SandStorm IT is an experienced and passionate group of designers, developers, project managers and technicians. Every client we work with becomes a part of the team. Together, we face the challenges and celebrate the victories. SandStorm IT has the expertise and experience to bring your vision to life.
Doyle has over 30 years of end-to-end experience in information technology. As part of the IT leadership team for the world’s largest retail auto parts chain, his contributions covered the full range of information technology and software solutions.
Doyle “retired” from the corporate world to provide the values and benefits of optimizing and leveraging information technology assets, solutions, and investments for small to medium-sized businesses and organizations. He is passionate and committed to applying his 30+ years of experience and expertise in a competitive and cost effective manner for his customers and clients.
In his spare time, Doyle enjoys spending time with Lynn, his wife of 35 years, as well as his sons, Jordan and his wife, Lindsey, and Jake. They enjoy traveling and sightseeing. He also likes to play a round or two of golf on occasion.
- SandStorm IT Debuts at #16 on MBJ List of Largest Memphis Area IT Companies (9/25/2017)
- We’ve moved! Check Out SandStorm’s New Office! (9/11/2017)
- VoIP – An Alternative to the Typical Land-line Telephone System Solution (8/28/2017)
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Chief Operating Officer
Jake is a proud graduate of the University of Memphis, holding a BA in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Prior to founding SandStorm Innovations, LLC with Jordan and Doyle, he spent 6 years in the Supply Chain organization for a Fortune 500 retailer. His expertise is centered around Business Activities, Process Improvement, and Transportation and Distribution Network Design. He has been a central member of strategic teams for several key initiatives, including distribution network realignments, delivery operations tests, resource utilization and efficiency strategies, routing optimization, and transportation software development, training, and implementation. Throughout his career, he has developed and honed his project management skills. He excels at coordinating cross-functional teams to meet project milestones, exceed deadlines, and develop best business practices.
The younger of the two Sanders brothers, Jake brings many valuable skills to the management team of SandStorm. Keeping a finger on the financial pulse is Jake’s main focus at SandStorm, as he’s responsible for the financial and business operations. A strong business background allows him to ensure customer needs are exceeded, while maintaining a strong financial position and vision for the company. His experience working with teams with diverse backgrounds strengthened his communication skills, allowing him to break down complex ideas in a way that is easily understood and absorbed. Jake comes from a world where efficiency is king. He is very adept at quickly understanding a process, identifying inefficiencies, then developing an approach to streamline the operation.
When he’s not finding ways to “do more with less”, Jake spends his time with his two dogs, Stella and Remington. He enjoys reading, cooking, shooting sports, and entertaining everyone with his corny jokes (a talent he inherited from Doyle).
Jordan B. Sanders
Chief Technology Officer
Jordan has more than a decade of professional, full-stack web application development experience and is well-versed in modern languages, frameworks, and design patterns. He loves learning about new technology and reading about science, especially cosmology.
Jordan enjoys spending time with Lindsey, his wife of over ten years. Together, they attend shows at various clubs around Chicago as well as frequent the Lyric Opera. Additionally, Lindsey and Jordan share a passion for fantasy and science fiction which includes reading novels, playing RPGs, and playing Magic: The Gathering.
In addition to his work in technology and spending time with his wife, Jordan walks the ever-narrowing line between amateur and professional composer writing as a freelancer with Aural Emotion. He is also a part of Video Game Metal band Order of Týr.
- What is Linux, and Why Would I Want to Use It? (1/15/2018)
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Vice President, Enterprise Technologies
Justin has been working in the IT business for more than 19 years. He has a creative approach to solving technical challenges both large and small. There is not a problem out there that can’t be solved.
Justin enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, and shooting sports.
- Data Breaches – What you need to know (10/16/2017)
- Windows Server 2008 R2 End-of-Life Support is Near (8/28/2017)
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Michael “Miker” Irick
Miker is a man of many talents ranging from programming to philology, from music to mythography. Having been an amateur programmer for ten years working on ancient text-based games in C and more modern web-driven applications in PHP and, more recently, Ruby on Rails. He played a few musical instruments over the years, from trombone to guitar and bass.
Miker is also a writer of fiction having composed a couple of unpublished short stories as well as parts of an unfinished novel set in a detailed, fictional world complete with fleshed out languages, elaborate cartography, and exhaustive lore inspired by the works of Tolkien.
- Free (No Cost) Software, Open Source Software, and Free (Copy-left) Software (3/5/2018)
- Data Hashing and Encryption and How They Enhance Security (12/21/2017)
- 5 Things You Should Know If You’re Starting Out Programming (11/13/2017)
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Matt has had a long time interest in all things technology – from computers to home theater and audio systems. He’s experienced in hardware, troubleshooting, networking, and some web development. Matt’s free time interests include cooking, home remodeling, outdoor activities (shooting, fishing, swimming, etc) and spending time with family.
- Why do I need an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)? (2/5/2018)
- Solid State Drives, are they worth the expense? (11/21/2017)
- What are the best ways to combat computer infections? (10/26/2017)
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Jacob became interested in Computer Programming and Internet security while in middle school. He taught himself programming in C++ and Python at this time, and later worked on video game programming and web security tools in high school. He has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Memphis, where he was a Computer Science tutor for two years.
