A quick, informal survey of John Kavanaugh’s teammates at MIS revealed that he is funny, energetic, helpful, personable and always willing to help others. Our clients will vouch for that, too. As one of our onsite support field specialists, he’s garnered a heap of praise from clients who have the pleasure of having him visit their offices and assist with technical issues. Did we mention funny? Not wanting to be outdone by fellow teammate, Weston (who actually has walked with real-life lions), John wanted to share a photo of his lion experience.
Where were you born/where did you grow up?
Born in South Carolina, moved to Florida until middle school then moved to Warner Robins, Georgia through high school.
Tell me about your family…spouse, kids, pets?
I have a long-term girlfriend of seven years, a big ol’ family consisting of four sisters, one brother, two nieces, one nephew and all the significant others that come with them. My nieces and nephew are my best buds at this time. I previously had a dog, Max, but gave him to a family friend before moving to Dacula. We are thinking of getting a dog here soon though.
What is your favorite food?
Noodles of all sorts. Pasta, udon, ramen, pho. All kinds of noodles.
Princess of Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
If you could go to lunch with someone famous (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
Paul McCartney, I would like to find out how they created all the different music over many decades.
What’s your favorite music playlist right now and why?
The golden tunes of the ’50s and ’60s. I grew up listening to music from those decades and usually default to them when I can’t think of anything else to listen to.
What’s the craziest/funniest/most outrageous thing you’ve ever witnessed/done?
I almost fell off a mountain before. Went to Gatlinburg with my girlfriend and we got on the Chimney Tops trail a bit late. It was dark, snowing, and the Chimney Tops was iced over. Still thought it was a good idea to try and climb to the tip top. Got about ¾ of the way up and then started sliding right back down. Luckily, I did not go over the side but, I definitely learned my lesson.
Do you have any hobbies?
Cooking, baking, woodworking.
Name something on your bucket list.
Go live overseas and learn to cook the local cuisine.
Where are some of the places you’ve traveled to? And what was your favorite?
Okinawa, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Bahamas, Hawaii, Arizona, California, and a bunch of other states. I lived in Okinawa for almost two years and I got pretty attached to the island.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I was a black belt instructor in Marine Corps martial arts and I ran a marathon once. Also, I totally met a lion before too.
What is one thing you avoid like the plague?
Cats, I am quite allergic. I tend to swell up quite nicely when I hang around them for too long.
Favorite sports team?
I like to support all of the Georgia teams.
What did you do before joining MIS?
I worked for a management company, providing IT services for apartment buildings.
Tell us a little bit about what you do each day in your job.
I travel around and try not to break things. And other times I am in the office and I try not to break things.
What do you like best about working at MIS?
I enjoy the people I work with and the people I get to meet while visiting the different locales.
What do you like to do for fun outside of work?
I like to watch movies, karaoke (voice of an angel I have been told), traveling (mostly for tasty foods), and have recently gotten into bicycle riding.