• 2019 GMiS Luminary •
As an Operations Engineer in the Commercial Data Services division of Verizon, Harold Brunal’s responsibilities include execution of method of procedure on virtualized Visible network elements, performance monitoring and leading troubleshooting efforts of performance impacting network issues for the telecommunications giant. He consistently supports all facets of the project from testing and validation to building applications and managing vendors.
While utilizing his technical knowledge to keep the network up and running, Mr. Brunal’s dependability and can-do attitude adds to the momentum of the projects in which he is engaged all of which require attention to detail, teamwork and excellent knowledge of the network.
The youngest of four children — and the only sibling born in the United States — Mr. Brunal initially joined Verizon as a contractor shortly after graduating from REHT Institute of Technology. He was quickly hired on as a full-time employee and rose through the ranks of the ITSC organization before moving into the Network Repair Bureau where he was promoted from Associate Technician to Technician.
In 2016, Mr. Brunal moved into an Engineering role in Data Services Engineering where he was responsible for installing and configuring the new VCP equipment, requiring travel to various sites in the U.S. During his time with Verizon he has received 16 Recognizing You awards for leading or contributing to various projects including One Talk, Visible, Corona Openstack and VCP.
For all of Mr. Brunal’s accomplishments at work, the biggest challenge he has faced came in his family life. He and his wife of 14-years have one child, a son who is a surviving twin of two “micro-preemies,” born at 23 weeks 4 days and weighing only one pound at birth.
While his daughter Alia only managed to survive for a few days, he counts the constant nail-biting trips from work to the hospital during the five months before they were able to bring their son home as the hardest time of his life. In memory of Alia, Mr. Brunal and his wife raise money for the March of Dimes by participating in a sponsored walk every year.