Thanks for stopping by No Blinky Blinky! This is a blog that I created to share my experiences with technology, something I’m very passionate about, and maybe my thoughts on career and other stuff as well.
You’re probably asking who “I” am right about now…
Well, my name is A.J. and I live in northern Vermont with my wife, two kids, and two cats. Professionally, I’m a Network Engineer with over 15 years of experience as an IT Professional. I’ve held various roles such as Help Desk Tech, Network Engineer, Systems and Network Administrator, IT Manager, Systems Engineer, and now Network Deployment Engineer. I’ve worked at various organizations in public and private sector, education, manufacturing, and professional services. Additionally, I’m an Adjunct Professor at Champlain College where I teach various IT courses in Systems Administration, Networking, Enterprise Virtualization, and Information Security.
I studied IT at CCV and Champlain College, both located in Burlington, VT. I have my Associates in Computer Systems Management, a Bachelors in Networking and Information Security, and a Master of Science in Managing Innovation and Information Technology.
For certifications, I have completed the VMware Certified Associate in Data Center Virtualization, the CCNA Routing and Switching, and the CCDA, and I recently completed my CCNP Enterprise in July 2020! I have 6 Juniper certifications, as well as SD-WAN Professional and eXpert from SilverPeak, and the AWS Cloud Practitioner.
In 2021 I was named a VMware vExpert, for the 5th year in a row, for my work as a VMUG Leader in the Burlington, Vermont area. Additionally, my blog was honored to be named a finalist for the 2019 Cisco IT Blog Awards in the category of Best Certification Journey! In 2021 I’ve been named Cisco Champion for the 3rd year in a row!
I’m honored to be apart of these communities. I’ve learned more from others around me and I am inspired by what they do. I want to try to do the same and share my knowledge in hopes that perhaps my story will inspire someone else.
In July 2020 I started a podcast called The Art of Network Engineering.
Again, thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the blog!