As you’ll recall reading in Part 1 of this four-part series, a ransomware attack is where extortionists infect your systems with a virus (a.k.a. malware)that locks up your data files or entirely shuts down your IT operations until you pay
Mike joins Bobaguard as our newest Cybersecurity Solutions Advisor. He most recently worked at PrivCloud as their Sales & Business Developer. PrivCloud is a secure data management system provider. Mike set up PrivCloud’s Sales Process and client tracking systems.
Mike’s empathy and drive to educate and help his clients are why we asked him to join the BobaGuard team. Mike does not fit into the typical salesman mold.
He truly cares about the firms and people he meets with and enjoys providing suggestions and helpful advice on adding a cybersecurity solution to their firm’s toolbelt.
Mike has been married to his wonderful wife, Heidi, for 21 years and has four kids. The two oldest, Avery and Olivia, are both away at college. Twin boys Cal and Riley are Sophomores in high school and keep their parents busy running them to numerous events, including two different high school football games a week this fall. However, that will be ending soon, as the boys will be taking their driver’s test and will be able to get to their events on their own. Something Mike is looking forward to.
His family lives in River Falls, Wisconsin. Mike, a former football player, is a die-hard fan (sufferer) of the Minnesota Vikings (I know you thought I was going to say Green Bay Packers) and has had season tickets for many years.
Mike and his family love to take road trips and experience new places and events. One of their goals is to watch a baseball game in every MLB Stadium. So far, they have experienced ten different stadiums.
When at home and can find the time, Mike likes to take in a game of golf and try out new recipes on the family grill. Although since they live in Wisconsin, I am unsure how often he enjoys those activities. Mike was the first one on our team to experience that “S” word this fall.
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Mike’s favorite quote:
“Good is not good when better is expected.”
— Vin Scully
Julian joins Bobaguard as our first Cybersecurity Solutions Advisor. He most recently worked at LatinFinance as an Account Executive. LatinFinance is a source of intelligence on the financial markets and economies of Latin America and the Caribbean. Julian managed key accounts of the LATAM region and was also in charge of selling sponsorships, ads, and building new or key accounts.
Julian’s passion to educate and help his clients is why we asked him to join the BobaGuard team. He does not fit into the stereotypical salesman profile. He truly cares about his clients and is happy to provide suggestions and helpful advice on any topic that comes up during conversations with those interested in adding a cybersecurity solution to their firm’s toolbelt.
Although Julian is currently a bachelor and is one of the few at BobaGuard that does not have a furry companion, he is close with his parents and loves to tell us stories about his niece, Sarah and nephew, Simon who are twins. I’m sure a pet will be added to his family in the future, as he enjoys the company of Jessie, a friendly dachshund that lives with his parents.
Julian currently lives in Miami, Florida. He takes advantage of the wonderful weather found in Miami by playing soccer (futbol) and padel (a new game he has recently told us about). Because he is such a huge soccer fan, he rarely misses a chance to watch the Inter Miami CF MLS games at their stadium.
He has a passion for travel and plans on getting to know every single corner of the planet. He has already visited too many places to list, but a few are Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Spain, New York, and Washington DC., and has many more trips planned in the future. Two of the places he has visited that impacted him the most were Rome and Zion National Park.
In his spare time Julian is an avid car enthusiast. He has owned about twenty different vehicles. He likes to buy and keep them for about a year, just long enough to enjoy the experience, then sell and buy the next one. Julian wants to experience the thrill of driving as many different cars as possible. So far, his favorite car has been the Porsche 911 (he thinks it is the best car all around), but his dream car would be a McLaren F1.
If you get the opportunity to talk with Julian, don’t hesitate to ask his advice on buying your dream car. He has some great tips!
Julian’s favorite quote:
“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.”
– Leonardo da Vinci
Beatrice joined our BobaGuard team after working at GlobalMac IT on our Help Desk team and having an interest in cybersecurity and jumping in to help with our BobaGuard clients.
She started working in the IT world troubleshooting Windows computers, which turned into helping her clients with their iPads and iPhones, eventually moving into supporting their Apple computers.
