This Year’s High-Tech Prayer Breakfast

By Dick Stark

RightStar was one of the many sponsors of the High-Tech Prayer Break-fast held several weeks ago at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner.  This is an amazing annual event with more than 800 attendees. The speakers this year were Ted Davies, Chairman and CEO, Altamira Technologies Corporation, and Jeff Skeen, CEO and Principal, Results Redefined. Here’s a brief report:

 Ted Davies kicked things off by telling a 2005 story about a call that he received from his sister asking him to come to New York to see his mother who way dying and not expected to make it through the night. At the time Ted was with his wife in the hospital and undergoing treatment for Lupus. Not knowing what to do, Ted prayed, asking God for direction, and drove to NY, in time to spend time with his mother, who died later that evening.

Through the next several years Ted dealt with the death of his wife in 2006, father in 2009, remarried in 2009, and then faced his own brush with atrial fibrillation in 2018. Through all this he managed a successful career as President, Unisys Federal, and most recently as Chairman and CEO, Altamira Technologies. Ted’s closing lessons:

  • I can’t control everything, no matter how hard I work;
  • It is not all about me. God has a plan and outcome; and
  • Accept whatever God wants you to do.

Ted closed with a quote from Albert Einstein, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving” He then summed it up this way, “there is a God, but it is not you. Keep moving forward.”

Jeff Skeen knew at an early age that he wanted to be a CEO when he grew up. So, when he graduated from Virginia Tech, he considered two jobs, one that paid $70K in Beverly Hills, the other that paid $18K, a small local struggling family owned business. Without too much thought, he took the lower paying job, worked 24×7, grew the profits by a factor of five, and then helped the owners sell.

This positioned Jeff for a leadership position at another firm where he continued his workaholic ways. This led to struggles with occupational depression. His prayers about this led Jeff to quit his job and realize the teachings of Luke 12:22, “do not be anxious about your life…with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

At this point, Jeff joined up with some buddies that were operating a gym, which led to his becoming a principal in a Gold’s Gym franchise recognized as the most profitable Gold’s franchisee worldwide. It was up, up, and away for Jeff thereafter who is now focused in integrating the fitness and healthcare industries in order to make healthcare affordable.

About dick1stark

I am the President, CEO, and founder of RightStar Systems, a leading ITSM and DevOps consultancy and BMC Software Gold Solution Provider and Atlassian Platinum Partner. My passion is customer success—whether it’s reducing the cost of service management, improving overall efficiency, or increasing end-user or employee satisfaction. Since founding RightStar in 2003, RightStar has made the INC 5000 list four times. In 2011, RightStar was awarded the prestigious National Capital Business Ethics Award (NCBEA) by the Society of Financial Service Professionals based upon RightStar’s foundation of honesty, ethics, and integrity. And in 2014, RightStar was selected by Forrester Research as one of 13 North American companies profiled in its ITSM Consultancy Wave Report. Finally, in 2019, BMC selected RightStar as its DSM North American Partner of the Year for its sales and partnership excellence. Dick is a graduate of Stanford University and a Project Management Professional (PMP).
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