Staff Members

Paul Ventura

Paul Ventura

Owner/Managing director

I hold a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Villanova University. I began my management career with Hyatt Hotels, and am a graduate of their Management Training Program. I spent several years as a department head in the hotel industry before joining Intech as VP in 1998. I have always had a strong interest in computers, and completed several industry certification programs to change the direction of my career towards technology. Now I feel privileged to be able to help local businesses throughout the state achieve their business goals through technology, and I am proud to be part of a company that can provide opportunities to some of Hawaii’s best and brightest talent. I really love being able to live here in Hawaii. I grew up on Kauai, I have lived on Maui and the Big Island before setting up permanent residence on Oahu. I enjoy taking advantage of Hawaii’s outdoors, be it surfing, hiking, fishing or diving.

Sam Gridley

Sam Gridley

Chairman/Owner

I majored in Management Information Systems and minored in Computer Science at Eastern Washington University in Washington state. I started programming my first personal computer in 1981 and what started as a hobby turned into a college major, and then eventually a career. In the late 80's and early 90's I worked as an IT Director, managing networks for Hyatt Hotels where I was involved in building one of the first IP WANs between the 5 Hawaii Hyatt hotels. I left the hotel industry to start Intech and almost 20 years later, Intech is nationally ranked by Inc Magazine's "Inc 5000" and by PBN as one of the "Fastest 50" small businesses in Hawaii, enjoying a growth rate of over 20% annually. We have a great customer base and we have become friends and trusted business advisors with our customers. I'm especially proud of our staff in how they care for our customers -- they treat our customers' systems as they would their own systems -- really living by the golden rule. I spend most of my free time with family and my wife Kerry and I also like to ride motorcycles at the Kahuku offroad motocross park, golf and scuba dive.

Branden Baker

Branden Baker

President

I majored in Programming and Business Admin at DeVry Institute of Technology in Phoenix, AZ. I returned to Hawaii in 1992 and found a position in a local computer reseller. While there I earned several industry certifications, including my CCNA, MCSE, and CNE. The majority of my work focused on large network deployments and support and eventually was promoted to be the company’s CIO. One interesting note, Integration Technologies started out as the primary service partner for this VAR back in 1991. The next step in my technology journey brought me to Hyatt. As the Regional Director of IT for Hyatt Resorts Hawaii, I was responsible for all areas of IT including the implementation of the developed standards, project management, policy compliance, contract negotiations, capital planning, and the overall daily well-being of the IT departments. The hospitality industry fit my personal philosophy of “service with aloha” and allowed me to grow both personally and professionally. I have watched Intech grow throughout the years and the decision to join a team of dedicated, innovative and fun people was an easy one for me. When I have free time, you can find me spending it with my wife and kids or on a golf course trying to figure out why I keep slicing the ball. I am happy to be a part of the Intech team and look forward to growing with the company while providing our customers with efficient and reliable computer networks.

Jade Simpson

Jade Simpson

Service Coordinator

Technology is essential to the ever-changing world. However, the human component of technological advances is also ever-increasing and extremely necessary. I firmly believe that people have an important place in the technological world. I graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2011 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in sociology. Discovering the "how" and "why" people think played a huge role in going into customer service. In the growing technological world, fewer interactions occur between people but human interaction is vital to ensuring excellent customer service and gauging customer needs. Intech allows me to provide excellent customer service by meeting the needs of our customers in a friendly and personable way. Intech also values teamwork and productivity while allowing us to meet our personal goals in a fun and engaging environment. In my personal time, you can find me relaxing with good food and good company.

Jeff Bernhardt

Jeff Bernhardt

Senior Network Engineer

As a kid, when I wasn’t lighting things on fire in the forest or making covered pits for my enemies to fall into, I was sitting in front of the family Apple figuring out how to program in BASIC or taking apart my brother’s portable video games to see what was inside (just some batteries and circuit boards with weird stuff on them). Years later, I accidentally crashed our Windows 95 computer and had to call tech support to get it fixed. The first tech said there was no way to get it working again, so I was surprised when I called later and a second tech knew exactly what to do and had it running in no time. This clued me into the idea that not all technicians are created equal in the IT world. After that, my own tinkering with computers eventually lead me to open source software and operating systems, so I developed a deep interest in Unix-like operating systems. I currently hold a couple Windows 7 certifications and am working on getting more in a variety of areas. I enjoy helping our customers because I’ve been on the receiving end of bad tech support and know how scary and frustrating it can be. I enjoy working at Intech because every day is a new challenge, and honestly, sitting in front of a computer is what I’d most likely be doing in my spare time anyway. However, when I’m actually out and engaged in the world, you can find me playing trombone part time with the Royal Hawaiian Band or occasionally gigging around town in local jazz bands.

