Brad Byrnes

President and Owner, Xpert Technologies Inc. in Sterling Heights. Xpert Technologies is a technology solutions company that provides consulting, onsite support, managed services, cloud computing, and installation for small- to enterprise-sized clients. Xpert is the only Gold SonicWall partner in Michigan, providing advanced network security, backup and recovery, anti-spam, and email security systems. Byrnes has built the company to more than 1,000 clients in the defense, manufacturing, legal, medical, finance, and automotive industries, and has increased revenues by more than 150 percent in the past three years. The company has hired additional technicians and plans more hires this year, in addition to securing additional office space to expand its data center. Byrnes became interested in technology while still in grade school, when he launched his first company, ICM Computers. At 16 he started adding business customers, one of which is still a customer today. Previously, Byrnes was IT manager for the Suburban Collection, where he led a complete restructuring of its technology. He is a member of the Troy and Sterling Heights chambers of commerce and Automation Alley. Byrnes also provides pro bono services to nonprofit organizations in Detroit.

WHERE BORN: “Mt. Clemens.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “My father, Kevin Byrnes, who is the general manager at the Suburban Collection. He is extremely successful in his business and family life, and I have modeled myself to follow in his footsteps and have successfully grown my business by following the strict ethical standards he has instilled in me.”

LAST BOOK READ: “The Steve Jobs biography.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Ambitious, entrepreneurial, relentless.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “We are headed, as an IT service provider, for more hosted and cloud-based solutions that will require an even more personal touch. People don't realize that cloud hosting requires more effort and customization with a local touch and presence. As far as technology and computers, companies will become more mobile than ever before.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “It's between my iPhone, iPad, and Apple Air – I'm not an Apple person.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “The Boulders in Carefree, Arizona.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “Boating and vacationing.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “Thai food.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “I'm good at reading people and can sell anything to anyone.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “As an honest, trustworthy businessman who did the right thing, lived life to the fullest, and enjoyed life every day.”