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.
Founder and PresidentShawn, 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 Reactive ServicesJim 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 and All-Around Good GuyAs 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 Application and Hardware EngineeringEvangelos 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 EngineerGuarav is an experienced IT leader and problem solver. Since his career began, he has focused on developing strong, diverse teams that implement cutting edge technologies to reduce client costs and generate revenue. From 2004 -2008, he worked with Go4Customer, advancing rapidly from entry-level associate to process developer and team lead. This led him to ST Infosys PVT, where he served as IT Manager from 2008-2014. In this position, he oversaw all IT support at the ST Infosys office and four additional sites in the USA.
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 ExpertVinod is a strong team player, committed to our clients’ satisfaction and success. After completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Master’s Degree in Computer Applications, Vinod became a Technical Consultant and Database Administrator for Dibit Computer Systems. From 2011-2017, he served as Systems and Network Administrator for ST Infosys PVT, before joining the AVP team.
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.
Consultant and OperationsSteven is an experienced corporate executive, driving organizations to succeed by linking accounting and finance to business operations. After graduating from The George Washington University with a BA in Finance, Steven co-founded Bio Science Contracting Production Corp, a pharmaceutical manufacturer. As President and COO, he grew the company to over thirty-six million dollars in revenue before it was sold to Cambrex Corp in 2001.
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.