IT Staff Interview with Stephen Reynolds: Project Manager

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Stephen Reynolds: I started working as project manager for Fordham IT in September 2015. I come from an IT consulting background with legal and government clients in Arizona, where I grew up. About 12 years ago, after earning my MBA, I was hired by IBM in New York to work as a project manager. After four years with IBM, I took a position in PA as the director of technology for a suburban school district. I recently relocated back to New York to be near family and friends. Until recently, I was working on the MyFiles to Google Drive migration project. Now I’m ramping up the Unified Communications project.

What’s one word that best describes how you work?
SR: Collaborative.

What apps, software, or tools can’t you live without?

SR: Texting. My family is spread out all over the country (San Francisco, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and New York).

What’s your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?

SR: A binder clip. I use it to keep the tubes of toothpaste rolled up in the medicine cabinet. I live with teenagers, so I take advantage of anything that will keep the bathroom organized.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
SR: Two things. When it comes to life in general, life is really too short to be aggravated and impatient. Knowing we have this limited time helps us to enjoy life and work. And, never bring a problem into a situation at work unless you can offer a solution.

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without?
SR: My son gave me a compact, loose tea carafe. I really like tea and use the carafe every day.

How do you recharge?
SR: Cooking is a big part of my daily ritual. I also read. I like sci-fi, but I enjoy the classics, too. I’m rereading My Antonia by Willa Cather and I’ve read most of her books. One book I want to read is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else?
SR: I’m really good at woodworking. I’ve done a lot of architectural woodworking in every house that I’ve lived in for the past twenty years.

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