In his free time, Jacob likes to play Super Smash Bros. competitively and play a relaxing game of billiards every now and then with friends.
Jeff has over 10 years of graphics experience including web graphics and large-format printed graphics. He also has close to 10 years of experience in both B2B and B2C E-commerce. Jeff is a Certified Google Adwords Professional with solid CPC advertising knowledge. He’s been a Constant Contact All-Star Award winner for the past 4 years with exceptional e-mail marketing content, open rates and click-through rates. Jeff is an experienced web developer with experience in software such as WordPress, Magento & PinnacleCart.
In his spare time, Jeff enjoys building things and tinkering. His hobbies are many and include: Video Games, Flying drones, Racing radio-controlled cars, Robotics, General Electronics, Arcade Restoration, Woodworking and Designing various things for family and friends. When he’s not busy creating, he can often be found with his daughter Samantha (Age 3) and his beautiful wife of 8 years, Carmen.
- File Format Guide for Graphics: JPG, PNG, EPS, etc. (1/22/2018)
- Why should I use a premium e-mail solution instead of free? (12/4/2017)
- 5 Things to Consider When Buying a New Monitor (11/6/2017)
- October is National CyberSecurity Awareness Month (10/12/2017)
- Social Engineering: How to keep your business safe (9/18/2017)
- Mobile Websites Versus Mobile Applications (9/11/2017)
- SandStorm IT – Major Site Update… (1/26/2017)
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Monica is a graduate of the University of Memphis where she obtained a BA in Accounting. Monica has always had a passion for working with numbers and mathematics. Her hobbies include watching college football, being outdoors, logic puzzles and board games.
Curtis has almost a decade of IT infrastructure design and management across the healthcare and engineering industries. He holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems from The University of Memphis. Upon graduation, he started his IT career as a helpdesk technician for a Memphis based healthcare IT managed services organization. While there, he worked his way up from the help desk to the role of Senior Systems Administrator and was primarily responsible for the day to day operation of all servers, networks, databases, and software for the organization’s customers.
Curtis then served as IT Director for an international automation controls engineering corporation based in Memphis. During this time, he was responsible for all facets of IT for the company and for select clients including infrastructure design, planning, procurement, installation, maintenance, and support. He had a hand in designing several automation controls systems currently in place in several Fortune 500 companies.
At SandStorm IT, Curtis brings wide breadth of knowledge and experience across many different IT fields. He complements the existing SandStorm IT team by bringing additional experience in servers, desktop support, wireless, virtualization, networks, and software. When Curtis is not out and about for SandStorm IT, he can typically be found volunteering with the Brighton Middle and High School Band programs. He also enjoys reading about the latest advances across the tech industry or playing with some piece of technology.
Curtis lives in Atoka with his wife, McKenzie, their 3-year-old hedgehog, Phrancis, and 3-year-old dog, Jocko.
IT Project Leader
Josh Restuccio has been in the IT industry for over 9 years, starting out his career on the hardware/support side of things and progressing into software development.
He has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Memphis.
He is married to his beautiful wife Amie, and they have new born twins (2/11/2017) Zachary & Bellamy. They also have two miniature schnauzers Kensington and Lexington. He enjoys jiu jitsu, watching movies, basketball (Go Grizz! & Tigers!), and spending time with his family.
- Benefits of Cloud Backup versus On-Site Backup (10/30/2017)
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Lindsey has kept a computer as a constant companion since she received one for Christmas at 5 years old. She taught herself BASIC programming on her Apple IIGS as a middle schooler and started designing simple web sites as a hobby in the mid 90’s. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Memphis with a double major in physics and chemistry and a minor in mathematics (one class away from a major). She was on track for a graduate degree and career in astrophysics but soon discovered the programming she was involved with in the research lab was more interesting to her than the physics. She ultimately ended up in a career as a web programmer, but first not without a short detour as a laboratory chemist and two years as a teacher of high school physics, chemistry, and precalculus. Lindsey has had her interactive web application work featured on the Smithsonian Institute’s web site, and she put in several years of work on the UI team for FedEx’s SenseAware application.
She is a lifelong pianist and a classical singer. She spends much of her spare time researching the potential of the mind, the mysteries of the universe, and the connection between them. She enjoys spending as much time as possible with her husband Jordan. She is a huge fan of the world-famous Shiba Inu Maru.
He remains curious about technology as a whole, and spends his time researching IT Security and Computer Malware between DIY home projects.
- Ransomware – What To Do If You Are Infected (2/26/2018)
- What is Two Factor Authentication? (12/7/2017)
- Phishing: How to Avoid Phishing Scams (11/30/2017)
- What you need to know about Data Encryption? (11/2/2017)
- Five Things to Consider When Purchasing a New Computer (8/7/2017)
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Josh has more than 4 years experience as an IT consultant and technician, consistently working with everything from servers, to networks, to smartphones.
Josh enjoys learning about pretty much anything technology, including robots, augmented reality and software. He also designs 3D artwork and animations.
When he’s not working, Josh spends his time drawing and painting, or playing multiple musical instruments including the violin and guitar.