SmartTalk @ The C Level serves up an insider’s view of the dialogue between top executives as they grapple with the complex world of technology and the challenges of running a business.
It’s not often a CEO and CTO meet eye to eye like Ryan Comingdeer and Preston Callicott. In fact, their rapport might make some C level executives downright jealous. Whatever the magic formula is, the two seem to strike a balance – a seasoned, big picture thinker focused on dollars and growth. And a smart, grounded technologist with a desire to push the edge of what technology can do.
The CEO, Preston Callicott
A highly experienced executive with limitless passion for business and technology, Preston Callicott is what his clients call a “triple threat.” With a background in engineering, broad technological expertise, and a vital understanding of business, he has built a career transforming how large corporations and start up ventures adopt and implement technology.
The CTO, Ryan Comingdeer
Ryan Comingdeer is a successful entrepreneur and gifted developer committed to pushing technology to its limits. With deep knowledge about client/server architecture and Internet technologies, Comingdeer implements custom-developed and packaged application systems that solve operational, technological and design challenges.
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