Tech10 Recognizes Two Atrion Leaders

WARWICK, RI   Atrion, a leading IT services provider, announced Jamie Boughman, Manager of Atrion’s Apprentice program  and Kevin McCarron, Innovation Director of the Business Innovation Group, are both recipients of a 2013 Tech10 Award. Given by Tech Collective, the industry association for Information Technology and Bioscience, Tech10 recognizes IT practitioners and entrepreneurs in Rhode Island who excel in their practice; demonstrate passion for the success of others; and are pioneers in their achievements.

“Atrion prides itself on hiring great people,” said Tim Hebert, CEO of Atrion, “Having two of our esteemed colleagues, Jaime and Kevin, recognized as part of this year’s Tech10 Award winners is an incredible honor for the organization,” he said.

Each year, ten IT practitioners, digital media designers, and entrepreneurs are recognized through Tech 10. “[T]he caliber and diversity of our Tech10 Awards applicants amazes us,” said Kathie Shields, executive director of Tech Collective. “We are honored to be able to recognize another talented group of individuals.”

Boughman and McCarron have played integral roles in their tenure at Atrion and continue to help shape and grow the IT community and entrepreneurial industry in Rhode Island. “Both, Jamie and Kevin have been transformative leaders in our business and the industry. They have created business innovation for us and our clients; they have mentored many to new or better careers in Information Technology; and they strive to have a positive impact on those around them. As the CEO of Atrion, I am honored that they have chosen to be a part of our family and I am proud to see them awarded for their Excellence,” Tim Hebert said.

As the Apprentice Program Manager at Atrion, Jamie Boughman runs the highly competitive year-long program that combines on-the-job training with related classroom instruction. Candidates learn both the practical and theoretical aspects required to perform as an effective Associate Network Engineer in the IT industry.  “Our goal is to elevate entry level talent from ‘green,’ or untapped, to incredibly proficient and capable engineers,” Boughman said. “We see our program as a way to break down the employment divide that ‘one needs to have experience to get experience,’ in order to land a job in this market.  One of the most remarkable parts of my career is seeing how the Apprentice Program has changed the lives of those who have participated in it.”

Jamie Boughman started with Atrion more than seven years ago as an entry level engineer before moving through the ranks of the organization. “I passionate about technology and providing the Ultimate Client Experience—something we at Atrion pride ourselves on—and what also positively impacts my role is that I can put myself in [the apprentices] shoes and help them see the

value the training program provides because I was once there myself.”

The Atrion Apprentice Program is the first registered IT apprenticeship in the State of Rhode Island.  In response to the Secretary of Labor’s search for programs that ‘represent a new vision for how Registered Apprenticeship will meet the needs of US industry and the workforce in the 21st Century,’ Atrion was nominated by the US Office of Apprenticeship as one of the National Registered Apprenticeship System’s “Trailblazers and Innovators.”

“The importance of this designation really helped us shed light onto developing Rhode Island’s technology space in order to stay competitive and build jobs in our community,” Boughman said.

Kevin McCarron has been with Atrion for 10 years. He has mentored more than 25 different engineers while establishing Atrion’s IP Telephony technology practice—growing it from a fraction of overall revenue in 2003 to more than 35 percent in 2012.  In his tenure, McCarron has advanced in his career by demonstrating an uncompromising adherence to effective, efficient, and business-minded technology solutions for clients in the unified communications space.

“In no other professional environment than at Atrion could I have helped build the best Cisco Unified Communication and Collaboration team in the New England,” McCarron said. “Atrion’s smart hiring, and focus on strong mentorship and leadership, allowed me to adhere to the best practices and high standards that I feel are necessary,” he said.

“Based on our reputation for thoroughness and competence in professional services implementation with ongoing client support,” McCarron continued, “the team I built has a culture of attention to detail, is focused on end-user needs, and plans carefully before they act.”

As Innovation Director for Atrion’s new Business Innovation Group, McCarron joins an elite group of four individuals, including Atrion’s Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer Chis Poe, to represent Atrion’s most effective and knowledgeable technologists. In this role, McCarron will help determine the success and viability of the next generation of technology offerings.

Tech10 recipients were chosen by this year’s Tech10 Judging Committee based on application submissions collected Sept. – Oct. 2013. The 2013 Tech10 Awards are sponsored by Bryant University Executive Development Center and Mobiquity Velocity Solutions. Award recipients will be honored at a Tech10 Awards recognition event on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Roger Williams Park Casino in Providence, R.I. Additionally, three award recipients will be recognized for outstanding accomplishments in Tech Citizenship, Entrepreneurship, and Overall Achievement.

About Atrion: Established in 1987, Atrion is an IT Services Provider that designs, deploys and manages business-driven information technology solutions for AlwaysOn performance. With a dedicated focus on clients, Atrion accelerate business productivity and growth with full-scale customized technology solutions including: consultation, project management, training and education, telephony, software and application services,

equipment procurement, local and wide area networks, and managed services. Atrion’s SMB division provides small and medium-sized businesses comprehensive IT and hosting services at a competitive price point; Atrion Carrier Services offers multi-vendor voice and data, network, consulting and contract negotiation services. Atrion’s 1nService affiliation allows it to service companies locally and internationally.

Atrion is a Cisco Gold Partner, Microsoft Gold Partner, a consecutive-year Inc. 5000 and VAR 500 recipient, and a Providence Business News Best Place to Work Company. Find Atrion online: www.atrion.net, on Facebook (Atrion), Twitter (@AtrionRI) and on LinkedIn (Atrion Networking Corporation).

About Tech Collective
Tech Collective is Rhode Island’s Bioscience and Information Technology Industry Association. Uniting industry, government and academic stakeholders, our mission is to inspire, engage, educate and employ a high-skill, high-wage Knowledge Economy in Rhode Island. Since its transition from the Rhode Island Technology Council (RITEC) in 2004, Tech Collective has received more than $8M in federal, state and private grant funding to foster industry and workforce awareness, collaboration, and development through forums and initiatives including: Tech10, GRRL Tech, Women in Technology, Bio-Ed, and STEM-based education and training programs for K-16 students as well as incumbent and transitioning workers. Get connected to Tech Collective at www.tech-collective.org, on Facebook (TechCollectiveRI), Twitter (@Tech_Collective), and on Linkedin (Tech Collective).

 

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