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Professional Affiliations

1995-2004: Member: Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce

1995-2004: Member: Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce

1998-2002: Member: YEO (Young Entrepreneurs Organization)

1998-2002: Member: Tower Club

1998-Present: Member: NVTC (Northern Virginia Technology Council

1999-Present: Member: Board of Advisors: Personal Resource Group LLC

2000-Present: Member: Board of Advisors: Envision-U Inc.

2006-Present: Member: Board of Advisors: Elite Coaching Academy LLC

2007-Present: Member: Board of Advisors: NASP(National Association of Sales Professionals)

2007-Present: Member: Washington Post: CTO Roundtable

Technical & Professional Certifications

1998 Microsoft MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) 

2001 Microsoft MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) 

2001 Novell CNE (Novell Certified Netware Engineer)

2000 Cisco CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Administrator)

2000 Master Coach: Envision-U

1996 Network General/Netscout: CNX (Certified Network Expert)

Objective

Proven entrepreneur seeking strategic opportunities to provide executive leadership to companies in the managed services and cloud services space.  Combining real-world experience, a demonstrated track record, and a solid reputation with new organizations or those expanding into the managed services space. 

References

Carl Grant

"Idris is easy to get along with and is the type person you would want to figure out how to do business with."

Kevin Hern

“Idris is a highly talented technology entrepreneur.  He’s always looking for new approaches to delivering value to his clients and rises to the challenges of business development in the small business arena.”

Shawn Conners

(client) Shawn M hired you as a IT Consultant in 2003 and hired you more than once

Top qualities: On Time, High Integrity, Creative

“Idris Grant is a visionary, leader, Engineer and sometime head chief and bottle washer. I say this with the utmost respect for Idris. I have seen Idris do what ever it takes to get the job done. Idris is a man of his word with a very strong work ethic. It has been an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to work with Idris on our Enterprises deployment of DS3 at Hogan & Hartson LLP.” September 12, 2008

Chris Grant

(business partner)

“Idris is one of the most talented technologist in the technology arena today. As an entrepreneur, he excels at developing the systems necessary to generate very rapid growth in small businesses and his successes are already garnering national industry attention. He's fast becoming one's of the Mid-Atlantic region's Movers and Shakers...” March 10, 2006

Martin Klaiber

Please allow this email to serve as my endorsement / reference for Idris Grant.  I have had the opportunity to work with Idris Grant over the past 3 years while he served as CTO of Ds3.  During this time Ds3 & EastBanc Technologies worked separately in 3 of the same customers.  As a result I witnessed first-hand Idris Grant’s technical contributions and how his oversight of these projects resulted in satisfied customers.  He is a class “A” contributor with excellent workmanship and results oriented.

Sabine Grant

COO/Vice President/Owner, I-Connect Inc. (colleague)

“Idris and I were partners in I-Connect. He is a great visionary whose is constantly searching for new and innovative business ideas and strives for excellence in whatever he endevors. He has outstanding leadership skills and was responsible for doubling I-Connect Inc's revenue each year.” September 4, 2008

DS3 DataVaulting: In the News

Summary

Idris Grant offers a unique and successful combination of executive accomplishments and technical achievements. His innovative IT contributions created a new niche in the marketplace combined with his ability to create national brand prominence, he demonstrates both technical and executive excellence.  He is a well-known technologist with a solid reputation of being one of the best technology process troubleshooters in the IT industry.  Mr. Grant also has a proven record of effectively increasing the bottom line through client acquisition, improved revenue streams and pioneering product development.

Mr. Grant's latest endeavor is as Vice President at CommunityForce Inc.  helping to build 

LSi Media, a digital marketing firm that provides website design, digital media, social media marketing, and digital product development services to angel/venture backed startups. LSi works with investor groups such as OPUS 8, Conscious Venture Lab,  Capital Growth, Angel Venture Forum and others.  

Mr. Grant also holds a board position with The National Association of Sales Professionals. His strategic and technical leadership has driven NASP to become an internationally recognized online community that is dedicated to the sales profession.  NASP offers world class online programs and the only non-industry specific professional certification for sales as well as a feature-rich social networking platform for thousands of individuals across the world.  He is the site designer and the driving force behind the entire project.

Mr. Grant served as Vice President of Terremark Worldwide(a Verizon Company). His responsibilities included the development and management of all storage and backup services within the co-location, managed hosting, and Cloud environments. Mr. Grant joined Terremark upon successful sale/acquisition of his former internet backup and storage company(DS3 DataVaulting).

