better! Keep an eye out for our next Employee Spotlight where we will be featuring Justin Wise, another member of our Frontline Support Team. In the meantime, you can check out our previous Employee Spotlight where we featured Shane Briscoe.

Elizabeth DiDio

Elizabeth DiDio

Marketing Intern
Kite Technology Group

Employee Spotlight – Meet Shane Briscoe, Tier Two Help Desk Technician

Meet Shane Briscoe! Shane started as an intern at KiteTech 4 years ago and within a year, he found himself employed full-time. His current position is as a Tier 2 Help Desk Technician. 

Baltimore County, Maryland is home to Shane and when he’s not working, he loves to photograph wildlife and nature, go fishing, and play video games.

For Shane, a typical day at KiteTech consists of taking on tickets that Tier 1 Technicians were unable to resolve. Shane researches the problem and contacts users and vendors to then take the correct steps to resolve the issue. He also trains and assists other Tier 1 Technicians on tickets that they have questions about or are stuck on. 

What drew you to KiteTech originally? What have you gained from working here?

I was introduced to Kite as a part of the internship program at NPower, a short course I took after high school. I found the environment and people to be awesome and I wanted to stick around as long as I could. I have gained many skills in navigating a professional environment as well as an abundance of experience in various parts of IT, both on the projects team and now on the Help Desk. I’ve also become REALLY good at Googling.

What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with KiteTech?

I would love to be in a position to do more teaching. Whether that be internally with technicians or externally with clients, teaching is what I am most passionate about; it’s a part of who I am.

What’s your favorite part of being a member of KiteTech?

The people for sure. There is not one person at Kite I don’t enjoy working with and there’s no one I can’t trust to do their job well and to have my back if I ever need help. My team leads have always taken personal interest in my growth which has helped me tremendously

What is your proudest moment at KiteTech?

My proudest moment actually comes from my first position here, as a Tier 1 Project Technician. Working with my team lead, I was able to streamline the PC Prep Process and get it documented so anyone could follow it and do so quickly. I was able to get the process, which originally took 45 minutes for a computer, down to 15 minutes in a repeatable way, and was able to prep about 8 computers at once. 

How do you define success?

Success is being happy with where you are knowing that you have room for improvement. It isn’t defined by a dollar amount or a position or anything external. Though we all have room for growth, we can find success no matter how much money we make or what job we have.

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation?

I would love to go to Japan. The food and culture there is really interesting to me and there are a lot of beautiful and unique places for nature and wildlife.

What did you want to be when growing up?

I wanted to be a chef like my father. I’ve been in the kitchen since I was 9 years old and made my first dish-pancakes-from scratch. That is also my proudest recipe that I’ve developed over the years. I love cooking and the fast-paced kitchen environment.

What is an ability you wish you had?

Teleportation would be awesome, I would save so much on gas, and save time too!

What is the best book you have ever read and why?

Rather than a book, it is a book series, called Gone by Michael Grant. It is a sci-fi story where one day everyone 15 and over disappears from a town, a strange dome appears around it, and the children left inside get superpowers! The story for all 6 books is super engaging and there are many twists and developments that add to it.

Best single book I read is Lord of the Flies, I really enjoyed the story and how they developed their own little society.

What music is currently on your phone?

While I listen to most genres (except Country), I have been partial to Jazz (like The Squirrel Nut Zippers), Soulful Funk( like Hiatus Kaiyote and KAMAUU), funky R&B (like MICHELLE and Boy Pablo), and old school hip-hop (like De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest)

We hope you enjoyed learning all about Shane! Stay tuned for our next Empoyee Spotlight where we will be featuring Beth Mabe, another member of our Frontline Support Team, or, check out our last Employee Spotlight and get to know Chris Roop.

Elizabeth DiDio

Elizabeth DiDio

Marketing Intern
Kite Technology Group

Employee Spotlight – Meet Chris Roop, Tier One Help Desk Team Lead at Kite Technology

Meet Chris Roop! Chris is from Frederick, Maryland and has been a valuable employee of KiteTech for the past 9 years, working as a Frontline Help Desk Lead. 

A typical day for Chris begins with him handling morning dispatch and answering morning phone coverage. The Help Desk Technicians then meet with the Help Desk Leadership Team to stay updated and connected on day-to-day events. Chris is very passionate about process development and typically works towards his quarterly goals to improve the Help Desk processes and standards. He stays available for his team and provides bi-weekly one-on-ones with each technician to review weekly goals and set training schedules. One of Chris’ primary goals is maintaining adequate phone coverage throughout the day and tracking schedules to assist with meeting these coverage needs. 

Outside of work, Chris enjoys playing video games, writing fiction, and watching movies and TV shows. Some of his favorite TV Shows include, “Like Chuck,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and “That 70s Show.”

