About the Mesa, AZ  Finley family

I currently live in Mesa, but I still miss Flagstaff, AZ where I lived for 5 years.   Flagstaff is a mountain community resting at ~7000', surrounded by a mixture of Pines, Oaks, Aspen and Cedar.   Summer highs may get as high as 90 for a couple of weeks, before dropping back to the mid 80's.  Winters can be in the single digits, but are commonly mild (35-50 during the day).  Phoenix is usually 30-35 degrees warmer than Flagstaff.
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During my stay in Flagstaff, I worked for Northern Arizona University within the ITS Dept. ('94 - '99) supporting the various Microsoft packages and desktops (95, 98, NT).   I was Hired away from NAU by  Lucent Technologies, to work in their Scottsdale, AZ office supporting UNIX (HP-UX) on Stratus Fault Tolerant Hardware for Telco customers and Windows NT/2000/XP on Dell and Compaq Servers.   Lucent fell apart in 2003and laid off 90% of my group (they kept 10).  I was NOT one of the lucky 10, so after 6 months of job hunting, I was hired on at Arizona State University (main Tempe campus), supporting their Servers and Desktops.  I've been at ASU now since 2003.  At ASU, I've worked for DLT (Distance Learning & Technologies), CLAS (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) and now UTO in the Information Security group (trying to keep our web pages clean and our FERPA data in).  My area of expertise is the Microsoft Windows platform.  I'm an MCSE with over 20 years of experience in the field.  I've also been honored to receive the MVP award from Microsoft every year since 2003.  My award area is Setup and Deployment, but I'm really a generalist (whole platform) by nature.

Also in 2003 I started JF-Technologies as a side consulting firm specializing in Networks, Hardware and Software, with an emphasis towards Microsoft solutions for the Home and Small Business Customers.  As a Microsoft Partner and MVP I have an inside look into what Microsoft has to offer today and where they're going tomorrow.  Although I'm a Microsoft evangelist, my solutions offer what is best for each Customer.  I stay current with technologies through subscriptions, webinars, training classes, working with several Vendor's beta products, and by giving technical presentations for the various User Groups I work with.  Having to present and be an expert in a subject is a GREAT way to make sure you know it well. 

I'm currently divorced and have two great kids, my Daughter Krista, and my Son Tim.  Krista is finishing up High School and will be attending either ASU or NAU soon.  Tim is currently in Middle school and becoming a great trumpet player.

I love cycling (road bike) and ride both during the week with more miles on Saturdays.  Some of the events I've done are:  The "300 Warrior" and 1000 Warrior rides (8/16/2008, 2009) which is the Tour of Utah's stage 4 ride.  98 miles with 14,800' of climbing.  THAT was probably the hardest ride I've ever done!  I was one of 35 "Brumby's" from Mesa who all came up to do the ride.  The "Ride for Semper Fi" (3 years in a row now..  2008, 2009, 2010).  The Ride for Semper Fi is a 430 mile trek from Phoenix, Arizona to Camp Pendleton near Oceanside California.  Read more about the ride here.  This has been an VERY hard bike ride, but it is extremely well supported and run, by a crew of very hard working volunteers. This charity bike ride raises funds to assist in the recovery of injured Marines and makes a direct difference in their lives.   Semper Fi Fund info is here.  You can help me reach my pledge goal by donating.