As a kid, I have always wanted to learn how that thing called a computer just worked. Understanding what is was for and how the lights and chips made it take an action. Well after opening up and destroying my first computer of which was a Commodore 64, I decided to take it a little bit more seriously. Over the years, I would always pick up a new pick up a new piece of disk and put it in the now quite aged floppy drive just to learn more about what made this thing tick. Well after spending a great deal of money over the years, I decided that being in the field that allowed me to play with my first love was one that I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
Meet Van D. Richardson. Growing up on the south side of Chicago, I have always been known as the guy to always ask about all things related to the computer. In the early years, this allowed me to get hands on experience with a wide array of technologies. My career has progressed from leading systems for major banks to leading technology teams for large organizations of which are publicly traded companies across the globe. Having my MBA, has also enabled me to deliver technology solutions that are tied to business strategies of which enable business to reach their goals.
I currently serve as the Director of IT for a large technology organization with the aspirations of continuing my career VP/ CIO of broader teams. As I look back at my beginnings and appreciate those that have helped me along the way. I enjoy public speaking as well as mentoring youth about technology. An element I stress is that it doesn't matter your ethnic background or the community you grew up in, you CAN be successful!
APPBLUE is my avenue to deliver my expertise to those in my community and outward.