Ransomware: What Business Owners Need to Do to Protect Their Company

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Virginia Beach, VA-  IntellecTechs, Inc. (pronounced In-te-LEC-Teks), Founder and CEO Jeri Prophet will present to the business community, Ransomware: What Business Owners Need to Do to Protect Their Company.  Ms. Prophet is the CEO/Founder of IntellecTechs, a full-service Information Technology (IT) small business providing services to both the commercial and government sectors. Ms. Prophet will speak on how ransomware impacts the bottom line of businesses and what business  owners/leaders can do to ensure their data is secure.

Ms. Prophet has over 25 years commercial and U.S. Navy experience demonstrating superior leadership initiative, innovative market strategies, and outstanding performance success in the world of cybersecurity.  As an Information Security expert, she is a leader educating both enterprise and public-sector audiences, including:  individuals, corporate entities, and state and local educator’s while gaining visibility via outlets such as FOX News, 13NewsNow and various other press outlets.

This event will be held at Town Point Club in Norfolk on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 11:45am. To register for this event visit www.intellectechs.com/rsa.

IntellecTechs Promotes Paul Dockery to Vice President of Operations

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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (October 20, 2017) – IntellecTechs, Inc. (pronounced In-te-LEC-Teks), the premier Information Technology provider of professional services to federal and commercial customers, announced today the promotion of Paul Dockery to Vice President of Operations.  He will have the responsibilities of overseeing the company operations to include the commercial sales of the company and monitoring revenue margins for worker productivity. Paul will also be responsible for developing personnel evaluation guidelines, workforce incentives, staff advancement and recruitment procedures. The goal of the VP of Operations is to positively impact the company’s bottom-line by planning, directing and coordinating operations in support of the company’s growth.

“Paul is one of the most talented, results-oriented professionals I have had the pleasure to work with.  His business acumen, smarts and ability to deliver outstanding results for our customers and clients have combined to make him most deserving of this promotion. I am so proud of him and look forward to the tremendous revenue growth this company will experience with him leading our operations,” said Michael Harris, President of IntellecTechs.

Mr. Dockery, 35, joined the company in 2015 as the Director of Strategic Accounts. Mr. Dockery was previously with ECPI as a Business Development Specialist.

Mr. Dockery received his B.S. from James Madison University.  He is currently an active member of AFCEA (professional IT association), the Maryland Space Business Roundtable (MSBR), and a graduate of LEAD Hampton Roads Class of 2016.

IntellecTechs Hires La’Tisha Jacob As Human Resource Director

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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (October 16, 2017) – IntellecTechs, Inc. (pronounced In-te-LEC-Teks), the premier Information Technology provider of professional services to federal and commercial customers, announced today its new Human Resource Director, La’Tisha Jacob.  She will be responsible for guiding and managing the overall provision of Human Resources services, policies, and programs for the entire company.  In her new role, Ms. Jacob will: coordinate implementation of services, policies, and programs; report to the President; deliver outstanding employee support; and assist and advise company managers and executives about Human Resources issues.

Ms. Jacob brings with her over 14 years of human resource and recruiting experience.  She is known and highly praised throughout the industry for her ability to synchronize talent to companies and her dedicated work ethic to go above and beyond for employees and her company.  She is truly people-focused.  La’Tisha began her career as a recruiter in the healthcare industry and soon realized her desire to work in the Information Technology and Government sector.  She has recruited for companies such as SOCOM, Bon Secours, Riverside, and Capstone.

Ms. Jacob earned the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) in 2015 and the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification in 2010. She is currently on track to receive her BA in Human Resources in 2019.

IntellecTechs Awarded United States Navy Assault Craft Unit Four Contract

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Virginia Beach, VA – IntellecTechs, Inc. (pronounced In-te-LEC-Teks), was recently awarded a contract with the United States Navy Assault Craft Unit Four (ACU-4).  IntellecTechs will develop a Software Development Plan (SDP), which will assist the command with a more efficient, streamlined process to document and record pertinent data.  IntellecTechs was awarded this contract in September 2017.

“We are indeed very proud to be awarded this contract to develop and provide a customized software solution for Assault Craft Unit Four (ACU-4), which will enable the tracking of maintenance schedule for the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) Command,” said Michael Harris, President of IntellecTechs.

