Getting to Know – Alex Trentini

If there is one single thing that makes Anchor Network Solutions great, it's the amazing team of employees we have. Everyone on the team is instrumental to the company's success and we want to take time to recognize them and help you get to know them better. So let’s kick off this month by sharing more about Alex Trentini.

Alex reports to Michael McFarland, our Server Operations Manager / Project Manager, and Michael had this to say about Alex:

“Alex worked for us in a vendor capacity before starting at Anchor earlier this year. He brings with him a great sense of diligence and a level of patience that I wish I had myself. Alex joined us in February and while still learning the details of his job, he is performing well and we are very excited to have him as part of our team.”

Want to know more about Alex? Read on!

Q. Is there a specific project or projects that you have worked on recently that you are most proud of?

AT: I’d love to be able to say that I’m proud of all my work and projects equally, but I think I’m going to have to go with my recent work on our Network Audit appliance. The on-site device allows us to collect and analyze data above and beyond our normal monitoring software. In turn, this allows us to determine weak points in the company’s technological infrastructure and work hand-in-hand with our clients to fix them. It’s a tool that is 100% focused on improving our customers and pushing for the future, rather than reacting to day-to-day occurrences.

Q. Specific clients that you have enjoyed working with?

AT: Anchor has been blessed with wonderful clients and has always strived to maintain a strong rapport both ways. If pressed, I would have to choose Dr. Andrew Dunbar of Castle Pines Orthodontics. Both he and Alex de Cino have been very easy to work with and have a delightful sense of humor. It is truly a pleasure to pick up the phone and call them, though they may not think the same when I’m calling about a problem!

Q. What do you feel is your “power move” within the company?

AT: Before I worked FOR Anchor, I worked for one of the 3rd Party vendors that worked WITH Anchor. Not only does this allow me to bring a vendor viewpoint to the table, it also allows me to have a stronger than normal insight into how to form beneficial vendor-client relationships and maintain them over time. After all, I meshed so well with both the Anchor team and the Anchor clients that Vince offered me a job!

Q. What are your hobbies?

AT: To be honest, I’m not much of an outdoors type person. I very much enjoy gaming in all varieties: whether it’s a board game with friends, card games, or video games on the computer. In addition, I’m an amateur home brewer of beer, and I’ve been wanting to learn carpentry and woodworking, with an emphasis on restoration & repair.

Q. What is the last concert you saw?

AT: Oh goodness. It’s been a while. I think the last concert I saw was a semi-local (to Atlanta) group named Hawthorne Heights. My taste in music runs the gamut, including everything from Beethoven to Alternative and Electronica.

Q. What car do you drive?

AT: I drive a silver 2006 Toyota Matrix.

Q. What is the last movie you saw?

AT: The Avengers! My wife and I enjoy a Netflix account and regularly watch moves at home.

Q. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what is the one food you could not live without?

AT: Do I choose something practical like “water”, or do I choose my secret vice? Tough decision. Growing up in the Southeast, I think I’m going to have to go with a food type: Mexican. I love tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, and their cheese dip. Mmm, cheese dip.

Q. What’s your favorite color?

AT: Red, though I generally prefer warm colors as well.

Q. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

AT: Brazil, preferably in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. Why? The country has it all: Gorgeous scenery and nature, gorgeous people, a strong economy, natural resources, and forward (and upward!) mobility. Plus, I was born there and still have family scattered throughout!

Q. Any animals living at home?

AT: Two – one dog and one cat. The dog is a half Beagle and half Corgi mix (we call her a “Borgi”), while the cat is a standard Domestic Shorthair. Both were rescued from shelters near our home.

Q. If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?

AT: Probably Jack Black. He’s a bit heavy, yet earnest, charming, and funny. I like to consider myself all of those things.

Q. If you could have three wishes, what would they be?

AT: 1) I would wish that people could get over their hatreds and come to see their fellow man as just that: their fellows. 1 John 4:7 says it best, though I would hope that even people who are not of the Christian faith can understand and embrace the underlying message in that passage.

2) I would wish everyone on earth some aspect of happiness and hope in their life -- whether it is a good job, a friend you can count on, or something else. It is awfully hard to continue day-to-day life with an absence of both.

3) That my third wish goes to someone who really needs it. If pressed? Well, who wouldn’t want a million dollars?

Q. What have you not done that you really want to do?

AT: I want to take a 2-3 month tour of Europe and really assimilate into local cultures. I love stepping off the tourist highway and just exploring – to me, that’s the most relaxing, yet exciting, thing on Earth.

Q. What is the wallpaper on your cell phone?

AT: A custom designed, cutesy “I love you!” wallpaper made by my wife, who is a graphic artist.

Q. What can you do that most people cannot?

AT: I’m especially talented at picking up languages and subtle word pronunciation solely by listening. In 2005, I spent 3 months in Brazil teaching English at a private school, and by the end of my time there I was getting constant compliments on both my grasp of the Portuguese language and the pronunciation I was using. All of this without any formal training, just listening to day-to-day conversations.

Q. What is the last book you read?

AT: While tempted to answer with 50 Shades of Gray, I haven’t read it. The last book I read was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I’m still trying to make sense of the pace, haphazard plot, and ending of the series.

Q. Favorite sports team and/or athlete?

AT: While I am a huge fan of Gremio, the soccer team from Porto Alegre, Brazil, I’ll answer with something a little more American – the Red Sox. My mother’s family is from the Boston area and I grew up cheering for them. For all you Rockies fans, I’ll say this: I forgive you.

Q. How would you describe yourself in three words?

AT: Helpful, humorous, and happy!

Q. Anything else we should know about you?

AT: I’m not local to the Denver area, so I get to send minions to fix your stuff! Seriously though, I’m currently living in Johnson City, TN while my wife plans to attend East Tennessee State University to finish her Bachelor’s degree. Born in Brazil, I lived for 7 years in Boston, MA and 22 years in Atlanta, GA – which makes me 29 years old. Oh, and the ponytail in my picture is gone. Sad, I know.

Thank you Alex, for all your hard work on our Server Operations department. We are very happy to have you as part of the Anchor family.

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