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Introducing Brian Chernish

I have 30 years of progressive advancement within the computer and IT industry. I began working with standalone IBM Personal Computers in 1984 and since then I have based my career around the benefit to business which can be achieved through effective use of technology. My strongest assets include a keen and diverse understanding of computer and network related issues, providing guidance to less experienced IT personnel and using sound judgment to identify cost effective and reliable solutions for needed technology. I am a Canadian Citizen who currently works and resides in the USA. I am ready and willing to relocate at my own expense.

To learn a little more about me, and what makes me tick, please explore this site. Please direct any questions you might have for me by contacting me via the "Contact" page

Relevant Experience and Skill Set

Cisco Call Manager / VOIP & IPCC

Some Asterisk phone skills

SIP Trunks

Cisco Routers, Switches and Firewalls

Virtualization Technology (VMware / Microsoft Hyper V / Citrix XEN Server)

Windows NT 3.51 through Windows 2012 Server Environments

HP, IBM Servers and Blade Centers

Co-Located Data Center experience

Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, 8 & 10 Desktops

Network Monitoring and Reporting

MS Exchange and SQL

Citrix Presentation Server 4

Linux exposure

Open Source Software

Remote management and configuration

Employment History

08/13 - Present

911 Technology Manager

Flathead Emergency Communications Center, Kalispell, MT

Complete responsibility for day-to-day telephony, computer and network operations in a consolidated 911 Emergency Dispatch Center

12/99 - 12/13

Network Operations Director

Western States Insurance Agency, Missoula, MT

Effective interaction and reporting to Senior Management and supervisory experience with a 10 person IT Team supporting 33 Remote Locations in 4 States with over 500 end users.

05/98 - 12/99

Network Administrator

Timely Transportation, Marietta, GA

May 1998 to December 1999

Responsible for entire network Windows Workstation / UNIX backend


"Brian and I worked together on several key network access initiatives for Western States Insurance - a growing enterprise that had network access requirements in multiple states. Brian was able to clearly identify his IT/IS needs even with little advance notice and was instrumental in developing a network that was focused on reliable service and operational flexibility. It was a pleasure to work with Brian as his directives were clear, his thoughts were sound and he kept his employers business needs in mind at all times."

Todd Graetz - Director, Technology Services / Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) at BNSF

Todd was a consultant or contractor to Brian at Western States Insurance

"In the time that I worked with Brian, WSI underwent substantial expansion, both geographically and technologically. Brian's knowledge and hands-on expertise encompassed all aspects of his company's multi-state computing, networking and voice infrastructure, and he handled the substantial growth with remarkable aplomb. From the perspective of a service-provider, I was always impressed with his ability to gain maximum benefit for his company in every deal that was negotiated. I've enjoyed working with Brian in the past, and I hope to work with him again in the future."

Ken Mix - Senior Network Engineer at Clearfly Communications

Ken was a consultant or contractor to Brian at Western States Insurance


Contact Information


Phone: (406)546-6601