Givans Rob

Rob Givans

Solutions Expert

Name:Rob Givans
Address:Grand Rapids, MI

I am a conflicted Linux/Mac/Windows user who focuses heavily on computer networking, communication technology, and problem solving as a career.

I grew up on the beaches of San Diego, CA and currently live and work in beautiful Grand Rapids, MI. I spend most of my time tinkering with vintage Honda motorcycles, working on my VW Vanagon Westfalia, playing with code, and studying for technical certifications.


Dec 2010 - present

Applied Imaging

Connectivity Solutions Manager - Grand Rapids, MI

My role at Applied Imaging is very demanding and rewarding. It allows me to work directly with clients and sales reps to understand needs and challenges for document management and Output & Security. I create and implement solutions for clients to achieve their goals, and help make their work flows more efficient and boost productivity for their environment.

  • Networking of Hardware & Software
  • Windows & Mac Server Setup & Configuration
  • Project Management
  • Application Programming
  • Software Deployment
  • Document Management
Oct 2008 - Sep 2011

Freelance Web & Print Designer / Developer

Freelance Web & Print Designer / Developer

I traveled a lot during this time and funded my travels by performing remote web development, design, IT Support and SEO work for clients I worked with in the past. My reputation and past work experience allowed me to obtain work through word-of-mouth. I was able to travel to Florida, California, Alaska, Banff & Jasper, Alberta Canada in this time from the comfort of my 20′ motorhome that I called home for over 12 months.

I focused heavily on the following roles:

  • Web Development
  • Graphic Design
  • IT Consulting
  • SEO Man
Feb 2007 - May 2009

uDream Events

Web Developer & Network Admin - Clearwater, FL

I performed many roles at this company. I focused heavily on Web Development and was working on a stable windows network. They are an event coordination company that focuses heavily on high end and corporate events through out the Central Florida area. We conducted events for many celebrities and major corporations. I built their web site and setup their entire invoicing & payment system. Everything was made secure and they are still using the system to this day.

  • Web Developer
  • Network Administrator
  • IT Manager – Team of 8
  • Graphic Designer
Oct 2003 - Feb 2007

Assurance Home Finance

Senior Network Administrator - Grand Rapids, MI

I was the Senior Network Administrator for 5 years and help build the company from 1 office to 5 office with approximately 120 users. I oversaw a team of 15 and helped build a stable WAN and LAN network throughout Grand Rapids. I also setup a call center than utilized Cisco VoIP and Networking equipment. I was in charge of configuration and implementation of all Hardware and Software for the company. I also developed and managed the company website in-house.

  • Network Administrator
  • Web Developer
  • Cisco Configurations
  • IT Manager — Team of 15


Jan 2014 - present

Stanford University

Engineering and Computer Sciences - Open Courses

Current studies:

  • Linear Algebra
  • Technology Entrepreneurship Part 1
  • Coding Together: Apps for iPhone and iPad
2001 - 2003

Grand Rapids Community College

Computer Science / Programming
  • Computer Networking (Linux, Windows, and Cisco)
  • LAN/WAN/WIFI Infrastructure Design
  • Web Development (xHTML, CSS, PHP, SQL, Java Script, Python)
MCSA – Windows Server 2012

MCSA – Windows Server 2012

MCTS – Windows Active Directory

MCTS – Windows Active Directory

MCTS – Network Infrastructure

MCTS – Network Infrastructure

MCTS 2008 R2

MCTS 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 Admin

Windows Server 2008 R2 Admin

MCITP – Windows 7 Desktop

MCITP – Windows 7 Desktop

Microsoft Certified IT Professional

Microsoft Certified IT Professional

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