Method Technologies was recently named as one of the 2013 Best Places to Work in Orange County. The awards program was created in 2009 and is a project of the Orange County Business Journal and Best Companies Group.

This county-wide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Orange County, benefiting the county's economy, its workforce and businesses.
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Aaron began his career in Information Technology in 1999 working as a consultant for local businesses. In 2001, he found himself working for Bowermaster and Associates as their in-house IT Manager where he honed his skills on managing small to medium sized business networks. Three years later, Aaron co-founded his first company, TroubleTech Solutions where he was first introduced to Mike Knight and the two have worked closely together and been friends ever since. Aaron's experience developing and streamlining Bowermaster's network carried over to his new clients as well. The success of this venture allowed Aaron to branch out in 2007 and create his second company, Method Technologies, Inc. With Aaron, Mike, and the newest member at the time Philip Morgan, the new company was launched with a strong foundation and with a focus to provide better service and a more comprehensive knowledge and skillset than any of their local competition.

Method Technologies has grown from the initial primary group of three to over fourteen employees in 2012. Method Technologies expanded and opened up a brand new headquarters office in Huntington Beach, CA in 2010 while still maintaining its presence in Cypress where it all began (still with our first original client, Bowermaster!). Aaron's success in business is only rivaled by his success as a husband and father who enjoys spending time with his family, playing ice hockey, fishing, and snowboarding.

When Mike was 12 years old, he became curious about technology and proceeded to take apart the family computer to figure out how it worked. Luckily, he managed to put it back together successfully and his quest to conquer technology began! Mike's love of all things technology has led him down his chosen career path in the IT industry and he is often hailed as the "go-to-guru" by his coworkers based on his specialized and highly advanced skillset. In 2008, Mike formalized his tech geek status by earning his Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from California State University, Long Beach. In Mike's spare time he is either making and enjoying beer, camping, playing computer games, or catching up on some well-deserved sleep.

At 10 years old, Phil decided to build his first computer as a bonding experience with his dad (and so he could play one of his first computer games "Mario teaches typing"). The success of his first computer led to Phil's continued fascination with custom computers and technology. Phil discovered a passion for the specialized niche of water cooled computers which he spends a lot of time and money on! His passion for technology and customizing computers is essential as he is an avid gamer and can play for hours during his spare time.

Phil's patience and dedication honed in his own personal life while customizing computers and gaming with others has led him to become a very successful manager and supervisor of other techs. His ability to look at situations from all angles and persevere towards a successful resolution makes him a favorite among his peers and our clients (whose rousing requests of "Phil Please!" can always be heard around the office).

Tristan has always had a passion for technology and gadgets. As a kid he would take things apart to figure out how they work and was usually able to put them back in working order. At the age of 5 he received his first computer, a Tandy 1000. He spent many hours upgrading components and eventually built himself a new computer from scratch when he was just 7. His first Job in the IT field was managing the systems at a small insurance company. After 9 years there he moved over to Method and brought his previous employer along as a client. When he is not working, Tristan enjoys spending time with his wife and two dogs as well as working on random projects. His current project is cramming a full gaming PC into an original Nintendo.

Brian's love for technology began at the age of 6 when a family friend gave him and his brother a Super Nintendo. Ever since then he has had a love for gaming and technology, always acquiring the newest game system and games (he is a big Xbox fan). The technical knowledge that he has was passed down to him from his father, Bob (or Papa Hopp), and you can rest assured that he knows what Ctrl+S does. As much as he considers himself a "nerd," he is also an athlete, playing baseball for 15 years and pitching at the collegiate level for Riverside Community College and Vanguard University. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging with his girlfriend, Catherine, working out, and has recently started to pick up the game of golf.

Efrain, the newest member of the Solutions team, doesn’t have any technology experience other than playing his Playstation during childhood. He appreciates how rapidly the IT industry develops and changes - and how it keeps him on his toes. Efrain graduated from Golden West College with an associate's degree in communications. He recently got married in 2015! During Efrain’s free time, you can find him reading theology books or at the gym. Fun fact: He has been to six different countries (Turkey, Nepal and Haiti to name a few), helping with disaster reliefs and even starting a Bible college.

