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As a system engineer, former St. Marys resident Dave Burdick, 39, recently began working as a technical sales specialist for IBM, the multinational technology and consulting firm.
"I work to educate customers and get them what they need to keep purchasing IBM equipment," Burdick explained. "I keep customers informed about what they are going to be buying."
Prior to starting at IBM, Burdick left a longtime position at Carolinas Healthcare System where he worked in the IT field there for 16 years.
The vast healthcare company encompasses 17 hospitals, 45,000 employees and 5,000 patient beds.
Burdick began his IT career at a North Carolina's doctor's office which was owned by Carolinas Healthcare System. Upon merging of various departments, Burdick held multiple positions including that of an AIX or Unix Operating System Administration, which was based on an IBM platform.
Most recently Burdick lead a team which conducted a systemwide data storage and backup recovery applications.
Now with IBM Burdick said his sole client is Bank of America, who is attempting to go global.
"I travel several times a month, mostly within the U.S.," he said. "I may potentially be going to Singapore to help at a new bank branch."
Currently Burdick resides with his wife Mara in Ft. Mill, S.C., located 20 minutes south of Charlotte. He has lived in Charlotte since 1994.
Dave is the son of Helene and the late John Burdick of St. Marys. He has a brother, Tom who is married to Michelle and together have two children, Ally and Nick.
Burdick is a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1989. He obtained a bachelor of science degree in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993.
"At the time the field was new and I felt it was going to flourish," Burdick said. "I have always been interested in computers and technology."
Among the challenges Burdick encounters throughout his career is attempting to stay ahead of technology.
He advises those interested in pursuing a career as a system engineer to participate in an internship, especially since the field is becoming more and more competitive.
Burdick added that there are numerous types of concentrations within the field, such as programming.
Growing up in St. Marys, Burdick was an Eagle Scout and enjoyed hunting, fishing and going to the Sportsmans Club. He worked at Russ Hanes Tires as well as Herbstritt and Sons during the summer. He also lent a hand with his parents catering business.
"My dad was my biggest influence. He taught me to do a job right the first time and take pride in your work," Burdick said. "Growing up in a small town allowed me to spend more time with family and friends. The atmosphere helped me concentrate and be more of an individual rather than part of a large group."