Like many successful entrepreneurs, Todd Clark’s journey started with a passion for his field—in this case, technology—coupled with a “get it done” mentality. Today, he has not only built DenaliTEK into a leading provider of IT services for businesses throughout the Anchorage Bowl and Matsu Valley, but he has also spearheaded a nonprofit organization called Cybersecure Alaska that helps companies be proactive with their cybersecurity protocols.
In the depths of what he calls the “worst eight days” of his life, Aaron Gurgul vividly recalls his experience as an IT director for a school district during a devastating cyber event. The district, composed of approximately 2,900 students and 450 staff members, was hit hard, requiring multiple complete network refreshes due to the relentless wave of malicious emails. It was an emotionally taxing ordeal that left a lasting impact.
Sometimes going against the grain of what you’ve known your whole life is risky. However, for Hashan Kodituwakku, it was exactly what he needed to propel himself to build a successful IT company, Intuition Consultancies, that services Canadian businesses with robust IT, compliance, and cybersecurity support.
Superior Technical Solutions founder John Siggard owes his successful IT career to his father— and a firm reprimand he received as a child.
When you hear about a family-owned and -operated business, an IT firm is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. However, this multigenerational setup worked well for the Borchelt family. Upon finishing his degree, Preston returned to his father’s new business venture, docTRONX, getting critical hands-on work experience.
It’s just a reality that kids always end up emulating the examples they’re given, whether good, bad, or otherwise. In Darren Coleman’s case, his exemplar was his hard-working, blue-collar father who worked tirelessly to put food on the table for Darren and his family. And today, these same values and work ethic can be seen throughout every facet of Coleman Technologies.
As a local, independently owned MSP with just 35 employees, Contigo Technology is competing and winning against regional and national firms with 300 to 400 employees. MSP Success recently sat down with CEO Bryan Fuller to accomplish 20% YOY growth.
Shane Serrant had worked as director of IT for a national nonprofit for 10 years when he realized that smaller health care organizations struggled to manage modern technology issues. Their budgets were smaller, and he noticed they weren’t getting the same standard of protection as larger companies, but they faced similar risks.
Marty Parker had not planned to face a proverbial firing squad that day. When he walked into the large boardroom, he expected his primary role would be to hear the executives’ thoughts; perhaps ask a few questions. Instead of being seated in a chair in the back of the room, he was ushered by one of the executives to a podium at the front.
Keith knew he wanted to build a fulfilling business aligned with his family values. This powerful motivation became necessary when his vision proved harder to achieve than he had thought. Keith’s goals drove him to develop a strong work ethic at a very young age. At ten, he was babysitting regularly, and by 12, he had three paper routes and delivered newspapers seven days a week.