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This month we will be hearing from Jim Ray, President of Neuse River Networks. He will be talking about and giving a demonstration of managed services (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Managed_services) and the value proposition such a service can bring to non-profits that don't have the resources to benefit from full time IT staff or need to augment them to bring additional capabilities into their organizations.
I would also like to allow some time for a round table to discuss some of the topic areas and format everyone would like to see going forward in our meetings.
A little about Jim:
"The key to success is finding good people and taking care of them, whether customer, employee, or vendor." Jim Ray (http://www.neuserivernetworks.com/content/view/7/28/), President of Neuse River Networks (http://www.neuserivernetworks.com/).
Neuse River Networks is a computer networking company based in Raleigh, NC.
Since beginning in 1997, Jim Ray (http://www.neuserivernetworks.com/content/view/7/28/), President of Neuse River Networks (http://www.neuserivernetworks.com/), has taken this idea and applied it to how he runs his business. Neuse River Networks has evolved over the years from focusing on computer networking for small businesses with computer networks that connected10 PCs in an office to medium businesses with 20 branch locations around the globe.
Jim Ray (http://www.neuserivernetworks.com/content/view/7/28/) started his career in computers in1978 at the prestigious Woodberry Forest School getting paid $6 to write a basic program. The program involved underlining five places for each sentence in a list and letting a student pick which place had the grammatical error.
After graduating from North Carolina State University in 1985, with an Electrical Engineering degree, Jim Ray hoped to earn more than $6 for his next venture. In the late 1980?s, Jim was hired to set up a corporation?s first PCs. The computer set up included four regional offices in North and South Carolina, which allowed them to communicate electronically for the first time. While managing the Charlotte branch, Jim had 25 direct reports and serviced companies from Class A Office Space to Manufacturing.
Jim Ray soon moved on to engineering electronic circuits, designing software, creating technical documentation, and utilizing computer networks in the first part of the 1990?s. Next, Jim joined Rotary where he installed his first commercial network in the Triangle area in 1994. Utilizing all of his knowledge and the belief in treating people right, Jim Ray formed Neuse River Networks in 1997, in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Finishing its tenth year strong, Neuse River Networks (http://www.neuserivernetworks.com/) has marked its most successful year to date. Focusing on proactive solutions for your computer networking needs, Neuse River Networks hit a new single month sales record in December 2007. With a 50% growth in 2007, Neuse River Networks was listed for the third time on the Triangle Business Journal as one of the Top IT Companies in the Triangle.