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Kevin Andrade – EAG 1Source Spotlight

Our EAG 1Source Spotlight for February is… Kevin Andrade! Kevin is a Cloud Endpoint Administrator with 9+ years of experience in systems and support. He has played several key roles throughout his career, including managing and maintaining clients’ technical infrastructure through regular visits and audits, patching and security optimization, and standardizing equipment requirements across organizations.

Further, Kevin is highly skilled in key Microsoft applications, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft RDS, Citrix, and more. He is experienced with configuring business applications to align with client needs and creating Microsoft flows for uploading system reporting to Microsoft SharePoint. Kevin’s ability to tackle difficult issues with persistence combined with his technical acumen makes him a valuable team member.

How would you describe EAG? 

When I was younger, there were these books called Choose Your Own Adventure.  Within them, you had to make decisions, and for each decision you had to turn to a certain page, and sometimes the story would end on that page, which would lead me to go back to the original decision to see the other choice and continue the story. I think EAG is very similar. You get what you want to get from here. If you put in diligent work and admit your mistakes, then the story is more rewarding, you can grow and it doesn’t have to end when you don’t want it to.

What’s been one of your proudest moments working at EAG? 

I don’t know that I have one yet, but I am happy that I’ve been able to get acclimated quickly, and begin contributing to our internal IT team, which is full of awesome people.

What advice do you have for prospective candidates that want to join EAG? 

Be ready! This is an environment where you can sink or swim because the work is challenging but rewarding. You never know when they’re going to call on you to step up, so be ready.

What’s one thing – either industry-related or not – you learned in the last month? 

It was more of a reminder, but the importance of communication, being able to set clear expectations, and following through on what you say you’re going to do. I think it sets the perception of who you are as a person, and helps people decide whether they can count on you or not.

What do you like to do in your free time? Any favorite places you like to visit? 

I like to hang out with my daughter. I’m getting ready to have my second daughter in April, so I’m really excited to grow my family and get to show them all the goofy things that I enjoy. I have tickets to San Diego Comic Con. We’ll see if I can convince my wife to let my older daughter Mila attend.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. 

I love art. I really enjoy art in all mediums, whether that be music, sculptures, or traditional art. Recently, I have started commissioning artists because I really enjoy looking at people’s different takes on art or characters.

How do you balance your career and family? 

I am learning. I tend to put my head down and work and sometimes develop tunnel vision. However, since becoming a dad, I know that the most important things to me are the little moments that I get to experience with my daughter such as, watching her learn, grow, and pick up new skills.

Who or what inspires you and why? 

My father. He was able to come to this country with limited education, not knowing anyone, and provide for our family of five, making sure we all had the opportunity to have an education and pursue the things that make us happy in life.

Your life motto? 

One of my favorite anime is Cowboy Bebop. Which deals with themes of loss and being burdened by our past. At the very last scene, there is a black screen that says the words “You’re gonna carry that weight”. To me, this symbolizes that the decisions we make in life are our own and we must take responsibility for them so the regret we carry is the metaphorical “weight”. However, the quote states optimistically that we won’t be stopped by the “weight”. Eventually, we will “carry” it and move forward. I think getting stronger with each hardship we face in life.

What’s your superpower? (What are you confident in knowing that you’re good at) 

My wife would say sarcasm, but I would probably say persistence. I will continue to work at something, even if I don’t have any idea what I’m doing and try to see it through. I take a lot of responsibility and ownership in the work that I do, and the persistence helps me see things through.

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