Meet Our Staff
Richard Panek, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA, MCP, MCT
Owner of East Bay IT
Richard started working on computers in 1985 as a hobby. He then found himself working on Vehicle Maintenance databases in the military and earned his first MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) in Windows NT 4.0. He then, through self-study, earned his MCSE in Windows Server 2000. He then became an MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer) in 2001. Richard then earned an MCSE and MCSA (Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator) Windows Server 2003 in 2004. Most recently, he earned the most coveted MCITP: Enterprise Administrator (Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional) in 2010. He is also an MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) in Windows 7 Configuration, Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration, Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration, and Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure Configuration. He worked for the US State Department servicing computers for the National Passport Agency and for a technology company in the Tampa Bay Area. Richard has a passion for computers and opened East Bay IT to show computer users that they do not have to settle for substandard service. There is a better way and he has shown hundreds of clients and countless walk-ins what the difference good technology service makes.
Learning about computers at a young age from his father, Nic has a lifelong interest in the IT realm. Nic began professionally working with computers and networks in 2013 during his service in the USAF as a Network Administrator. He then translated his skills to work for a local startup tech company as their Digital Media Intern. Using his skills gained during the 8 month internship, he was offered a position at a global tech distributor as a Tier 1 Help Desk Associate. Currently, he is studying to earn his degree at HCC for Network Administration with a focus on security. Full of integrity and patience, he takes joy in making connections with clients; Nic is always happy to assist others and strives for outstanding client satisfaction. Outside the technology world, Nic spends most of his time acting at local community theaters in Tampa or being part of short films across Florida.
Josh began working with computers in 2002 with his father’s company, Myndbend web, designing/maintaining websites and photo editing. He then enlisted into the Air Force as a network operator in 2006 and earned his A+, Security+, CVDX and Linux Essentials certificates. In 2018 he made the choice to separate from the military and started as a field technician with a local startup out of Tampa. After 9 months of employment he earned a promotion to equipment manager and was in charge of deploying computer, server and printer parts to 10 technicians from the panhandle down to Key West. Currently he is studying to earn his bachelor’s degree at WGU for Network Operations and Security. Josh has a caring personality, strong work ethic and quick wit. He will greet you with a smile, make you laugh and get the job done right. On his free time he enjoys training his Australian shepherd, lifting in his home gym, playing bass guitar, singing and cooking.
After 22 years in the military as an Avionics Specialist and Logistics Network Manager, Michael started his IT career in the Healthcare industry as a Help Desk Associate in 2015. He then promoted to an Infrastructure Specialist. His thirst for learning new skills gave him an exciting opportunity to join a team of highly dedicated Professionals that relocated Laser Spine Institutes IT Infrastructure into their new Corporate Headquarters building in Tampa. He then transferred to a local MSP (Managed Service Provider) and learned valuable skillsets as a Systems Engineer that included IT service delivery, Server Administration, and Patch Management. Michael is an MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) and has also earned his MCSA in Windows Server 2012. In 2017, he earned his Security+ certification and has gone back to school to earn his degree in Computer Information Systems. Michael enjoys his off time by spending time with family and friends, photography, and also the occasional round of golf.