When Tristan was younger, his computer that he recorded music on got hit with a power spike and needed to be repaired. One minute he was recording music and spitting hot fire on the mic and the next minute some shady IT guy was trying to rip him off. Instead of paying the guy, he set out to repair it himself and his career in IT was born. Tristan loves being on the cutting edge of technology and on the forefront of his field, so much so that he has achieved very high marks in his studies (too many to list, just know he was on the Dean's List 4 times). To avoid confusion throughout the office, Tristan is known as "New Tristan" or "Tristan #2" since we already have a Tristan on staff. Like many other Method employees, Tristan likes to unwind from long day of "putting out fires" by spending quality time with his family and, of course, gaming his face off.

When we think of Las Vegas we think of showgirls, casinos...and Gerald. Gerald was born in Las Vegas, but was raised in Fresno, CA. Gerald started playing with computers at the young age of 10, tinkering with old spare computers to figure out how they worked, and his love of technology was born. He subsequently moved back to Vegas after his high school graduation which was a great move for him as he then met his wife Sara. Gerald and Sara have enjoyed married life for two years with their pug Vladmir. Luckily for Method, they decided to move to California in 2010 where shortly thereafter Gerald joined our team. Gerald enjoys cooking, going to the movies, and hanging with Vladmir at Huntington Dog Beach. A little known fact about Gerald is that he is half of a pair of twins (fraternal twin brother's name is Thomas)!

Although his name sounds like he would be, Brandon is not from the mystical world of Skyrim (although that would be really cool). Instead of forging swords and shields, Brandon has taken a liking to the ever advancing technology of today's world. His love for technology all started by building computers with his father in their garage at home and, yada yada yada, now he works in IT. Brandon is a graduate of the University for Arizona and a diehard Wildcats basketball fan. If they lose you will most likely hear him yelling "serenity now!" In his down time you can catch him hanging out with his buddy, Bob Sacomano, reading coffee table books about coffee tables, or eating pretzels (even though they make him thirsty). Also, his favorite show is Seinfeld.

Anthony has been studying and working in the IT field for about five years. He remembers his family getting their first computer in 1996 (also known as the dark ages) when he was barely six years old. Of course, he quickly became the go-to guy for computer problems among his relatives. These days, he is excited to see that the IT field is constantly growing and evolving, making his job challenging and dynamic every day. On the weekends, you can find Anthony playing NBA 2K, shooting hoops at Mile Square Park and aspiring to become Kevin Durant.

Michael is currently working on his bachelor's degree in computer information systems with a specialty in project management at DeVry University. He has been interested in computers since an early age, and even remembers getting yelled at for taking apart his mom's computer at 6 years old. These days, Michael is working toward eventually becoming a project manager in IT solutions. A military veteran and family man, Michael served for five years as a Navy Corpsman. He enjoys taking his daughter to Disneyland, playing video games, building models and tooling leather (he can even make you leather armor, if you ask).

For Jordan, IT is not a hobby, but a lifestyle. His dad worked in IT, so as a young kid, Jordan learned to build ol' school 486 computers on his own. A self-described nerd, Jordan attended schools focused on digital arts and graduated high school at the age of 16 to start working full-time. Considering how fast the IT field changes, Jordan prides himself on staying up to date on the newest hardware and helping clients when new products come out. In his spare time, he enjoys mountain biking, motorcycles, craft beer, and pushing his son to become a nerd as well.

David Tran recently graduated from CSU Long Beach, where he completed a degree in management information systems. He grew up tearing apart computers at the age of 10, and evolved to custom-building PCs for himself and his friends. He appreciates the emerging technologies that come out every day in the IT field, and loves cycling down Pacific Coast Highway in his free time. When he's not busy at work, you can find him reading thrillers, barbecuing, watching sports, and catching up on his favorite TV show 'Orphan Black.'

Alex has five years of experience as a web designer. He first started out in high school making flyers for the band he was in which then lead him to take more design classes. Alex has had his hand in various web projects over the years and has grown his craft. He enjoys how the field of web design never ceases to stop growing. Alex continues to learn and provide better service for our clients. Outside of the office, Alex enjoys hockey and follows the L.A. Kings. He also enjoys making music, playing video games, and taking care of his adorable Samoyed named Ruby.

