Convergence Technology Consulting of Annapolis plans to hire about five people in the next three months. Larry Letow, chief operating officer, and Phil Ernst, president, talked with The Post's Andrea Caumont.
Q What does your company do?
A We are a network engineering consulting firm, and specifically what we focus on is Microsoft infrastructure business products, including e-mail, file services, network files, database services and network logons. We also focus on the Citrix presentation server, Hewlett-Packard enterprise storage products and Check Point Firewall. We're the go-to guys for Microsoft and Citrix.
What do you think your employees would say are the best reasons for working at your company?
We're a technology-centric organization. I, Phil, am a network engineer by trade. We have picked our core competencies and we stick within them. We don't deviate from our core competencies. Staying within our realm of expertise allows our people to be successful with every product we test with. We also have a wonderful culture. This company was founded on the premise of putting out good karma, meaning we will do what's right for the client even if it comes at our expense. We go the extra mile for our clients, and we give our employees a lot of latitude to do just that. When our employees are on site, they're completely empowered to do what's right for the client, without being micromanaged.
Who owns your company?
I do, Phil Ernst, as well as three people that are smaller shareholders. We're a private company.
What sense of stability can your company offer job candidates?
We were founded in 2000 and have actively been in business since 2002. We run this company extremely conservatively. We always run in the black, never in the red, so we've been profitable every quarter of our existence. We came into this organization as friends, and if we leave, we leave as friends. We have to enjoy our work, we have to have fun, otherwise we have a big problem. Financially, there is no debt load, we're 100 percent organically grown. We're actively looking at a few different acquisitions. We're a very open company; there are no secrets. People share in the success of this organization.
What are the demographics of your company?
Within the five-person management team, we are 40 percent minority, and there is one female. Companywide, we are 25 percent minority and have two women.
What positions do you have available and what level of expertise do you want?
We're looking for a senior business developer who has been working in the tech industry in non-product sales and who has the ability to speak with CIOs or other executives. We also need a senior Microsoft engineer with strong people skills, MCSE 2003 certification, and strong active-directory skills; as well as a senior Citrix engineer, Citrix and Microsoft certified, who also has strong people skills and previous experience with large deployments. We also need an HP-certified storage engineer. This person should be an accredited professional, master SAN architect preferred. Finally, we're looking for a senior certified Check Point engineer with a CCSE certification, who knows the Check Point Firewall product line, and who is able to install, configure and troubleshoot. All of the technology positions require at least three years of experience, and preferably five to seven years.