FALL 2017 | CompTIAWorld 13 wants to be in operations where he’ll ideally oversee an entire tech team. “My favorite part of the job is building relationships,” he said, “and learning tricks of the trade.” CompTIA Member Matters Future Leaders Community Bridging Generation Gap As senior network engineer with Business Continuity Technologies in Las Vegas, Rory Jackson wears a lot of hats. In addition to managing IT, he also handles client management for some of the company’s biggest projects, including school districts, law firms, county government and healthcare centers. Jackson was one of three inaugural ChannelChanger honorees in 2014 and then went on to help build and drive CompTIA’s Future Leaders Community, a place where fellow millennials share ideas to help gain traction growing their careers. Jackson, who has two college degrees, including a B.S. in cybersecurity, and more than a half-dozen certifications behind his name, credits working with industry veterans for his success. He’s interested in helping to bridge the generation gap in the industry by encouraging dialogue between younger and more seasoned pros. “It’s not very common for millennials to work with the older generation,” he said. “But they taught me a lot of what I know.” CompTIA’s Future Leaders Community is taking action here, developing tools and resources to help millennials drive their careers and bring younger and older IT professionals together to build the 21st century workforce. These tools and resources include the Future Leaders Individual Development Plan (IDP); webinars on personal brand matters, one millennial’s journey in managed services, millennial-friendly company assessment and more; and presentations on LinkedIn cold-calling and turning ideas into actions. Jackson has been working in IT for a little over a decade. He ultimately Rory Jackson in Future Leaders Community Meeting. Rory Jackson, Business Continuity Technologies, Future Leaders Community Executive Council