By The Protech Team
Although Brian Sutton dreamed of becoming a doctor growing up, the IT bug bit him during the latter part of his college years at Virginia Tech. As a result, he pursued an IT career instead of attending medical school following graduation. Now, rather than helping patients as a family practice physician, Brian has his fingers on the pulse of Protech’s internal and external technology.
As Protech’s director of information technology, Brian oversees the company’s corporate technology infrastructure, and manages a six-member IT team. Additionally, he serves as the technical lead for all customer upgrades and works with Protech’s project managers during new customer implementations. A Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Brian holds certifications in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Installation and Deployment; Microsoft Solomon Installation and Configuration; and CompTIA A+.
Brian joined Protech in April 2000 following a one-year stint at a software company. The Silver Spring, Maryland, native knew about Protech because of his friendship with Matt Bruffey, which dates back to their high school years. Brian, who loves the excitement and challenge the IT field presents, felt he could carve out a niche at Protech. In 15 years, Brian has become the company’s “go-to” IT guy and earned a spot on Protech’s executive team.
Away from the office, Brian spends most of time with his family—wife, Valerie; seven-year–old son, Cole; five-year-old daughter, Alexa; and a two-year-old daughter, Hadley. He also enjoys completing home improvement projects, rooting for the Washington Redskins and Virginia Tech Hokies, and reading thriller novels by authors Dan Brown and Brad Thor, and parenting books.” Brian credits his caring personality and strong work ethic to his father, Edward, who he considers to be his hero. That combination of qualities and living life by his mantra of “stay focused, driven and motivated” is what has helped Brian lead his household and thrive during his time at Protech.