Ajay Gomez on IBM i, User Groups and More
Ajay Gomez, president of WMCPA, talks about hobbies, family and his career on the platform.
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Company name: Profound Logic
Company’s function: ISV/Services
Headquarters: Dayton, Ohio
IT Experience: 10 years
Hobby: Enjoys coaching his son's basketball team
How did you end up in IT? I convinced my parents to buy me a computer in middle school. Within a few weeks, my CD drive stopped working and we had to call a technician to come fix it. I watched the tech go into the DOS command and he taught me how to fix it. I was fascinated by this, and ever since that day, I knew I wanted to do something with computers.
What’s the biggest challenge facing your company today? One of the challenges I face daily is helping companies plan a modernization project. Coming up with a plan that aligns IT strategy with business needs while working with tight budgets and resource constraints can be tough, but we always rise to the challenge and prevail.
Who’s been your greatest mentor? What role has that person played in your life or career? Jim Buck has played a tremendous role in my career. He introduced me to the IBM i world when I was in college and has been an outstanding mentor ever since.
What’s been your biggest accomplishment? Obtaining an undergrad degree while working full time and raising three kids.
What’s your favorite activity outside of work? I enjoy coaching my son’s basketball team and watching my kids play sports.
What’s the first thing you do when you get home from work each day? Kiss my beautiful wife Rebecca and tell her I love her.
What’s the geekiest thing you’ve ever owned? Japanese anime movies.
What superpower do you wish you had? The ability to time travel.
What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t in IT? I find physics very interesting, so I’d probably be doing something in that field.
What business skill would you most like to acquire or improve? I’d like to improve my leadership skills and find ways to inspire people.
If money were no object, what would you purchase and why? I’d purchase a private college, hire the best teachers, create the best technology curriculum and offer free education to all. I’d do this because I feel America is being outperformed by other countries in tech and we need to get back to first place.
What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you? I was an amateur boxer from high school up until when I started college.