Wendell Odom, CCIE No. 1624, is the best selling author of Cisco certification books and other related products. He first entered the Cisco certification content world back in 1998 when Cisco announced the professional certification series, which includes CCNA and CCNP. Wendell works primarily with Cisco Press, a publishing alliance between Cisco Systems® (NASDAQ: CSCO) and the Pearson Education division of Pearson plc (NYSE: PSO).
In the world of Cisco certification publishing, Wendell has been involved in many firsts. His first book was the original edition of the Cisco Press CCNA Exam Certification Guide, the first Cisco authorized book to help people prepare for CCNA. Wendell has been the initial author for other Cisco Press and Pearson Certification brands, including the Cisco Press First Step series, the Cisco Press Video Mentor series, the aforementioned Cisco Press Exam Certification Guide series, as well as the relatively recent (2009) Pearson CCNA Network Simulator.
In prior years, Wendell has worked as a Cisco SE, course author, instructor, system programmer, and as a consulting engineer for IBM. He spends most days listening to tunes while experimenting with lab gear, writing a new chapter of a book about some Cisco certification, testing a lab, or getting the next blog post done. He loves to help people learn about networking through whatever means available.