Up Close & Personal: Matthew Eshleman

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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.

personal Matt Eshleman
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.