Prior to his position executive director of Networking Technology Institute, Mr. Kekas was Division Director of Technical Strategy for IBM's Networking Division. He held numerous other executive positions within IBM with extensive product development and financial P&L successes in networking, point-of-sale, and financial transaction systems. Mr. Kekas has been exceptionally successful in developing and introducing innovative award winning products into the marketplace using innovation as a major competitive strategy. His results oriented entrepreneurial approach fosters innovation, teamwork, and high morale in start-up and turn-around situations. He frequently speaks on topics such as "Break Through Innovation in the Digital Age," "Stimulating Creativity," "Reinventing High Tech," and "Inventing the Future". Mr. Kekas holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University with graduate work at Syracuse and NC State Universities. He attended IBM Corporate Management School and the UCLA Modern Engineering program. He is a professional engineer in New York and North Carolina.