Our Team

Erick Anderson

Erick Anderson

IT Solutions Manager

Contact Erick for: Service Issues and Technical Support.

Erick has been around computers since his very first Commodore 128. Boasting an impressive 128kb of RAM; it was the computer that ignited his love of technology. Before coming to We Are IT, Erick worked for the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL team, the New Jersey Devils NHL team and he even owned and operated his own sports memorabilia business for over 10 years. He has always returned to his love of technology and helping clients. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Robert Morris University. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Erick lives in Olathe with his wife Tracy and their dog, Skye. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering with dog rescue organizations and tinkering with the latest home theatre apps to best catalog and enjoy his movie collection.

On a Personal Note

What’s your biggest achievement in life?
Marrying my best friend. I am incredibly lucky to have a smart, loving and supportive wife who is my best cheerleader.

Do you have a little unknown talent?
I have an ability to name the year a movie was released with pretty good accuracy. I used to work in my uncle's video store when I was a kid. I am guessing that's where it started.

What attracted you to We Are IT?
I liked the attention and focus on the clients. We Are IT is here because of our clients and I'm happy to work for a company that puts the client first.

What was your most obscure job?
When I was a teenager I had lots of odd jobs. One of my favorites was working in a bagel store where I grew up in New Jersey.

What would be the first thing you would do if you won the lottery?
Give back to all the people who have helped my family and me over the years.


Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson

Sales & Marketing Associate

Contact Richard for: Sales & Marketing Support.

Richard was born and raised here in Kansas City and has lived here his whole life. Richard grew up playing sports. He participated in basketball, baseball, soccer and swimming. His high school education was obtained from St Thomas Aquinas and then he spent his college years at Kansas State University. He is an avid follower of KSU football and basketball, as well as the Chiefs and the Royals. Throughout his career, his roles have been inside sales, customer service manager and account manager. The industries that he has been involved with have been communications, industrial supply and agriculture. He is excited to get started in the IT industry as our Sales & Marketing Associate.

On a Personal Note

What do you do for fun when you are not working?
I enjoy playing golf and spending time with family.

What would you do if you found $1 million dollars on your doorstep?
Invest.

What is your favorite meal to prepare?
Spaghetti with meatballs and garlic bread.

What was the first concert you went to?
Blink 182 in Lawrence before they were popular.

What do you like most about your job?
The ability to work as a team to help exceed our clients’ expectations.


Mike Beebe

Mike Beebe

Support Specialist II

Contact Mike for: Technical Support.

Mike has been in the Information Technology field for over 20 years. He has specialized in supporting small- to mid-sized businesses and has provided technical services for more than 100 organizations in the Kansas City area. What he finds most rewarding about working with clients is the relationships that are built. He is a certified Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist. In his free time he enjoys golfing, cooking and Harley Davidson motorcycles.

On a Personal Note

What was the best vacation you ever took?
The best was a cruise through the Caribbean with my family in 2011. The most memorable would have to be a car trip across the western United States when I was about 10 years old. I am pretty sure the movie National Lampoon’s Vacation was based on that trip.

What’s your biggest achievement in life?
Raising two kids that have grown into young adults that I can be proud of.

What is your favorite sport?
Any sport involving a team with KC in their name.

What was your most obscure job?
I had a job testing diesel generators. I still hate the smell of diesel exhaust.

What did you want to be as a kid?
After spending a short time with a Tandy Radio Shack TRS-80, I knew I wanted to work with computers in some way.


Kent Bowling

Kent Bowling

Project Manager

Contact Kent for: Projects and Service Issues.

Kent has worked in the Information Technology industry for 13 years. At We Are IT, he is involved in the planning, implementation, and ongoing technical support of IT systems for small and medium sized businesses in the Kansas City area. Before joining We Are IT, he served as Kansas City Regional IT Coordinator for National American University. Kent is a graduate of National American University and holds a B.S. in Information Technology with emphasis in Network Management.

On a Personal Note

What attracted you to We Are IT?
Family work environment.

What did you want to be as a kid?
Astronaut/pilot.

What do you do for fun when you're not working?
Chiefs/Royals fan, enjoy playing basketball and video games.

What was the best vacation you ever took?
Went to the Philippines for 5 weeks in 1999.

What would you do if you found $1 million dollars on your doorstep?
Change as little as possible, pay all my debts, still go to work every day, and have a Ferrari in the garage.


Dawn Coffey

Dawn Coffey

Office Manager

Contact Dawn for: Accounting Questions and Human Resource Questions.

Dawn has over 26 years of business administrative experience and currently serves as Executive Assistant. Dawn is a graduate of Taylor Business Institute in New Jersey. Her career began in Washington, D.C. at Price Waterhouse, followed by many years as assistant to the president of the international company, Bel-Ray Company, Inc. Dawn joined the We Are IT team in 2001. One of the things that Dawn enjoys about working at We Are IT is the diversity.

