How did you get started in your field? What was your journey to Pragmatics like?
I wanted a career where I could use my skills and knowledge that I'd gained from my military experience to make a positive difference for our soldiers, even after retirement.
Before joining Pragmatics, I was in the Army and teaching at Noncommissioned Officer Academy (NCOA) on Fort Campbell. Pragmatics was upgrading our rooms, and I met a Pragmatics' Field Service Engineer when I was close to retiring from the military. I wanted a career where I could use my skills and knowledge that I'd gained from my military experience to make a positive difference for our soldiers, even after retirement. I started talking with that Pragmatics employee about his job and learned that this was a great way to stay working closely with the military, so I decided to join Pragmatics.
What is your current role at Pragmatics? Tell us more about an exciting project that you've worked on.
I'm an Audio Visual (AV) Field Services Engineer and Project Site Lead. Working with a Pragmatics installation team, I recently completed a 3x3 video wall in a graduation auditorium for the Soldier Support Institute at Fort Jackson. That was a new product, a new experience, and a challenging installation as well. I am proud of my team when each time we exceed expectations and overcome new challenges.
During my time at Pragmatics, I also earned Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) and Certified Technology Specialist - Installation (CTS-I) certifications, which were significant personal achievements.
Why is the TRADOC Enterprise Classroom Program important to you?
Helping to keep the military trained and using the best technology available is paramount to maintain the safety and security of our country.
I have been on both sides of the classroom - a student and a teacher. I know firsthand the importance of training for the U.S. Army. Helping to keep the military trained and using the best technology available is paramount to maintain the safety and security of our country.
What do you like best about your team?
We all work together toward a common goal of supporting the military. Even if we disagree on how best to do that, we can discuss, listen, learn, and make it work. I like the adaptability, work ethic, and camaraderie at Pragmatics.
Outside of work, how do you describe yourself?
While at work, I'm inside the world of technology; at home, I live closer to a homesteading lifestyle. The drastic difference between work and home gives me a nice balance in life. I love building things. I've been on a pallet-building kick and have made a goat barn and a picnic table out of them in the last few months.
Steven R. Marrott, Jr. sitting on a picnic table that he built with pallets
I love working around our 40 acres and taking care of our animals. My place is beautiful and peaceful, but it also requires constant hands-on nurturing and work. I enjoy building fences, planting vegetable gardens, cutting trees, and using the tractor to bush hog, dig posts hole, and maintain our driveway. I also enjoy more leisurely activities, like fishing, hunting, water skiing, and golf.