Up Close & Personal: Matthew Eshleman


May 2, 2013

At Community IT Innovators, we have an eclectic and diverse team with many different interests, joined by a desire to build strong relationships and provide great support to our fantastic clients. Up Close & Personal showcases our staff and what they are passionate about both at work and outside work.

Matthew Eshleman, Chief Technology Officer, with his wife Jeannie,
daughter Adalie and son Asher.

I was born and raised in Waynesboro PA, a small town in South Central Pennsylvania. I was a computer science major in College and before that had worked with various computer systems while growing up. Our first family computer was an Apple IIGS and I was really good at California Games, Frisbee especially.

I started as an intern in the summer of 2000 with Community IT as part of a program through Eastern Mennonite University. The program was called the Washington Study Service Year and combined community living, taking a few classes at Catholic University and an internship. My internship was at Community IT and I spend that time doing IT support at a nursing home and teaching computer classes for kids and Adults at For the Love of Children.

I have been with Community IT almost 13 years and really value the relationships that I have been able to form with the clients that I support. I also think that Community IT is a great place to work because I have been able to blend my passion for technology with the desire to help organization’s work effectively. That combined with the fact that it’s a sustainable, triple bottom line and 100% employee owned company is pretty great.

In terms of key IT trends, moving IT systems from the server down the hall to the “cloud” is definitely a seismic shift that I’m seeing from the range of clients that I work with. The trend of mobile access to work information is also a notable shift. When I started work, the environment was very much 9-5 work in the office mentality. Now those boundaries have disappeared and people need to access information on their phone, their tablet, their home computer and their office computer.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family in Baltimore. My wife and I moved to Baltimore after living in Frederick MD for a year. I’ve now lived in Baltimore for the past 10 years. After living in Mt Vernon for 9 years, we moved to Roland Park about a year ago. I love living in Baltimore City because of the people and the community that we’ve developed there. When we lived in Mt. Vernon I could walk to the Symphony, the grocery store and our favorite Indian restaurant in less than 5 minutes. Now that we’re in Roland Park I can get to Starbucks, our grocery store and a stream within 5 minutes. I think that Baltimore is a very accessible and creative town.

Also now that I’m the father of 2, a daughter who will turn 3 in July and a 6 week old son (born on my birthday!) I must say that I love playing with trains and reading “The Fire Cat”. I’m a member of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and am active at North Baltimore Mennonite Church.

My favorite websites are rather decidedly non-tech. I obsessively read the New York Times and keep up to date with GigaOM. I also like to read Slate and Politico.  You can follow me on twitter at @meshleman.