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Derek Benson
Systems Engineer

Derek has been in the IT industry for over 10 years, with a background in networking, systems administration, and customer service. From Warrenton, VA in Fauquier County, he now lives just outside of Charlottesville with his two cats and enjoys the slower pace of the region over that of working in bustling Northern Virginia. With an education in Networking and Security Management, Derek has worked largely with Microsoft Server, Exchange, Office 365, and Cisco networking products throughout his career.

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

Working with a team that is not only knowledgeable but always willing to help! It really means a lot in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.

WHEN YOU’RE NOT AT WORK, WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO FOR FUN?

Mountaineering/climbing when I can get out to Colorado, which I do as often as possible, but in between stints there I’m exploring the Blue Ridge here. I do some writing. I’m always up for a good cup of coffee or shot of espresso. Small breweries with good selections of porters or stouts. YouTube cat videos.

NAME ONE THING ABOUT YOU DO THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW OR WOULDN’T EXPECT.

I read The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and the Silmarillion annually. I supplement them with various pieces of Professor Tolkien’s Lost Histories as I can as well.