Who We Are
Steve Kerns founded Norcal Networks in 2003. After leaving Cisco Systems in 2002, Steve wanted to bring his experience in telecommunications, electronics and information technology from the world of big business to small to medium businesses and the rapidly growing home networking market. He recognized an increasing demand in the north bay in these markets for outsourced IT solutions that were cost effective yet provided the level of support and data integrity that he was used to providing for larger businesses in the corporate telecommunications industry.
Steve's background in I.T. dates back over 10 years working for successful startup companies and large corporations. He began working in telecommunications in the early days of "Telecom Valley", first at Optilink, which would later become DSC and finally Alcatel. Steve left DSC to become the number two IT employee of Fiberlane Communications, which would later become Cerent Corporation, working with James Dehnert to support the company as it grew from 40 to over 300 employees and was eventually acquired by networking giant Cisco Systems at the end of 1999.
Steve has held a variety of roles in telecommunications and IT. He is well versed in server and client operating systems on Linux/UNIX, Macintosh and Windows platforms. His background includes network cabling design and installation, telecommunications systems prototype development, systems and network administration and project management.
IT Engineering Manager
Jim’s background is varied and has allowed him to experience almost every aspect of modern business. He began his career, after graduating from college with a BA in Business Administration, as a technical artist and animator working on video games in the mid eighties. From there, his creativity and eye for details took him into the realms of art direction, game design and production. Working for many startups during this period Jim became the technical resource out of necessity. He soon found he had not only a passion for the technical, but an aptitude that quickly became apparent to his colleagues and business associates. Jim made the move to IT in the late 1980’s when companies were only beginning to realize the need for full time in house systems support.
Jim has worked in a number of industries such as, bicycling, software development, financial, and telecommunications. He has worked in both the non-profit and for profit arenas and has gained knowledge and experience in areas like, project management, financial management, manufacturing, import/export, software development, network design, and information technologies. His natural leadership abilities coupled with his technical and management skills make him the perfect operations man. As businesses have grown, so have their technical needs. Jim’s expertise facilitates the integration of technology with existing business processes and allows for efficient solutions to new and existing problems.