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

Owner / Chairman

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

Procurement

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 Systems 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

Director of Operations

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.

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.

Alex Anderson

Alex Anderson

Systems 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

Senior Systems 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.

James Horiuchi

James Horiuchi

Systems Administrator

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.

Curtis Tong

Curtis Tong

Systems Analyst

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.

Michael Lirot

Michael Lirot

Systems 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

Escalation Engineer

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

Systems 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 Watanabe

Justin Watanabe

Systems Engineer

My interest in technology began in grade school and I have been working in IT since my sophomore year in college. I studied Computer Science in college and hold several Microsoft certifications and some basic network certifications, as well as over 2 years of experience in the industry. I like helping people solve their technical problems because I understand how daunting it is to have to use computers at work and be faced with problems that impact productivity. I enjoy working at Intech because I like the challenge of tackling complex technical issues. It is a very fast-paced environment that promotes professional growth. In my spare time I play tennis and enjoy reading and writing.

Chris Seavey

Chris Seavey

Customer Success Manager

My fascination with technology began when my father purchased our first computer, an IBM 486. It was a terrifying event for my parents when I had taken apart the system to switch out a faulty 3.5”/5.25” combo floppy disk drive. When it actually worked, I devoted my life exclusively to floppy disk drive replacements. Decades later I’ve branched out to deeper levels of IT-ness. I have an AS degree in Computer Technology and have been working in the IT field for several years. I enjoy freeing people from the hassle of unruly technology. Working at Intech allows me to not only acquire new skills, but better myself as a person by serving and helping customers with technology.

In my free time, I can be found outside enjoying some amazing Hawaiian weather, or possibly enjoying life under the water with a scuba tank on my back.

Brian Aleman

Brian Aleman

Systems Administrator

Since I was a kid, I liked to play with the broken electronics around the house and try to fix them. Since then, I haven't looked back, whether it's a new device or some old school classic, I always find a way to indulge in the world of tech. I joined and still am part of the National Guard working in the military communications sector for 10 years, from radios to satellites to networking devices, I've had great exposure to different types of communication devices. I enjoy helping our customers because no one computer issue is alike, I use those experiences to be able to help the next customer with their computer issue. At Intech, I get to learn by helping our customers, and then I can use those same skills to assist my family here at Intech if they need the help. Football is my biggest passion, and by football, I mean "soccer," at all levels, all the way up to the Pros at clubs and international, but most, I like to travel and watch the US National Teams all over the world. I also watch other sports and play video games on both consoles and PC, as well as prepping for new certifications to make myself a better "IT guy."

Cody Schmidt

Cody Schmidt

Systems Engineer

I first got started with technology back in elementary school when I would explore, break/fix, and play everything on the computer when they allowed for the free time. Since then my curiosity has only grown and I attended the University of South Florida and graduated with a Bachelors in Information Science. Since joining the field I've worked within a number of environments including Resorts, Hotels, and Restaurants and currently hold a Cisco networking certification and am working on expanding my knowledge and picking up more. I enjoy helping our customers because being able to resolve an issue for our customers helps to create happy people and working at Intech allows me to enjoy that experience every day. Having lived in a number of places with different geographies and temperatures I enjoy all manners of outdoor activities such as hiking, surfing, and snowboarding. If I'm not enjoying the outdoors then I'm likely hanging out with my dog, Sam, or playing video games on my computer.

Jack Lasley

Jack Lasley

Systems Administrator

I started in technology because my father owned a communications business and he noticed that I spent way too much time on the computer. He invited me to work under a new IT Administrator he had recently hired.

I worked under two different IT Administrators for the next 10 years in a B2B environment. I learned that communications are a key element in the success of a business. I like working with customers because I enjoy making people happy by solving technological problems. Intech is a fantastic place to work because everyone is so friendly and the tasks are well organized yet flexible.

In my spare time I enjoy paddling, going to the beach and video gaming.

Chase Simmons

Chase Simmons

Service Coordinator

I started in Technology through photography. I taught myself Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom and then had to learn a program called Photo Mechanic that requires text format coding called “Code Replacements” which allow us to create the captions that are seen attached to photos in newspapers, magazines, and media websites for sports and hide them in the Metadata of a .JPG photo.

Pretty much all of my technology experience at this point is self-taught but I am currently studying for my first IT Certification (A+). I come from a very retail/customer service oriented background. I’ve been a professional archery technician since I was 14 so that and teaching seminars for Bass Pro Shops during my years there really started my love for educating and solving problems for people. I really enjoy being able to help anyone I can in general so to get to do that every day is quite rewarding for me. I’ve always been the kind of person who really thrives in a good workplace. Many of my closest friends to this day are former co-workers so having coworkers that I appreciate and that appreciate me is a big thing to me personally. Being here at Intech, I couldn’t ask for a better team.

I’m totally a self-diagnosed hobby addict so narrowing it down to one is REALLY tough. However, the ones that have always seemed to stay with me through my day-to-day though are photojournalism, softball, competitive archery, and skateboarding. I’ll be competing in the World Vegas Indoor Archery Championships in February 2019 so I’m building my setup and preparing for that currently in my spare time.

