Thank you to integrateIT for answering a few of our questions.
Congratulations on being named a finalist for Technology Innovator of the Year!
The 24th Annual Loudoun Small Business Awards will be on November 1, 2018 – Tickets/More Info Here
1.Tell us your story of how your company got to where it is today?
integrateIT was founded by my business partner, Geoff Keller, in 2004. At the time, Geoff was a (relatively) young man who aspired to start a business. I met Geoff in 2006, and convinced him to take a chance on bringing me on as a partner. Together, our goal was to establish an innovative IT company with a niche in project management and engineering services that provided our Government clients with cost effective and transformational solutions in a marketplace that was becoming more agile and forward thinking. Since our inception, we have grown at a sustainable place by placing a premium on hiring outstanding team members that share our vision.
2. What would it mean to you and your company to win a Small Business Award?
I know this will sound cliché, but we support our clients and their mission because we believe in the values of our customers and this country. Because of the nature of our work, we aren’t able to publicize many of our accomplishments, which is fine. That said, being selected for a Small Business Award is another way to show our team that their efforts are noticed and valued.
3. If you weren’t running your own business/working at this business, what would you be doing?
Am I independently wealthy? If so, I would coach each of my kids’ athletic teams, spend more time working with an organization that I am passionate about, Yellow Ribbons United, have zero-percent body fat, and not be terrible at golf.
4. What book are you reading right now? / What is your favorite book?
Right now, I am burning through the “Spot Goes to the _______” series with my two year old, and every imaginable “Cars” book with my four year old. I thought I was going to be able to start reading the “Harry Potter” series, but apparently my 9 year old doesn’t need me to read to him anymore
5. If you have 24-hours off, and your family was out of town, what would you do?
Sleep for 10 uninterrupted hours, and watch TV for the other 14 hours
6. What is the smallest thing that has made the largest impact on your business?
I firmly believe that hard work brings good luck. The efforts of our team, be it supporting our clients on site, or burning the midnight oil putting together proposals, all equally contributes to the karma that makes integrateIT the successful company that it is today.
7. What did you want to be when you grew up as a child? / What was a childhood dream that you had?
I wanted to be the General Manager of the Washington Wizards, and I wanted to be model good looking. One out of two ain’t bad.
8. Who is the one person that has influenced you the most in your career?
My business partner Geoff. Over the past 14 years, I have spent more time interacting with him than anyone else on this planet, including my family. We have a “professional marriage”, filled with the same types of interaction, emotion, creativity, disappointment, and success of a traditional relationship. Geoff is a bit older than me, and experienced business ownership, marriage, and fatherhood before I did. He taught me a great deal in all of those areas.
9. What is your favorite thing about running a business in Loudoun County?
The opportunity to network with such a wide net of successful people running businesses in a variety of fields provides a great interactive learning environment.
10. If you’re not in the office where can we find you?
With my family, most likely at Loudoun Soccer Park. If I were by myself, it would be at Ashburn CrossFit.
11. What is your favorite weekend activity in Loudoun County?
Watching my kids play soccer.