Our IT Training Instructors
Troy became a professional trainer 12 years ago teaching Cisco, Microsoft, Comptia and Wireless classes. Troy also is a courseware developer. His work in this area includes wireless training materials for Motorola in 2011 and instructor materials for a series of books by Sybex on Windows Server 2008 R2 in 2011. Troy’s book, CCNA Essentials by Sybex Publishing, was released in November 2011, and has been chosen as the textbook for both online and instructor led classes at several colleges in the US. Troy has also authored, contributed, and/or edited multiple books, guides, and exams covering IT topics including VMware, Network+, Security+, A+, Windows 7, CCNA, CISSP, and CASP. Troy currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
Chuck graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Education and taught public school in 1980. He soon moved to the IT world at Scientific Atlanta and provided PC support for the in-house engineers. Novell NetWare was the first networking platform that Chuck experienced. He became a CNE and advanced his technical skills further when he began teaching as a Novell CNI. Chuck continued teaching and providing technical support when he became an MSCE/MCITP and MCT for the NT 4.0 operating system, as well as the Server 2000/2003/2008/2012 operating systems. In addition, Chuck is certified and teaches classes as an MCDBA / MCTS for the Microsoft SQL Server 2000/2005/2008 applications. Chuck's early experiences in hardware support transitioned nicely when he began to teach the CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ classes. Chuck seems to have a heart for the new student who is just starting the significant task of passing IT exams. He remembers when he was at that same beginning point, but after 27 years in the industry, he still gets a "kick" when he helps someone pass their first IT exam.
As a Certified Ethical Hacker and Certified Forensic Investigator, Chronister possesses deep security expertise in some of the most heavily regulated industries including financial services and healthcare. Specifically, Sarbanes Oxley (SOX), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), Payment Card Industries (PCI), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
During the course of his professional career, Chronister served as Architect for A.G Edwards' electronic messaging system - the largest Exchange Server deployment at the time. At Cybersource, he was the technical liaison to the various credit card organizations, developing their payment card compliance standards. Additionally, working with numerous medical and dental practices, Chronister served as Technical Advisor helping these practices meet HIPAA compliance. Recently, he served as Chief Technology Officer for a $700 million dollar bank holding company for over 5 years prior to starting Parameter Security.
Darin is a Microsoft Trainer - certified since Windows NT4.0/Windows95 days and a Certified Juniper Instructor. His current certifications and courses include MCT 2012, MCITP - Enterprise Admin/Messaging (Exchange)/Desktop Enterprise Admin, MCTS - Virtualization, SCVMM, SCCM, Private Cloud, Exchange 2007/2010, Sharepoint, SQL 2008, Server2008/Server 2012, Windows 7/ Windows 8, MOS 2007 Master (Office), MCSE 2012, MCSE 2003 + Security, Webmaster, CompTIA A+ 2009 and Security +.
Having served in the trenches as a support person and Engineer up thru Senior positions including IT Manager and Director Darin brings real-world Hardware, Software and SoftSkills to the table. His goal - whether teaching a small class, speaking to large crowds or delivering technical content to executives is to deliver content in a lively and often humorous style - "not just to keep them awake but to help everyone learn a little something for their day-to-day position and take away some information that proves useful in the long run."
Rick possesses over ten years of training experience and several technical certifications including: CompTIA (A+, Network+, Security+), Cisco (CCENT, CCNA, CCDA), and Microsoft (MCITP: Enterprise Admin, MCITP: SharePoint 2010). In addition to his vast technical knowledge and training delivery expertise, Rick is also experienced in curriculum development and customization. A unique find, Rick speaks four languages fluently (English, French, Spanish, and Japanese) giving him a depth of understanding of different communication styles and methods. He uses his vast expertise, gained through real-world application, to provide teachable concepts to his students and is highly sought after for his skills in explaining technical concepts to non-technical audiences.
Aaron Martinello has been an IT instructor for many years. Before that, he was a Non-Commissioned Officer in the Army Signal Branch and has worked extensively for agencies in and around the D.O.D. He has been installing, operating and maintaining networks around the world since 1998. Aaron currently holds a Bachelors of Science in Information Technology, a Certified Cisco Network Associate, CCNA-Voice, Comptiaâ€™s Security +, EcCouncilâ€™s Certified Ethical Hacker v7 and Certified Network Defense Architect. He currently resides in Georgia, but doesnâ€™t spend much time there.
Alan Grayson is enjoying a second career that shows all the signs of being as successful as his first. Retiring from the US Air Force in 1992 after more than 24 years as a C-130 instructor pilot and staff officer, he's explored several career avenues. "I've had various hands-on positions in the computer networking field including network technician, administrator, engineer, and director of IT services." Grayson has written several books on computer science for Sybex and TotalRecall Press.
His academic credentials include a B.S. in Behavioral Science from the United States Air Force Academy and a M.S. in Systems Management/Project Management from the University of Southern California. Grayson has continued his education through the years, taking numerous courses in all areas of computer science from institutions around the country.
Nathan Hand is a medically-retired Navy Seal. He woke up from surgery in Feb. 2000 and the Doctor told him to find a new line of work. After retiring from the Navy, Nathan got involved with doing IT and security very quickly as a result of his security clearance and his extensive job background. After moving to Washington D.C. and working with companies such as Ernst & Young Technologies and E-Partners, Nathan started his own IT consulting business.
Roger has more than 14 years of experience as an IT technical consultant, presenter and educator. His training has taken him to locations across the United States as well as internationally to countries such as Israel, Ireland and India. He excels at student oriented delivery using world experience to add depth to his training, and consistently achieves positive evaluations and feedback from his clients. He is an experienced systems administrator, systems engineer, enterprise application engineer, enterprise architect, and trainer.