On a Personal Note

What was the best vacation you ever took?
Family cruise to the Western Caribbean in December 2010 for our 25th wedding anniversary.

What talent do you wish you had?
I would like to have more self-confidence. (Not sure if that is a talent.)

If you were given 3 wishes what would they be?
If I could have 3 wishes they would be for my children to have health and happiness; for the American people to have a true understanding of what is really important in life; for all children and animals to only know love and kindness.

What's your favorite meal to prepare?
Pancakes every Sunday morning for my family.

What's your biggest achievement in life?
Being a Girl Scout leader for 12 years and seeing the affect it had on several girls over the years - especially seeing the self-confidence my daughter has and how successful she is.


Nick Elliott

Nick Elliott

Service Desk Specialist

Contact Nick for: Service Desk Support

Nick was born and raised in Great Bend, Kansas. He became interested in programming in high school but found a passion for IT work in college. He has been in the help desk industries for almost 2 years now and just recently received my Network+ certification. He has a scuba diving license and a skydiving certification. Prior to joining We Are IT, he previous worked for the Central Kansas Library System providing IT support to 56 libraries.

On a Personal Note

Do you have a little unknown talent? 
I was a quint player all 4 years of High School for the marching band drumline.

If you were given 3 wishes, what would they be? 
To have the exact amount of money needed for anything I wanted at any given time; to be able to teleport; and to have perfect memory.

What was the best vacation you ever took? 
I went to Boston for a weekend this year for a convention, I got a lot of rest and had coffee with my favorite musician, George Watsky.

What was your most obscure job?  
I was a golf accessory detailer for a summer. I would clean golf clubs and shoes, and respike cleats.

What would you do if you found $1 million dollars on your doorstep?
I would help my parents pay off debt, buy a moderately priced house, and continue working.


Brian Gates

Brian Gates

IT Support Specialist

Contact Brian for: Technical Support.

Brian started his lifetime interest in computers with a hobbyist machine constructed from a Motorola D2 kit, coding some simple games for his siblings. He has worked in the Information Technology field over 20 years. Previous to working for We Are IT, Brian has run a computer sales and service company, and a long stint working for a non-profit healthcare company. Brian and his wife live in a historic neighborhood in Midtown, where they spend time renovating their hundred year old house. In his remaining spare time, Brian enjoys both learning and playing new board and card games, from classic to modern.

On a Personal Note

What talent do you wish you had?
Teleportation!

If you were given 3 wishes, what would they be?
I would have to think long and hard about it; in many tales those three wishes often have unintended consequences.

Do you have a little unknown talent?
I’ve always been able to do pretty well when sight-reading music, but my other musical talents unfortunately paled in comparison.

What attracted you to We Are IT?
Both the size and the culture of a family run business.

What do you do for fun when you are not working?
Reading, learning and playing a variety of types of games. I’ve organized and judged tournaments, ran “monster” sized games.


Devin Heese

Devin Heese

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Contact Devin for: Cloud Computing, Technology Solutions, Hosted Exchange, Wireless, Hot Spots, Backups of PCs & Servers, and Business Processes.

Devin has over 23 years of IT experience and currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for We Are IT, Inc. Devin retired from the U.S. Army in 1998. Prior to joining the State Department in 1999, Devin spent two years managing a helpdesk call center for Sprint.

Additional Languages: Spanish

On a Personal Note

What did you want to be as a kid?
A fighter pilot.

What do you do for fun when you're not working?
Hunt and fish & spend time with my wife and kids.

What's the best vacation you ever took?
We lived in Hawaii for 6 years.

What was the first concert you went to?
Bon Jovi 1988, Honolulu.

What do you like most about your job?
The people I work with, our customers and things are always different and fun.


Justin Schroeder

Justin Schroeder

IT Support Specialist

Contact Justin for: Technical Support.

Justin started his IT career in software development. After several months in that work and not finding it satisfying, he discovered his true passion in network administration. He gained 5 years of experience by managing the network of a medium-sized school district in Missouri. There he developed a love for helping people get the most out of their technology. After his time in the school district, Justin spent 4 and a half years living and working outside of Mexico City, Mexico, as a Christian missionary. While there, he further developed his love for working with and helping people. Upon returning from Mexico, he resumed his career in the technology field with We Are IT and is excited to once again be helping people through his love of technology. Justin is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri and holds a B.S. in Computer Information Systems.

On a Personal Note

What do you do for fun when you are not working?
I enjoy playing with my 3 children, doing projects around the house, watching tv with my wife, and playing board games and video games.

What was your most obscure job?
I worked for a summer in road construction. Did everything from securing wire concrete baskets to the ground with a sledgehammer and spikes to crawling inside of concrete mixing equipment to clean it out.

What attracted you to We Are IT?
Our Mission, Vision, and Values as well as the great team of people who work here.

