At MDI Group, we’re all about people. We believe it’s more fun to work with a company when you get to know the faces behind the scenes. That’s why we take every opportunity to show off our team of awesome employees. Every month, our blog features one of our dedicated consultants so you can get the inside scoop on who you’re working with. This month, say hello to Jerry Accuardi!
Name: Jerry Accuardi
Position: Management Services Consultant
Location: Allen, TX
Years with MDI Group: 1
Professional Background in One Sentence: Let’s call it 25+ years solving Business and IT problems; always ensuring I bring urgency, focus, understanding, simplicity and most importantly, value to my Client.
What’s a typical day like for you? I start every day by creating “my” plan for the day. I look out 3 weeks to identify everything critical, so I don’t lose track of anything; I spend the rest of my day, ensuring my team has everything they need to be productive, I avoid needless meetings, and I align and manage my client’s expectations.
What brought you to MDI Group? An opportunity I could not resist, which was a highly visible, time critical business problem which no-one had been able to successfully solve, and also a trusted and valued MDI recruiter (Ed Cusack), who I had gone to over the years to find “good” people.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job? Bringing simple solutions to my Clients, which solve real business problems and having them say, “Why weren’t you here a long time ago.”
What IT project have you been involved with most recently? I am working with an industry leader in corrective lenses, who has grown from mergers and acquisitions, which has led to all sorts of “interesting” data challenges. I am leading a couple of time critical data integration projects, for the Brand Sales organization, which must survive on “less than perfect” data. The challenge has been to understand and accept what data we can manage and change vs. what we must just live with. I love it!
What advice do you have for someone just starting out in their IT career – what technologies or skills do you think they need to pursue to prepare for the future? This is not specific to IT, but I have always believed these are universal truths for Client or Boss: focus on bringing value they can recognize as value; manage expectations, they won’t manage themselves, simple is better than complex, treat every working relationship like your success depends on it alone; if you have a problem, bring it up early, they never get better with age; never believe or act like you’re the smartest person in the room.
When not working, where can we expect to find you? What are your interests and hobbies? You can find me in Allen, TX with my wife Leslie and our three dogs. I love woodworking, showing our Champion Havana Silk Dog and shooting Skeet.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself. I used to live and work in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.