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Published: May 01, 2009

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Co-founders of Neudesic

Tim Marshall and Anthony Ferry created Neudesic, a Microsoft National Systems Integrator company, in 2001 and have been on the fast track ever since. While Marshall mentors their 250-plus employees, Ferry works tirelessly on the sales and marketing front. Combined, their hard work has earned them spots on the Inc. 500 and CRN Fast-Growth 100, among other lists.

Vice President, Sales and Marketing/Partner

Most important lesson learned: People are at the root of everything we do and every customer we service. This is a people business – never forget that.
Next big step:
To not just survive the current economy, but to flourish through it.

Advice for other young professionals:
Do your research but be able to make decisions quickly. Businesses that are paralyzed by trying to make every perfect decision will go nowhere.

What you do for fun:
I have four boys, so anything that gets me outside or interactive with them is at the top of my list. We are a baseball family, and I’m a huge baseball (Angels) fan. I also love boating and video games.

If you could have dinner with anyone – alive or dead – who would that be and why?
Jack Welch. We have found enlightenment in many of his writings and quotes, and it would be a pleasure to share that with him.

Vice president of technology

Most important lesson learned:
My father also taught me the value of integrity. A comment he made to me when I was younger was that “something wasn’t right.” Not that something was “wrong,” but that it wasn’t right. For instance, when he received the wrong amount of change (too much) he would give the money back and would tell me that it wasn’t right to accept the money. It wasn’t wrong; it just wasn’t right. This has stuck with me my whole life. People talk about right and wrong and oftentimes get lost in the grey area in between. We focus on being wrong more than being right.

Next big step:
I’m not entirely sure what the next step for me will be. I’ve always been interested in technology but also believe that I have a civic duty to give back to the community. So, if I were a betting man (and I am), I would put my money on me working on a series of charitable activities that leverage technology for the betterment of society in some fashion. This could be through youth development or some sort of green technologies that I might pursue.

Advice for other young professionals:
A quote from Seneca: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” I’ve heard it said another way: “The harder you work, the luckier you get.” The point is that success is not a random event. The American dream and work ethic are related to each other. Far too often, the media and others characterize success as if it were a random event, as if someone won a cosmic lottery. I don’t believe this to be the case. And, frankly, if you do, you’ll never be successful. Losing the sense of entitlement and working diligently to achieve something is the only surefire way to achieve success.

What you do for fun:
I like spending time with my family. I especially enjoy seeing my 6-year-old son discover new things. His sense of wonder and imagination is amazing to me, and I’ll do just about anything to see him happy and excited.

If you could have dinner with anyone – alive or dead – who would it be and why?
I know I’m supposed to come up with someone inspirational, but I think the best dinner would be with Robin Williams. I’d want to have dinner with him simply because it would be an entertaining evening.


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