ACS is pleased to welcome Derek Johnson as a new employee. Derek is joining the eCommerce and Enterprise Integration team headed by Matt Varblow, and comes to ACS with experience in software development in a .NET environment.
Derek attended Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, which is about as far north as you can go without falling into Lake Superior. (The college is 570 miles from Detroit, for example.)
Derek studied electrical engineering and after graduation, accepted a job in Ann Arbor for a defense contractor firm where he worked on inertial navigation systems. He moved from there to an automotive supplier, where he wrote control software for large machines that tested engines and transmissions. Before coming to ACS, his previous position was at a company that developed consulting-ware for companies that did not have an IT department of their own. Derek was responsible for both writing software and maintaining it. He describes this previous experience as "two years of hard-core .NET boot-camp."
A native of Dexter, Michigan, Derek married his high school sweetheart, Eva. She also attended Michigan Tech, but after marriage and graduation, they went back to their hometown area. Derek and Eva have two sons, Collin, 5, and Josh, 3, and they currently live in Ypsilanti. Derek greatly enjoys spending time with his family and their friends, and his hobbies include gardening and home-brewing his own beer.
Welcome, Derek, to the ACS family!
Postscript to story:
Several ACS employees knew Derek from high school and decided to make his first day memorable. They dug through the ACS archives and the business equivalent of an attic and managed to furnish Derek's work area as it might have been a number of years ago. On his desk was a word processing machine circa mid-1980's, a bottle of Wite-Out, a phone modem, and a"Cobol for Dummies" book. Windows 95--and older--manuals populated his bookshelf, along with several magnetic tapes, floppy disks and even some reports printed on green-bar paper. All it needed was Madonna playing on the radio for you to think you had stepped back in time.