Mr. Grant co-founded DS3 DataVaulting in 2001 and was involved in formulating and delivering DS3 DataVaulting services, to include product development, technical pre-sales, and engineering of the off-site, on-line data management, backup, and disaster recovery services. Idris served as the CTO for DS3 DataVaulting, and focuses on delivering and educating DS3’s current and expanding customer base on the DataVaulting services. DS3 was the largest and most tenured service provider utilizing Asigra Televaulting to deliver Backup services to it's customers. DS3 is recognized as having been one a few companies that created BSP(backup service provider) industry in the U.S. Prior to 2001, he founded and served as President and CEO of I-Connect Inc. I-Connect delivered IT Services to companies in the Northern Va area. Services included Network Support & Management, Web Development, and IT Stafffing services. I-Connect was acquired by the ownership group that created DS3 DataVaulting in 2002. His industry affiliations include YEO (Young Entrepreneurs Organization), NVTC (Northern Virginia Technology Council), Loudoun County chamber of commerce, CTO Roundtable(Sponsored by the Washington Post), and the SBA mentoring program. Mr. Grant has taken a leadership role in engineering throughout his career to include roles in the development of networking principles in the areas of Novell Netware and GroupWise, Microsoft Windows, MS Exchange, Lotus Notes, Cisco configurations, IP subnet design and firewall configuration. He also holds technical certifications such as MCSE, CNE, CCNA, and CNX, as well as a BS in Management Information Systems from Strayer College.

Mr. Grant currently a member of the board of several companies including:

  • LSi Media, LLC
  • National Association of Sales Professionals
  • BizGravity
  • Elite Coaching Communities
  • Growth-U

Work experience

Nov 2011Present

President/COO

National Association of Sales Professionals

Idris Grant is currently the President and COO for National Association of Sales Professionals (NASP). His strategic and technical leadership propelled NASP to an internationally recognized online community dedicated to the sales profession. NASP offers world class online programs and the only non-industry specific professional certification for sales professionals as well as a feature-rich social networking platform for thousands of individuals across the world. By creating alliances with nationally recognized organizations , Mr. Grant developed unique co-branding opportunities that allowed NASP to reach even broader horizons. Mr. Grant served as the site designer and the driving force behind the entire project. He is responsible for all oversight for business operations management, including business development, program development, site design and architecture, sales and internet marketing(including SEO strategy). As a direct result of Mr. Grant contribution, NASP has seen marked improvement in site visits, brand recognition and site revenue.

Alliance partnerships created:

  • Dell
  • HP
  • Gartner
  • TMP Worldwide
  • Careerbuiler
  • Hibu
  • MSN
  • AOL 
  • Franklin Covey
Jan 2013Present

Chairman | Co-Founder

LSi Media LLC

LSi Media, is a digital marketing company that provides website design, digital media, social media marketing, and digital product development services to angel/venture backed startups.  The company was born out of the need for companies to shift from traditional marketing strategies to online marketing strategies.  It's mission is to help companies create brand awareness through online presence and social media activity.  Mr. Grant is responsible for establishing strategic business relationships, social media strategies, and funding.

Key Strategic Partners:

  • Speakerbox
  • George Mason Enterprise Center
  • NASP
  • Conscious Venture Lab
  • Jones Lang Lasalle
  • Loudoun County Dept. of Economic Development
  • ConnectPreneur
Nov 2009Jul 2012

Vice President

Terremark Worldwide(A Verizon Company)

Mr. Grant served as Vice President of Storage and Backup for Terremark Worldwide (a Verizon Company). He joined Terremark after successful sale/acquisition of his former internet backup and storage company (DS3 DataVaulting). At Terremark Worldwide, Mr. Grant developed and managed all storage and disaster recovery/backup services within the co-location, managed hosting, and cloud environments. Mr. Grant was successfully tasked with these key milestones and initiatives:

  • Drive Cloud Service Provider initiatives within the company, vendors, and service providers.
  • Established cloud backup service provider platform for service providers. 
  • Built processes and "Run books" for service delivery and implementation of cloud backup/DR and storage services. 
  • Established storage management function and assembled team for solutions engineering, implementations, level 2-4 support/escalation. 
  • Established and manage centers of excellence for cloud backup services as well as storage management. 
  • Established and manage CAPEX($11M) and OPEX($5M) budget for all storage and backup/DR services. 
  • Leadership and oversight of the following lifecycle management activities:
  • Research and development of new backup/disaster recovery and storage products
  • Product engineering teams
  • Vendor evaluations and solutions engineering

