In the Meet Our Veterans series, we’re proud to recognize Netsmart associates who have worn the uniforms of the armed forces. It’s sincerely a privilege to work alongside individuals who have served our country. We thank them and all military members and their families across the U.S. for their service yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Continue reading to follow Mark’s unique journey from the U.S. Marines to Netsmart.
Mark Davidson, Database Administrator
1. What motivated you to join the military?
I had the benefit of a family friend that was an active duty Marine. In 1977, soon facing the need to feed myself when I graduated high school, we decided to see what I would programs I would qualify for. Information Technology wasn’t necessarily a buzz phrase at the time, however the Marine Corps was a leader in IT and sounded like a good career path. I took a typing class as a senior, which was the closest thing to a computer class at the time. The rest is history.
2. Why did you choose the military branch you did?
United States Marine Corps. While it is the toughest, I had the benefit of some good mentoring before I started.
3. What lead you to a career at Netsmart?
Information Technology. Previous experience in U.S.M.C, Telecomm and financial sectors prior to joining Netsmart.
4. Described the transition back into the civilian workforce.
It wasn’t as hard for a data dink as some people have it. Being in IT from the beginning, after eight years it was fairly easy. Being a little older, more disciplined and focused helped immensely.
5. How has your service and experiences impacted your work at Netsmart?
I believe the discipline, attention to detail and focus is as crucial in today’s environment, as at any time. I believe it helps weed out the noise when pressured to focus on the daily issues.
6. How do you recognize Veterans Day?
I reflect on how lucky I am and our military brethren to have had the unique opportunity to volunteer to live in that spit shined club. My wife and brother are former Marines, as well as my son who is former Air Force. All in the family.
7. What was the one thing you learned that surprised you from your time serving?
How hard life can be and how the hard makes you better.