Who We Are
Our core team of curriculum designers and subject matter experts consists of IT professionals sharing their combined 250+ years of experience working with the world’s largest and most advanced implementations of technology. This team was hand-picked by Bill Carico, CEO of ACTS Corp. Since 1981, ACTS has worked with industry giants including IBM, Hewlett Packard, numerous Fortune 500 companies, and over 1800 other companies and government agencies on training their IT professionals.
We define curation as the selection, organization, and presentation of quality content and information using our professional and expert knowledge and experience. We apply curation to relevant cutting technology topics, providing you with the best options available and what poses the highest risks.
Primary author of pilot program courses and case studies, overseer of subject matter experts and the course development team.
Our Design Team
James W. Collins
Jim is a Vice President and Senior Systems DB Engineer and Associate VP at Wells Fargo where he optimizes performance for their massive production systems.
John A. Kirschner
John is a certified architect, systems engineer, and cyber- security specialist who supports businesses and governments worldwide to optimize IT solutions. He received an award from President George W. Bush for his work on counterterrorism
Ken is a veteran IT professional specializing in building and managing multi-million dollar computer centers . Most recently, Ken served as an IT Director for Automatic Data Processing.
Len’s career includes 30 years working as a Certified Systems and IT Specialist at IBM. He is currently Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Business Dev Manager for Vicom Infinity and advisory board member for multiple colleges.
Monte is a Certified IT Specialist who began his IT career in 1983 at the IBM Glendale Lab developing a diagnostic operating system for enterprise servers where he earned a Division Award for his work.
Marc is a 33 year veteran at IBM where he assisted with operating system development, marketing, and channel enablement. Marc became an active volunteer for the IBM Academic Initiative program to teach advanced technology courses to address the growing need for enterprise-level skills
Dr. Gururaj Rao
IBM Fellow and Vice President of Business Partners. Guru worked through the dramatic decline and rebirth of IBM’s server division and was a key contributor in laying out a roadmap for the long-term strategy for IBM’s enterprise server division.
Jim is president of his own consulting firm which he started after an illustrious career as a Distinguished Engineer at IBM. Over the last two years, Jim has been conducting a STEM education program at a local school, targeting grades 3 to 5.
Our Implementation Team Leaders
Kathy is a retired school teacher and a graduate of Milligan College and the University of Virginia. During her career she received numerous awards and honors, including the 2014 Champions of Literacy award from Scientific Learning which is an international computer based program.
Christopher teaches 5th grade at Hampton Roads. He has worked with educational communities and The YMCA of South Hampton Roads. He is an advocate for marginalized students.
Ken is the program’s Chief Technology Officer and primarily responsible for course delivery strategy.
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Len is an Advisory Board member at Virginia Commonwealth University, NC A&T, Hofstra, Marist College, and consultant to Binghamton U ES2 Research Center.