Brandon Mindaros

Brandon Mindaros

Systems Administrator

My interest in technology began in High School while my friends and I would go to computer café’s. My experience in IT includes being a Senior Help Desk technician for the first MSP I worked at, Desktop Support at Kapiolani Hospital, Network Support Technician at my most recent job. I enjoy helping our customer’s because I enjoy knowing that I can have a positive impact on someone’s day, and I believe good customer service can help the recipient of it switch gears and feel better. I enjoy working at Intech because the people are helpful and want what’s best for their team and their customers. My hobbies include hiking and traveling. I enjoy seeing what the world has to offer.

Derek Luangrath

Derek Luangrath

Systems Administrator

I always knew I wanted to continue my education after my bachelor’s degree and I couldn’t decide on what I wanted to study. Eventually I decided a Masters in IT would be very useful as every business needs it as I was finishing up my degree one of my guests at the restaurant I was working at offered me a job to start me out. I finished my Masters in small school called Endicott College and the program was a total of 12 classes and each class covering a different topic for 6 weeks. One week was Virtualization, the next week would be networking and it worked out well as the company I was working for was just like this, a jack of all trades or a master of none as they like to call it.

Some of these clients I’ve really gotten to know and have almost become friends. I enjoy when they call in, obviously I don’t want them having issues but it’s nice to hear from them and help them with the problems they are having.

Intech lets you go about doing your work with guidance and steps in when you are going in the wrong direction. Intech has a good staff that can joke around also get work done. My favorite thing to do is play basketball. I’m a totally different person when I get onto that court that I am sitting behind a desk.

Chris Mack

Chris Mack

Systems Administrator

I started in technology at an early age, back before the Internet, when personal computers were a novelty for games and small businesses. From the Timex/Sinclair ZX-81, through Commodore and original Apple computers, to current "IBM clones", I've built, serviced and worked with them all. My training is almost entirely experiential, and while I am not currently certified in a particular discipline, I have always worked to mold my career in a direction that enables me to begin officially proving my skills, and earning those certifications. I have always maintained a solid interest in sharing what I know, and in helping others to understand why technology is exciting, and how even the most mundane office challenge can open the door to a broader understanding of how the technology we are watching evolve can improve our lives. Intech is a close-knit group of like-minded people. We're all geeks of one sort or another, and that's a shared thread that makes the job feel less like work, and more like a way of life. It's increasingly rare to find an office environment where people can laugh so often with one another. I am intensely interested in the process of bringing an abstract idea or digital model to physical life. 3D printing is another exciting new technology, and it makes me smile to consider all the various gifts and useful things I could create with a 3D printer that I am planning to build for myself.

Amanda Yap

Amanda Yap

Office Administrator

Without a doubt, technology has shaped nearly every aspect of the way we live and work today. From the way we communicate with one another, to the way we obtain and share information, we are constantly relying on technology to enable our most basic daily activities. I’m most motivated by helping others and working at Intech allows me to do just that. The team approach at Intech helps me grow. On my spare time I enjoy playing video games and spending time with friends and family.

Jenna Ganitano

Jenna Ganitano

Systems Administrator

When I was 13, I took apart my laptop and put it back together, just to see if I could. From the moment I successfully fired it back up, I was hooked. When word got out about my little victory, I was designated the “tech geek” by my large and extended family. I quickly found myself setting up all manner of new devices, training everyone from toddlers to grandparents to use their technology effectively, and troubleshooting and resolving the challenges that arose along the way. Through that early experience, I learned two things about myself. First, I love technology. Second, I love helping people solve challenges and empower themselves through the effective use of technology. Since 1999, I have worked in direct customer service, and I began working in IT in 2008. I am the happiest when I can help someone find the technology solutions they need, and fix the solutions that aren’t working for them in the ways they should. Intech is a great company to work for because I can engage with customers in a way that solves their challenges, and have access to staff and training resources that help me continually expand my skills to better meet our customers’ needs. Intech understands that providing excellent service to our customers starts with playing to the strengths of its employees, and finding the right roles for them to fill. I love learning new things and relating to others, and I get to do that every day at Intech. When I’m not at work, I enjoy activities with my children. Whether it’s working with them to develop a sense of responsibility and caring for one another in the evenings, or spending the day at the beach, on the soccer field or engaged in a school project, I enjoy helping them find their passions and encouraging them to excel in whatever they do.

John Lawo

John Lawo

Systems Administrator

My love and fascination with video games led me to build my first gaming computer. From there I began to dabble in web development and programming, starting with PHP and ending with Python and C#. I eventually settled on computer networking and operating systems administration as my primary focus of study. After spending years working with computer technologies as a hobby and side job, I decided to make it official and went back to school acquiring an associate’s Degree in Computer Network Operations. After 4 years working and gaining experience at an MSP in Oregon, I’ve finally moved back home to Oahu and found a place here at Intech to continue my technological growth. Being able to use the skills I’ve learned to help people with problems reaffirms that I’ve made the right career choice. Some techs dream of solely managing their own network, having complete control. I prefer working with like-minded individuals, being able to share ideas and casually banter throughout the work week. Intech provides the perfect atmosphere to stay challenged and grow with people that share my values and interest in technology. Outside of work I still enjoy a good game, but I try to get out of the house whenever I can. I enjoy hiking in the mountains and paddling whenever possible.