Jay Stoeber and Richard Ashbrook have been friends and business associates since the mid-1990’s. As a computer guru, Jay was working to get into the information technology service industry and was doing work at the time as a contracted computer IT technician while pursuing classes at Santa Fe College. Richard had just sold his shares of a partnership with a startup Internet Service Provider, computer manufacturer, and website design company and started a new career in property management. Their collaboration over the years has resulted in the creation of web development apps, system design and administration of a 336 end point network, as well as many other business IT projects.
Jay has extensive experience with everything from smartphones and tablets to fully integrated enterprise networks. He tackled his first program in 1995, written in Qbasic, solving quadratic equations, he had to teach himself how to solve quadratic equations in order to write the program. He has worked locally for IT departments at Gainesville Regional Utilities, the University of Florida’s Department of Residence Education and Housing and A&N Corporation. At UF he was running two data centers with Cisco UCS blades and servers with 500 TB left-hand storage iSCSI and VMware vSphere for the division of student affairs. He was directly responsible for the internet access and network administration of 60,000+ students, faculty, and staff. At A&N Jay supervised all aspects of the companies information technology needs. Jay has done everything from setting up a point of sale system for local retailers to establishing data pivot tables to ensure productivity is being met in a manufacturing environment.
Richard started programming back in the early 1980’s when the Apple IIe was first introduced into educational settings. When his math teacher was instructing the class on how to write the “hello world” program he instead wrote a program that had a ball bouncing across the screen. It may not sound like much today, but in 1983 even the instructor had to take a minute to figure out the code. In the Navy, he became familiar with proprietary military software that was critical to the daily operations of United States Naval vessels. After the Navy Richard attended college at Santa Fe and then transferred to the University of Florida. While taking classes Richard worked for a local telecommunications company and sold, data, phones, and voicemail systems to local banks, hospitals and many other businesses in the North Central Florida area. As data communication started becoming necessary for business he became a partner in a local internet provider and helped individuals and businesses create websites when the only way to do so was coding line by line in notepad. Richard has extensive business and property management experience and has served in various volunteer leadership roles.
Combined Jay and Richard have 55 years experience in IT consulting, computer network administration, web development, computer repair, business management, and volunteer leadership. Although Jay took a network systems engineering career path and Richard moved more toward the business management and volunteer leadership areas of corporate operations, both have received awards and accolades for various website development projects, IT network system engineering, and application designs throughout the years. Between the two of them, they have designed, managed and administered multiple computer networks, created websites, developed proprietary apps and are familiar with the all aspects of business leadership management in both the profit and non-profit sectors.
Richard considers Jay the go-to for anything electrical, technical, DIS, MIS, or I.T. - while Jay looks to Richard for business operations, finance, and marketing.
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