By Angel MedFlight Contributor
From Texas to the Kenyan savanna and later to Virginia, North Carolina and finally Arizona, Angel MedFlight Systems Analyst Harris Kinyanjui has had one of the longest journeys to our company. He joined Angel MedFlight in the Spring of 2013 and paired with colleague Ian Connor, makes up a solid Information Technology team.
Kinyanjui (pronounced kihn-yan-JOO'-ee) was born in the Dallas suburb of Waxahachie, Texas before moving to his parents' native country of Kenya and getting most of his early schooling in the east African nation. Yes, they drive on the other side of the road there and still enjoy their afternoon tea, but Kinyanjui affirms from more recent visits to Kenya that getting together to socialize in person is still common there and is not taking a back seat to socializing through one's mobile device.
With a smile on his face, Kinyanjui describes how here in the states, we almost always call someone to see if we can pay them a visit. In Kenya, he says, everyone just drops in. No need for any advance warning, hospitality is totally an open-door policy there.
His long road took him through college at both Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., and UNC Charlotte. After college it was on to working for wireless phone companies in Charlotte and other IT jobs before moving to Arizona in the summer of 2011 and working IT for the city of Gilbert.
Kinyanjui and Conner are the unsung heroes at Angel MedFlight. Like most offices, the "techs" or "IT guys" are the ones to call when the office computer is acting strange or your password changed over the weekend and you can't log on. Angel MedFlight's systems analysts handle many different tasks each day. Sure, they are there for desktop support, but Kinyanjui is often called upon to work with Salesforce, our cloud-based customer relationship management program and our high-tech phone system.
At previous companies, Kinyanjui often had to fix an existing IT setup, but at a relatively new and growing company like Angel MedFlight, he enjoys how he's able to lay some foundation and help build some of the systems here. When he was looking at the company as a possible job opportunity, "what really intrigued me was they are looking to add new servers and new technology because this company is constantly growing," says Kinyanjui.
A self-proclaimed geek, Kinyanjui enjoys the multi-faceted challenges he faces on a day-to-day basis here. And he knows that if he can't make the fix, there is another talented person right next to him who can.
The work Angel MedFlight does with its medical flights and providing patients unparalleled care has made a deep impression on Kinyanjui. When people see the company logo they often react by saying 'Oh, you're the air ambulance company,' and in modest fashion he replies, 'Yes but I only work on the computer side.' On the contrary. Kinyanjui is just another of the hardworking employees at Angel MedFlight, who humbly minimize their role -- when in actuality they are an integral part of this growing company, which strives to raise the bar in the air ambulance industry.