Board Candidate Statement: Andy Cowell

06 Jun 2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

I have been an active and enthusiastic member of LOPSA East Tennessee
since 2013.  Participating in my local LOPSA chapter has been very valuable
to me personally, and I want to help others find that same value.

My experience in system administration is long and varied.  I did not
realize system administration was even a career when I started as a "lab
assistant" in college.  After a brief detour as a programmer, I returned to
jack-of-all-trades system administration at the beginning of the .com
bubble.  When that wild ride came to a spectacular end, I started working
at a Fortune 1000 as a network administrator.  I transitioned into
converged networking, storage, VMWare virtualization, and finally back to
server administration and AWS cloud infrastructure.  Two years ago, I
transitioned my career into management with a team of eight cloud

LOPSA has been a wonderful thing for me to be a part of.  I have made
professional contacts and personal friends through the organization.  I
have learned new things from fellow presenters, and have learned public
speaking by giving my own presentations.  Once moving into management, I
have even been able to hire fellow LOPSA attendees.

In short, I value LOPSA, and I want to do my part to help this
organization.  As a Board member, I will first and foremost help support
and promote local chapters.  The many-to-many personal networking provided
by these groups is invaluable for those willing to take advantage of it.  I
also hope that my wide-ranging background will help me keep LOPSA a big
tent, with an eye towards people in other careers than just Windows and
Linux server administration.

Andy Cowell

The League of Professional System Administrators
1200 Route 22 East, Suite 200
Bridgewater, NJ, 08807

Phone: (202) LOPSA01 (202-567-7201)

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