Meet Brian Janning, vice president of operations at Scantron Technology Solutions.
Tell us a little about your business. – Scantron Technology Solutions (STS, www.stsit.com) is an international technology solutions division of Scantron Corp. It specializes in managed IT, managed print, hardware support, and project services for customers of all sizes and in all verticals. We have an extremely talented team including 150 field service technicians that provide national on-site service, engineers that craft custom IT solutions, and a help desk that provides superior customer support based here in Omaha.
How did you get started in the business? – I started with STS working in R&D on product design. I moved into management six months later and have held various operational roles over my 31+ years with the
What has been your most important achievement professionally? – Getting to a position in the company where I can work with virtually everyone in the company is incredibly satisfying to me. We have a talented team of great people that I enjoy working with each day.
Tell us a little about your family. – I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 35 years. We have four children that make us proud parents every day. My family is the most important part of my life and the time I get to spend with them is precious.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – The month I finished my two-year degree to become an electrician I needed back surgery. This made me question my construction based career decision, and I took another path to electronics/computers. It actually worked out well in hindsight.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – Playing golf with my wife on one of Nebraska’s great golf courses. Driving to some of the courses outside of Omaha is part of the adventure.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? – I grew up on a small farm in Minnesota where I did all the things farmers do, growing crops and taking care of livestock. For fun, I did a lot of hunting, fishing, and ran a trap line.
Who inspires you? – My family and friends. Sorry to pick such a large group but I get inspirational things from so many people every day. You just need to take the time to notice them.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “Run toward change, not away from it.” This is from an anonymous co-worker who had been with the company a very long time.
If you had a theme song, what would it be? – “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” by Judas Priest.
What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? – Tasting/enjoying wine, for obvious reasons.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? – A standup comedian. Being introverted and not very funny has held me back.
What is your favorite movie? – All of the Lord of the Rings movies. I also have to give a special shout out to Sinister in the horror genre.
What is your favorite TV show? – Yellowstone. It’s like The Godfather but with cowboys.
What is your favorite local restaurant? – Charleston’s.