John Gemkow
Associate Consultant at Microsoft

About Me

Originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, I currently work for Microsoft Consulting Services after graduating in 2017 from the University of Texas at Austin in pursuit of a career that meshes my passion for technology with a deep interest in business and management.


  • 2013

    Prospect High School

    I graduated with Highest Honors from my high school (currently set at #9 of the Best High Schools in Illinois per US News and World Report).

  • 2017

    The University of Texas at Austin

    McCombs School of Business

    Recently graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (with honors) in Management Information Systems with a minor in Accounting at UT Austin. At graduation, I held a 3.835 GPA (out of 4.0).

Work Experiences

July 2017 - Present
Associate Consultant
Design and implement solutions for clients using Microsoft technologies, focused on the Office 365, Azure, and SharePoint cloud platforms in the Business Productivity domain of Microsoft Consulting Services
McCombs School of Business
September 2013 - May 2017
Student Technician
Served as a second level/advanced technical support associate for students, faculty, and staff in the McCombs School of Business; Directed an average of 20 support tickets per day to the correct teams and respond to support requests made by faculty and staff; Managed our department’s knowledge management system to improve understanding of technical operations; Developed process improvements using automated scripting in Windows-based PowerShell and Mac OS X AppleScript; Assisted with Active Directory remediation using Microsoft SQL Server
The University of Texas at Austin
January 2016 - December 2016
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
Former Teaching Assistant for MIS 374: Business Systems Development assisting Professor Clint Tuttle [Fall 2016]

Former Teaching Assistant for MIS 373: Mobile Apps and Web Services (formerly MIS 365: Data Communications) assisting Professor Joshua Rock [Spring 2016]

Developed course content for MIS 373, a survey course that covers various mobile applications, networking and web service material; Lead an initiative to add new topics covering object-oriented Swift iOS development using an application-based learning method; Assist students with concepts and exercises during office hours and grade assignments with an average turnaround of 0.46 days
Deloitte Consulting
May 2016 - August 2016
Business Technology Analyst (Summer Scholar)
Guided development of use cases and business functional requirements for payment functionality in a Force.com based system; Researched package solutions for integration with new system and created proof-of-concepts to ensure implementation feasibility; Owned formation of key client deliverables relating to the functional and technical design of the replacement to a legacy system
Deloitte Consulting
June 2015 - August 2015
Business Technology Analyst (Summer Scholar)
Facilitated project initiation by developing core project management deliverables for a custom Salesforce.com implementation; Created a comprehensive approach for implementing an externalized rules engine for a state Integrated Eligibility system; Engaged in defect validation, smoke test and pre-user acceptance testing for a new digital state Salesforce.com system
June 2014 - July 2015
Business Development and Project Management Intern
Worked on webpage improvement and development for new modules of the Trabajator online web applications using PHP/HTML; Created manuals for API integration with other organizations and generated audiovisual content to explain videos and tools; Led and directed a development team of 3 individuals in development of a Spanish-language based website for a white label client
Byte Me! Computers and Internet Services
June 2011 - January 2014
Technical Specialist
Developed solutions for consumer and small business computer issues; Assisted with management of client accounts; Created invoices and processed payments for services rendered; Coordinated and trained a new intern for the firm’s high school internship program during the summer of 2013

Leadership Experience

Foundation Communities
January 2017 - May 2017
VITA Volunteer Tax Preparer
Certified in basic, advanced, and health savings account tax return preparation to prepare and file returns at no cost for our low-income clients; Prepared over 53 unique tax returns, saving clients $14,363.00 in tax preparation fees and generating $91,869.14 in tax refunds
Delta Sigma Pi
Fall 2013 - May 2017
Vice President of Information Technology
Developing a new PHP/MySQL-based website featuring database driven web applications that the facilitate more efficient chapter operations. The site uses Bootstrap 3 CSS frameworks, HTML5, and a variety of APIs as well. The site's development has been planned out using a software development lifecycle with a "big bang" implementation method. Previously have audited, secured, and optimized a variety of chapter IT assets. Recently secured a deal for sponsorship in exchange for virtual server hosting services, saving the chapter nearly $600 annually.
McCombs Leadership Program
September 2013 - May 2016
2013 Cohort Participant
Business school ran program in which students are taught the social change model of leadership development and its applications
Deloitte NextGen Leadership Program
July 2014
Participant (Technology Consulting)
Selected as one of 83 students out of a pool of 1,500 applicants from the best universities spread out across the United States; Won first place out of 10 teams in the Building Bridges competition, comprised of team-building and project execution exercises; Improved and applied public speaking skills, communicational skills, strengths-based collaboration and project management; Gained valuable insight into the functions of Deloitte’s Audit, Tax Advisory, Financial Advisory Services and Consulting practices


Microsoft Azure
Office 365
Microsoft Windows
Mac OS X
Microsoft Office



Awards and Honors

University Honors - UT Austin (Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016)
MIS 333K Team Excellence Award - 1st Place (Spring 2015)
John H. Runge Endowed Scholarship (Fall 2015 - Spring 2017)
Delta Sigma Pi - Gulf Western Region (Victor A. Tabor) Scholarship (Fall 2016)

Hobbies & Interests

Scuba diving
Kayaking + Outdoor Watersports
Web development
Video games
Disc Golfing