By Roadtrip Nation

Al Gardner


My road in life took a while to figure out.
I went to college for mass communication with the intention of getting into news directing and writing.
After graduating, I was working as a smooth jazz radio DJ but then took a job as an electrical helper to make ends meet as my family grew.
I worked for an electrician for two years before taking the opportunity to switch into information technology.
I went back to school, earned a couple more degrees in business management, and then was able to work my way up into IT management positions.
I currently work as the vice president of information technology for Salud Family Health, a health center in Colorado.
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Vice President of Information Technology

I oversee technology initiatives for a health center.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Problem Solving

Day to Day

A lot of my work is about bringing solutions to the table with problem-solving. I work to streamline operations, improve doctor-patient visits, and make it easier for patients to connect with physicians through telehealth and apps. I make sure server backups are done and the load balancer is allowing particular application servers to have equal access and throughput. I work to decrease our footprint in the data center while making sure we're providing enough compute for the rest of the company.


The Noise I Shed

"You can't do that. Your skills aren't good enough and you don't have enough discipline."

Challenges I Overcame

Raised By Single Parent