Who wears cowboy boots to work, owns a truck with bullet holes on the passenger side, grows a full beard in under three days, and drinks nothing but Pepsi? If you answered Chuck Norris, you’d be close. The answer, however, is LANDesk Product Manager Rex McMillan. Rex has been with LANDesk for over 8 years, and he’s still full of surprises. I once asked Rex what he was planning to do over the weekend, to which he replied, “Gettin’ ready for beef season.” Rex’s family owns over 500 head of cattle on a ranch in Wyoming, where Rex regularly participates in neutralizing bulls and birthing young calves.
In his free time, he purchases vandalized or stolen cars from auctions, and then fixes them up to turn a small profit. His current vehicle of choice, a Dodge Ram with three nickel-sized bullet holes in the side, somehow manages 25 miles per gallon with a 5.9 liter engine. Rex refuses to disclose how. And we’re still trying to figure out if those holes were there when he bought it.
You’re probably wondering why you should care about this Rex fellow. Sure, he might be a great lead for the next Louis L’Amour novel, but what does he have to do with LANDesk? Well, along with his small salvage title dealership and enormous herd of cattle, Rex is also the brains behind LANDesk Management Suite. He has worked with the product for nearly a decade and still astounds every employee at LANDesk that such a rogue ranger could spur such brilliant ideas. Maybe it’s the Pepsi. . . .
In talking to him recently, Rex highlighted some of the things he was excited about some of the changes coming to LANDesk Management Suite. In his gruff, slightly Southern voice, he said with a smile, “I’ve always dreamed about a machine that could dispense Pepsi and donuts when it recognized the sound of my stomach growling, so I guess you could say I get excited about automation.” He chuckled. “I’m excited about how much easier we are going to make Management Suite to use, and the automation we put in the product will knock the socks off even the least technical admins.”
Rex was in a hurry to go downstairs to talk to engineering, but the excited glow of his eyes helped me catch a glimpse of his vision for the future. “Yessir, I expect with the next few releases that we’ll be far and away the best tool in the industry at helping IT get their job done.” He smiled and then hurriedly strolled toward the stairs. As he walked away I caught the faint aroma of cola and pasture, and noticed that he had just got a new pair of boots to match his worn Wranglers.
The cowboy rides again.