Steven Kirks

What you should know:

I have been a professional sales engineer for 16 years, consistently moving with companies that pioneer within their field or technology.  I have built new processes and training curriculum for my position and written standards of practice for design and implementation.  I am comfortable with data center design, hardware virtualization and large Cisco networks.  I can speak to an owner or CEO to match business drivers to technology in a way that speaks equally to all knowledge levels.

Professional Qualifications and Skills:  Cisco CCDA, Cisco Unity Design, Cisco Sales Expert, ShoreTel Basic and Advanced Sales Certification, ShoreTel System Design and Architecture Certification, Avaya ACA-Design

Sales and product knowledge for: VMware, NetApp,Juniper, SonicWALL, Adtran

Previous experience with basic management of Microsoft Windows Server, Linux, Solaris, MySQL

Conceptual Design Skills: Design data centers from VMware clusters, with SAN appliances plus integration and backup/failover strategies.

Work History:

9/2008 – Present


Central Region – MO/KS/MI/IN

Senior Post Sales Engineer

Duties: Design and manage the implementation of projects including cloud services, data center design (local and remote), local- and wide-area networks, telephony systems and network security.  Assist sales staff with solution development then manage projects post-sale including scheduling resources, ordering products and equipment and delivering training to staff and end-users as required.  Regional subject matter expert for ShoreTel telephony, Adtran Bluesocket wireless, Ruckus Wireless and Avaya IP Office.

Details:  Designed and sold $750,000 worth of equipment and network in the first 12 months with the company plus the two largest equipment sales in district office in the last 5 years.  Designed and tested some internal engineering tools.

9/2006 – 8/2008

DaZZee Integrations

Springfield, MO

Design Engineer

Duties: Design and coordinate the installation of advanced networks, servers, network storage, firewalls, content filters.

Details: Work with customer staff and management to design and implement solutions for local- and wide-area networks, data centers, server/application infrastructure and shared storage.  Created processes for the design bill of materials and engineering review.  Helped to write template for a project scope of work.

11/1999 – 9/2006

NuVox Communications


Springfield, MO

Sales Engineer

Duties: Design and coordinate the installation of voice and data networks for small and medium size business customers.

Details: Awarded President’s Club – 2000.  Work with customers to transition voice and data services to NuVox services.  Design training courses for new sales employees and conducted company-wide new hire training from 2000-2001.


Association of Information Technology Professionals, Graduate of Leadership Springfield Class XVIII, City of Springfield Cable Advisory Commission, City of Springfield Traffic Advisory Board, and 5 year volunteer at Ozarks Public Television