Markinson Team Members Make their Mark – Meet Julian

Julian Young, Head of Business Development
I joined Markinson in November and in my role I see myself as more of a trusted advisor helping our customers streamline their business for efficiency.

What I like most about the work I do is building relationships and helping customers achieve greater outcomes. It is here where I am most satisfied as I see the changes that can result in increased efficiency and profitably for them.

My area of expertise in in software, and while I am not a programmer I understand the commercial value of achieving the best possible outcome with the least amount of investment, in both financial input and staffing.

My hobby is buying and listening to LP’s (records) and I have a collection of over 300 of my favourite records. My most prized LP is The Beatles Mobile Fidality Boxed Set.

When finally I am able to travel overseas I will be off to Bali because I love the place and the people. I have been there 21 times so far and due to Covid this is now the longest time I have been away. I am very much looking forward to returning to my ‘happy place’.

Markinson Team Members Make their Mark – Meet Ben

Ben Welch, Head of Product Development
In my role I oversee the development team and product strategy to develop innovative but relevant software solutions. What I like most about the work is the people because it is the people that makes a business successful. I find working in teams and overcoming problems is the most rewarding part.

My area of expertise is in application development and management. So what this means is having come from a programming background of building ERP systems I know how to get the most from the systems we work with.

I love sports and being active. In particular I have played three codes of football, I play tennis, cricket and basket ball and love running and mountain biking. So during the week I am inside but by the weekend it is all about getting outside and active.

The downside of having such an active lifestyle is that I have injured almost every joint in my body. Which means I have been to a lot of physio’s and through this have learnt a lot about how the body works.

With my love of the outdoors I decided in 2015 to do the 100km Oxfam charity hike which was held in Brisbane. I did the hike over 2 days with only small breaks and no sleep. The hike was through Mt Glorious, Mt Nebo and Mt Cootha. Lots of hills and winding roads. Getting to the finish line felt really good and I am proud that I completed this.

I have also hiked the Cradle Mountain summit and back from Dove Lake in 5 hours. I had to smash it out as the rest of my family didn’t want to join. It was a very beautiful location and I am glad that I did it. My next adventure that I dare to dream about is Base Camp and also South America’s Patagonia.

Markinson Team Members Make their Mark – Meet TJ

TJ, Network and Systems Administrator

I go by the name TJ because my Africana name is hard for many to pronounce, and TJ has just stuck over the years.

What I like most about the work I do is working on a new task with teams to resolve it and making sure the system is up and running and working to capacity.

Since starting at Markinson in September I have been busy deploying the Microsoft team and moving away from Slack. It is great working with the team and it’s a good feeling when we find a solution and it works.

My area of expertise is as a network architect specialist and an achievement that I am very proud of is, in my consultancy business in South Africa, I was the first person to create the G27 application that ran on voice CODEX. This application enabled wireless calls to be made to anyone in South Africa, and is still used today by VOX Telecommunications and Atlantic Internet Services.

I am a real family man and look forward every evening getting home to spend time with my lovely 7 and 2 year old daughters. We play games every night often in our big yard where we have swings and a trampoline. I also enjoy sitting with them as they build things which helps improve their motor skills. Each night before bed we have bible study and I enjoy watching them fall asleep. On weekends we often go to Wellington Point which we all look forward to.



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