Goodness knows, most of us have spent at least a few hours in front of the computer, staring at a spinning beach ball or a stagnant hourglass, wondering, “How does this make my life easier, again?” But the truth is, without the help of complex programming and databases and networks, we would be a fraction as efficient and nowhere near as connected. Enter Information Technology professionals. If your business needs help with its technology infrastructure, data storage, and any problems that may arise, don’t succumb to the whims of an inadequate system or the limits of your own abilities. Call in the experts. These are the POWER PLAYERS in Information Technology.
Owner and President, Open Road Technologies. Attended University of Memphis and State Technical Institute. Worked for Vanstar/Apple as a Business Development Manager. Highest producing location numerous years in Computer Shoppe chain. Partners status with many major computer vendors including Microsoft, HP, Dell, and Xerox. Member of HSMAI, Sales and Marketing Society, and Small Business Chamber. Has worked on projects for MDA, Special Olympics, and the Child Advocacy Center.
Chairman, Founder, and CEO, Cook Systems International Inc. Has over 35 years of IT leadership and service experience. Founded Cook Systems International in 1994. Previously was President of Eagle Systems Technology, Chief Operating Officer for SCB and Director of MIS for First Tennessee Bank. Ensures that Cook Systems International has exceptional operational talent and technology to deliver the most successful IT solutions to Fortune 1000 clients and government entities.
J. MICHAEL DRAKE
Chairman and CEO, masterIT, LLC. B.B.A. in Finance, University of Memphis. Founded company in 2005 to service a variety of clients with a portfolio of solutions, including remote monitoring and management; remote backup and data security; on-site engineering support; and Internet services. Former President/CEO of Econocom USA, Inc. Has served on the Boards of Directors of Crichton College, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, and Chickasaw Country Club.
Partner, Co-Founder, and Chief Architect, Mellon Consulting Group, LLC. Is certified as a Project Management Professional. Began IT work as a software developer while pursuing degree in professional and technical writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Former Director of Development at Infinity Solutions. Former leader of the FedEx Global Support Applications group. Managed FedEx PowerPad, a $180 million cross-divisional project.
MARK R. GIANNINI
CEO, Service Assurance/Outsource IT. Bachelor of Science degree, Christian Brothers University. Founded Service Assurance in 1989. Former owner of Omnicon. Responsible for the research and development of Packrat Automatic Data Protection. Created what has now become the largest Enterprise class IT Service and Support Help Desk in the region. Board Member and/or trustee for Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, Visible School, and The Leadership Academy.
President and CEO, Interactive Solutions Inc. Founded the company in 1996 with a focus on videoconferencing and audio-visual integration, after several years of experience as a salesman of high-tech products in large corporations. Cultivates a family-oriented work environment at ISI and encourages community involvement and volunteer work. Board Member, Chickasaw Council of Boy Scouts of America. Participates in Junior Achievement, Leadership Collierville, and Collierville Mayor’s Advisory Board.
GAYLE S. ROSE
Principal Owner and CEO, Electronic Vaulting Services (EVS) Corporation. Bachelor’s degree, University of Northern Iowa; Master’s in management and public administration, Harvard University. Co-founded the Chopra Companies with Deepak Chopra. Serves as Chairman of the Rose Family Foundations. Named one of Tennessee’s 100 Most Powerful People by Business Tennessee. Awarded the Changing Face of Philanthropy Award from the International Women’s Funding Network.
President and CEO, Tate Computer Systems, Inc. Educated at University of Memphis, Southwest Tennessee Community College, United States Navy, and Tennessee Technology Center. Received Minority Business of the Year Award from the Mid-South Minority Business Council. Selected as the Alumnus of the Year from Southwest Tennessee Community College. Member of Chamber of Commerce, Mid-South, Minority Business Council, and a Board Member at Southwest Tennessee Community College.
CEO and Managing Partner, Versatile Technology Group, LLC. Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Christian Brothers University. Named “Top 40 Under 40,” Memphis Business Journal and Arlington Citizen of the Year. Alderman, Position 6, Town of Arlington; Chairman of Arlington Design Review Committee & Board of Zoning Appeals; former Member, Arlington Planning Commission; Board Member, Arlington Chamber of Commerce.
President and CEO, WorldSpice Technologies. Bachelor of Computer Science, University of Memphis; degrees in electrical and computer engineering technology, State Technical Institute. Manages ongoing strategic direction of the company, oversees new product development and deployment, researches strategies for new areas of growth, and assists in the development of new cutting-edge, high-tech business solutions. Helped form the West Tennessee ISP Association. Member of FISPA.
JIM VAN DE VURST
Principal owner, Vanick Group, LLC. Graduated from University of Memphis. Company provides web-based software, website, mobile application development services, and SAP consulting services and is the exclusive provider of the TOTUS Marketing/Sales platform. Vanick Group was recently recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in the U.S. Actively involved with the Church of the Incarnation, the Greater Memphis Chamber, and the University of Memphis MILE program.