Vendor relationships included:

  • Netapp
  • EMC
  • HP
  • 3Par
  • Asigra
  • Symantec
  • IBM
  • Cisco
  • Commvault
20012009

Chief Technology Officer

DS3 DataVaulting LLC

Mr. Grant founded DS3 DataVaulting in 2001 and served as Chief Technical Officer.  Through his leadership, DS3 established an innovative new industry in the technical services market: Offsite, Online Backup Services.  He also originated and developed DS3’s core service offering.   

Key responsibilities included product development, account management, new business creation and client acquisition, and identifying specific needs for new and existing clients.  Mr. Grant served as senior technical resource for the company encompassing research and development as well as management of technical and support personnel.  

By focusing on the delivery and education of DS3’s existing and expanding customer base of the DataVaulting services, DS3 became the largest and most tenured service provider utilizing Asigra Televaulting to deliver backup services to its customers. DS3 is recognized as having been one of a few companies that created the BSP (backup service provider) industry in the U.S. 

Key Accomplishment and Projects:

  • Originated DS3's core service offering 
  • Helped to establish a new industry in the technical services market: Offsite, Online Backup Services 
  • Developed a customer base of over 200 customers 
  • Developed revenues of $7.2 Million 
  • Built a datacenter infrastructure that support 250 terabytes of storage hardware 
  • Built and managed a highly specialized staff
  • Ensured compliance with various standards including PCI, HIPA, Sarbanes-Oxley, FIPS 

Key client relationships include:

  • Marriott 
  • Hogan & Hartson LLP 
  • Arnold & Porter 
  • Codotel/Verizon Dominicana 
  • Monster 
  • NOAA 

Key Partners  include:

  • CDW 
  • Synnex 
19972001

Chief Executive Officer

I-Connect Incorporated

As Founder and CEO of I-Connect in 2001, Mr. Grant successfully delivered information technology services to companies in the Northern Virginia area. Services included network support and management, web development, and IT staffing services. I-Connect was acquired by 

the ownership group that created DS3 DataVaulting in 2002. 

Key senior responsibilities included engineering and design of LAN for small to medium sized clients, consulting and outsourcing services, project management, client acquisition and sales.  Mr. Grant provided overall business development and leadership with a personnel base of 30 employees.  Pre-sales development included client solution research, development, and proposal efforts. Other business development efforts include development of strategic alliance and teaming partner relationships. 

Specific engineering platforms and operating systems offered include Novell Intranetware, Microsoft Windows NT, MS Exchange, Novell Groupwise, Lotus Notes(limited).  MS Proxy server, Wingate proxy server configuration.  Cisco 2500/3500/5000 configuration.  IP Subnet design and firewall installation using Checkpoint Firewall-1/VPN-1, Axxent Raptor, MS Proxy Server, and Wingate products and small to mid-size businesses. 

I-Connect’s success was due in part to Mr. Grant’s development of key vendor and client relationships:

Key Vendor Relationships:

  • Novell
  • Microsoft
  • Compaq 
  • Ingrammicro 
  • Tech Data 
  • IBM
  • Nortel 
  • Cisco
  • HP

Key Client Relationships: 

  • Electronic Warfare Associates 
  • HCL/James Martin 
  • RHI Consulting 
  • DC TB Clinic 
  • DC Jails 
  • American Trucking Association 

  Key accomplishments under Mr. Grant’s direction include:

  • Revenue development totaling $4.5 million 
  • Developed a significant channel program to market  website development services 
  • Developed significant partnerships with HCL James Martin/Intellicent, Electronic Warfare Associates, District of Columbia TB Clinic, District of Columbia Jails, and Small Business Administration 
  • Obtained Corporate Novell Platinum Authorized Reseller Status 
  • Obtained Corporate Microsoft Certified Partner Status 
  • Obtained Compaq Gold Authorized Partner Status 
  • Obtained Cisco Authorized Reseller Status 
  • Participated in various forums and activities with SBA
19961997

Vice President

System Advantage Integration, Inc

Responsibilities included:

