Local IT exec named to list of top 250 industry leadersWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthew Adkins, president of Vanguard Technologies in Toledo, was named to the MSPmentor 250 list of Top IT Managed Services Executives in 2011.
“I was shocked. To see my name up there with the biggest names in the industry is indescribable. These folks are the giants, the greats and the best of the best. I truly thank my peers who have honored my small part in helping the IT provider community,” Adkins said about being included on the MSPmentor 250 list, released Aug. 1.
“The names on this list show that cooperation and sharing among providers and executives really benefits IT managed service providers and our clients,” he said. “It also helps to show that Toledo, Ohio, is still a city on the map.”
Adkins said a colleague in Washington, D.C., called to tell him that he was included in the first group from the list announced. He was nominated for the honor by Legal Platforms of Canada, a vendor of Vanguard Technologies.
The MSPmentor 250 list is compiled annually by the editorial staff of MSPmentor, a publication for IT service providers produced by Nine Lives Media. The 250 list was released alphabetically in five groups of 50 members from Aug. 1-5.
“The list is designed to help you build a Rolodex of managed services experts, entrepreneurs and executives. We asked our readers to identify the top managed services experts across sales, marketing, technology, community building, coaching, executive leadership and more,” Joe Panettieri, editorial director of Nine Lives Media, stated in the announcement of the list.
“Matt Adkins is well-known within the Level Platforms community as an executive who shares scripts and best practices. He is a key member of the Level Platforms Partner Council,” reads the description of Adkins for the MSPmentor 250 list on the publication’s website.
Adkins was born in Flint, grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and lived in many places.
He arrived in Toledo in 1999 and considers it his home. He worked in IT at HCR Manorcare until he lost that job when he said the company outsourced its IT department.
Adkins said he started collecting unemployed IT people from Toledo and did contract work for Bank One (now J.P. Morgan Chase) and other clients in Ohio, Michigan and several other states.
That work became the foundation for the company, Vanguard Technologies, which he founded in 2003 with several partners. The partners left the business under various circumstances that included the recession, Adkins said.
Paul Weirich is a support engineer who provides on-site and remote help desk service to Vanguard’s desktop and mobile users. He repairs hardware from laptops to computer boards in large-screen televisions.
The company’s typical client is a small-to-medium-size business with five to 50 workstations. They may have some IT staff or be too small to hire those resources full-time, according to Adkins.
Their business extends in a 45-mile radius from Toledo, north to Adrian and Monroe, east to Sandusky and south to Bowling Green and Findlay.
At presstime, Toledo Free Press was unable to determine if any other Northwest Ohioans were listed on the MSPmentor 250 list.