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Preston Griffith

Preston Griffith

Cerner

Integration Architect

Personal Information

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School: Kansas State University

Major: Business Management

Years at College Works: 2007 to 2011

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Cerner

Title: Integration Architect

Industry: Technology

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

An Integration Architect is responsible for the implementation, support and/or upgrade of Cerner solutions at client (internal or external) sites that represent integrated projects or at multiple Cerner engagements. The Integration Architect coordinates design, system validation, implementation, and upgrade activities across solutions and venues of care.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Being promoted within the first year at Cerner.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

The person I am today was built upon the relationships and values I learned with College Works Painting.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

Within the 2 years at Cerner I have been given the opportunity to manage projects and lead our implementations. This is something that typically takes 4-5 years to obtain, but through my experience at CWP and degree from KSU I was able to get a position that I thoroughly enjoy.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

Failure is an opportunity to build upon. It creates an invaluable learning opportunity and you must seize that moment to become a better leader. Many failures help build your leadership skills and transform the way you react to challenges going forward.

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

Don't always think in the NOW, but look towards the WHY. Ex. Why am I learning how to manage a crew instead of me just doing the work myself? A good leader will ensure they can focus on the bigger picture and not the smaller tasks at hand. Fast Forward...How do you communicate priorities to the C suite at Hospital Systems? It's surprisingly similar to managing a CWP branch.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

The look on all my classmates face every year when I visited Cancun for free!!!

Last words of wisdom

Do what you need to do now so you can do what you want to do later.

Preston Griffith