Jordan Silva

Jordan Silva

Chief Technology Director

At a young age, I realized that the limitations on available information and the people with whom we could interact that were caused by geography, were nearly nonexistent on the Internet. I embraced this seemingly limitless venue, in which a person was judged by how he presented himself, as opposed to the preconceived stereotypes typically imposed upon "kids". This led me on a quest for information and knowledge, on which I continue, to this day. When I was 16, I entered into the IT field as a professional and have since worked for non-profit organizations, the University of Hawaii, small Internet service providers, and several managed service providers and have done freelance IT work as well. I currently hold the following Certifications: MCITP: Enterprise Administrator Server 2008; MCSE: Windows Server 2003; MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician; MCDST: Windows XP; CompTIA Security+; CompTIA A+. The human element of technology provides a constant stream of new challenges, which only encourages my natural curiosity and keeps me working hard. Being able to help others is the icing on the cake. It is rare to find a company that cares so much about its clients and employees, and at the same time, is able to responsibly run a business. The Work hard Play hard philosophy allows us to be highly productive while still having a good time at the office. I enjoy music in most forms, but nothing makes me happier than attending a heavy metal or alternative rock concert. I also enjoy weightlifting, boxing, and playing poker.

Teri Kong

Teri Kong

Accounting Manager

I've began working as an accounting and administration professional in 1998 after taking online courses through the University of Phoenix. I enjoy getting to know our customers and like the fact that our company is able to provide money saving solutions for their businesses. Working at Intech has allowed me to do what I am best at but also learn more about the rapidly changing technology industry. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and volunteering for D.A.R.E., M.A.D.D., Hawaii Partnership to Prevent Underage Drinking, More Than You Think, Drug-Free Coalition and Special Olympics.

Freddy Ludiazo

Freddy Ludiazo

Director of Sales & Marketing

I've been fascinated by technology in so many ways from an early age, it is truly a "Life Simplifier". It continuously gives me a broader perspective in how we long to do more and be connected to one other. I've had close to 10 years in Technology Sales, started as a copier sales person which slowly paved the way into the Information Technology Sales. Being on the cutting edge of Technology I've enjoyed helping organizations leverage what Technology has to offer especially in ways of improving, streamlining their businesses but ultimately SIMPLIFYING LIFE. This is what I believe technology's goal is. Intech is truly one of the best places have ever worked at, the work atmosphere is very conducive to productivity and the focus is always on our customers best interest. One of my favorite hobbies is playing music. Arranging, writing and producing music helps me view the world in a different light as music is a very powerful tool for the mind.

Troy Hirata

Troy Hirata

Escalation Engineer

I began my pursuit of technology when I realized that I didn’t want to have a boring job. I wanted something that would always challenge me to better myself. There is always something new with technology, and that feeds my hunger by always having something new to learn. I graduated from Honolulu Community College with my Associates in Computer Electronics Networking and Technology. I have also interned at Oceanic Time warner cable. It is impossible to know everything in this day and age, I appreciate it when someone shares their knowledge with me to better my life. So I enjoy improving the quality of life for people when I can. It’s impossible to describe why I like working at Intech in a couple of sentences. Let’s just say we’re awesome! I believe that healthy equals happier. I enjoy anything and everything fitness like hiking, swimming, paddling etc… I am always open minded about a new adventure.

Alex Anderson

Alex Anderson

Escalation Engineer

When I was growing up I was always into computers, but when I was 10 I used money I had been saving since I was 8 to buy my first computer and the rest is history. I have been fixing computers since I was 14. I enjoy knowing that I have made someone else’s day just a little bit easier by fixing their computer issues. I love working with all the guys at Intech. There is a lot of knowledge in this office and I learn something new every day. In my free time I love playing video games and taking amateur Aerial Video using my Phantom 2 Drone

Seth Barrett

Seth Barrett

Network Administrator

My passion for computers all started when I joined the U.S. Army as a Radio Operator/Maintainer. Although I was trained in radio communication, I quickly became the anything-that-has-electricity guy. The first network I set up was in a bombed out hangar-turned-hospital in Iraq. There I learned through trial and error all the minor details that makes a network run smooth. I continued my education by earning a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology at the University of Hawai’i, and am currently working on achieving as many certifications as possible. Being able to assist others is at the core of my beliefs. It’s nice knowing that I’m actively improving our client’s ability to perform their duties. I thrive on being challenged and challenging myself. Working at Intech allows me to encounter a new challenge every day. Not a day passes where I don’t walk out the door having learned something new. A lot of my time is spent outdoors. Running is my passion. For some unknown reason I keep signing up for the Honolulu Marathon. Otherwise, you’ll find me hiking the trails or somewhere in the ocean snorkeling or trying to surf.

