network technician

Employee Spotlight: Ryan Peterson

This month, we met Ryan Peterson, Vision Net’s Network Technician who has been developing innovative solutions for our clients for over 17 years. Along the way, he has helped expand Vision Net’s IP hubs, designed some really cool LED boards, and found Great Falls’ best burger! Learn about Ryan role at Vision Net.

What is your position at Vision Net and what do you do?
Network Technician, and I help maintain our IP infrastructure.

How long have you worked at Vision Net?
17 years since August!

What made you choose Vision Net?
I was interested in computers and networking, and Vision Net gave me the chance to work directly in that field.

What 3 words describe Vision Net?
Home Grown Company

What is your favorite thing you have learned at Vision Net?
Seeing the interconnectivity the modern world requires!

What challenges do you enjoy at Vision Net?
The fact every day has and will bring something new to learn, to understand, to deconstruct, and rebuild.

Are there any projects you have worked on that you’re proud of?
I helped in the last major upgrade to our core network with the physical installation at most of our IP hubs, working with Indatel to upgrade their Chicago peering exchange and expanding our network‘s reach outside the state.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the Vision Net team?
Being part of a team that care about the people we are helping.

If you could add one thing to the Vision Net office, what would it be?
Maybe a gym!

What advice do you have for prospective Vision Net candidates?
Certifications can be far more useful then a full degree.

What is something people would never guess you do in your role?
Some basic electrical work with AC and DC.

With the changes in technology, how has your job changed?
Ensure we can provide secure bandwidth now, but the ability to expand it in the future. Streaming services changed how people use the internet.

What is your favorite movie?
Right now, I really like The 5th Element

What is your favorite food?
A little cheesy, but a hamburger. Roadhouse still gets my pick as best burger place for all the places I’ve been.

Do you have any talents or hobbies?
I would slap a nerd or geek label on most of my hobbies. My newest interest has been in designing custom LED boards and playing around with different effect packages I can work with.

How do you define success?
When your needs are satisfied to the point your wants are your major concern.