Brian McGinnis currently works for the Village of Westhampton Beach as a Suffolk County Civil Service certified Network and Systems Technician. McGinnis has achieved 4 different Civil Service qualifications during his 6 years of local government experience including Network and Systems Technician, Office Applications Specialist, Office Systems Technician, and Website Manager.
McGinnis completed over 300 hours of classroom training while participating in the New Horizons Internet Professional Program in 2003-2004. McGinnis also obtained the prestigious Master CIW Designer certification by passing 3 industry certification exams.
McGinnis has been a freelance Webmaster since 2004 and has participated in the design, development, and maintenance of approximately 25 different websites over the past 5 years. McGinnis also has experience creating social networking pages or profiles for businesses, artists, and individuals.
As a photography/blogging enthusiast, McGinnis has had photos and articles published in news media and websites throughout the world wide web and print media.
McGinnis passed the Series 7 examination back in 2001 while working as a Client Service Associate at the Headquarters Branch of UBS PaineWebber in New York City. After 9/11, McGinnis moved out of New York City and back to Long Island to focus on transitioning career paths into the information technology industry.
From 1997-1999, McGinnis worked for a promotional marketing firm called GM Marketing in Atlanta.
McGinnis graduated from SUNY Brockport in May 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing Major/Economics Minor. McGinnis was also a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, and NY State Champion Brockport Doggies Rugby club squad.
McGinnis graduated from Westhampton High School in 1991. McGinnis was a 2-time All-County wrestler, 2-time All-County Cross Country runner, and 12 Varsity Letter winner in High School. McGinnis was the schools representative as top male scholar-athlete for the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
Brian McGinnis has been sailing for almost 30 years.
McGinnis obtained the Level 1 Instructor and Level 2 Coach US Sailing Small Boat Instructor Certifications and worked as a Sailing Instructor for almost a decade.
As a Sunfish Class Competitor, McGinnis has competed in 4 World Championships with a best finish of 19th place at the 2008 championship, where he also received the Sportsmanship Award. In 2008, McGinnis finished 5th at the North American Continental Championship, and 9th at the Rolex US Sailing Singlehanded National Championship. McGinnis finished 7th at the US Pan American Games Trials in 2007. McGinnis has won 4 regional championships including the Florida, Mid Atlantic (2x), and NY Downstate Regional Championships. McGinnis has received the Weeks Memorial Trophy twice (1994, 2006) for being the Top Great South Bay Finisher at the NY Downstate Regional.
As a Laser Class Competitor, McGinnis has competed in numerous Olympic Classes Regattas and competed against competitors from over 50 countries including Olympic, World, Continental, and National Champions. McGinnis also competed in 4 Empire State Games and was the Long Island Region Coach for 3 years.
McGinnis has been a lifelong participant in the Great South Bay Yacht Racing Association. McGinnis won the Westin Trophy in 2008 by winning the bay singlehanded championship. McGinnis was a crew member on the winning team for the Furman Trophy in 1995, the bay men’s triple-handed championship. McGinnis was the skipper on the winning team for the Patin Challenge Plate in 1991, the bay junior double-handed championship. McGinnis was awarded the GSBYRA sailing grant in 1991.
Brian McGinnis has competed in numerous classes of smaller dinghy sailboats and bigger keelboats over the years.
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