Jennifer is the Content & Communications Manager for MATRIX. Her mission is to understand what information our communities want and need from MATRIX, and to deliver it in ways that are enlightening, engaging and in sync with who we are as a company. She loves pop culture, Oklahoma football, and the great state of Texas.
MATRIX Consultant Spotlight: Bert McDonald
At MATRIX, we emphasize that our company is all about the people. On the outside, it appears that we employ software engineers, web designers, project managers, business analysts, support technicians, and so on.
This is technically true. But what we don’t advertise is that we also employ mothers, grandfathers, soccer coaches, marathon runners, world travelers, musicians, painters, community servants and so much more. Our consultants aren’t defined by their job titles. They each have a story and this blog will tell their stories.
This month’s spotlight is on Bert McDonald, a Service Management Consultant working for one of our clients in Fort Worth.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born in Detroit, but grew up in Oklahoma. I went to Oral Roberts University on a basketball scholarship and graduated with a BS in Business Management. After college, I was recruited to Philadelphia as an Operational Manager and stayed there for five years. However, I got homesick, so I moved to Texas to be closer to family. I’m a country boy through and through. My dream is to one day own five acres and livestock in Oklahoma.
What does your life look like outside of work?
I love to fish, plant flowers, cook, and play basketball. I like to be outdoors as much as possible. I have a daughter who is currently getting her Master’s degree in Criminology. I also have a malti-poo named Mini Moe, who I’ve had for 11 years.
How did you get your start in IT?
Once I moved to Dallas, I eventually got into project management at a telecom company, and that’s when my IT career began. After a few more gigs, I got connected with the folks at MATRIX. They helped me get to where I am today.
Have you ever had any unusual job experiences?
One of my first jobs was working at an amusement park in Oklahoma City. Another fun experience I had happened when I was supervisor in the credit card processing division at a large banking company. They put on a modeling competition to raise money for charity. Both men and women modeled different fashions, and I won the men’s competition.
What career would you choose if you weren’t in IT?
I would say any job that helps people. I love what I do now, but if I could do any other job, I would probably choose to be a doctor.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
On a personal level, my proudest accomplishment is getting my daughter through school as a single parent. On a professional level, I would say doing good work and making an impact in my workplace. I place a lot of value in being a team player and treating everyone fairly.
What has been the most rewarding part of your career?
Working with other people to meet a common goal. I’ve worked in a lot of different environments, and getting to work with people from different backgrounds and cultures has been the most rewarding part.
What advice would you give to someone getting started in IT consulting?
Have a dream and go for it. Get to know people who have been through the same experience and ask them a lot of questions.