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Brian Morgan, CCIE No. 4865, is a consulting systems engineer with Cisco specializing in collaboration technologies. In over 20 years in the networking industry, he has performed in a number of roles, including pre- and post-sales engineering, network consultant, Certified Cisco Systems Instructor, and engineering director for a telecommunications company. When he is not spending time with family and friends, Brian enjoys working with local high school and college students participating in local Cisco Network Academy programs, as well as STEM and FIRST Robotics programs in North Texas.
Jason Ball is married to his beautiful bride of 18 years, Siobhan Ball. They have two children, Isaac and Maureen. Both children have caught his passion for the technology industry. They are both involved in a robotics program through FIRST Lego League, with his wife coaching both their teams. Through this program, they learn skills like programming, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, and other skills like gracious professionalism. Outside of this program, his daughter is getting into software design, and his son is taking courses through North Carolina State University
called Young Engineers, offered for children between 12 and 18 years of age, where he is furthering his IT skills.
Jason was a slow starter in the IT industry. His beginnings date back to 1989 with an opportunity to work with audio/video systems. In 1993, his focus changed to public speaking. He traveled around for many different types of speaking engagements, encountering groups of varying ages. In 2003, he was introduced to multicast media. This unfamiliar and exciting opportunity rekindled a desire for involvement in technology. In 2009, a new opportunity presented itself. Jason was recently unemployed when a connection with Scott Waschler, an employee at TANDBERG, opened a door to contract as a technical trainer. In May 2010, Cisco purchased TANDBERG, and a new world of technology emerged. This is a journey that will never end, and Jason is continually hungry to learn all he can and to share that knowledge with others who are also eager to learn.
Jason currently works for Compass Business Solutions, a Learning Partner of Cisco. Compass specializes in teaching Collaboration-related courses, including CIVND 2. He holds many certifications, most of which are with Cisco. His current certifications with Cisco include CCNA Route/Switch, CCDA, CCSI, CCNA Video, CCNA Voice, CCNA Collaboration, CCNP Voice, CCNP Collaboration, CSE, LVCI, BACI, Cisco Video Network Specialist, and TVS Certified Specialist.