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?

Mark Snow, CCIE #14073
About Mark Snow, CCIE #14073

You might say that Mark Snow began his networking career at the age of five, when his father, a patented research scientist at AT&T Bell Laboratories, started sharing his knowledge with Mark. He has been working with data and voice technology ever since, beginning with Unix System V and basic analog telephony and progressing to large data networking projects and large phone systems in both enterprise and 911 PSAP environments around the world. You’ll see Mark in all of INE’s Voice video courses and live Bootcamps. Mark Snow is also an accomplished pilot, and when he isn’t learning, labing, consulting, or teaching, he can be found jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, hanging off a rock somewhere, skiing out west, or just enjoying a quiet day at the beach with his wife and two wonderful kids. You may contact Mark Snow at msnow@ine.com, follow him on Twitter, or find him helping others in INE’s IEOC Community Forum.

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