What drew you to KiteTech originally? What have you gained from working here?

I have probably one of the most unusual stories about how I came to work at Kite. Back in 2010 I had started working for a small IT company where I began my career in the field. I loved the work and met a great boss and mentor in the process. Sadly after 3 years there, the owner had taken ill and passed away from cancer. In this tumultuous time, his friendship with Greg DiDio and Jeff Kite led me to Kite Technology, as they stepped in to help us out in those trying days. They gave me a temporary home to continue working with clients. In my time working alongside the caring and kind folks of Kite Tech, I was welcomed with open arms, even though I worked for another IT company at the time. I got a chance to work with these wonderful people directly and saw what a great group of people they were firsthand. Within a few weeks, I was officially hired on to work for Kite Tech. Looking back, I can’t believe how fast the past 9 years have flown.

What do you love most about your job?

Working on a team with awesome people, and getting a chance to work with people new to the industry and help them grow into their career paths of choice. I had great mentors when I began in the field so if I can give back even a fraction of what I was given when I was starting out that makes me very happy.

What advice would you give to new hires at KiteTech?

This industry is chaotic at times and sometimes it can feel overwhelming with all the information that is constantly being blasted at you. “Its like drinking from a firehose.” I cannot remember where I heard this originally, I know it’s relatively common, but I say it often to new technicians. I suspect there will be knowing smiles and chuckles from any reading this who have worked with me, as it’s become a bit of a catch phrase of mine. I often try to give advice to learn to embrace the chaos, and realize that while emergencies happen in our industry, nothing we do involves life and death. So, don’t panic, let the calmer, logical side prevail. Do not let the fear of the unknown cause you to freeze. You don’t need to know everything right off the bat, just approach everything as an opportunity to learn something new.

Do you have a favorite quote? 

I have a few that have held strong meaning for me in my life, however there are two that consistently have strong relevance in my life. The first was from “The Karate Kid”, Mr. Miyagi, “You remember lesson about balance? Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life. Whole life have a balance, everything be better.” This is something I’ve been trying to strive for in my personal growth, not just from a work/life perspective, but finding balance in emotions, logic, and how I live my life and make decisions. 

The second quote comes from a fantasy novel, “The Stormlight Archives,” by Brandon Sanderson, which is, “The most important step a man can take. It’s not the first one, is it? It’s the next one. Always the next step.” This to me has meaning in that, no matter what has happened in the past, you can always make a change in your life.

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation?

I have always wanted to visit Hawaii. This has been on my list for years, but I’ve never had the opportunity to do so. One of these days I will get there. But, in reality, a dream vacation for me is anywhere that has crystal clear blue ocean water and beaches. Put me there and I’d be happy. Ocean breezes and blue oceans are all it takes to make me feel good and relaxed, and that’s what a dream vacation means to me.

What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?

Cell phones, I remember back when I got my very first cell phone, a Nokia 3310 on tracfone prepaid. I was still in high school and just started working at my first retail job. It’s been crazy to see the evolution of cell phones that I’ve had over the years, as well as the ones my parents used when I was growing up. As phones became more and more advanced, the subtle changes in how we lived life began happening, and then seeing the first smart phones come out and how much more our lives shifted toward online presence and availability at all times. While I prefer to leave my own phone on silent and far away from me most of the time, I can’t deny that cell phones and smartphones were likely one of the most important innovations I’ve witnessed in my lifetime.

What kinds of hobbies or interests do you have outside of work?

I consider myself a bit of a jack of all trades, master of none. I don’t really have hobbies in a traditional sense, but I do have interests that I spend time doing and enjoying. It all depends on my mood. One month I may be in the mood to be heavily into writing, and then eventually my mood changes and I move on to something else. Sometimes I’ll return to a past interest and do it again, other times I find something new that interests me and try that for a while. I just enjoy doing and learning a lot of different things, and I just go where the sails of my interest take me next. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed things like fishing, writing fiction, some 3D artwork, model building, card collecting, gaming and many more that I can’t even remember. I don’t feel like I need to have any one hobby, I get a lot of enjoyment out of experiencing many different things even if only at an introductory level.

We hope you enjoyed getting to know a little more about Chris. Stay tuned for our next Empoyee Spotlight where we will be featuring Beth Mabe, another member of our Frontline Support Team!

Elizabeth DiDio

Elizabeth DiDio

Marketing Intern
Kite Technology Group

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Adam Atwell

Cloud solutions architect

Adam is passionate about consulting with organizations across the country to help them develop and execute a cloud adoption strategy that meets their business needs and future objectives. Adam oversees and manages our company strategy for Microsoft 365 adoption and is responsible for future growth and development inside Microsoft 365 and other cloud technologies.