I’m Brian – Instructor, Coach, and Researcher.

I’ve worked as an engineer, architect, and manager. These roles have been as a customer, consultant, vendor, and manufacturer over the course of my career. My passion has always been learning about new technology and sharing what I learned with others.

Below are some of the cerifications that I have earned and maintain today.

My formal education began in the late 1980s when I attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook where I earned a B.S. in Computer Science. In 2013 I earned an M.S. in Information Assurance with a concentration in Digital Forensics and Incident Response Management from Norwich University while working at Cisco Systems full-time.

I learned early in my career the value of certifications. I started in networking working with Novell Netware and achieved Certified Netware Engineer (CNE), Enterprise CNE (or ECNE) and Certified Netware Instructor (CNI) certifications. I went on to spend a year as a full time contract Netware Instructor.

I earned Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification in 1997 after 18 months of grueling study and preparation. That certification provided me with a myriad of employment opportunities. My employer challenged me to build a team of CCIEs. That challenge tested my teaching and team building skills as I developed a team of five professionals; all of whom also achieved CCIE status.

After accepting a job at Cisco Systems in 1998 I found the place where I would spend most of my career. Starting in Sales I moved to a positions in Corporate, Engineering, and Product Management. I left briefly in 2014 to take on the position of Senior Solution Architect at Lancope; only to have that company acquired by Cisco 14 months later.

In 2020 after 24 years employment I retired from my full time position in order to focus on training and content development.

“The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do.”