John Hardebeck, 2014
Information Technology Programmer
DSC employee since 1999
Degrees and schools where awarded: A.S. in Software Engineering, Daytona State College; Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Marshall University; M.S. in Information Systems, Dakota State University.
Outside interests: Astronomy and theater/acting
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? I was “trapped” in a family business, and the only way to escape was to leave town. So we took the advice of a friend of mine who said, “Move so far away you couldn’t come back even if you wanted to.” With that thought in mind, we looked around and decided that Daytona Beach, which was about 700 miles away, was far enough and we hit the road. That was 19 years ago and we’ve haven’t thought for an instant about returning to my hometown. Life here is good.
What professional projects are you working on right now? I’m deeply involved with Daytona State’s ERP migration/conversion from CARS to PeopleSoft.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? Helping people with applications and reports that make their life a little bit easier and the college a little bit better, and being able to work doing something I enjoy.
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? Professionally, I like where I am. But the actor part of me would love to go professional one day and get paid for it. Once will be enough, I suspect.
In life? When you do the math, I couldn’t ask for much more than I have. So hopefully, in a few years, my wife Mary Jo, our cats and I will be able to do something similar to what Sherlock Holmes once threatened (if he were wrong about one of his deductions) and “retire to a farm in Sussex and keep bees.”
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? Anything can be done, you just have to take your time, think it through and never give up.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: A lot of folks know that I’m an (amateur) actor in my other life, but what most probably don’t know is I was once, for a few years, a science-fiction collectibles/art dealer.
Last book read: Book 3 of George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire“ series, “A Storm of Swords.”
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? I have no idea, but as a programmer who’s an actor that’s also sold hardware and driven delivery trucks “Strange Brew” maybe?
Who are the four people in the history of the world you most admire?
- Leonardo Da Vinci – talk about your visionary geniuses who could think outside the box, especially when you consider the day and time he lived in, Leonardo takes the cake.
- Benjamin Franklin – Writer, publisher, printer, politician (who seemed to have a working moral compass), ambassador and scientist. I’d be thrilled to claim any one item from his laundry list of accomplishments.
- Abraham Lincoln – A self-educated man who led this country through a very difficult time while doing a very delicate, political balancing act.
- My dad, Emmett H. Hardebeck Sr., who had a good job in Cincinnati when good jobs were hard to find, but was persuaded by an advertisement that being a bookkeeper for a large saw mill operation in West Virginia would be more interesting. An adventure, if you will. He took the chance, made the move and never looked back. He ended up marrying a local girl (luckily for me) and spent the rest of his life there.
The Daytona State of Mind to me means success, because enrolling here led to a career I thoroughly enjoy.See All Spotlights