|Featured Consultant: Debbie Tesch, Senior Project Manager|
TT: How and when did you get into telecom?
DT: When I graduated from college, I was fortunate to be offered a position with AT&T's recruiting program in the Twin Cities. I worked for them for 10 years, which is a long time by today's standards! I worked in Minnesota for four years and then transferred to an AT&T office in California where I sold PBX and voice and data systems first to the insurance industry and then to technology companies. I left AT&T and went to work for a pharmaceutical distributor building IT infrastructure and procuring systems.
TT: What is your subject matter expertise and how did you develop your knowledge in that area?
DT: Now I would say it is project management in the software development arena but as a PM you have the ability to manage anything from system implementations to disaster recovery networks to retail POS systems. I've been in a more formalized PM role for the past 10-15 years and have been certified as a PMP since 2007.
TT: What do you feel is the biggest contribution you've made to a client?
DT: As technologies change, organizations have brought me in get in front of where the marketplace is heading. It is imperative to form a team with the skills and personality traits that will enable people to work well together, thinking outside the box, and build whatever that particular organization requires.
TT: What is one of the most interesting projects you've worked on?
DT: I worked on a disaster recovery high availability project that involved putting together a data center in a remote location, providing for security, hardware, software, testing, documentation, and bringing it live. It was very challenging and I can look back with pride on what we got done.
TT: What is your favorite city/country to work in?
DT: I live in "America's Finest City." That's the slogan for the city of San Diego and I can't argue with it!
TT: What hobbies do you pursue in your free time?
DT:Traveling and the arts, including painting, listening to music and visiting art galleries. I also love spending time with my family.
TT: What do you like best about working with Alliance?
DT: Alliance has the right blend of support and latitude. They stay in touch with me and provide good insights, but they understand that I'm on the job site and they give me the autonomy to manage as I see fit. It's very desirable not to feel micromanaged from a remote office. To request Debbie for your next project or to view her full profile, please visit our web site.