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September 2022 Employee Spotlight:
Charles Blair

Charles Blair at Great Wall

Serving with honor & integrity at Knight since 2013

This month's employee spotlight is on dedicated IT Director Charles Blair! Originally from Houston, TX, Charles has been working with Knight for over 10 years. 

In this article, we learn more about what keeps Charles busy outside of work, what his hobbies are, and what he likes best about working at Knight!

Do you have any certifications or degrees?

I studied Computer Science at the University of Houston, and trained at SAP Singapore on SAP R/3 before rolling out ERP solutions across North America, Europe and Asia.

How long have you worked at Knight and why have you chosen to work here?

I started as a contractor for Knight Security in 2010, assisting with a variety of IT projects. In 2013, I accepted a full time IT position and over time was promoted to the Director of IT.

What has been your favorite memory/achievement at Knight?

My favorite project at Knight was developing an S2 integration platform that has been in use by clients since 2012 and connects with a variety of HR and ERP systems.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I most enjoy the opportunities I have to learn new technologies and how we can leverage them for our business.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my kids, listening to live music, and finding cool new spots to hang out in Austin.

What are some of your hobbies?

Some of my hobbies include fishing the tiny lake behind the Dell Diamond and building PC gaming rigs.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

The best piece of advice I've ever received is to never let large projects freak you out. Break them down into bite size chunks, and get the dopamine hit knocking each one out.

What is something about you that may surprise your team to know?

When Houston lost its Sharpstown ice rink for a season, crushing my hockey dreams, I ended up figure skating for several years and getting into the best shape of my life.

Who, in your opinion, is the best NFL team this season?

The Houston Oilers, in some alternative universe. Love ya Blue!

From the team:

Charles Blair and Family

"Charles is an IT Master. His drive to maintain our systems and software is unprecedented. His knowledge is on an authority level and exceeds the boundaries of the IT spectrum. His patience is highly appreciated and he is a very respected colleague."                                                                                        - Kyle Hanes

"Charles is the definition of a team player. He constantly maintains a positive attitude and has a tremendous work ethic. All of Knight’s employees are tremendously appreciative of his efforts."                                                                                - Martin Krohn

"Charles Blair is a true technology professional and improves our operational excellence and customer satisfaction. Charles is a great team member and a pleasure to work with."                                                                                                            - Mark Purcell

"Charles is a pleasure to work with and be around. He is always available to help anyone and the request is never too much. He is a true team player!"                                                                               - Phil Lake

"In the history books of Knight Security, Charles Blair will have 'Hero' status!"                                                                                                           - Zach Miller