Employee Spotlight: Jarrod Clark
“If you have a problem that needs solved, call IT Engineering.”
Those are words used to describe the team Jarrod Clark heads up at A2U. As the director of consulting (IT Engineering), Jarrod leads about a dozen technical engineers who deliver IT solutions across A2U’s client base.
Jarrod joined A2U last spring, bringing fifteen years of technical experience, an extensive background in the education vertical and tremendous leadership to our organization which is why we’re featuring Jarrod in this month’s, “Employee Spotlight.”
Check out the Q&A with Jarrod below to learn more about the man behind much of our great, technical staff.
Q: What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
A: When I talk to an engineer and he\she is excited about something new that they had an opportunity to learn.
Q: Where did you go to college?
A: Computer Tech, Associate Degree of Management Information Sciences; Robert Morris University, Bachelor of Science Degree of Management Information Sciences; and South University, Master of Business Administration.
Q: What does leadership mean to you?
A: Leadership means trust. If you earn the trust of your employees and coworkers everything else will fall in to place.
Q: What have been the top three highlights of your life?
Meeting my wife
Starting my family
Q: Tell us about your family.
A: My wife, Megan and I just celebrated our 4th anniversary. We have one child (John) who is 14 months old.
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: Apollo, Pa. And, here’s a fun fact: Spell it backwards and it’s spelled exactly the same way as it is forward!
Q: What is the one thing you cannot resist?
A: Ice cream. Chocolate ice cream!
Q: Can you tell us something that might surprise us about you?
A: I’ve dabbled in woodworking for several years. My handiwork ranges from dinner tables to night stands.
Q: What’s your favorite book?
A: Escape from Davao by John D. Lukacs
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you can share with recent graduates?
A: No matter what is in your way. Don’t go around it. Go through it.
On the heels of winning the fastest growing technology company in Pittsburgh this summer, A2U has continued to add new employees to the lineup. In fact, in the seven months that Jarrod has been on board – his team has grown by about 40 percent. That fast-growth our CEO, Dan Dillman talks more about here is in part, due to Jarrod’s great leadership and we believe that November is the perfect time to show our thanksgiving for his momentous contributions.