by David Bottomley
And now on to my career history. I have always had an interest in computers and electronics. I began working when I was 13 detasseling corn in the summer for Zimmerman Hybrids, Inc. which I continued to do when I was 14. When I was 15, I found a summer job at Noble Romans Pizzaria where I answered delivery phones. When I was 16 and needing a summer job, I was dedicated to finding a computer-related job so I canvased all the computer related businesses in Evansville until I found Brian Ricci working on a Saturday at Pinnacle Computer Services. He quized me about my computer knowledge and agreed to hire me. I worked there that summer and the next summer. In between the summers at Pinnacle, I worked at Burger King on the west side of Evansville.
After my last summer at Pinnacle as luck would have it, I was contacted by Charlie Johnson, the Director of the Information Systems Dept. of the Evansville Courier Company and informed that there was a job available that I may be interested in. I applied, was interviewed and hired as the Night Computer Operator at the Evansville Courier Company Information Systems Dept. where I worked for one and a half years while I also attended the University of Southern Indiana majoring in Computer Information Systems.
I then founded Maverick Computer Services, Inc. - Evansville's fourth Internet Service Provider, in 1997 and sold it in 1999. I served as both President & CEO. The company no longer exists, though we provided Internet access to more than 500 dial-up and ISDN customers as well as web site design and hosting services for nearly 50 companies- we helped to bring a lot of people and companies into the Internet age, something I am quite proud of.
After we sold the company, I was hired as Systems Administrator for Ohio Valley Wireless, Ltd., to manage their wireless cablemodem Internet infrastructure and systems. In 1999 I also started a company called Tracer Technology which specializes in the sale of military and law enforcement equipment and involved both Internet and gun show sales, a business that I ran on the side since 1999 until 2005 when I sold the company for a profit after making in excess of $100k in sales over teh years including outfitting a 25 man assault team on the USS Port Royal with body armor and tactical gear. Clients included the US Air Force, Marines, Navy Army, many state and local law enforcement agencies and foreign governments. In 2000, I decided to leave Ohio Valley Wireless for a more lucrative position at SIGECOM as the Internet/Data Specialist for their Commercial Sales Division, essentially the 'IT representative' for commecial sales where I stayed for several months. Later, in addition to Tracer Technology, from March of 2002, I worked as a Security Officer for Crescent City Security at the Deaconess Hospital Campus in Evansville. In 2004 I returned to Ohio Valley Wireless, as Solutions Engineer, where I selected and engineered a wireless system to bring high speed Internet access to Posey County, Indiana using a 900MHz system that penetrated foliage quite well.
In 2005, I received a call from an old customer of Maverick Computer Services, Mark Rolley, an ex Evansville Police Dept. officer who had left EPD to manage part of the network for the City of Evansville / Vanderburgh County. He asked if I would be interested in a position deveoping software applications for local government using a package called CityView. After hearing his offer, I decided to take the position as Application Manager for Mark Rolley Consulting, Inc, and that's where I was employed for 2 years dedicated to the City of Evansville / Vanderburgh County Department of Information Technology where I served as webmaster for all city/county web sites as well as application developer and project manager.
From September of 2007 to January of 2011, I was Vice President of Business Solutions for Information Technology Architects, Inc. to offer a pro-active, comprehensive managed IT service to area businesses. As VP of Business Solutions, I founded and managed the Business Solutions division of ITA resulting in three coveted awards in 2010 including the 2010 Small Business of the Year Award from the Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana, Indiana Companies to Watch from the Indiana Economic Development Coalition, and the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Integrity.
From 2011 to 2013 I was the Information Technology Manager for FLANDERS - an international manufacturer and the largest repairer of industrial electric motors in the world, based in Evansville, Indiana. I provided strategic IT guidance and direction for all locations and managed an IT staff of 13 operations and programming personnel.
From 2013 to 2014 I was Programming Manager at Springleaf Financial managing all web site development projects and ecommerce programmers.
Since 2014 I have been Vice President at Navigate, LLC, a Managed Service Provider based in Louisville, Kentucky. I manage a group of engineers and technicians to provide IT consulting and ongoing support, monitoring, and maintenance services to many clients around the country.