All Exclusives Featured Tech Field Day Events

Meet Field Day Delegate – Stefan Fouant

  1. Meet Field Day Delegate – Chris Arceneaux
  2. Meet Field Day Delegate – David Ball
  3. Meet Field Day Delegate – Alex Neihaus
  4. Meet Field Day Delegate – Denny Cherry
  5. Meet Field Day Delegate – Keith Townsend
  6. Meet Field Day Delegate – Brian Gleason
  7. Meet Field Day Delegate – Adam Post
  8. Meet Field Day Delegate: Nico Stein
  9. Meet Field Day Delegate – Tricia Howard
  10. Meet Field Day Delegate – Evan Mintzer
  11. Meet Field Day Delegate – Stephanie Ihezukwu
  12. Meet Field Day Delegate – Wes Milliron
  13. Meet Field Day Delegate – Shaun Bender
  14. Meet Field Day Delegate – Michael Davis
  15. Meet Field Day Delegate – Matt Callaway
  16. Meet Field Day Delegate – Scott Driver
  17. Meet Field Day Delegate – Dave Benham
  18. Meet Field Day Delegate – Manon (“Mae”) Lessard
  19. Meet Field Day Delegate – Haydn Andrews
  20. Meet Field Day Delegate – Timothy Dennehy
  21. Meet Field Day Delegate – François Vergès
  22. Meet Field Day Delegate – Jennifer (“JJ”) Minella
  23. Meet Field Day Delegate – Wences Michel
  24. Meet Field Day Delegate – Josh Fidel
  25. Meet Field Day Delegate – Chris Williams
  26. Meet Field Day Delegate – Kati Lehmuskoski
  27. Meet Field Day Delegate – A.J. Murray
  28. Meet Field Day Delegate – Josh Warcop
  29. Meet Field Day Delegate – Jeremy Schulman
  30. Meet Field Day Delegate – Micheline Murphy
  31. Meet Field Day Delegate – Scott Morris
  32. Meet Field Day Delegate – Remington Loose
  33. Meet Field Day Delegate – Stefan Fouant
  34. Meet Field Day Delegate – Bart Heungens
  35. Meet Field Day Delegate – Markus Leinonen
  36. Meet Field Day Delegate – Greg Ferro
  37. Meet Field Day Delegate – Gina Rosenthal
  38. Meet Field Day Delegate – Vuong Pham
  39. Meet Field Day Delegate – Ruairi McBride
  40. Meet Field Day Delegate – David Samuel Penaloza Seijas
  41. Meet Field Day Delegate – Faisal Khan
  42. Meet Field Day Delegate – Mary Fasang
  43. Meet Field Day Delegate – Kim Pedersen
  44. Meet Field Day Delegate – Tony Efantis
  45. Meet Field Day Delegate – Robb Boyd
  46. Meet Field Day Delegate – Jason Beshara
  47. Meet Field Day Delegate – Glenda Canfield
  48. Meet Field Day Delegate – Ben Mason
  49. Meet Field Day Delegate – Pieter-Jan Nefkens
  50. Meet Field Day Delegate – Tony Bradley
  51. Meet Field Day Delegate – Jim Jones
  52. Meet Field Day Delegate – Neil Anderson
  53. Meet Field Day Delegate – John Deegan
  54. Meet Field Day Delegate – Andy Thurai
  55. Meet Field Day Delegate – Calvin Hendryx-Parker
  56. Meet Field Day Delegate – Lariana Luy
  57. Meet Field Day Delegate – Kyle Jenner
  58. Meet Field Day Delegate – Dr. Avril Salter
  59. Meet Field Day Delegate – Shala Denise
  60. Meet Field Day Delegate – Jerod Santo
  61. Meet Field Day Delegate – Ben Story
  62. Meet Field Day Delegate – Chris Hildebrandt
  63. Meet Field Day Delegate – Scott Bollinger
  64. Meet Field Day Delegate – Phillip Sellers
  65. Meet Field Day Delegate – Steven Cortez
  66. Meet Field Day Delegate – Jason Collier
  67. Meet Field Day Delegate – Deirra Footman
  68. Meet Field Day Delegate – Jason Gintert
  69. Meet Field Day Delegate – Jamie Phillips
  70. Meet Field Day Delegate – Wolfgang Stief
  71. Meet Field Day Delegate – David Klee
  72. Meet Field Day Delegate – Chris Cummings
  73. Meet Field Day Delegate – Bryton Herdes
  74. Meet Field Day Delegate – Kerstin Stief
  75. Meet Field Day Delegate – Marc Staimer
  76. Meet Field Day Delegate – Demetrios Brinkmann
  77. Meet Field Day Delegate – Dan Jones
  78. Meet Field Day Delegate – Peter Mackenzie
  79. Meet Field Day Delegate – Mike Wade
  80. Meet Field Day Delegate – Rocky Gregory
  81. Meet Field Day Delegate – Landon Foster
  82. Meet Field Day Delegate – Firas Shaari
  83. Meet Field Day Delegate – Girard Kavelines
  84. Meet Field Day Delegate – Betty DuBois
  85. Meet Field Day Delegate – Craig Rodgers
  86. Meet Field Day Delegate – Tim Bertino
  87. Meet Field Day Delegate – Rati Jokhadze
  88. Meet Field Day Delegate – Vince Schuele

You’ve heard the buzz and we have one more exciting announcement! Stefan Fouant is coming to Networking Field Day 21 as a first-time delegate. We have a full line-up of companies and delegates. We are excited about next week’s FOUR-day event and that Stefan will be a part of it! We invite you to connect with Stefan at @SFouant on Twitterthe web, or the Tech Field Day web site.

