Kenneth J. McCoy, MS
About my job: I founded Trusted Data Solutions, LLC 5 years ago after moving back to the area to be closer to family. Trusted Data Solutions is an Information Technology provider that has partnered with Cisco Systems to provide a wide range of technologies to its customers such as Voice, Wireless, Networking, and Security. I have had the fortune of working with a wide variety of businesses across Northwest Louisiana and beyond ranging from small/medium businesses to hospitals, schools, local government, manufacturers, and even production studios. The company even received a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant in 2005 to work on the Low-Cost Kill Vehicle (LCKV) program with the US Department of Defense Missile Defense Agency and Raytheon Missile Systems.
How I got to LSUS: After growing up in Homer, LA, I decided I wanted to go to a college away from home, but not too far away. LSU-S offered me that opportunity and offered a variety of degree programs to choose from.
Fond Memories of LSUS: One of my fondest memories at LSUS is meeting my wife in Calculus class. I also enjoyed playing intramural sports such as football, basketball, and softball. This helped me meet other students which I wouldn't have had the opportunity to meet and to make lifelong friends that I still talk to today.
LSUS faculty who helped me: Donna Austin gave me my first job at LSUS in the computer lab which paved the way for where I'm at today. I also enjoyed Dr. John Sigle in the Computer Science department.
How LSUS helped me succeed: The Computer Science Program is one of the most challenging degree programs offered at LSUS. Being a part of such a program and succeeding in it showed me that with hard work and determination, I can accomplish anything.
Advice to college-bound students: Work hard, play hard, and most of all do something you're passionate about and that you can make a difference in.
Advice to someone who wants to enter my field: The technology field is an ever-changing field so be prepared to constantly be learning and adapting to stay at the forefront.
Tips on choosing a major or career: Take a variety of courses to see what peeks your interest and also participate in internships when possible. Do NOT be afraid to change majors or careers when you are not happy or are not personally fulfilled in your current endeavors.
My toughest professional challenge: My toughest challenge was starting the company with only a handful of clients, no office, and just a vision. But through passion, dedication, hard-work, and God's guidance, I was able to grow this vision into reality.
My toughest personal challenge: My toughest personal challenge has been trying to take past disappointments and challenges and learning from them to become a better, more well-rounded and compassionate person.
Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life: In 2007, I was selected as a 40 under 40 recipient by City Lights Magazine, and in 2008, Trusted Data Solutions was nominated as Small Business of the Year.
I've learned this from life: I've learned that true happiness and success is not attained through social status, money, and material items, but through the ability to affect someone's life in a positive, meaningful way.