Hello everyone, my name is John Legere and I live on the South side with my wife and son. I won’t tell you my age but let me just say that I’ve recently discovered the joys of the AARP discount! I’ve worked for Astyra for the past 18 months, all of them as a contractor at Dominion Energy in downtown Richmond where I am a member of the Data Analytics team, designing and developing Oracle and Hadoop data integration processes via ETL code and also getting a chance to dabble in the latest Business Intelligence and Data Science tools and technologies.
I am originally from “up North”, born in New York, raised in New Jersey and I’ve called all of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island home at one time or another in my career. You can probably hear the accent changes as I type! I relocated to Richmond in 2014 to be closer to the rest of my family, all of whom had previously moved to the area for work opportunities and/or retirement. It was actually my brother’s network connection with an Astyra recruiter, our esteemed colleague Carmen Zimmitt, and her storied persistence and insistence that she could find me the perfect job, which led me to my current position.
Anywhere I’ve found myself in my career I have always been “The Data Guy” on the team, having worked as both a contractor and an employee in many places across many industries in my 30 year professional career. In my spare time I enjoy reading science fiction novels, bowling and running fantasy sports leagues, the latter being where my longstanding nickname “The Commish” was born. I also love helping coach my son’s Little League and travel baseball teams and serving as a taste tester for all the various culinary creations my wife, the budding chef and baker, can come up with. That last job’s a tough one I know, but somebody’s got to do it!
From the fast-paced hustle and bustle of Wall Street to the slower pace of writing business reports for the local hometown insurance broker I’ve always enjoyed working with data, the places it can take us and the things that it can tell us. It’s been a fascinating ride thus far and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working for Astyra and working with all the great folks I’ve met along the way. As that pop song from the 80s goes “the future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades”!
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