Beatrice lives in a small town about an hour north of Philadelphia, PA. However, if you love the show “The Office,” you may be more familiar with this area of
Pennsylvania being just outside of Scranton, PA.
We love to catch a glimpse of Beatrice’s pride and joy during our morning Zoom meetings, her daughter Marilyn. Marilyn is five years old, loves kindergarten, and is cute as a button.
In addition to doing fabulous work taking care of her home and daughter, Beatrice
also has a house full of pets. She has Daisy the Chihuahua and Benny, Nico, and
Barbera, three snuggly cats.
However, the most interesting part of Beatrice is her hobby; she collects butterfly
specimens! Her current collection numbers ten, and her most rare item isn’t a butterfly at all but a Heterometrus Cyaneus, a small scorpion from Indonesia.
Boba, Tom Lambotte’s cute little French Bulldog is the BobaGuard mascot and inspiration for the BobaGuard name and logo.
Boba is happy, playful, and loves to cuddle. Like BobaGuard, security is important, and protecting his little French Bulldog brother, Archie and his human siblings is a high priority.
Boba loves to join Tom at the office and make his rounds, visiting everyone on the team and greeting many of our visitors.
He’s well known to be a friendly dog – he doesn’t bark much, but when he does, it’s enough to make the point… No one gets past Boba unless they submit to a few moments of play or a good belly rub.
Boba’s Favorite Quote:
“Every Dog Must Have His Day”
With an eye for innovation, Stacy L. Carlson has become a leading voice in creating more efficient and positive strategic partnerships and affiliate relationships for businesses. She currently serves as the Partner Manager for BobaGuard, a company on a quest to help people leverage technology to keep their firms safe from cybercriminals. A 15-year veteran of managing partners, Stacy’s experience has given her many opportunities, from launching her own eCommerce business in 2005 to her current role managing BobaGuard partner channels.
She is a 2014 Alumna of the Motion Business Accelerator and continues to work with the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program as well as mentoring in eCommerce and systems and processes.
The day you give up and stop looking at the world as a learning experience, well, that is the day that is far worse than death.
– My Grandmother
After only a little over five years with Bobaguard, Jared recently moved into a new position as the IT Manager. His drive to learn new skills, always wanting to be the hero, and embracing change helped him rapidly move into this new challenge of improving experiences for our clients.
Jared’s highly detailed knowledge of Macs and the processes used by our clients means that he can share long-lasting solutions with our clients. He has also taken the new Help Desk Agents under his wing and shared his knowledge with them.
Before beginning at Bobaguard, Jared worked at Apple Store Genius Bars in several states over five years, providing valuable experience aligned perfectly with Bobaguard’s needs. With a Bachelor’s in New Media Art, Jared has additional experience as a freelancer in graphic design and animation, bringing a creative and attention-to-detail personality to the team.
Jared loves learning new skills, whether picking up some programming languages or constantly exploring the best new video games. As a hobby, Jared collects vintage video game consoles and carries a wealth of information in his head on just about any video game trivia you can throw at him.
When not fixing someone’s computer or spending time in a videogame world, you will find Jared and his wife on a walk with their 2-year-old Golden Retriever, Brinkley. You may even spot Brinkley during a video chat with
Jared, if you are lucky.
Jared’s favorite quote:
“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”
– Barrack Obama.
Christine joined GlobalMac IT in March 2020 as Tom’s (our CEO) part-time Strategic Assistant and to support the marketing and sales department. She soon was asked to join the team as a full-time employee due to her value to the team. In January of 2022, Christine was promoted to Marketing and Sales Manager for GlobalMac IT and BobaGuard.
Following our Core Values, Christine is always looking to support anyone on our team. In addition to her responsibilities in the Marketing and Sales department, Christine has also taken on tasks in HR and FnA to help Chris, our COO.
Christine previously spent 23 years working for Lawrence Diversified Inc. as the office manager and the marketing and research functions for the company. Her career experience proves that she can get people moving and working in the right direction.
