IT systems manager at Interstates in Sioux Center
SIOUX CENTER—Blair Harp is a man who enjoys solving people’s problems.
It’s what originally drew him to the field of information technology in the first place, but through the years working at Interstates has led him to take on the challenges of leadership.
When Harp began working at Interstates in Sioux Center in 2006, he started out at the IT help desk.
He then began moving into a number of different roles and areas at Interstates, such as managing a call-in support team.
Eventually, though, he returned to IT systems.
Harp described his role as the IT systems manager as something akin to consulting with others in the company, helping them plan and organize for projects.
“My role is trying to connect business needs with our IT needs,” he said. “It’s more about partnerships than something transactional like ‘I need a laptop’ or something. It’s more like, ‘What are you really trying to accomplish?’ ‘What’s your business goal?’ ‘How can we help you get there?’”
His work has benefited from his previous roles throughout Interstates, he said.
“It makes it a lot easier to do what I do now,” he said. “I know the challenges that they have and I have a little rapport with those people. They know I’ve been there with them.”
When he began, Harp found himself encouraged to grow as a leader, to take on more responsibilities. That has allowed him to better serve others as an Interstates employee and as a mentor to new hires in the company, he said.
“I’ve had good or great leaders all the way through as I moved throughout the organization, so I can take a little bit away from each one of them,” said the 36-year-old Alton resident.
One of the valuable lessons he has gained has been to step up to any problems he encounters.
“There’s this mindset here that if you aren’t going to solve the problem, who will? This is yours to solve,” Harp said. “I’ve never felt like I was taken on something I shouldn’t or overstepping myself. Around here, if you have a passion for something and you’re ready to step up, that’s welcomed with open arms. I really appreciated the freedom that comes from that.”