James McKeand
Technical Consultant
  • United States
Member Since: 2009/11/27
Industry: Computer & IT
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Born and raised in Texas. Attended Texas A&M University. Married (25+ years) two children.

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Professional Background
Self Employed / IT Consultant
McKeand Consulting, LLC
September 2002 – Present
Crofton, MD and Mexia, TX
Assisting clients with technology issues. Supporting small business' computer networks by providing technical expertise. Planning for and deploying new hardware and technologies including servers, firewalls, routers, VPNs, antivirus, backup solutions, e-commerce websites and web page development. Additionally, McKeand Consulting acts as a neutral consulting firm for those clients with existing IT vendors to assist in decision making and the review of planned changes to infrastructure.
Lead Microsoft Engineer / Product Engineer
Alpha Engineering Associates, Inc.
June 1997 – September 2002
Annapolis, MD
Designing, configuration and deployment of Microsoft Networking based solutions primarily using Intel building bocks. Manage major projects and supervise Technicians and Junior Microsoft Engineers. Specifying new systems from standard parts, prototyping of new systems. Troubleshooting existing systems. Investigate new technology and implementation thereof into client sites. Act as primary technical liaison to the vendor representatives and clients.
Computer Services
Maryland Printing & Graphics, Inc.
September 1994 – June 1997
Landover, MD
Responsible for management and maintenance of a Novell 3.12 network. Made recommendation for all purchases of computer equipment. Responsible for installation, repair, and upgrading of all computers systems (Macintosh and IBM compatible) in company. Duties included acting as help desk and troubleshooter, as well as training of employees in use of computer systems. Assisted in electronic pre-press department on an as-needed basis. Involved in the installation and training for a mail presort and addressing system including 9- track tape drives and industrial inkjet printers for a direct mail operation.
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Education
Texas A&M University
Bachelor of Science
Industrial Distribution
1987 – 1992
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Born in Freeport, Texas. Attended Brazoswood High School in Clute, Texas, went on to Texas A&M University were I received Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Distribution in 1992. I also received a commission in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Second Lieutenant. I also married Dawn Ann Redding that year. We moved to Maryland to attend Ordinance Officer Basic Course at Aberdeen Proving Grounds. We stayed in Maryland for 13 years before moving back to Texas. We have two children, a son and a daughter.

I have been working with IT for many years (over 20). I have worked with many environments from single users to multi-site domains. I have learned that the chances of being the first person to have an issue is extremely rare. Google and Experts Exchange are your friend.

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