Passing the best test of character, Christine, like many members of the GlobalMac IT team, is a dog lover. Her two German shepherds, along with her husband of 22 years, make a great family that she gets to enjoy when she isn’t working. Regularly getting out into nature with her dogs and husband, Christine enjoys gardening, birdwatching, kayaking, camping, traveling, and a lot more. Christine is the epitome of “work hard,play hard.”
Christine’s favorite quote:
“Never stop learning, for when we stop learning, we stop growing.”
– Loyal “Jack” Lewman
Tobias’ family life is as energetic as the amount of energy he puts into work, and he is on the cusp of running a small backyard farm at his house. In total, his yard and house are home to 2 cats, 9 chickens, 2 ducks, and a rabbit. He is an avid birder, enjoying the sight of more than just his own chickens and ducks.
Tobias is also a father of 4 kids, who, of course, help with maintaining their small chicken population. When he isn’t working or with family, he is making noise as a talented vocalist, bassist, and percussionist.
Tobias’ favorite quote:
“The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.”
– Lao Tzu
Jeremey joined GlobalMac IT in October 2019. He is the GlobalMac IT technology solutions coordinator, planning, implementing, and overseeing necessary technology solutions. Before Jeremey came onboard, he was a support engineer for Futuri Media, and before Futuri he spent 5 years working for Apple as an AppleCare Senior Advisor. This expertise made Jeremey a perfect fit for the team.
Aside from a love for videogames, Jeremey has a passion for technology in general, and loves his Thursday night golf games. He has to be the first in the group to have the newest products and often can’t help pulling computers apart to replace or upgrade hardware. He can also put them back together again, which helps.
Jeremey values spending time with friends and family, actively making the effort to connect with the important people in his life. When he is home he has two beautiful cats that won’t leave him alone, even if there’s work to do.
Jeremey’s favorite quote:
“Most impossible goals can be met simply by breaking them down into bite size chunks, writing them down, believing them and going full speed ahead as if they were routine.”
– Don Lancaster
Chris is the one at the helm of the ship, steering the team around all obstacles and constantly looking for better courses to navigate while making improvements to the GlobalMac IT and BobaGuard. He’s basically Russell Crowe in the Master and Commander movie.
Chris is responsible for the company’s profit and loss results, the execution of the GlobalMac IT business plan, and providing clear and concise guidance to the team so everyone works together like a well-oiled machine.
He also realizes that humans are not just oily machines, bringing a genuine and compassionate approach to leadership.
Before joining the team, Chris had worked for many different companies developing their marketing plans and managing their finances. Believe it or not but he used to tour the country in a band (as the bass player), and also had a landscaping business before getting his bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron.
Initially joining the team in 2012 for bookkeeping, marketing, and office management, Chris rose to the COO position and now helps the CEO to steer the ship.
When Chris isn’t busy improving the company’s profitability or acting as the glue that integrates all of the major business functions, he enjoys woodworking, cycling, and jamming on his cigar-box guitar. (He most likely built the guitar himself.)
Chris’s favorite quote:
“It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.”
– Winston Churchill
He is the author of Hassle-Free Mac I.T. Support for Law Firms, Legal Boost: Big Profits Through an I.T. Transformation and Macs in Law: the Definitive Guide for the Mac-Curious, Windows-Using Attorney, published by the American Bar Association.
To date, law firms all over the United States have leveraged and implemented his technology solutions to save thousands of billable hours lost in dealing with I.T. headaches, and significantly improved law firm efficiencies through his streamlined, proven processes.
Tom is a highly sought after speaker at many industry events, such as ABA Techshow, and MacTrack Legal, presents numerous ABA CLE presentations, and has been published in the ABA Law Practice Today, Law Practice Magazine, The Mac Lawyer, Legal Talk Network, Michigan Bar Journal, Attorney at Work, Legal Productivity, and more.
He is a true I.T. rock star for small to medium sized, high-growth law firms looking to get the most out of their technology.
Tom lives in Concord, OH with his wife, 4 young children and 2 English Bulldogs. Tom is most as home in shorts and flip-flops and spends as much time in the water as possible (which is easier said than done with the kids – and living in Ohio!). His passions include cooking, photography and he is an avid reader.