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Tom Melaragno

Founder and CEO, CompriTom Melaragno is founder and CEO of Compri Consulting, Inc., an information technology professional services firm providing dependable IT project outsourcing and staffing results to companies in Colorado and across the U.S. since 1992. Melaragno is also Vice President and co-founder of Allegiance Consulting, a technology services and solutions provider, serving primarily government clients in 14 states. Melaragno has over 25 years of technology-based professional services consulting and management experience, and was profiled in Inc. Magazine after leading Compri to the ranks of the Top 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the U.S. for three consecutive years. Compri has also ranked in the top 25 of the "Top 150 Fastest Growing Private Companies in Colorado" by the Denver Business Journal for three consecutive years.

1. Why is your Company located in Colorado?

When I started Compri twenty years ago, my priority was to create a company with a culture of dependable, long-term relationships with both my employees and my clients. Having done that, my roots run deep in Colorado. We have expanded our operations beyond Colorado, but I would never consider moving our headquarters out of my home state. The tech community is thriving in Colorado. Plus I grew up here, my kids live here, I have lots of friends and family locally, and I love the mountains and the lifestyle Colorado offers.

2. What trends you are seeing in the Tech industry?

Three trends come to mind: mobile apps are boundless in virtually all segments of technology; outsourcing technical talent is trending up; and social media is becoming a mainstream business tool.
Every person with a smart phone or a tablet computer expects to do on his/her mobile device at a minimum the same things they can do from their computer. Thus, the mobile application market will continue to expand. IT talent outsourcing is becoming increasingly popular again because companies are hesitant to hire permanent technical staff with the uncertainty in the economy. It’s easier to use a flexible staffing model that allows the nimbleness companies need to stay competitive while managing costs. I am also seeing clients beginning to integrate social media into their overall communications strategy, both outside and inside the company, providing an efficient means for communication and collaboration.

3. What challenges do you see for your company in the next 12 months?

Attracting and retaining top talent is our biggest challenge. The obvious focus is on technical talent as experienced professionals are in increasingly high demand. To address this challenge, we are always looking for, and investing in, new technology to improve our efficiency and overall service delivery. In addition to technical staff, we will have a need for top-notch recruiters and account managers to support our company growth while retaining the reputation and culture we’ve worked so hard to establish.

4. What opportunities do you see for your Company in the next 12 months?

I see pent up demand for technology projects, I see innovation on the rise in Colorado, and I see technology jobs leading the way out of this lingering recession. We are poised for growth not only in Denver and the Front Range, but in other markets across the U.S. over the next five years.

5. What can Colorado do to assist the Tech industry?

In order for the technology industry to thrive, we need to attract new companies to Colorado, continuously develop an educated workforce, and provide a climate of vibrant entrepreneurship. Business-friendly legislation is certainly a key factor in our success. Governor Hickenlooper has done a great job with his Job Creation Roadmap branding Colorado as a center for innovation and small business development, and demonstrating his commitment to "cutting red tape” to make it easier for companies to do business and thrive in Colorado. I like to think that business is an ecosystem, not a battlefield.

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