Kevin Boras

Kevin Boras

Network Administrators

My first foray into computers consisted of a Tandy computer my parents bought in Sears in 1990 when I was about 4 years old. I had no idea how to use it but had a blast playing 16 color games. In 1996, my dad bought a Hewlett Packard PC bundled with Windows 95, America Online v2.0, Myst, Wolfenstein 3d and Doom. 15 years later and hundreds of hours of building, configuring, optimizing, breaking, and fixing, I decided to get my AS Degree at KCC and work at various IT organizations. I love helping others with their technology problems and I love seeing and hearing their gratitude. I love being the “Go To” guy when the need arises and it’s a great feeling to know people trust in your abilities. Intech allows me to work with a multitude of people from different backgrounds and companies that all appreciate the effort all of us put into our work. Great place to work and great people to work with. My hobbies include reading, gaming, and working on my Jeep.

James Horiuchi

James Horiuchi

Network Administrators

I have always had a strong interest in the world of technology. Like other kids in the 80s and 90s, I grew up playing Nintendo, Gameboy, and of course, Famicon games. I spent many summers in the bright lights of Electric Town "Akihabara" Japan, where I was introduced to the latest and greatest electronics that would hit the streets. In the years since, I graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in Business Administration, obtained my Masters in IS from Hawaii Pacific University with a concentration in Telecom Security, and supported the business needs of clients at all levels of IT knowledge, across a wide range of industries. There’s no better reward than the feeling after helping a customer through a new, challenging, and often stressful computer issue. Here at Intech, I get the best of both worlds: through helping clients every day, I learn new skills which in turn help me to grow in my field and apply them to other aspects of life. When I’m not working at Intech, you can find me playing tennis, bowling, being active outdoors, playing video games, spending time with my dog, Taro, and of course, fixing up computers and other tech gadgets.

Kenneth Vadnais

Kenneth Vadnais

Network Engineer

Our middle-school had a computer lab that I was introduced to and became instantly hooked. Soon after I was looking for computer clubs to join, but I could only find college ones. Enough pestering and persistence, they let me join at the age of 12. Years after joining, the sponsoring company offered me my first job in computers at the age of 15 and I’ve never looked back. After college I landed a few IT positions. Eventually, I ended up contracting for Microsoft for several years, before being offered a Full Time position. During the past ten years as an FTE at Microsoft, I’ve been able to attend a number of classes in networking and operations. But, most of knowledge and experience comes from real world scenarios on the job, on a regular basis. Customers come to us because something is broken or needs changes. Not only am I honored they’ve put their faith in us, but I take great pride and satisfaction knowing that we’ve implemented a successful solution that will make their lives easier and more productive.

Having worked for smaller and larger companies, I find larger companies tend to have disconnect with their customers, through holding queues, rarely speaking to the same person twice, agents not knowing you, time clock punching customer service. You see less of these problems in smaller companies. I like being part of the smaller company feel. Intech also struck a chord with me the first time we met. The people were very professional, friendly and knowledgeable. They had a genuine concern for the quality of service they provide their customers, which I appreciate.
My wife and I enjoy scuba diving and sailing, I love exploring Hawaiian’s underwater world and look around for new hobbies.

Joe Ensalaco

Joe Ensalaco

Service Manager

I started my career as an Engineer in the Telecommunications industry and was fortunate to have been a part of a team that help define and implement some of the largest fiber optic networks in the US. Today, our voice and data still transverses these same networks. I earned my Bachelor Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Illinois Benedictine College (IBC). Over the years, I have held Management and Directors positions in both IT and Telecom industries overseeing Engineering and Technical Support teams here in Hawaii and around the globe. As part of the Intech team, it is my goal to exceed our customers’ expectations by providing excellent customer services and maximum network uptime. In my spare time you will most likely find me enjoying the beautiful Hawaiian outdoors or at home with a guitar in my hands playing music.