Luis has always had a love for technology, which first began when his mom gave him a Nintendo Entertainment System as a child. His start in the IT world came when he was a teenager though, hanging out after school at his uncle’s computer business. A staffer showed Luis how to put a computer together for the first time; that day, Luis found his passion and he’s never looked back. He took classes at Orange Coast College but largely taught himself through trial and error, accomplishing a CompTIA A+ certification in the process. In addition to being the family tech guy and a DJ, Luis enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids (including a newborn)!

Like much of our Method team, Ian grew up taking apart computers and putting them back together. At the ripe old age of 10, he built his very own gaming PC. He grew up in a small town, and having a PC and online gaming gave him ways to socialize with other people who had similar interests. Today, Ian has nearly seven years of professional PC support experience under his belt, and enjoys helping users understand their computers better. Outside the office, Ian loves gaming with his wife, cooking, movies and playing with his cat Mamas.

Christian remembers being fascinated the first time he encountered a computer in elementary school. Fast forward several years: After graduating from UC Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, Christian decided to pursue his interest in technology and earned an certificate in computer networking from Long Beach City College. He has worked in data centers for the past five years, building servers, setting up networking equipment and helping clients troubleshoot their dedicated servers. He unwinds from a long day by playing video games, working out and watching movies. Currently, he is looking into improving his skills further and building a gaming PC.

Allan has been programming since he was in middle school and building websites since 2005, adapting and growing with the industry over the years. One of his first websites was for a nurse staffing registry. He had worked for them as an on-call technician providing the company basic support when he was asked to revamp their website. Allan took the challenge and built one for them. He took a liking to building websites and began developing more and more complex websites utilizing his years of programming skills. To break the monotony of programming all day, Allan enjoys dancing Lindy Hop and Balboa to 1930s big band music with his wife.

Kelly started building websites during college and ended up graduating from UCLA with a specialization in computing (in addition to degrees in communications and political science). She hails from a background in journalism and appreciates the intersection of data, multimedia and reporting. A Bay Area native, she enjoys watching Giants baseball, running (much to the detriment of her knees), hiking and eating cookies.

Joseph found his calling when the motherboard on his family computer fried from too much PC gaming. Pursuing a career in computers, Joseph graduated from University of La Verne with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering. His initial course of action was to become an engineer, but his passion was lured to another field: programming. It was love at first sight. Since 2011, Joseph has been a computer programmer and is knowledgeable in more than three programming languages. As if he could not get enough of computers, Joseph’s hobbies are surfing Reddit, making cool hip memes, and collecting as many Steam sale games as he can.

Eila appears to be the quiet and shy one...until you get to know her and her awesome sense of humor! Eila graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in Political Science, however her love of all things nerdy has made the transition to the IT profession easy. When not chained to her desk at Method, you can find Eila spending time with her friends and family, reading, watching bad action movies, and looking up pictures of cats on the internet…and she never says no to chocolate!

Kristi is a real "numbers" person and spends most of her days sitting in the back room pressing buttons on her calculator and putting her Bachelor's degree in Finance from National University to good use by keeping Method's financials in line. In her spare time, you can find her under the hood of her sweet 1966 Mustang that she is restoring on her own (watch out guys), watching some NFL Football or volunteering for multiple charities across Southern California. She also has a daughter who is about to graduate high school so we are all surprised she hasn't pulled all of her hair out yet.

Chris is one of the newest members of the Method family. He previously worked a slew of different jobs, from lifeguard to assistant used car operations manager at a Cadillac dealership to a gruesome clown at Knott's Scary Farm. He appreciates how the IT field constantly changes and offers a never-ending pool of knowledge. You can find Chris, a longtime fan of American muscle cars, taking long drives in the desert or on mountain roads. He's broken about six bones falling out of trees and being generally clumsy, so try not to walk too close to him.

Tracie, who learned accounting and taxes at her first job managing a local deli/sandwich shop, has been working in the industry for years. She even remembers a time before computers – when she would manually complete accounting tasks by hand. Thankfully, that is no longer the case these days. She appreciates how the IT field is always changing, and finds it fascinating that no matter how interesting, fast or efficient any given type of technology is, there is always something bigger and better right around the corner. Outside the office, Tracie loves music and going to live shows, as well as watching shows like “Modern Family” with her daughter.