For most of the past 12 years Roger has focused upon training computer programmers and computer administrators for multiple technologies, SharePoint being one of his foci. He is currently specializing in security and virtualization technologies as well as both SharePoint services and Office SharePoint Server. He excels in training computer programmers in .Net technologies including WPF, WWF, WCF and ASP.NET with MVC 2. He is also certified by Sun as a Java instructor and Java programmer. He trains in the whole software development lifecycle from the beginning requirements gathering, analysis and design, through implementation, testing, deployment and refactoring.
s a Cisco Certified System Instructor, Steve instructs Internetworking Engineers using official Cisco Career Certification Curriculum. He prepares students for the Official Cisco CCNA, CCDA, CCNP, CCDP and CCIE curriculums. He has redesigned a Cisco three-tiered Multilayer switched campus network utilizing HSRP and OSPF for redundancy and interconnectivity. He has personally developed the first ever Cisco Infrastructure Hacking Class. The class involves running various security exploits against a Cisco Network and then configuring the equipment for proper defense. He is also a current Speaker for the largest Network Security Conference in the World, BlackHat Inc.
With over 20 years of experience as both an educator and IT professional, Adam Gordon brings his unique perspectives, experience and training style to all his projects. Adam is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Charter Member of the MCLC (Microsoft Learning Consultant) Review Board for North America, an official ICS2 Trainer, and currently serves as the CISO/CTO for New Horizons Computer Learning Center in Miami. Adam holds over 70 Professional IT Certifications including: ITIL Foundations, CISA, SSCP, CISSP, CEH, CHFI, MCTS, MCITP, MCSE 2003 and MCSA 2003 Security & Messaging. Prior to directing his work to the IT field, Adam worked for the United Nations as an educational consultant, taught Political Science and International Affairs at Florida International University as an Adjunct, served as Associate Professor for International Political Affairs at Schiller International University and guest lectured at Columbia University. He is the author of five books and has achieved many awards, including EC-Council Instructor of Excellence for 2006-07 and Top Technical Instructor Worldwide, 2002-2003. Adam holds his Bachelors Degree in International Relations and his Masters Degree in International Political Affairs from Florida International University.
Bill has been in the computer industry for over 15 years. Originally, in technical sales and sales management with Sprint, Bill made his transition to Certified Technical Trainer in 1997 with ExecuTrain. Bill now runs his own company as an independent contractor in Birmingham, Alabama, teaching classes for most of the national training companies and some regional training companies as well as many corporations. In addition, Bill writes and produces technical training material for several companies. Bill keeps his skills sharp by being a technical reviewer for books and sample tests. Bill says, "My job is to understand the material so well that I can make it easier for my students to learn than it was for me to learn."
Ray began his IT education at James Madison University, where he excelled in the business school's Computer Information Systems program. Upon graduation, he began his career as a financial systems auditor where he was required to utilize and optimize the Microsoft Office applications. Once he mastered the applications, Ray began teaching co-workers how to effectively use their applications to increase their productivity. Life as an auditor also exposed Ray to project management fundamentals, and Ray was soon managing small auditing projects as a Senior Consultant. After a few years, Ray shifted gears and became a consultant for a project management contractor on a multi-million dollar government program where he was responsible for tracking program costs and schedules. Ray has since started a training company that allows him to manage a business as well as deliver application and project management training to a variety of clients.
Michael Gregg has over 15 years experience in IT, specficially in network security, digital forensics, training, computer technology, instructional design, and course development. He is the founder and owner of a training and IT Security Solutions Company and the author of several books. Michael has trained and taught for organizations such as Nortel, Motorola, Adaptec, Lucent, Fidelity, Kaiser Medical, Southwestern Bell Corp, The US Air Force, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), National Security Agency (NSA), and Alaska Communications System since 1999. He has a Master's of Science from LeTourneau University.
"Chuck" has over 40 years in IT. 20 years in Information Services as a programmer/analyst/Oracle DBA. 5 years as an Oracle instructor. Chuck brings his unique training style and enthusiasm to everything he teaches.
Ann Riggs is a seasoned IT instructor with broad-based business skills developed during more than 30 years in the IT field. During that time, she served six years as the Chief Information Officer for the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. She has owned and operated her own IT business since 1994. Her professional experience is extensive with a record of increasing responsibility, innovation and accomplishment in expense recovery, sustaining financial viability, and operational redesign. She brings all of this experience to the classroom for great stories and examples in all areas of her training.She is a results-oriented team player with excellent interpersonal and presentation skills, and proven abilities in the classroom. Her effectiveness comes from her ability to ensure a good understanding of concepts covered, tips and tricks, and her ability to add fun and humor to her topic.
Bringing nearly 30 years of advanced IT experience to each course and adding his unique perspective and "real world" tips, Rafiq has a knack for making complex topics easy to understand. In addition to being an engaging IT and networking instructor, Rafiq has extensive experience as a Systems Architect, Software Engineer, Database Administrator, and Project Manager. Rafiq holds multiple professional IT certifications including Microsoft Solutions Developer, Systems Engineer, Application Developer, Database Administrator, Trainer, Master Certified Netware Engineer, CompTIA A+, Microsoft certifications: MCP, MCSE, MCDBA, MCSD, and MCT. With his IT background and impressive list of credentials, Rafiq is proven and qualified to both teach and author courses on numerous IT topics including Microsoft, Linux, VMware, Active Directory, Oracle, SQL Server, .NET and many more.