CEO, Jeri Prophet Presents on Cyber Security in the Aerospace Industry

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CEO, Jeri Prophet Presents on Cyber Security in the Aerospace Industry

Virginia Beach, VA- IntellecTechs, Inc. (pronounced In-te-LEC-Teks), Founder and CEO Jeri Prophet, presented to the members of Virginia AeroSpace Business Association (VASBA) event held at The Embassy Suites in Hampton on September 26, 2017. Ms. Prophet spoke on Cyber Security in the Aerospace Industry.

Virginia AeroSpace Business Association (VASBA) is a statewide nonprofit trade association representing the aerospace industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Membership includes more than 25 companies, nonprofits and individuals representing various facets of the industry to advocate for the aerospace industry before federal, state and local policy makers.  VASBA events provide networking opportunities for aerospace industry participants with colleagues, industry leaders and policy makers. Aerospace companies, research labs, academic institutions, individuals and professional service firms are welcome to participate.

“I was honored to be asked to speak to such an elite group of Aerospace Executives. I want to do my part, protecting others by educating them with the most up to date information on cyber security. If I can explain it in a way that anyone can understand it, then we all have a better chance when facing these new information technology challenges on a daily basis,” said Jeri Prophet, Founder and CEO of IntellecTechs.

For more information about VASBA please visit www.vasba.org.

Hampton Roads Chamber – The Glass IntellecTechs CEO Jeri Prophet Panelist

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Virginia Beach, VA-  IntellecTechs, Inc. (pronounced In-te-LEC-Teks), Founder and CEO Jeri Prophet, served as a panelist on the Hampton Roads Chamber THE GLASS, Evolving the Business Woman held at Waterside District – Harbor Club in Norfolk on September 28, 2017. The topic of the conference included the reality of women breaking the glass ceiling in their professional careers.

Panelists at The Glass conference included Rhonda Bridgeman, President, Comfort Systems of Virginia, Inc.; Julie Rust, Attorney at Pierce/McCoy and Chair of tHRive; Gina Sorrells, Market Executive, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management; Toiya Sosa, Regional Public Affairs/Community Relations, GEICO; and Jeri Prophet; founder and CEO of IntellecTechs.

“What an amazing event to be invited to.  I was so fortunate to be able to share the day with so many beautiful and talented women. Inspiring!” said Jeri Prophet, Founder and CEO of IntellecTechs.

More than 125 individuals registered to attend The Glass, Evolving the Business Woman conference.  The conference was organized by the Hampton Roads Chamber.

For more information about the Hampton Roads Chamber, please visit www.hamptonroadschamber.com

8th Annual Professional Development Day- Women in Defense IntellecTechs CEO Jeri Prophet Panelist

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Virginia Beach, VA- IntellecTechs, Inc. (pronounced In-te-LEC-Teks) announced that Founder and CEO, Jeri Prophet, served as a panelist on the 8th Annual Professional Development Day, Turning Vision Into Action by the Greater Hampton Roads Chapter of Women In Defense held at the Holiday Inn Virginia Beach-Norfolk, Conference Center on September 21, 2017. Conference speakers and topics included Legislative Updates, Entrepreneurship, Marketing Through Teaming, Leading High-Performance Teams, Financials, Fitness and Increasing Company Visibility.

Panelists at the 8th Annual Professional Development Day in Virginia Beach included: Dr. Harry Johnson, Lockheed Martin; Dennis Garcia, ManTech; Ron Jerasa, CSRA; Carl Albero, Former President of AMSEC; Kimberly Cannon, NASA Langley SBIR Technology; and Moderator Maria Herbert, MCH Consulting Services.

Prophet shared her experiences as a small business owner and the importance of teaming with larger companies. She provided insight and encouragement to the women owned small businesses in attendance.

More than 100 individuals registered to attend the 8th Annual Professional Development Day – Turning Vision Into Action conference. The conference was organized by the Greater Hampton Roads Chapter of Women In Defense. For more information about the Greater Hampton Roads Chapter of Women in Defense, please visit www.widghr.org.

All Family All the Time for Virginia Beach IT Firm

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Prior to 2008, Jeri Prophet was an influential person in a number of established companies. She wanted to take the companies to the next level. Yet in each company, the owners were not interested in growth. So she did what any true entrepreneur would do; she started her own firm, and IntellecTechs, Inc., was born. Prophet serves as the President and CEO, yet she views herself as part of big family where everyone is respected and treated equally.

