Brian Schoonover - Cisco Designated VIP (2014, 2013, 2012)


    Brian Schoonover

    Cisco Designated VIP (2014, 2013, 2012)


    Brian Schoonover always wanted to be an engineer. From his early days in school, math and physics captured his attention, so becoming an engineer just seemed to Brian to be "the logical choice." It didn't hurt that his father was also an engineer.


    As a shift lead engineer, Brian gets to work on the largest “intranet” in the world, the Navy Marine Corp Intranet (NMCI) Program, which serves more than 700,000 users, processes nearly 100 million email messages per month and prevents roughly 5.2 million unauthorized intrusion attempts monthly as well.


    Brian graduated with high honors from New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) with a Bachelors in Telecommunications. He attributes his IT career success to his education and his military experience--as a U.S. Army satellite communications chief and platoon sergeant--and his CCENT, CCNA and CCNP. After the Army, Brian became a SATCOM Network Engineer for a small ISP in Hawaii that provided IP data, voice and video services over satellite throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim Basin. This work gave him his chops on Cisco Routers, Switches and Firewalls.


    Brian is currently studying for a CCIE in Routing & Switching and says 2012 is his year! We know he'll make it, because when asked what advice he'd offer to others heading down a similar career path, his answer: Perserverance --it's what really makes the difference to being successful. "Don't give up!" he advises, "Don’t look for the easy way out. Integrity is what makes you whole."


    Brian cites the Cisco Learning Network as his favorite website. He enjoys the discussions, blogs, the success stories and the job portal fact, he likes everything on the site. We can tell. Since he joined in spring of 2009, Brian has racked up 3,238 points and has provided lots of community support in the form of his highly effective “Quick Facts” documents on a variety of learning topics--in particular, his popular “IP Subnetting Made Simple.”


    Thank you, Brian, for all you do! We're delighted to have you in the Cisco Designated VIP circle. It's contributions like yours that makes The Cisco Learning Network a great place to be! Keep 'em coming. Congratulations!




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