Hi. I'm Greg. I am from the foothills of the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains. I was born in Morganton, NC, but I grew up mostly in the city of Charlotte, NC. I have always been drawn to technology. From my first Tandy Computer in 1985, to what is now sort of a mad lab of SoC, and IoT gadgets, drone parts, mixed in with the latest tech from Apple, Google and Microsoft. This means that also means I am the IT for just about everyone I meet.. guy. I have been the Financial Industries IT guy too though. It pays better! At UBS Financial's Wealth Advice Center, I was a Branch Administrator, a Project Manager, Call Center Metrics Business Analysis, Technology Liaison, and just for fun, Critical Systems Site Coordinator. Critical systems maintenance was a fun learning experience. It would include things like HVAC remote management, learning about our ATSs, (a giant switch that kicks on emergency backup power when the utility company power is lost) UPS, (think giant batteries) and 500gl diesel CAT Generator. I have a HAZWOPER certification. (Hazardous Waste Operator) thanks to all that equipment and potentially hazardous waste. With the technology side of things I enjoyed learning call center management on Avaya based VOIP phone networks, network architecture, routing, deskside support and phone support for over 200 Financial advisors at UBS, as well as Business Continuity Planning. I have traveled to NJ virtually through video conferences so many times I feel like a clone of me is stuck over there. I also have a FINRA Series 7 Securities License and a Series 66 Investment Advisor License.
As for hobbies, I am also great at shooting film. I am a budding Pro-Hobby level photographer, and starting to get into video. I like beach shots, mountain shots, shots from anywhere you can hang hammocks. I really love hammocking. I am a really good drone pilot. I have 2 FAA registered sUAS drones that can take some beautiful shots and video from up above. In addition to learning how to get cinematic style shots via a 35mph quadcopter, I am now working on getting my FAA 107 Remote Pilot License. This will allow me to pilot drones for business purposes. I have built computers. I have built an arcade machine, after I also destroyed an arcade machine (long story). I built what might be one of the first smartphones, in 2002, via a Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC, with an expansion card that would allow it to use a WiFi PCMCIA card, and make phone calls through VoIP.