IntellecTechs is an information technology firm whose specialties include: managed IT services and consulting, security, web design and training. There isn’t one aspect of the IT field IntellechTechs isn’t involved in.

“I have plans for this company to grow slowly while remaining strong financially,” said Prophet, confidently. “I want to teach my sons how to be entrepreneurs by keeping them engaged in the business. Within the company, employees are treated as family. We all take care of each other.”

IntellecTechs’s story begins with the end of Prophet’s time in the Navy. Her job required her to go out to sea, but she did not have a suitable family care plan. She loved what she was doing and says she would have spent her entire career in the Navy. However, family is the most important thing to her, and her decision came down to what was best for her son. So she separated from the service.

After leaving the Navy she worked for a defense contractor and eventually became the second in charge. During her time there the owners met their business goals and closed down, leaving her out of work. Shortly afterwards, Prophet joined a partnership in a small family-owned business. The primary partner only wanted to maintain its sales levels and had little interest in growing. Once again, the entrepreneurial drive in Prophet to expand and grow was not being met.

Prophet asked herself, “why can’t I start up my own firm?” So she resigned to do just that. She knew how to run a business but she didn’t know where to start. The first small business resource that came up on her internet search was the U.S. Small Business Administration’s website.

Prophet began visiting SBA’s website frequently. She found online training and a plethora of information needed to start her business. The material in the website was extremely beneficial for startups, especially the business plan section and the instructions to request and register a Dun and Bradstreet Number. The D-U-N-S number is required by the federal government to register for grants or contracts. She could look up everything on her own time without having to coordinate a meeting with an advisor.

“The SBA has programs for women-owned and disabled veteran-owned businesses,” said Prophet. “The website had plenty of advice and resources to use like how to get started. In a short time, I had my business registered and was ready to get going.”

Since those early startup days in 2008, IntellecTechs has grown significantly. Originally, she had two employees and is now up to 125. When she does hire new employees, her personal policy is only if they don’t go into debt to do so. Because of this, the company has been able to more than double their space in the current building.

Her oldest son Sam, now a 20 year-old business major, runs the accounting department. Those unfamiliar with IntellecTechs may not always make the connection to his mother because he runs a tight ship and often keeps his mother in check. Prophet’s 10-year old, Michael, frequently tags along with his older brother and mother helping out wherever he can.

Within the past few years she again received invaluable assistance from the SBA, joining SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program to help meet her long term goals of strengthening the company. The program allows her to pursue additional federal contracting opportunities.

Prophet has received numerous offers to purchase her firm for millions of dollars. She has turned down each offer, as the business she has grown and the family she has created in her employees are her main focus. This culture continues to draw both new clients and new employees to her organization. Prophet will continue to build upon her success and is motivated to keep her sons engaged in the business. Eventually she hopes to pass the ownership of the company to them if they choose.

“My sons are a very important part of my life. To have a successful business and to have them a part of it is as good as it gets for me,” said Prophet. “I am proud of what my team has accomplished. I am truly lucky to have such a great family and support.”

The Virginia Beach-based business’s clients are spread out across the United States and within a few foreign countries. Regardless of location, Prophet says employees are always treated like family members. Like every family there is a level of disagreement, but in the end the job gets done and everyone supports each other.

Veteran Volunteer of the Year for 2016 Awarded to Hillary Doriguzzi

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Virginia Beach, VA- Hillary Doriguzzi has been awarded NowHiringVeterans.com “Veteran Volunteer of the Year” for 2016.  NowHiringVeterans.com program is sponsored by IntellecTechs, Inc. (pronounced In-te-LEC-Teks), to support Veterans who are transitioning out of the military.  Ms. Doriguzzi has provided over 10 workshops with a variety of topics ranging from Resume 101 to LinkedIn training with the intent of employing Veterans with local Hampton Roads businesses.

The Now Hiring Veterans trainings occur on the second Wednesday of the month from 5PM-6PM.  The training classes are taught by Certified Trainers and typically take place at IntellecTechs offices located at 195 S. Rosemont Rd., Suite #103, Virginia Beach, VA.  There is NO COST for the training classes.

“Hillary’s commitment to serving Veterans and their causes is inspiring, honorable and so very much needed—her contributions have been tremendous,” said Mike Harris, President of IntellecTechs.

For more information about upcoming Veteran trainings, please visit www.NowHiringVeterans.com.