How an Air Force Veteran’s Career Sent Him Soaring at Paycom

Jeffrey Tucker likes working on computers. He’s even done it flying 40,000 feet in the air!

Tucker is a U.S. Air Force veteran, having been stationed at Tinker Air Force Base for three years after his assignment at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base for six years. In the U.S. Air Force, he served as a computer display maintenance technician. He flew on the Boeing E-3 Sentry, which is an Airborne Warning and Control System, better known as the AWACS.

He was able to wear a flight suit, similar to a pilot, but his vision kept him from taking the wheel, he said. Joining the Air Force seemed like a logical path if he wanted to have a technical job later in life.

Serving one’s country also runs in the family. He is the third generation to do so, with his father having served in the Air Force and his grandfather having served in the Navy during World War II.

“Someone has to troubleshoot military computers to make sure they work,” Tucker said. “I picked up my technical skills from there.”

AWACS flies over war zones to provide early warning radar detection to our forces both in the skies and on the ground. The planes are stationed at Tinker Air Force Base near Midwest City, Oklahoma, as well as Japan and Alaska.

Tucker honorably discharged from the Air Force in 2010, and was ready for a tech job in the civilian world. In 2014, he heard about an open position at Paycom from a friend who worked there.

“My friends had nothing but great things to say about this company,” he said.

Tucker’s Paycom career is a true American success story. He’s twice been promoted and now, as a supervisor, leads multiple teams who write and create custom payroll software to help transition clients into the company.

His mentor is Paycom’s chief information officer, Brad Smith, who credits Tucker’s military experience for his organizational skills and discipline. Smith said he appreciates Tucker’s respect for the chain of command, which is a trait he’s seen in other military employees.

Tucker said he often uses the troubleshooting skills he learned in the military while working at Paycom.

Smith enjoys having the young leader in Paycom’s software development, noting he’s been a good addition to the team and Paycom.

“He’s a highly efficient developer,” Smith said. “He works in an area that’s very productive, and he does exactly what he needs to do to meet customer demands.”

In addition to Tucker’s professional role at Paycom, last year he helped found its corporate rowing program and captains Paycom’s Floating Holiday. In his spare time, he enjoys the gym and rebuilding motorcycles and computers.