Each time we do a Behind the Logo feature on a BlackPoint team member, it’s fun to learn new things about team members who may be familiar faces but have surprising interests/hobbies. We found out our Portland Sales Lead used to compete in chili cook offs, one of our engineers is building a shark tank in his house this year, but no one caused as much surprise as one of our newer team members.
John Dupras joined BlackPoint IT last year as our new VP of Managed Services. In this role, he oversees our Help Desk and Network Operations team and has been instrumental in helping us improve our service and processes for our Managed Services clients.
Normally, we interview our team members and condense their answers to a short paragraph, but this time around we found unearthed something so haunting, we had to provide the record as is.
See for yourself:
What is your role at BlackPoint IT? I am the VP of Managed Services – this includes the overall responsibility for remote support (Help Desk) and our Network Operations Team.
What does your day to day look like? The great part about this job is that every day is different! Particularly now as we are transitioning our teams into pods to better support our clients. Getting to know the strengths of the team members and how we can best utilize them to support our clients and our engineering team has been a great experience and I am looking forward to the next steps in that process.
How many years have you been in the IT industry? I started in IT almost 333 years ago. I did take an 8 year “break” in the mid 80’s working in the medical field, but ultimately came back to IT and IT management.
Wait what?? Hold the phone…..How long have you been in IT???? It was this response that prompted a serious question. John Dupras-Are you a vampire?
Sadly, the answer was no (though we’ve all been watching him out of the corners of our eyes)….And we did capture this outtake from our photoshoot:
It makes you think a little bit more about the rest of his answers…..
What excites you about technology?I think it’s primarily the rapid change of technology. Things that were only dreamed of when I first got into the industry, are already being outdated! I’m not sure what the future will bring, but I am sure it will be rapid and exciting.
What do you like to do in your spare time?I started taking guitar lessons about a year ago, because I always wanted to learn. I also paint in watercolors and pastels and dabble in photography. I love to fly fish, but finding the time is more challenging than the fishing
What is your favorite movie, album, or book?Wow – I have such diversified interest, that’s hard to say. I think I’d have to go with a book called “Falcon’s of France” – a story of Americas early involvement in WW1 that I first read years ago. Long out of print, my wife found a copy on ebay and bought it for me recently. One of the nicest presents I ever received.
Why is he so interested in WW1? Was he there??? We may never know….