Our People MEET THE TEAM
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.
- Joined: 2012
- Credits: BA in marketing
- Favorite band: Bjork
- My passion: Arts & Design
- Full-Blown obsession: Design blogs and photography
- Inspiration: Grandmother, mom, and Oprah
- Favorite lyric: Bjork “All is full of love.”
- Favorite quote/Quote to live by: “Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” – Oprah
- In my free time: Family, friends, music, shopping
- Hidden talents: I played soccer for 9 years
Office Administrator 949 334 0287
Growing up in an art-loving family, Kate developed an interest in fashion, art, and music early in her life. From a young age, her life revolved around music and the music scene. She began helping her friends with underground music promotion and party planning, learning the fundamentals of marketing the hard way. In college, she turned her hobby into a career, earning her degree in marketing at Cal State Fullerton
While in college, Kate started working in fashion and retail marketing at Crush Clothing in Costa Mesa, California, where she exercised her creative talent and honed her expertise.
She later went on to work for Lomography, an analog toy camera company in West Hollywood. If you’re asking yourself, “What is an analog toy camera?” you’re not alone. Think low-tech, experimental photography—like your favorite old family photo. Analog cameras force the photographer to focus on the basics of photography and composition. Their extreme simplicity makes them challenging and rewarding. At Lomography, Kate taught classes about the toy camera and led photography tours, encouraging people to experiment with new techniques and settings.
Kate connected with Zumasys in 2012 and was instantly drawn to the culture. Although she is relatively new to the company, she already has several stand-out memories. Zumapalooza, Zumasys’s customer solutions summit in Las Vegas, was less than a month after Kate began working. Kate travelled with the rest of the company to Vegas for the event, making it the perfect way to get to know her new coworkers and learn about the Zumasys culture.
Now that she’s at Zumasys, art has become a major hobby for Kate, and she has been getting into interior design and hoping to focus more on her own photography. In her free time, she’s probably reading a design blog or taking photos of her favorite subject—her Chihuahua Betty.
How does what you do benefit customers? As Office Administrator, I organize a lot of company events, lunches, and holiday décor. The drink cooler in the Nerdery West is a big deal here, so I make sure that’s well stocked. By helping our employees in any way I can, I’m helping them deliver great service to our customers.
Senior Developer / Business Analyst
- Joined: 2013
- Credits: Degree in Computer Science from Mankato State University
- In my spare time: I love taking piano lessons and working in the garden
- Favorite movie quote: “Here’s looking at you kid.” - Casablanca
- On the bucket list: A trip to Ireland.
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Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, John Riley found a love for technology and a desire for knowledge early on in his life. After serving in the military, John spent two years at the University of Minnesota working toward a degree in biology before switching to computer science at Mankato State University. At the suggestion of his father, John decided to learn programming, a decision which would change the course of his life.
After college, John went to work in computer science and programming at Control Data, where he built a solid foundation in programming. In 1976, John began to expand his skills to Multivalue systems, a specialization he has pursued ever since.
John joined Zumasys in April of 2013 as a Senior Developer, after nearly eight years with Sierra Bravo/The Nerdery. At Zumasys, John is happy to continue expanding his skills—even after more almost 50 years in the business. John appreciates the customer-centric culture at Zumasys, where he can develop unique relationships with each client to deliver the best customer experience possible.
The most important thing in John’s life has always been his family. He loves spending time with his wife, his son, his daughter in law, and his two grandsons—whom he absolutely adores and spoils whenever he can get the chance! He strives every day to be a good father, husband, and role model for his family.
How does what you do benefit customers? I work closely with our customers to provide them with top-quality programming support. I also help them with developing new products and recommending future projects and system upgrades as required. My goal is to gain a deep understanding of each customer’s business, so I can serve their needs in the best way I can.
Virtualization Practice Manager, Cloud Operations
- Joined: 2012
- Credits: B.S. Computer Science, VCP 5, VCP 4
- Inspiration: My inspiration comes from personal satisfaction—the satisfaction of knowing that whatever I did was done to the best of my abilities.
- On my tombstone: … That Bus
- On the bucket list: A week in Bora Bora relaxing with my wife.
- In my free time: Oh, finally a funny question!
- Hidden talents: I still haven’t found mine, so it must be hiding really well.
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As Virtualization Practice Manager for Zumasys, Joe works relentlessly to optimize the efficiency and reliability of Zumasys’s cloud infrastructure for the 11,000 users that depend on our hosted customer environments. It’s no small task, but Joe is exceedingly qualified to handle it.
Joe originally started pursuing a degree in business but quickly switched to follow his passion in technology. To Joe, technology was more than just a fun hobby—it was changing the world. After graduating with a B.S. in Computer Science from Westwood College of Technology in Denver, Colorado, Joe moved back to his home state of California. There he went to work in the technology department of Fang Clothing, a fashion company, before moving on to GoApply.com, a dot com selling mortgage leads generated online.
Joe’s focus on virtualization started early. In 2001 he installed VMware Workstation after reading an article discussing the idea of running multiple “machines” on one PC. From then on he tinkered with the technology, and in 2005 he installed an ESX 2.5 hypervisor on the down low at GoApply.com. It was a single server running development servers, and only one other person even knew that it existed. When GoApply.com was acquired by a much larger company in 2006, Joe’s career grew, and he was put in charge of virtualization for the company’s Real Estate Division. From that point on, virtualization became his passion and primary focus. The company was acquired again, this time by Lender Processing Services (LPS), which handled the backend processing for 99 of the top 100 banks. (Don’t ask what the 1 bank was—he still doesn’t know!)
Joe was recruited by Zumasys in September 2012. At the time, he had received several calls from recruiters, and he had sent each one straight to voicemail. The one time he picked up by accident, it was an offer to interview for Zumasys. Fate was calling.
Between work and his family, Joe is a busy guy. Joe is married to the greatest woman that he’s ever known, and together they have two small kids: a two-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son.
How does what you do benefit customers? I ensure that our cloud infrastructure runs as efficiently and reliably as possible, which allows our hosted customers’ environments to do the same.
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 over $500,000, and we are on track to reach our goal of $1 million by 2015.