Getting to Know – Michael McFarland

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 Michael McFarland.

Michael reports to Vince Tinnirello, and Vince had this to say about him:

“Michael has been with Anchor since 2006 and is a very important member of our team. As our senior technical person, he’s a valuable asset to our clients and staff. Anchor has become a family, and we’re proud to have Michael as part of it. If you don’t know him, I encourage you to ask him about his hobbies of fly-fishing or his time in the Navy. If you just want to poke fun at him, then ask him how he and Matt used to play paintball together back in college instead”

Want to know more about Michael? Read on!

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

MM: I would say that the Office365 migration for Comiskey and Company has been my favorite this year. It provided some great exposure to some technical issues were not well known and the opportunity to learn some new skills based on the requirements needed to both overcome some of the existing issues and to migrate these users to their cloud environment.

Q. Specific clients that you have enjoyed working with?

MM: I really enjoy working with most of our clients. This year, I would have to say Jennifer at Comiskey and Company, Mike and Brian at CNS, and Judy at Petrie Partners.

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

MM: I think that I bring a lot of skill to the organization in regards to project management and technical ability. Honestly, the more difficult the issue is technically, the more satisfying I find the solution to be.

Q. What are your hobbies?

MM: I dedicate nearly all of my spare time to fly-fishing. In fact, I am in the process of writing a book on the subject. I also make beer. Beer and fishing, it’s really hard to go wrong here!

Q. What is the last concert you saw?

MM: I just when to see BB King over at Red Rocks. Great Concert!

Q. What car do you drive?

MM: I drive a 2008 Ford Ranger and a 1974 CJ5

Q. What is the last movie you saw?

MM: I just saw Battleship. I would recommend to everyone to go ahead and skip that particular flick!

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

MM: Water and a barrel of Red Vines

Q. What’s your favorite color?

MM: Blue

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

MM: Deep in the Rocky Mountains. Unlimited access to fly fishing and no cell signal.

Q. Any animals living at home?

MM: I have a cat, turtles, tortoises, a bird, and some fish

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

MM: Matthew Perry

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

1. To have a close family
2. To have some great friends
3. To be a professional fly fisherman

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

MM: To spend more time with my brothers

Q. What is the wallpaper on your cell phone?

MM: The default, I never customize my cell.

Q. What can you do that most people cannot?

MM: I can tolerate Matt Muller

Q. What is the last book you read?

MM: Raving Fans by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles

Q. Favorite sports team and/or athlete?


Q. How would you describe yourself in three words?

MM: Dedicated, Focused, Together

Q. Anything else we should know about you?

MM: Yes, I really like to fix or make things myself. Over the years, this has led to fly tying, car and furniture restoration, gardening, beer making, etc… The list goes on. I feel that if you can do it yourself, you should at least give it a try. You’ll never know how much you might enjoy something unless you experience it for yourself.

Thank you Michael, for all your hard work and dedication. We are very happy to have you as part of the Anchor family.

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