Curtis Tong

Curtis Tong

Service Coordinator

I was introduced to technology in high school where I first learned how to build a computer from parts. During my years in high school I absorbed as much computer-related knowledge as I could, before, during and after class. I was then assigned to a unique team responsible for rerouting and rewiring our entire school. From there our team went on to become First Place Winners in the statewide Magnet E-Academy computer competition, a first for our school. I enjoy helping people because it gives me an opportunity to brighten someone’s day. I’m glad when I can their chore into relief and satisfaction. Intech is able and more than willing to provide me with the environment and tools I need to succeed. I’m an avid gamer and drone enthusiast.

Casey Hoffmann

Casey Hoffmann

Network Administrator

I got started in technology at a young age by becoming “The Guy” within my circle of family and friends. Since then technology and learning about how it applies to business, education and everyday life has been my passion and number one hobby. I have over 8 years of professional experience working as an independent IT consultant and for various types of businesses specializing in providing managed services. I enjoy helping our customers further their technology needs and making their lives easier by taking the burden of technology management off their shoulders and placing it upon mine. I was attracted to Intech for that exact reason. Intech strives to bear the burden of technology management, letting our clients do what they do best – offer their clients the best possible service in their industry. Aside from my technology hobbies, I enjoy hiking, camping, going to the beach and Netflix.

Michael Lirot

Michael Lirot

Network Engineer

For me, it all started back in middle school when my Mom bought our first computer the Tandy 2000 from Radio Shack. My uncle taught me how to use DOS commands to access files as they did not have graphics at that time.

After leaving Schofield Barracks in my early 20’s I went back home to Ohio and went to college. I graduated with a Business Degree in Network Administration. From there I received my MCSA 2000 before my first IT job.

I enjoy assisting people that need help as much as I enjoy working on computer networks. I understand how it feels to need help on something that I don’t quite understand.

Working at Intech aligns with my core values of Integrity, Honesty, Growth, Accountability, Humor and Teamwork. To be around others that share the same values is refreshing.

I most enjoy football weekends watching college and NFL teams. I love to go on hikes and listen to the ocean as well. Living in Hawaii allows me to enjoy it all.

Sean Mckee

Sean Mckee

Network Administrator

I began in technology when I found that the family PC wouldn’t run the games I wanted to play and I was forced to figure out what the errors it was throwing at me meant and how to fix them. From there my involvement with fixing ours and the rest of my relative’s PC’s only grew.

I have an AS degree in Computer and Information Systems from COS and have been working in IT professionally for the last 6 years. I enjoy helping others solve their issues with technology and making their day better even if only by a small bit.

Working at Intech allows me to not only learn new tools and hone skills, but also to be able to assist a greater range of users with their technology needs.

In my free time I can be found either out enjoying the sights with my family, with my nose in a book, or glued to a screen playing a game.

Adam Lloyd

Adam Lloyd

Network Engineer

I started playing with computers after my parents picked up an 8086 from a garage sale. Soon thereafter we upgraded to a 386 and it became a challenge to get whatever games I could running on it, I’ve been hooked ever since.

I’ve been working in the IT field since I was 16 doing everything phone support to supporting networks with 300+ servers. I currently hold certifications from Microsoft dating all the way back to NT 4 as well as a Cisco CCNA

If you think about how you do any job today versus how it was done 5, 10 or 20 years ago there aren’t any I can think of that haven’t been impacted by technology. With those changes come a number of issues, and I enjoy fixing those problems to make people’s lives easier.

Working at Intech has exposed me to a group of likeminded individuals who share many of the same interests and who understand my jokes. I spend my time outside of work at home with my wife and kids, or in an airplane working on my private pilot license.

Justin Johnson

Justin Johnson

Network Administrator

My previous career was in IT Procurement for the Federal Government. As I became more familiar with the items I was purchasing I realized that I wanted to pursue a full-time career in IT. I currently have the CompTia A+ Certification and the ITIL Foundation Certification. I have hands on experience teaching youth IT and customer service skills with a program called IT Wizkids. I enjoy helping customers because it gives the work I do meaning which gives me a sense of purpose at the end of each day.

I enjoy working at Intech because the team I work with is hilarious and knowledgeable. Of the many hobbies I have motorcycle riding is probably my favorite. The sense of freedom I have on my bike is incredible.