David Labadie – Raymond James

Describe your relevant work history, awards, and accomplishments in 300 words or less.

David is a Technology Infrastructure manager for Raymond James, a diversified multinational financial services company. David began his technology career in 2007 when he joined Raymond James through an internship program. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of South Florida.

David leads a team of System Engineers and Application Administrators responsible for the Email, Instant Messaging, and Active Directory infrastructure. With the increased volume of malicious Email campaigns worldwide, Email security has been a recent focus. David and his team are pioneering new technologies that identify and automatically extract malicious email messages post-delivery.

Also passionate about process improvement, David is part of a growing team to bring Lean IT practices into Raymond James.

What do you love about the Tampa Bay area?

Born and raised in Pinellas County; Tampa Bay is where I call home. The warm weather, friendly people, and easy access to some of the world best beaches and theme parks are a few reasons I love this area.

What are some of your favorite things to do around town when you aren’t working?

When I’m not working, I spend a lot of time with my family. We enjoy visiting different nature parks and landmarks around the area, going out to dinner and movies, staying fit at the gym, spending time with relatives, and visiting theme parks.

How do you give your time back in the community?

I enjoy volunteering for community events through my local Church.

Tell us about the tech project that you are most proud of.

In my days as an individual contributor, I was responsible for migrating our Exchange email environment from our St. Petersburg Florida Data Center to our Denver Colorado Data Center. This entailed a full design, rebuild, and migration. At the time, I was a “green” engineer just trying to learn the ropes but realized I was dealt a big opportunity. The effort was complicated and I needed to learn a lot, just to get started. With the support from my team and manager at the time, Tim Stoner, I was able to build and configure our Exchange environment designed for 24,000 users. This project and others since have illustrated to me that with the proper amount of effort and passion, you can achieve whatever goal is set forth.


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