Sales, Project Management and Senior Level Engineering and Design of Wide Area Networks for various clients.Operating Systems and Applications include: MS NT 4.0 Installation and configuration Network Management Systems Implementation and configuration of  M S Backoffice:  SMS, SOL Server, Exchange Server HP Overview Cisco Works Bay Networks Optivity Server installation and configuration of Novell Intranetware 4.11 Novell Managewise installation and configuration Novell Groupwise 5.x Design and Implementation of internet security schemes to include firewalls and gateway services.  Both Novell and Microsoft products.  Management of department wide operations to include customer interaction and on-site management of employees.  Implemented and utilized Microsoft System Management server to perform workstation inventory and management as well as server monitoring. Also utilized SMS for infrastructure management to include hubs, routers, gateways, and other SNMP devices with NMC vision network management snap-in module. Installation and configuration of HP Openview on both Microsoft Windows NT and Sun Solaris operating systems.  

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • Established IT Outsourcing Division
  • Increased company revenues by 150% within a 12 month period
  • Established Partnership with Novell
  • Established Partnership with Microsoft
19951996

WAN Management Engineer

Data Systems Marketing Corporation

Responsibilities included:

Client/business development for various clients.  Technical analysis and proposal writing.  Project management for consulting engagements and network management systems installation.  Implementation of consulting practices/functions within the firm.  Network management department development of product and service offerings.  Network management system installation and configuration dealing application suites such as HP Openview, Bay Networks Optivity, Novell Managewise, Microsoft Systems Management Server w/ NMC Vision, Intel Landesk Mmanager, Ciscoworks, 3Com Transcend.  Wide area network design.  Internet connectivity and web services implementation involving Windows NT based web servers, and SUN Netra intranet/internet servers.  SUN Solaris 2.5 UNIX system administration.  Intranet/internet configuration w/ firewall, DNS, DHCP configuration.  Network General sniffer network analyzer and reporting.

Key Clients:

  • Loudoun County Government
  • Sheraton
  • Price Waterhouse
  • House of Representatives

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • Managed IT Audit for US House of Representatives
  • Facilitated Price Waterhouse/DSM teaming engagement
  • Helped develp network management deparment and services 
19951995

Consultant

Intellisys Technologies, Inc.

Duties included client/business development for various clients. Technical Analysis and proposal writing.  Various duties included Project Management and Recruiting.  Analysis and implementation for Unix SCO Openserver 3.0-5.0, Security Dynamics ACEServer 1.2.4, and 3Com Accessbuilder remote access server.  Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 administration, and Microsoft Windows 95 implementation.  Novell Netware 3.12 administration.  SUN Solaris system configuration and administration. 

Key Clients:

  • Corporation for National Service
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Boy Scouts of America

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • Implemented SUN/Unix-based network security/authentication system for Corporation for National Service  
19941995

Consultant

Responsibilities included:

Research and development for Booz Allen & Hamilton clients and staff, and marketing assistance such as product information, supplying technical information to be used in marketing presentations, and to service the client.  Overall network management of Netware 4.1, Microsoft Windows NT 3.5, and Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.51.  Limited Unix System Administration on SUN and SGI platforms.  Provide INTERNET configuration and connectivity using various WEB server products for Microsoft Windows NT 3.51, TCP/IP and X-Windows configuration using Netmanage, Hummingbird and Microsoft TCP/IP implementation.  Further installation and configuration of Microsoft SQL and Oracle SQL.  Also installed and configured Microsoft Backoffice, including systems management servers (SMS).  Provide product evaluation and demonstrate various products for Booz, Allen & Hamilton.  Router configuration and installation of Synoptics Concentrators, and various other Ethernet switching Routers.  Familiarity with Ethernet 100 mbps technology.  Familiarity with Apple Macintosh operating systems and hardware.  User support of 25 node Systems Resource Center. Windows NT to Novell conversion. Implementation of a LAN manager to Novell 4.1 conversion. Utilized Optivity for network traffic monitoring.  Also utilized HP OpenView for WAN management.

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • Assisted in the Design and implementation of a Systems Resource Lab for McLean Campus
19931994

Contractor/Consultant

Advanced Systems Development, Inc.

