Oscar Ira, known around here as “Big O”, was born in the Philippines and came to America in 2003.
He attended Adamson University in Manila, where he completed his degree in Mechanical Engineering and was awarded as one of the top 10 Engineers of his graduating class.
His first job was as a line supervisor for Clarion Mitsuwa, a car stereo manufacturing company in Cavite. The company sent him to Japan for a six-month training program in the field of Injection manufacturing and pad printing. It was in Yokohama where he met his wife, Yasuko. After two years, he decided to work closer to home and got a job at Nestlé Philippines as a production supervisor of a Breakfast Cereals Manufacturing plant.
And in early 2000, Oscar made a career change and decided to study web programming. That same year, Oscar got an opportunity to come to work in US as a software engineer. By spring of 2001 he was working as a Front-End web programmer.
He was hired as a Java programmer at Leverage System Technologies and worked on the development of Admission and Pharmacy Inventory System of the Philippine General Hospital until the end of 2002.
In 2003, Oscar moved his family to the United States. He worked for HRN IT Solutions as a software engineer and then at All Source Container for more than 10 years as IT Incharge, handling databases, creating desktop applications, generating accounting reports and developing websites.
“It was a great blessing when the opportunity came to me to work at The Jonas Project late last year. This opened that door for me to use my skills and talent to serve veterans and help them become successful as business owners,” says Oscar.
“I consider The Jonas Project team as my family. It is a wonderful organization made up of wonderful people. Helping others and making a difference in other people’s lives changes a person’s perspective and makes him even more thankful.”
Now Oscar is developing website for The Jonas Project, our VOBs, helping build databases, and basically rocking all things web-related for our tiny organization.