Who is Avid Practice?
Since 2002, Avid Practice’s trusted consultants, technology experts, and engineers have provided strategic planning and support to businesses and nonprofits around the world. Our mission is to empower our clients with the direction and secure technology to realize their mission and goals. We are an excellent fit for organizations with 10-250 users who are looking for predictable success from a committed team of passionate professionals specializing in IT security and productivity.
As a full-services Managed Service Provider (MSP), we dedicate ourselves to your success by:
- Continuously evaluating your needs and risks with monthly or quarterly in-person alignment meetings.
- Collectively identifying and implementing the best technology and business processes.
- Providing proactive and ongoing support optimizing your day-to-day operations and protecting your business investments.
- Review your organizations relationship with current and available technology and identifying opportunities for improvement.
We develop a deep understanding of your technology infrastructure and business goals, deliver executive consulting services, and make sure everything stays aligned with our time-proven and security-centered best practices.
Our clients span the globe, with the majority in Maryland and Washington, D.C. We have specific expertise in legal, medical, dental, financial services, and nonprofit organizations. However, we have clients in many other industries as well, including other professional services, real estate development, property management, manufacturing, hospitality, research, and retail.
Sound like what you’re looking for? Let us know what’s going by scheduling a complimentary consultation or calling our office at 443-365-4445.
Shawn, with over 20 years of technology infrastructure experience, security, and small/medium business operation, has an intimate understanding for the need of properly managed, state of the art, technology solutions. Shawn holds various industry certifications and continues his education on security, cloud services, business productivity software, collaboration systems, information availability, virtualization platforms, and business analytics. Shawn has developed and implemented turn-key business technology systems that dynamically adapt to the specific needs of each business.
Shawn is a versatile business executive with a background in the development of innovative and performance enhancing technology. Shawn brings a proven ability to capitalize on existing technologies and acquire cost effective, scalable, enterprise technologies, producing substantial improvements in operating efficiency and profitability. Throughout his career, Shawn has attempted to invigorate business capacity through global application of technology integrations, empowering organizations and increasing executive efficacy through a reduction in the dependence on middle management. Shawn is a pragmatic visionary and usability expert of innovative adaptable solutions, fusing proven technology with the unique goals and needs of any organization.
Director of Managed Services
With 20 years of experience in systems administration and managed services, Tom brings a wealth of skills and resources to our team. Tom has spent a majority of these years focused on education and non-profit support and service delivery. With specialties and certifications in virtualization and asset management, Tom will assist in the refinement of our services as well as the development of additional systems and solutions that will allow us to offer a greater value to our clients.
Director of Reactive Services
Jim has 20 years’ experience in the IT field. Working at TRW, Northrup Grumman, and Booz Allen Hamilton. Jim has configured, deployed and supported Microsoft networking solutions for many differing clients and end users, supporting Windows domains, SQL, Web, Exchange, and File servers, along with Windows desktops. Jim has worked with VMware and various backup solutions to maximize the client’s IT infrastructure and secure backup requirements.
Technical Services Provider
As a young professional with nearly a decade’s experience in the tech industry, Michael has been everything from a hands-on entrepreneur at 17 years-old starting his own business, Gross Dynamics, providing custom software and front & back-end web development in addition to small business tech solutions, to a corporate network administrator for Zacros America, Inc.: Hedwin Division. He is committed and strives to provide innovative solutions to fulfill the technological needs of our clients.
Developing his skill base, working as an automotive mechanic, IT consultant, and security contractor Michael has found success in fields ranging from industrial manufacturing and retail to politics and the visual arts. Through a wide array of knowledge, Michael brings his unique abilities and perspective to tackle projects with the utmost efficacy.
When he’s not trying to run the world with code that can learn faster than he does, Michael enjoys making friends with dogs, collecting comic books, and building cool stuff.
Director of Application and Hardware Engineering
Evangelos Benechoutsos is a R&D Prototyping IT Engineer at Avid Practice. From 2002-2009 with Chapter5 in Athens, Greece, he served as a below-the-line marketing account manager for a variety of international companies. Evan has been contracted from 2009-2018 to help organizations with product design, manufacturing processes, system-level electrical design and integration, for consumer and military products Now, he is developing the next generation of products and services offered by Avid Practice.
Evan believes that technology should be a non-intrusive augmentation to our lives and aims to develop advancements that help humanity enjoy a symbiotic relationship with technology. He is a strong supporter of distributed, open source software, that allows everyone to contribute towards advancement in this field. In his free time, he stays up to date with emerging technologies and enjoys dinners and hikes with his wife and dog.
Evan holds a B. Sc in Electrical Engineering from Piraeus University of Applied Sciences in Greece, A B. Sc in Marketing from Wilmington University DE, and a M. Sc in Information Assurance from Wilmington University DE.
Server Team Coordinator and Server Engineer
In 2014, Guarav founded his own business, Big Leap Technosolutions, which became one of the leading server management companies in India, offering complete setup and maintenance of both Windows and Linux servers. As part of Avid Practice, he organizes our server maintenance team and uses his extensive experience to keep clients’ hardware fighting fit.
Gaurav holds a degree in Computer Science Engineering from Impact Engineering College and several certifications in Microsoft server technologies. He lives with his wife, their 9-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter, and his parents. He loves spending time with his family as well as travelling.
Server Engineer and SQL Expert
Thanks to his previous positions and his strong work ethic, Vinod is highly experienced in developing and maintaining servers and databases in Microsoft and Linux environments. This includes VMware and Hyper-V Virtualization software. He holds certifications in a variety of server and database technologies. Vinod enjoys his work at Avid Practice, as he can indulge his love of technology while improving the lives of coworkers and clients.
Vinod is married and has a lovely four-year-old son.
Director of Marketing
With over 15 years of combined experience in marketing and sales, Laura truly understands the power of marketing. She believes in consistency and the necessity of sending the right message to the right people. Laura strives to create processes and flows that increase efficiency, organization, and improved outcomes. She is a creative thinker and a continuous learner which gives her the ability to adapt quickly to new ideas and situations. Laura has worked in corporate positions as well as more recently developing her own freelance business to help local artists and creators tell their stories to their communities. Now at Avid Practice, she is helping them share their own story and connect with Baltimore businesses.
When Laura isn’t in the office, she is chasing her passions outside, in the community, and through social media. Owning and writing for three blogs, one of which is a motivational lifestyle that has been in motion for over 12 years, she keeps herself busy. Laura also enjoys hiking, thrifting, painting, and spending time with her family and dog. Laura lives by the mantras of taking all that you can out of life and to bring joy and positivity with you wherever you go.
Consultant and Operations
In 2002, he became CEO of Lee’s Ice Cream, a challenger brand in a highly competitive market segment. Between 2002 and 2009, Steven oversaw growth of sales from one to over five million dollars. He then negotiated the sale of Lee’s to Gifford’s Ice Cream. From 2009-2013, he owned and managed the ZYZYX! Peace Love Shop jewelry store.
Now with Avid Practice, Steven improves and standardizes business operations, in addition to managing finances. He has been known to work on the occasional IT setup when a client project needs some extra hands.