PHOENIX Team Lead | Senior Systems Specialist
Meet Bo Bracey, Systems Specialist for Applied Tech since April 2006. Bo has more than ten years in the computer industry, is a Microsoft Certified Professional, and CompTia A+ Hardware Certified. His experience and training gives Bo the ability to diagnose technical matters, large or small, perform maintenance and monitoring, installations and configurations, and provide hardware sales and support.
Bo and his wife, Tracy, live in McFarland with their daughter, Octavia, born in January of 2009. Bo's primary hobby is audio engineering and voice-over. He has always enjoyed making interesting sounds, whether it is with his voice or his collection of keyboard synthesizers and other audio equipment.
Michael, Systems Specialist on the Phoenix Team, joined Applied Tech in March 2013 with 5+ years of experience with help desk, Windows Server Admin and Network Admin roles. He earned his Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) for Windows Server 2003 in 2008 and is currently working on the MCSA upgrade to Server 2008.
Michael currently lives in Rockford, IL with his wife Stephanie, 3 children and a Pomeranian mix Bandit. In his spare time, Michael enjoys bowling, grilling, watching movies, playing outside with his family, and is a Chicago Bears fan (but we’re going to keep him anyways).
Applied Tech welcomed Andrew Davis, Systems Specialist, in January 2013. Prior to Applied Tech, Andrew worked for Weather Central building and supporting the computers used in weather forecasting and presentation, and spent nearly two years with IBM. Andrew is a Herzing University graduate with a BS in Technology Management.
Originally from Rewey, WI where he grew up on a farm, Andrew and wife, Rita, currently live in Sauk City. When not working on computers Andrew is active in the Masonic Lodge.
Michael Joined Applied Tech in March 2011 as a Systems Specialist. Coming in with over eight years' experience in IT, most notably networking and programming, Michael skills quickly proved valuable to our NOC (Network Operations Center).
Michael attended UW Marshfield/Wood Country and Herzing University where he graduated with a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and Networking Technology in 2010. His interest and knowledge of computer expands outside the usual 9-to-5, as Michael can often be found tinkering with computers in his free time along with playing video games.
Michael currently resides in Madison.
Senior Systems Specialist
Applied Tech welcomed Grant Stroobants in November 2012 as a Senior Systems Specialist. Grant stems from Direct Networks with experience in architecting, building, and maintaining hosted Exchange, SharePoint, BES, and VPS environments. In addition, Grant has earned the Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certification, along with the Microsoft SQL cert.
Originally from Chilton, WI, Grant moved to Madison where he graduated from Herzing University with a Bachelor of Science in Technology Management/ Computer Networking and Security. Grant currently lives in Fitchburg and enjoys the quick access to the Capital City Bike Trail. Other hobbies include Skiing, snowboarding and boating. Grant is a member of the Phoenix Team.
John, Systems Specialist and MSCE certified, joined Applied Tech in February 2011 with over 20 years of technical support experience. John, originally from the Midwest, transplanted from California in 2006. While in California, John earned an Associate of Science Degree in Drafting and Computer Aided Design at El Camino College and graduated from PIT at the Musician's Institute in Hollywood. John has had the pleasure of performing professionally as a drummer and percussionist in the L.A. area, still plays regularly here in Madison.
John currently lives in Madison with his son and enjoys sailing, motorcycling, skiing and organic gardening.
Joining Applied Tech in June, 2013, Xiong is a newcomer to the Team Phoenix. He brings with him though nearly a decade's worth of IT related industry experience, including working in an academic environment, corporate settings, as well as manufacturing, non-profit and telecoms.
As well as a Business Computer Information Systems qualification from Kuyper College, Xiong has just completed an MBA in Management at Concordia University-Wisconsin. Away from work, Xiong is an outdoors type who enjoys exploring nature, traveling and sports. He also loves live music, playing the guitar and the piano and social gatherings with family and friends.