Category Archives: Computer/Internet

Staffing Company President – Mentor – Lynn Flinn

Staffing Company President  Mentor – Lynn Flinn   Lynn is the President and Managing Partner of The Rowland Group, a staffing company with offices in Tulsa and Houston which specializes in the areas of Accounting & Finance, Information Technology and Engineering & Energy. She began her business career as an auditor for a nation-wide accounting firm. She then transitioned to controller for banking, oil & gas and publishing companies before a new career direction, joining a large staffing company. There she became a regional manager of twelve offices. After eleven years with the staffing company, she left to establish the Tulsa branch of EWF International (Executive Women’s Forum International), a peer advisory group for women in business and also established the Tulsa Chapter of OKEthics, a group of business men and women promoting ethical business practices in the state. In 2006, Lynn was asked by the founders of The...

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Cyber Security/Digital Forensics – Mentor, Don Pipkin

Cyber Security/Digital Forensics  Mentor, Don Pipkin   Don is a Cyber Security and Digital Forensics Instructor at Tulsa Tech’s Riverside Campus. Before becoming an instructor in 2007, he worked in business for over twenty years, eighteen of those with Hewlett-Packard. Don is also the author of several books including “Halting the Hacker: A Practical Guide to Computer Security” and “Information Security: Protecting the Global Enterprise”. He is recognized as an international expert on cyber security and his books have been translated into several foreign languages including Chinese. Don earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Tulsa and was a regular guest lecturer at TU and Rogers State University. In his article, Don points out that while cyber security and digital forensics are growing fields, schools are only graduating about half of the people needed to fill available positions. Strong demand means there are scholarships...

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Director of Operations – Mentor, Brian Head

Director of Operations Mentor, Brian Head   Brian is the Director of Operations for the Nelson Auto Group, which owns four automobile dealerships in two states and associated businesses including auto repair, collision repair, auto finance and collection. Brian started with the company as a computer programmer and designed the information systems used by people at all levels of the organization from the owner and the managers of individual profit centers to the customer service representatives, parts managers, repair technicians and people involved in sales and finance. His integrated IT system is more robust than the typical programs used by similar businesses in part because the information is in real time rather than being provided at the end of an accounting cutoff period. This means that each day every person using the system knows exactly where he or she is in terms of reaching their productivity goals. To be...

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Director of IT Service Delivery- Mentor, Kirk Miller

Director of IT Service Delivery- Mentor, Kirk Miller This Mentor has had an interesting career path within the IT industry.  He rose to a position consulting with one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the US where he was the Director of Service Delivery and a Security Operations Manager. But like many young people, he started out on another career path before he got his engineering degree. His article contains a number of personal experiences and suggestions for the best ways to prepare yourself for a career in this field and suggestions about entry level jobs and the experience you need to have to advance in an IT engineering career. All engineering careers offer one of the highest starting salaries and lifetime earnings. IT is also one of the categories within the engineering profession with the highest projected growth.  Overview   My career path is in some ways common...

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Web Site Developer – Mentor, Arvell Craig

Web Site Developer – Mentor, Arvell Craig

Web Site Developer – Mentor, Arvell Craig This mentor designed and built the YPNG website. He has thirteen years experience as a developer while working independently as an independent consultant and entrepreneur. He describes for you the rapid technical changes that have taken place over that time and tells you how he has successfully adapted to those changes and grown his business. This mentor has generously offered to take questions from Members and has provided contact information. His article should be read by those of you who are interested in pursuing web site development as a career, particularly if you intend to free lance or become and entrepreneur and start your own company.   Overview Starting from the year 2001 up until now, I have been building websites. While I was still in college, studying electrical engineer and computer science, the internet’s rapid growth and popularity caught my attention and...

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Systems Engineer/Information Technology – Mentor, Kirk Miller

This Mentor has had an interesting career path within the IT industry.  He rose to a position with one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the US where he was the Director of Service Delivery and a Security Operations Manager. But like many young people, he started out on another career path before he got his engineering degree. His article contains a number of personal experiences and suggestions for the best ways to prepare yourself for a career in this field and suggestions about entry level jobs and the experience you need to have to advance in an IT engineering career. Like all engineering careers, becoming a systems engineer offers one of the highest starting salaries and lifetime earnings. It is also one of the categories within the engineering profession with the highest projected growth. As expected, when writing about Information Technology, IT, and computer career options and opportunities...

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