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About Doug Blankenship

Doug Blankenship.. I am currently working for Moffitt Cancer and Research Center in Tampa Florida as a Sr. Network Systems Analyst.  I am origionally from East Tennesse and graduated from East Tennessee State University with a BS in Engineering with a minor in Computer Science.  I worked on the campus labs in the engineering department and got my first taste for networking with a peer-to-peer DOS based network called LANtastic.  After graduating ETSU with my BS in Engineering, I was state certified as an architect to design residental and commerical facilities but quickly found that, after an internship, I would need a second job to pay my bills.  I was fortunate to find my first (real) job with the Tennessee Center for Research and Development where I got exposure to a substantial amount of various technologies and also had the opportunity to work in many different areas of businees to include purchasing, project management, marketing, and design.  (Thank you Jerry Christian and George Dilworth for giving me a chance to grow and taking a newbe under wing).  Over the next fifteen years, I have worked with some very talented people and have been through some interesting times but have no regrets and enjoy what I do for a living. Below is the progression of my career.

After TCRD closed, I was offered a position working at Oak Ridge National Labs in desktop support and after a short time was promoted to Jr. Systems Engineer. 

I moved to Tampa Florida in 1997 where I began to work for Lykes Pasco Beverage Company/Vitality Beverage Company as a Systems Engineer performing Windows administration on both Novell and Windows NT, migration to Active Directory, Exchange, and other specific applications for warehouse management and barcoding as well as a CRM solution for the sales force.  Lykes Beverages was sold which lead me to search for a new position.

I was hired by CP Ships in 2002 as a Sr. Systems Engineer working specifically with Exchange messaging systems to include anti-virus and SPAM solutions and email archive.  CP Ships offered my first experience in a medium sized global organization with sites in Europe, North America and South America, Asia, and Canada.  While at CP Ships, I was involved in projects such as a new active directory deployment, Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2003 migration, unified communications with Cisco for vmail integration to the mailbox.  Other projects were focused on data center upgrades, disaster recovery, hardware refreshes, and message archiving.  CP Ships was sold to a German competitor called Hapag-Lloyd which lead me to look for a new position.

I was hired by TechData Corporation in Clearwater as a Sr. Systems Engineer working on Exchange, Anti-Virus and SPAM utilities, message archive, Faxing, Active Directory, and disaster recovery scenarios.  TechData was a great opportunity to continue to work in a fast paced fortune 500 organization with a global presence in the market place.

I elected to leave TechData and joined a IT consulting firm called CompServ. I worked as a pre-technical sales engineer supporting the sales staff in areas such as AD design, Exchange migrations, VMware implementations, Storage implementations and upgrades, and Symantec Enterprise Vault implementations. This positioned offered me a unique opportunity to learn many products as a partner representative and to learn the business side of the sales chain as well as establishing building and maintaining good customer relationships. CompuServ was sold to it’s competitor Mainline Information Systems where I was offered a position in the storage division and was able to cross platforms into the IBM X-Series systems as well.



1. TC Daniel - July 28, 2015

Hey Doug! Just having a couple drinks with David Webb and your name came up. Send me and email or hit me up on linkedin and connect. Looks like youre doing well. Like to hear from you. TC.

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