Well, my name is Joe Bateman. I'm 40 years old, born on March 7, 1966. I was born in the middle of the 'famed' blizzard
of '66. There was approximately 10' of snow on the ground the day I arrived. There was a helicopter waiting for any transports, but they
didn't use it. Instead they had two snowplows clear the way for my grandfather to drive us to the hospital. After 24 hours of labor, I
arrived at 6:46PM. I'm the oldest of two. My brother Mike was born July 19, 1969.
We grew up with a single parent (my mom), who endured alot with two boys who were constantly fighting and doing the many
boy things that make moms cringe. I must take an opportunity to thank her for putting up with all our crap. Raising two boys alone was very
tough for her. She had no high school diploma which only made things worse. We always had 'very' little money. Mom however, always made sure
we had the best birthdays and Christmas' possible. I give her alot of credit! Thanks mom!
During high school I was bored to my wits end. I quit school a year early. Within the week of my 18th birthday I took an
entry level job as a machinist. In the summer of '86 I met a wonderful girl "Kim". She was in a marriage that just wasn't working. I used to
meet her when she got out of work and we would drive down to the lake and just talk. Meanwhile her divorce became final and on February 28,
1988 she moved into my small apartment.
On January 2, 1989 we had our first child, "Christin". After five years of playing machinist I did
alot of warehouse work, driving forklifts and hand loading tractor trailers. During this time I bought my first computer. It was a CompuAdd
XT/10 (8088 processor with 640k memory, a single 360k 5¼ floppy, monochrome monitor and an Epson LX-800
9-pin printer) for $500. On November 12, 1993 we had our second daughter, "Katelyn".
Since Kim moved in, we have moved a total of five times and I've owned somewhere in the neighborhood of 12 different
computers. I spent a lot of my time studying hardware and software and am now quite proficient, especially in the hardware aspects of
Jovis? - When I was young, my younger brother could not say Joseph, he kept saying Jovis. We always got a laugh
over this, and the name has stuck with me.
Education / Work Experience - I went to high school at
Oswego High School. I majored in Architectural Drawing (4
years) and minored in Industrial Arts (4 years) and Welding (Basic and Advanced Courses). I also took jobs
during the summer at a local retail store called The Half Price Outlet, stocking merchandise and at a local
Catholic Church & School, St. Mary's, painting the cafeteria & stage and doing custodial duties.
03/85-08/87 - Without a High School diploma, I started working at
The Eraser Company in Mattydale, NY, as a Machinist's
Apprentice, commuting 80 miles per day. This company produces automated wire stripping machines. I ran
Bridgeport mills, lathes, drill presses, sheet metal brakes and shears, sheet metal notchers, and many other
machines. This lasted for 2-1/2 years until I found a job closer to home.
08/87-11/89 - I started work as a Machinist at Fulton Metal
Mechanics, Inc. in Fulton, NY. This was a machine shop. One of the big contracts they had was producing tanks
for the air brakes on trains. When I started here, I was running a huge metal lathe. The major thing we made
on the lathe was steel rollers for paper mills. These things were 8 inches in diameter and 10-12 feet long.
After a couple of months, I was taught how to program a CNC vertical mill, and continued with that until I
left. I loved this job, but it was cut short after 2-1/2 years, when I was laid-off. Shortly after that, the
shop closed down. When I left, I was machining the castings for helicopter transmissions.
1990 - Tested for my G.E.D. and got it (should never have quit
1990 - I started a business in computer repair, which after getting a DBA,
would continue until 1999.
1990 - In the summers of 1990 and 1991, I worked at Oswego Cycle
as a motorcycle mechanic. Having played around with motorcycles a lot during and after high school came in
handy here. Here I did everything from tuning up mopeds to rebuilding Harley engines.
08/90-07/91,04/92-02/93 - My aunt was a manager at Manpower, a temporary
agency. She got me a job at Syroco Plastics in Baldwinsville, NY, as a
towmotor driver. At first I was cleaning up after a major fire, in which a towmotor driver hit a beam that took down a gas
line. The gas line caught fire and took down the whole warehouse. There was melted plastic everywhere. After the cleanup,
I moved on to loading tractor trailers with plastic lawn furniture. I did this for a while, and then was given the job of
load auditor, counting product as it was loaded, writing up manifests and bills of lading. As things slowed down, I was
laid off, then was hired back in April of 92 as a permanent employee. Company management, among many other things in my
life changed and I quit this job in February of 1993. In 2004, Syroco announced that they have been purchased by
1990-1995 - Was an active member of the
Scriba Volunteer Fire Department, where I earned a
certificate as a NYS licensed pump operator.
09/91-05/92,05/92-08/93 - I was hired through Manpower to work
at Sealright Packaging Company, located in Fulton, NY. I was to temporarily replace someone who was out after
an operation. Sealright is the largest supplier of frozen dairy dessert packaging in North America servicing
customers throughout the U.S. and overseas. Sealright was recently purchased by
Huhtamaki, a Finnish company. My job was to create pick
lists for the towmotor operators to load trucks, and to keep track of inventory. During my temporary employ,
the warehouse manager was impressed with my computer skills. He and I became good friends. When the permanent
worker had recovered, and returned to work, the manager decided to hire me as a self-employed computer
consultant, at a much higher rate than I was making as a temporary employee. I wrote databases to facilitate
in their shipping process and trained their employees in the use of the software, as well as general computer
1992-1997 - I ran Pyramid Computer Design, doing computer repairs and website
design, as can be seen by viewing my portfolio.
11/94-07/96 - Worked at
Product Services in North Syracuse, NY. This location is a hub for major and minor appliance repairs
which covers an area from Northern Pennsylvania to the most Northeastern part of the US. My job here was to
prepare any repair parts the technicians would need the following day, organize them in parts bins, which
would be then be delivered to their closest repair center. I also kept up the inventory and worked the front
counter, which took care of retail consumers, searching for repair parts. We serviced everything from
portable cd players and big screen tv's, humidifiers and washing machines, to lawn mowers and garden
tractors, and much more.
1997 - Took a course in Computer Maintenance & Repair at
Burton Ramer Technical Career
Center. In 1997, I had already been repairing computers for 7 years. I just wanted a piece of paper
saying I could. I actually ended up helping the instructor assist the students. I received a certificate for
completing the 220 hour course.
1997-1999 - Founder and Vice President of The ComputerWorks Inc., doing
computer repairs, website design and hosting, as can be seen by viewing my portfolio.
1998-Current - Selling vehicles for local car dealers on eBay in my spare time.
1999-2004 - I ran Bateman Web Services, doing website design and hosting, as can be seen by viewing my portfolio.
2003-Current - My uncle worked at
St. Mary's Church in Oswego,
NY, and retired in 2003 after 35 years, and another uncle worked there for about 20 years as well. This is the
same church that I worked the summer at back during high school. My brother had worked there for a couple years,
and I started there as a maintenance technician in September of 2003. This is where I am currently employed.
We do everything from custodial work to major renovations and repair. I like the hours, I like the work, and
the benefits are great. And I get to work with my brother. So Cool!
I currently run my own computer repair business.
Kim is an LPN at a local nursing home, and has been for 10 years now. She is as beautiful, if not more, than the day I met her.
The kids are 17 & 12. Still pains in the butts, but I love them to death.
Parenting is a wonderful thing. It has calmed me down considerably from my wild & crazy, motorcycle driving, leather jacket wearing,
beer drinking, women chasing days. Of course, now that the kids are growing up, I get the itch once in a while to do something wild and