If you were given 3 wishes, what would they be?
1. Health and happiness for everyone
2. To live long enough and healthy enough to play with my great grandchildren
3. Lifetime supply of authentic Mexican tacos

What talent do you wish you had?
I have always wanted to learn to play the piano. Maybe someday I’ll start…


Doug Schwermer

Doug Schwermer

Service Desk Specialist

Contact Doug for: Service Desk Support.

Doug is fairly new to the IT industry. He has always had an interest in computers and a few years ago decided to make it a career. He received his training at a local computer learning center. He is originally from Lexington, Missouri and joined the Navy at the age of 17 where he spent 20 years and retired as a Chief Petty Officer. After a successful Navy career, he had a variety of other careers, including executive chef, over the road truck driver and has bred and raised tropical birds including African greys and Macaws. Doug lives in Lee’s Summit with his wife, Tammy, and their daughter, Macey. His spare time is all taken up by his daughter.

On a Personal Note

What was the best vacation you ever took?
A cruise ship

If you were given 3 wishes, what would they be?
A cure for cancer, a Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl victory and a lifetime supply of bacon.

What’s your biggest achievement in life?
Surviving cancer

What attracted you to We Are IT?
Great atmosphere and people

What do you do for fun when you are not working?
Fishing


Stephanie Spalding

Stephanie Spalding

Service Coordinator

Contact Stephanie for: Help getting services scheduled

Stephanie has several years of customer service experience and is excited to bring that to We Are IT! She grew up in Derby, outside of Wichita, Kansas, and later moved to Emporia where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from Emporia State University. After that, she moved to New Jersey with her new husband. She was thrilled to move back to Kansas and make roots in Kansas City. Since then, Stephanie has built upon her customer service experience at a mortgage company. She loves being of service to others as well as cuddling with her puppy!

On a Personal Note

What was the best vacation you ever took?
I can’t narrow that down to one, but I would say a highlight is when I went to England with my husband and stayed in a Knight’s house. The Prince of Wales was invited to dinner one night, but unfortunately he wasn’t able to attend. That and Disney World when I finally got to meet Mickey Mouse Feb 2016. I could go on, as all of my vacations - near and far - created wonderful memories!

What did you want to be as a kid?
A nurse, until I realized I can’t handle anything a nurse has to deal with so then I decided I would be an actress.

Do you have a little unknown talent?
Tap Dancing. I never perform, but you might catch me doing a jig in front of the microwave in the break room if I’m really trying to distract myself from a stressful task!

What was the first concert you went to?
New Kids on the Block!!! I was so freaked out by all the screaming girls that I sat on my mom’s lap the whole time. Not long after, they announced that they were breaking up and my sister blamed me for not having fun at the concert! L

What would be the first thing you would do if you won the lottery?
We have a plan for this. Of course we hardly ever buy tickets- but we know we would pay off each of our parent’s mortgages without telling them. Somehow we would find a way to do so! We’d also pay off our debt and go on a vacation.


Aaron Troester

Aaron Troester

IT Solution Specialist II

Contact Aaron for: Technical Support.

Aaron has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Education plus a CCNA. His academic history includes a long list of scholarships and recognitions. Before coming to We Are IT Aaron worked at White Church Elementary in Kansas City, Kansas as a paraprofessional.

On a Personal Note

What was the best vacation you ever took?
My family went on a camping trip in Colorado and it rained the entire time we were there.

What talent do you wish you had?
Telekinesis.

If you were given 3 wishes what would they be?
I'm not sure. I'd have to think about that for a while. I wouldn't want to waste any of them.

What is your favorite sport?
Chess (yes, it is a sport!)

What did you want to be as a kid?
I wanted to be a teacher.


Ed Van Buskirk

Ed Van Buskirk

President

Contact Ed for: Sales Inquiries/Questions and Special Service issues that need immediate attention.

Ed's corporate experience includes software engineering with Burroughs Corporation, consulting services with Digital Equipment Corporation, and manager of Sprint's World Headquarters Data Center. In 1996, Ed left the corporate world and founded We Are IT which provides proactive IT infrastructure management for small and medium size businesses. Ed is a native of Kansas City and graduated from Rockhurst University in 1983 with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science.

On a Personal Note

Why did you start the company?
When I worked at Sprint and Digital Equipment Corporation I could not see any meaningful impact I was having on the local community and the people who live here. By starting We Are IT I wanted to make a valuable contribution. It is very rewarding when I see people I know using products and services from our clients knowing that our staff and I helped make that possible.

What did you want to be as a kid?
A world famous soccer player.

Do you have a little unknown talent?
I know how to ride a unicycle.

What book has had the biggest impact on you?
The Bible.

What's your favorite genre of movie and why?
Chick Flicks are my favorite.... Just Kidding. I really like dramas like Schindler's list and Death of a Salesman because they show real struggles that people face in life, the dynamics of family, lasting life lessons and examples of people that inspire me.