Meet the Team | David Steinbeck

David was born in Pittsburgh, PA.  His dad was a physical education teacher in the inner city school district and my mom is a real estate appraiser at a family owned business.  He has two older brother, Mike and Matt.  Because of his dad’s job working for the city schools of Pittsburgh, David’s family lived within the city limits in a town called Bellevue.  He attended a Christian School for pre-school and Kindergarten but then moved out to the suburbs where he eventually graduated high school.

Growing up, David played a lot of sports and had a lot of hobbies.  He always loved baseball but also wanted to be just like his brother Matt, so also played football and basketball. He quit football to focus on baseball because he was determined to play in college.  He also skateboarded and eventually got into snowboarding in high school.  David also likes to golf, play softball, hike, and mountain bike.  Those hobbies, along with snowboarding, are what drew me him to the Rocky Mountains.  The ski resort on the east coast David used to go to was called Seven Springs. After visiting the West a couple times, he couldn’t go to Seven Springs anymore. It wasn’t even close to his experiences in the Rockies.

David attended the University of Pittsburgh and got his bachelors in Business Administration and Communication.  He didn’t get to play baseball in college like he always wanted, but got the next best thing.  David was a student equipment manager for the Pitt Football team for four years and it was one of the greatest experiences of his life. 

“I got all the perks of being a college athlete but didn’t have to put my body physically on the line.  We did all of the behind the scenes jobs for the team, including laundry, gear and equipment distribution, working with the coaches to make practice run smoothly, and we also go to be apart of the games and travelling to the away games was the best part.  Getting to see different cities all across the country was an incredible experience.  I met some lifelong friends working that job and met some incredible coaches and players I will never forget.”  David recalls.

David and his brother got to go to Colorado for Matt’s senior year spring break and Lake Tahoe for David’s senior year spring break. Those two trips solidified David’s desire to move out West. In the Fall of 2018, David made the move to the Vail Valley where Matt had been living for over a year.  “I wanted to be close to the mountains I loved so much and my brother I always wanted to be just like.” David says.

David’s first job out of college was for a Fortune 500 telecommunications company that owned and operated cell phone towers.  He had little exposure to tech in that job but occasionally traveled to the cell sites. He found himself contacting his help desk because he didn’t know much about the computer or software he was working with. He learned a great deal from the job and will always be thankful for that opportunity.  His brother Matt sent him the All Mountain Tech job posting. He immediately applied. 

David admits, “I knew little about tech before I got hired by AMT.  I have learned more in the one month that I have worked here than I knew from my previous 24 years on this Earth.  Technology is a crazy industry not only because everything changes from year to year but because it has so much to offer from the cell phones we use every day, to running a multi-billion dollar corporation.  I am excited to see where this job and AMT take me.”

David is an Account Support Specialist at AMT. He works closely with our tech partners and vendors to present clients the best quotes. Whether it is hardware, software, or renewals, David specializes in bringing our clients the best prices and supporting them through the approval process. All Mountain Technologies is lucky to have David as part of the business side of things- another great addition to a great team!

Meet the Team -Rob Bruce-

Rob Bruce, CEO of All Mountain Technologies, spent his first ten years growing up in West Africa. His father worked for the US State Department so his family moved around a lot. The school he attended growing up had kindergarten to grad school aged students. It was an American school, but local gifted kids that tested high were able to attend. He recalls wandering into college level science experiments as a child. The Bruce family moved back to Northern Virginia when Rob was ten. The transition from a third world country to the United States was eye-opening. He observed the problems Americans created while having almost everything they need in juxtaposition with the African population barely making ends meet, but still encompassing kindness and happiness.

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“I've watched AMT grow from a couple of techs covering each other so they could go out of town to a company that offers real jobs and is great for the community."

Rob studied Art and Architecture at Virginia Tech. He transitioned from art courses to business and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Immediately after-graduation, Rob was managing a bookstore and working at a golf warehouse in Northern Virginia. After three months of juggling several jobs, Rob’s college roommate and he moved to Eagle, Colorado. Rob’s original plan was to snowboard one year and then look for jobs in California, but after one year of Valley life, he had fallen in love.

He spent the first few years snowboarding a lot. He also waited tables, bartended, and painted murals. His love for art never waned and he soon took a job as a designer for a local sign shop. There was a computer guy that came to service the shop computers as needed. The technician offered him a job working with computers and about a year later Rob transitioned into the computer world. Through the mid 90’s Rob worked for the company; gaining experience in IT and certifications.

In early 2000 at the beginning of the Dotcom crash, Rob and two others started an IT support company. Three years later, All Mountain Technologies was formed with five partners. AMT was born out of the need for partners to leave town and cover each other’s accounts. It truly was a company built around lifestyle. Over time, the other partners moved or changed career paths. In 2013, Rob Bruce became the sole owner of All Mountain Technologies.

I asked Rob what kept him in the IT business after nearly a decade. He paused and eloquently responded, “I watched AMT grow from a couple of techs covering each other so they could go out of town to a company that offers real jobs and is great for the community. I enjoy mentoring people, working with our clients, and seeing them both succeed.”

People are the reason Rob loves work. AMT is a locally owned place of employment, but still offers competitive salaries so staff can attain the life they came out here to live. “People don’t generally live here in the mountains for the money, but for the lifestyle they love.” He says.

As far as what the future holds, Rob is optimistic his professional and personal vision will come to life. He believes the company will grow steadily as it has for the past seven years, serving businesses from Telluride to Denver. The most successful partnerships with clients are more akin to a doctor-patient relationship rather than an emergency room visit. The biggest hurdle to overcome will be continually gaining the trust of clients and showing them what they need to be teed up for success.

Since mountain communities like ours are small and relatively isolated geographically there are many challenges for companies offering regional support services.

When it comes to required site work on behalf of clients, mother nature creates her own challenges unique to the mountains – especially during the Winter.  AMT focuses on solutions that consider anticipated logistics issues out of our control and allow us to work with clients remotely if needed. AMT has invested in placing key infrastructure in a local municipal data center that is less subject to changing conditions and outages. We also put an emphasis on working with vendors that have stock on hand or multiple distribution centers, ensuring client needs can be addressed as quickly as possible.

Rob, his wife Heather, and son Robbie, spend most of their time on their property on Cottonwood Pass between Gypsum and El Jebel.  Spending time on the ranch (away from technology), hitting the links, or playing tennis are some of Rob’s favorite pastimes. The family travels quite a bit and recently took a trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

Rob truly is the heart of All Mountain Technologies. His genuine kindness and leadership have fostered great talent in our office and community. The best is yet to come for AMT!