To start, please tell us a little about what you do now, in your current role.

Currently, I work as the Vice President of Technology and Engineering at Sun Management. We are a small VAR located in the DC metropolitan area focused on commercial and federal, with a sizeable footprint in the DOD space. In my current role, I spend most of my time heading up engineering initiatives, spearheading conversations with customers, or looking at new and exciting ways to deliver new and compelling services to our customers. One of the initiatives that I am looking at now is launching a new managed services operation and managed security operation for our customers.

What are your biggest challenges?

The biggest challenge that I currently have is that change within the technology landscape seems to be accelerating at an exponential rate. Keeping pace and abreast of the latest trends in the industry always seems to be a daunting proposition especially given how wide the industry has become.

How did you get into Technology and IT?

I always knew I would work with technology in some capacity. From the time (in the mid-80s) when my mother brought home our first IBM XT Personal Computer, I fell in love. I started dabbling in BASIC programming, and by the time I was 11, I was starting to get into Bulletin Board Systems (BBS’s) – this was in the late 80s and early 90s, before the advent of the World Wide Web (WWW). So back then, if you wanted to virtually connect with people online, you did so via a BBS, or Prodigy, Compuserve or AOL. I loved those days and it felt like you were part of a select group of people, because not everyone knew how to set up their computers and modems with terminal software which would allow them to connect with others. I later ran my own BBS for a few years out of the basement when I was in my early teens, and even learned C programming so I could modify the source code of the BBS software to meet my particular needs.

As soon as I graduated high school, I knew I was going to get into the business. I loved networking, so I pursued the Certified Novell Engineer 3 (CNE3) and CNE4 certifications, followed by a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer in NT4 (MCSE4) — I only achieved these certifications so I could get my foot in the door as these certifications were more IT-focused and less so on the core underlying networking components. Once I got in with a good company, I was quick to move to the networking side.

What was your first computer? What was great about it? What is your go-to computer now?

My first computer was an IBM XT Personal Computer that our mother brought home from work. It was great because my mother worked in IT at the time and was able to give me some early tutorials on how to use the machine… from there I started dabbling in basic programming and learning the basics of Microsoft DOS. Today, I switch between a Macbook Pro and an Windows machine, depending on what I’m doing. Don’t really have a preference here as it’s largely dependant on what the workload is and what’s the appropriate machine to use for the job.

Where do you see IT going in the next 3-5 years?

More automation! More AI. More capability and more simplicity. I believe that intent-based everything will be huge, with the software powering many systems becoming much more simplified and intelligent in terms of attempting to determine the intent of the end-user.

Let’s talk work/life balance. How do you manage it?

I have learned all too well the value of work/life balance… after working 70-80 hours a week consistently in my previous job and my health and personal affairs suffering as a result, I’ve come to terms with the fact that it’s important to find a workplace that stresses and values a healthy work/life balance. Now, I, rarely if ever, work more than 40 hours a week. I put an emphasis on making time for exercise and nutrition, and spending time with family and friends. I try not to let work creep into my home life or personal affairs after the workday is over.

Do you have any hobbies? What do you do in your spare time?

Outside of work, my life is pretty much all about food and wine. I’ll add beer to that category as well, as I am an avid amateur winemaker and beer brewer. I’ll be honest though, my beers are much better than my wine. I love to check out new restaurants in the area, and I can often be found at a local vineyard on the weekends. In addition, I spend a great deal of time in the kitchen attempting to work on my culinary skills as I thoroughly enjoy cooking for my family and friends.

What would you be doing, if you weren’t working in IT?

If I wasn’t working in IT, I’d love to own my own craft brewery and work in the brewhouse making different styles of beer all day long.

If you could have ONE super power, what would it be and how would you use it?

Solve world hunger! Is that a super power??? Snap my fingers and make loaves of bread appear out of thin air. I’d love to be able to help all the people in the world that are less fortunate to be able to eat and have sustenance.

What is your favorite movie, favorite characters or parts?

I’d have to say that one of my favorite movies is “The Shawshank Redemption”, and of course, my favorite part is when Andy Dufresne escapes from the prison. I also enjoyed “The Count of Monte Cristo” for similar reasons, as these forms of escape represented in these movies to me symbolizes freedom and a break from the chains that might restrain us.

What is your favorite kind of ice cream?

I love vanilla ice cream… especially when coupled in a warm brownie sundae or perhaps with some deep fried Oreos… Alas, I am lactose intolerant and have been known to clean out rooms after indulging in ice cream, so I don’t eat it as often as I would like to.

What are you most excited about seeing at the event?

Definitely excited about seeing all the presentations from various vendors on the latest aspects of their technology and any new or compelling architectures or different approaches towards solving common IT related issues and problems.

Thanks, Stefan! This has been great! See you soon! 

Don’t miss a minute of Networking Field Day 21; happening October 1-4! Join the conversation and use #NFD21. 

About the author

Mel Zura

Mel Zura is the Operations Specialist at Gestalt IT. She assists in the day-to-day operations of Gestalt IT and Tech Field Day. Mel’s interests include sunny days, beautiful flowers, watching squirrels frolic, dogs, coffee, and music. She’s crazy about Tech Field Day and Tech Field Day delegates... and gifs! Go ahead, follow her on Twitter at @ZuraMel.

Leave a Comment