Responsiblities included:

Developing and maintaining large wide-area network, OASD/RA is primarily a test bed for evaluating and testing new technology, developed from Microsoft and Novell, before it is implemented DOD wide.  Configuration management of workstations and fileservers.  Operating systems include Novell Netware 3.1x, 4.1, Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11, Windows NT 3.5x, DOS 6.22, Unix (SunOS) limited.  Provided INTERNET services and configuration and configuration of Mosaic and Netscape WEB viewing applications and servers.  TCP/IP address configuration of Mosaic and management using Netware TCP/IP, SUN DNS, Windows DHCP IP services.  Some Novell Unixware 2.0 and Novell Perfect Office installation and configuration.  CCMail and Lotus Notes administration.  Oracle 7.0-7.1 SQL server, SQL Net for Windows for Workgroups and NT 3.5 installation and configuration.  Evaluation of such X-Windows applications as Hummingbird Exceed 4.1 and Chameleon Netmanage X 4.02.  Configuration of Windows on a network to include both Network installations and local installation.  Configuration of Shiva remote dial-in communications for network.  Utilized Optivity for network traffic monitoring.

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • OASD/RA contract:
    • Maintained 35 node remote network (Windows NT/WFW/Novell 4.01) Maintained 200 node network within a support team
    • Evaluated and implemented X windows/sessions TCP/IP applications Documented existing Network configuration
    • Configured 5 Windows NT 3.6 servers and 5 Novell Netware 4.01 servers Implemented PC-Anywhere for remote network management 
19941994

Sr. LAN Administrator

Network Imaging Systems Corp.

Responsibilities included:

Installation and support of 180 user Novell 3.11 network.  Individual user training.  Workstation installation.  WAN support using various network-monitoring devices.  Familiarity with most operating systems DOS, OS/2, UNIX.  Some experience integration Macintosh computers into a Novell 3.11/3.12 environment.  Installation of Netware Routers, network bridges, and asynchronous communication support.  Responsible for assigning and managing Novell workstations running DOS-TCP/IP software such as Wollongong TCP/IP and Novell ODI workstation shell drivers, IP addressing and configuration.  Printer and software installation and configuration.  Batch file, and login script creation and development.  Analysis of HW/SW for the needs of various departments.  Monitoring Network Resources such as disk space, user account creation, and application usage.  Provide evaluation/analysis of various HW/SW.  Utilized HP Lanview and Lanalyzer sniffer to monitor network traffic.  

Key Clients:

  • Department of Army
  • Military Traffic Management Command 

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • Installed and maintained complete information systems
  • Added approximately 6 Ethernet segments including file servers and workstations 
19891991

Computer Technician

Compudeo Computers

Responsiblities included:

Diagnostic troubleshooting and assembly of IBM 286, 386, 486 compatibles, Commodore and Macintosh computers.  Customized database programming and software development with dBase, Foxpro and Objectvision (Windows).  Windows software installation and training.  Worked extensively with installation and configuration of various Windows applications as well as Novell, Peer-to-Peer network systems and OS/2 systems.  Installed and configured OS/2 networks using LAN Manager and OS/2 requester.  Assembled proposals and cabling floor plans.  Provided needs analysis for various clients; ex. Hardware/Software for the specific needs of the client.  Sold and purchased various ADP equipment for company and clients.  Provided technical recommendations for clients.  Customized networks for small businesses.

Education

2000

Master Coach

Elite Coaching Academy
19982003

BS Information Systems

Strayer College
1996

CNX - Certified Network Expert

Network General - Sniffer University
1993

Novell CNE

Computer Learning Center
1992

Internship

Technology and Design, Inc.

Skills

Product Development
Mr. Grant has had Product Development responsibilities for his last 2 companies.
Vendor Management
Mr. Grant has had Vendor Managment responsiblities for his last 3 companies.  While working for I-Connect, Mr. Grant established vendor relationship with Compaq, HP, IBM, Novell, Microsoft, and many other manufacturers. 
Technology Sales
Mr. Grant served in a sales role throughout his career.  While working for I-Connect, Mr. Grant's primary tactical responsibility was as a Sales Representative. 
Account Management
Mr. Grant has had Account Management responsibilities for his last 3 companies.  
Technology Services Development
Mr. Grant has had responsiblilities in this area throughout his career.  Mr. Grant developed and delivered technology services for his last 3 companies.  Mr. Grant created the Online Backup Services that are currently be delivered by DS3 Datavaulting.  In addition, he created Web-based Control Panel services that were delivered by I-Connect.  
Executive Leadership
Mr. Grant has held executive roles within his last 3 companies.  2 out of the 3 companies were founded by Mr. Grant.  Mr. Grant has held the following titles for these 3 companies: CEO CTO Vice President  

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