Who is Joey Lombardi?
A husband, a "computer guy", a vendor/supplier manager, a part-time blogger/writer, a community leader, a damn good friend (if I do say so myself).
I think technology should be used aggressively to simplify life (not complicate it). At my core, I am a communicator and a story teller—I appreciate the fact that social media and technology allows me to share my tales of friendship, humor, and hard earned lessons with those who visit.
What is this website all about?
I cover all of that in my frequently asked questions.
Some Professional Information:
Before I went to college I worked at my family's butcher shop in the summers and when I was older I sold women's shoes. I am telling you this because my parents taught me to have a good work ethic and I usually get a few laughs telling people I sold women's shoes. If you are thinking that it was somewhat irresponsible of my father to let an 8-year-old run around a place with sharp knives, I agree with you, but it was pretty cool.
I graduated from Drexel University in 2002. I graduated at the top of the Information Systems college. I am not saying this to brag, I took school seriously because I was there on my father's dime. I am not going to say that I was a monk and didn't have any fun, but I took school seriously and there was a good reason for it.
When I graduated, I took a full time position with a large Philadelphia-based insurance company. I ended up inheriting production support for their entire email system. When I started there were 3 or 4 major outages a day. When I left we had a year of peace with only minor issues... yes, I am bragging about that.
Two things happen during this time period: I opened my own computer repair business and I left production support to become an IT service manager. The service manager job allowed me treat certain groupings of technology as my own business: getting production costs down and simplifying offerings to customers while collecting metrics to feed back into the improvement process. While I was acting like I owned my own IT business, I actually started my own business. It was a fully realized retail computer shop in Berlin, NJ. I had some success, built a network of customers, and learned what not to do when running a business.
The shop closed in 2006 and my day job shifted into vendor management (which I am doing to this day). With the store closed, I didn't just sit on the couch. I started to write and teach myself about blogging and social media. Over the last few years, I have managed to become a contributor to two blogs: Phillyist and Drinking Made Easy. Also during this time I bought a house, got married, and recently completed the MBA program at Western Governors University.
UPDATE: In March of 2012, I welcomed my first child into the world. Everybody is doing really well.
So that is the story for now. Let me know if you have any questions.