My CCIE Voice journey started in August of 2010. I passed my written
that month and began preparing for what I now know was a journey of a
lifetime. My preparations began with another vendor and the Cisco
360 program. In addition to my own study time I attended a couple
bootcamps in preparation. After approximately 6 months of intense
studying and preparation I felt I was ready for my first attempt in
March of 2011. I was sure that I was going to past the first time,
but the real exam was an eye opener. I didn’t even come close to
finishing the exam and really struggled with the dial plan.

That first attempt humbled me and I really didn’t know if I was cut
out to finish this. I am a father of two and a husband. While the
employer I work for was supporting me I was still working long hours
on implementations and trying to study in between. The second
attempt in July went much like the first. I purchased the all access
pass and started watching all the voice deep dives. The content and
the way Mark delivers it is excellent. Unfortunately there was not
enough time to get through everything before my second attempt. So I
did fail that second time, and again time was my enemy.

At this point I really thought about quitting. It was all just to
much. Eventually I decided I had put way to much time and effort in
this to give up. So I sat through and watched all the deep dives,
and the 5 day voice bootcamp that Mark Snow recorded. I believe that
recorded bootcamp was the final tool that allowed me to pass my exam
on Oct. 4th and become CCIE#30704. Mark’s delivery in that bootcamp
along with the strategy tips he provided allowed me to finish the lab
in 6 hours and have time to test and troubleshoot any issues. For
anyone out there wondering which vendor they should go with for their
CCIE voice preparations INE is the best!!! Special thanks to Mark
Snow, my family, friends, and employer for all their support.

Westley Watkins

Our sincere congratulations go out to Wes on his excellent achievement! We will be shipping him a custom CCIE polo shirt today! Why don’t you get started with our 1-year CCNA to CCIE Voice plan today?

About Mark Snow, CCIE #14073:

Mark Snow has been actively working with data and traditional telephony as a Network Consulting Engineer since 1995, and has been working with Cisco Call Manager and voice-over technology since 1998. Mark has been actively teaching and developing content for the CCIE Voice track since 2005, and the Security track since 2007. Mark's story with both data and voice technology started out quite young, as he began learning around the age of five from his father who was a patented inventor and a research scientist at AT&T Bell Laboratories. Mark started out on Unix System V and basic analog telephony, and went on from there to large data networking projects with technologies such as Banyan Vines, IPX and of course IP, and large phone systems such as Nortel 61c, Tadiran Coral, Avaya Definity and of course Cisco Unified Communications Manager in both enterprise and 911 PSAP environments across the US and internationally. Mark is also an accomplished pilot and punched his ticket in 2001. When Mark isn't learning, labing, consulting or teaching, he can be found either piloting or possibly jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, hanging off a rock somewhere or else skiing out west. He also might just be enjoying a quiet day at the beach with his wife and two wonderful young kids, Ryleigh and Judah.

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3 Responses to “Congratulations Wes, CCIE Voice# 30704!”

  1. VoiceInsider says:

    Congrat Wes,

    Wish you all the bests …


  2. Antonio says:

    Excellent!! This will motivate us a lot to get such an achievement!!!


  3. Sri says:

    HI !

    Congrats .


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