Topics or areas of expertise that Thad can talk about (even in his sleep):
- Computer Hardware and configuration
- Digital Security
- Computer Networking
- Computer Programming
How we know he knows what he's doing:
- Prior to joining the firm full time in 2015, Thad worked as an intern with Rea's IT department in 2013 for 9 months.
- After college, Thad honed his skills as a web developer for a local marketing company.
- Thad started building computers at the age of 10. By the time he was 15 he started to repair computers for his friends and family and developed knowledge of several programming languages.
- He began offering professional technology consulting to local churches and area businesses when he was 17.
- Earned his associates and bachelor's degrees in Computer Technology from Kent State University at Tuscarawas where he specialized in Application Development.
When he's not in the office, you can find him:
- Serving as a scout master for New Philadelphia Boy Scout Troop #84. Since earning the rank of Eagle Scout, Thad is passionate about serving future scouts from an administrative capacity.
- When it's warm, he can be found roller-blading, camping, hiking, back-packing, taking photos or just going out for a drive.
- During the winter months, Thad likes to stay indoors where he tinkers with electrical equipment and circuits, reading or watching movies.
Inside The Mind Of...
- What does "A Brighter Way" mean to you? To me, "A Brighter Way" means to always be looking for ways to improve the quality of life of everyone you come into contact with.
- Why do you choose to work at Rea? I genuinely enjoyed my internship. The work atmosphere was always amazing and the firm shows great respect to its employees.
- Describe your work style. Surprisingly, I tend to have a hyper-organized work style. I'm always looking for ways to make things more efficient as well as opportunities to standardize what I do to minimize issues. This is in direct contrast with my personal life, where I prefer to be a bit disorganized.
- What do you consider is your "brightest" quality? My ability to pick up new skills quickly. I have managed to learn how to research and have begun to execute new skills in pretty rapid succession on my own time. I am always looking for something new to learn.
Just For Fun:
- What did 10-year-old you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a video game tester.
- What profession would you choose if you didn't go into IT? I probably would have pursued education.
- What was your first job? My first job was when I worked for my late grandfather's business. He had booths at flea markets all over the state where he produced and sold candy. I started working with him within a few days of turning 14. I was a cashier for a bit before assuming more responsibility. Eventually, I was responsible for managing a handful of our locations.
As far as IT goes, I'm a 'jack-of-all-trades,' who is always looking for opportunities to learn and ways to improve.