Welcome John Roman to the STL-RIX Board of Directors!
We are pleased to announce that John Roman has joined the STL-RIX Board of Directors as a Director. John has been working on IXP operations with us since fall of 2017 and now he will also help steer our organization.
John Roman has been involved in Information Technology in St. Louis for more than 3 decades. Most recently John was Network Engineer and then Manager of Network Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis until his retirement in 2017. As Manager of Network Engineering, John was involved in all aspects of network services for the university, including route, switch, security, data center, and WiFi. Washington University is a large enterprise with a variety of constituencies, such as academic, health care and research. All of these groups depended on a robust, highly available and high performing network. One of the most enjoyable challenges at the university was matching the best technical option to the problem in order to address the user’s needs in a cost effective manner.
John started his technology career as a systems programmer at McDonnell-Douglas (now Boeing) and then as a Unix systems manager at Monsanto. One of his major contributions was to help Monsanto get connected to the Internet in the early 1990s. It has been amazing that many of the Internet services that were just imagined 15 or 20 years ago are now mainstream.
At each of these assignments John felt it was critical to use the technology help the business succeed by supporting the institution’s mission. That required understanding the user’s needs and working with them to help them succeed. John is excited at the opportunity to continue this approach with the St. Louis Regional Internet Exchange.
John is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and New York State College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where he earned a PhD in Plant Ecology.
We look forward to working with John to continue building our IXP and the STL-RIX organization!