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We believe that the success of our company is a direct result of the pride and enthusiasm that our team brings to work every day. In the fast-paced, competitive field of infrastructure technology, we are able to attract and retain some of the industry’s best talent by investing in the happiness and satisfaction of our associates.
Storage Practice Manager, Cloud Operations
- Joined: 2005
- Credits: Citrix: CCA, NetApp: NCDA, VMware: VCP 3
- Favorite band: Radiohead
- My passion: Technology
- Full-Blown obsession: Food and cooking
- Signature dish: I make a mean beef short ribs in cream sauce with a wine reduction
- On my tombstone: “Be excellent to each other and… party on, dudes!” –Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
- On the bucket list: Bungee jump, pilot an airplane, ride a motorcycle
- Hidden talents: I can make my eyes shake just by concentrating, and I can hold my breath for over a minute
- Employee of the Year: 2007
Storage Practice Manager, Cloud Operations 949 334 0318
Even as a kid, Ken McGarrity was totally obsessed with technology. Growing up in Fountain Valley, California, Ken and his twin brother quickly became fanatical about video games through their parents, starting out with an Atari 5200 on which they played Pac-Man, Centipede, and Star Raiders. In the mid-80’s it was Nintendo and Super Mario Bros. Ken’s passion for gaming eventually led him to the world of computers. He made his first call to Microsoft Support at age 15 when he broke his father’s computer while trying to load a DOS game.
One day in the early 90’s, Ken discovered this thing called the Internet while dialed into the online service CompuServe and instantly became obsessed. Ken was so in love with the wonders of the Internet’s giant network of computers throughout the world, he begged his Internet Service Provider for a job until they eventually broke down and hired him. Working with an ISP, Ken learned by doing, gaining experience with everything from routers, LINUX servers, and even coding and programming. Taking a break from IT infrastructure, Ken was managing IT for a small cell phone shop when a technical recruiter from Zumasys caught his attention.
Ken started at Zumasys in 2005 as a Technical Support Engineer, fielding phone calls from Zumasys customers located all over the US and Canada. Today, as Storage Practice Manager for Cloud Services, Ken manages Zumasys’ cloud storage and networking infrastructure at the Savvis and Switch data centers located in Irvine, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ken embodies the Zumasys culture with his dedication to customers and passion for technology. At the 2012 holiday party, Ken won the lottery and was selected to travel abroad for a second time as part of the Zumasys International Travel Incentive. Having already been to Spain and Portugal through the company, Ken is now planning his next trip. Although video games have taken a back seat to work and family, Ken will still happily debate the merits of Super Mario Bros. 2 vs. Super Mario Bros. 3. He also loves cooking gourmet meals with his fiancée Marilyn.
How does what you do benefit customers? I maintain storage and networking infrastructure at the Savvis data center to ensure that systems are operating at their peak performance for our customers. I’m part of a proactive, dedicated response team.
- Joined: 2013
- Credits: SUNY Morrisville, Associate’s in Mathematics-1981, SUNY Binghamton, Bachelor’s in Accounting-1983
- Favorite band: Metallica, Springsteen
- Inspiration: The dignity and courage I see in people who struggle do simple things like walk, when in my sixth decade I can still run. It reminds me to treasure all of the gifts I have been given by God.
- Favorite lyric: "It’s not what you got, but what you give."
- Quote to live by: "Since we came together so miraculously, let us not lead a trivial life; let us together become active in a noble manner" - Goethe
Senior Developer 949 334 0334
For Kevin Jones, Senior Developer at Zumasys, family has always come first. Growing up in Morrisville, New York, Kevin graduated from SUNY Morrisville A&T with an Associate’s degree in Mathematics and from SUNY Binghamton with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. While working as an accountant in the cable connector industry, Kevin discovered that he had a natural talent for programming, particularly with Pick databases.
Over the next fifteen years Kevin worked at a variety of companies including Oxford Healthy Plans where we was the Technical Lead on the claims clean up process and helping to start a phone company. From 2000 on he worked in Education while raising his four children. Kevin developed applications in both PICK and Visual Studio to help students and faculty more efficiently build schedules as well as winning and award for Alumni portal design.
Knowing how much his family means to him, Kevin has always found fulfillment in building applications and software that helps people get their jobs done quicker, so they can get home to be with their own families. When Tom McTeer first saw Kevin’s work at Murphy and Nolan, Tom recommended to Paul Giobbi that they bring Kevin aboard. Kevin’s focus on family makes him a perfect fit for Zumasys’s culture, where he takes a personal interest in helping customers optimize their Pick databases so they can spend less time worrying about their applications and more time with the people they care about. With over 15 years of experience in Pick databases and SQL servers, Kevin provides the expert knowledge that customers need to get the most out of their business applications.
When he’s not at work, Kevin is most likely out on the field playing Lacrosse with his team (sponsored by a Guinness distributor!). Recently, they won their division at one of the biggest tournaments in the country, the Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Championship. Off the field, Kevin loves spending time with his kids, listening to music, biking, and gardening.
How does what you do benefit customers? I help customers lower their overhead by optimizing the efficiency of their computer systems, so they can leave work on time and get home to be with their families.
- Joined: 2010
- Credits: CompTIA for Sales, VMware VTSP, NetApp NASP, and ShoreTel.
Solutions Consultant 949 334 0301
A native Southern Californian, Marilyn graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. After graduating college, she started her career in the title insurance industry as a title assistant. Combining her strong customer relationship skills with hard work and persistence, she evolved her successful career into an Account Management position working for FORTUNE 500 and privately held companies.
In 2007, Marilyn was named the Orange County Association of Realtors’, Affiliate of The Year. Marilyn joined Zumasys in May 2010 as a Solutions Consultant and is responsible for developing new customer relationships and growing existing customer accounts through regular and consistent service and follow-up.
In her spare time, Marilyn enjoys yoga, playing with her dog Bailey, or checking out a new restaurant/bar. Marilyn also enjoys cheering on Lakers basketball, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball, and Chargers football.
Our Purpose LEARN MORE
At Zumasys, we believe that “happyness” is not a destination—it’s a choice.In just two years, we’ve already given away close to $500,000, and we are on track to reach our goal of $1 million by 2015.