Nick Ironfield

Nick Ironfield
Hometown?
Peabody, MA
What is your role at Mainstay?
My main role at Mainstay is Systems Administration for a great group of clients. This entails understanding each clients business needs, challenges, and workflows so that we can proactively integrate the best technology offerings for their business. I also specialize in new client onboardings. We know that changing IT providers for any business can be a big deal. Our goal is to work alongside organizations to better understand their business, onboard machines and network, and immediately start working on a proactive plan to better align business needs with the best technology.
What are your technology specialties?
Working for an MSP often means specializing in a lot of different things! I’d say I’m strongest with Server Administration, Office 365, various cloud platforms, and realizing that the issue is always DNS!
What was your first memory of using computers?
I remember my Dad bringing home a big Dell computer with Windows 98 on it. It probably took him about 5 hours to get everything plugged in and booted! Not long after that it felt like I’d come home every day from school and sit in front of the computer waiting for my various crushes to log into AIM.
When you’re not found in front of a computer you are…
I’m usually playing around outside with my dog, thinking about what I’m going to eat next, gaming, or getting some tasks done. No matter the circumstance, though, it’s never long before I’m back in front of a computer!
What is something unique about you?
I used to really enjoy powerlifting and would compete in the 165lb weight class as a teenager. At one point I held the record for best deadlift at 555lbs. Man, I have to start working out again…
What would you do if you had an extra 5 hours every week?
With an extra 5 hours each week I would ideally try to accomplish more home projects that I’ve been putting off: Paint the kitchen cabinets, build a chicken coop, put together some raised beds for gardening…the list goes on and on and on and on!
If you could go anywhere for an entire month, where would it be and what would you do (or why would you do it)?
I would get a lot of enjoyment out of going to the Hawaiian Islands for an entire month. I’ve been to Maui once and it was a true paradise. If I had a full month I’d spend it hopping around to the different islands and taking advantage of the different hikes, beaches, tours, and cultural experiences.
What are you most frequently heard listening to?
I listen to lots of podcasts. The Joe Rogan Experience, The Fantasy Footballers, and Stuff You Should Know, to name a few. If I’m in a music mood it’ll really depend on my mindset. If I wake up ready to conquer the world it might be Jay-Z, or if it’s a relaxing weekend I’ll put on some Stevie Wonder.
Favorite sports teams?
Patriots, all the way…but rooting for my Fantasy Football team is a close second! Sundays typically aren’t my most productive days during the season!
What is one thing you love about your career?
The ever-changing environment of the technology landscape. Providing Managed IT and Information Security services means working with clients in many different fields, and different fields means varying business needs and technology. I love being able to research, test, and implement new technologies of all different kinds that align best with each business.
What is one thing everyone should know about Mainstay Technologies?
Mainstay has done an exceptional job at building out the structure of the company. The way the team is built and operates allows you to focus on succeeding in your role while maintaining a great work-life balance. There’s opportunity within the company to grow and branch off into if your interests change over time. Mainstay is invested in everyone’s success and it’s clear right from the beginning.