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Meet Zeeshan Rana!

Zeeshan PicZeeshan is the Sales Account Manager at CATS Technology Solutions Group. He grew up and attended elementary school in Newark, NJ. He later moved to Old Bridge, NJ, where he went to high school.

Zeeshan initially attended the University of Arizona, but then transferred back to New Jersey where he attended DeVry University. At Devry, he earned an Associates Degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Technical Management.

Zeeshan knew he wanted to get involved in the Sales field when he was just 10 years old. When his parents opened their first Carvel Ice Cream store, he would often go with his dad and really enjoyed interacting with the customers. He wanted a career where he could utilize his Business and Technical Management Education that he received, as well as continue to be in a Sales position where he could interact with people.

In his free time, Zeeshan enjoys playing sports, as well as watching sports. The teams he roots for are the NY Yankees, NY Knicks, and NY Jets. Zeeshan hopes to continue to grow professionally and enjoy life with his family in the future.

Fun Facts about Zeeshan:
– I enjoy traveling and making occasional spontaneous trips whenever possible.
– I love coffee and ice cream.

CATS Technology Assisting with Casino Pier Attractions

Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 1.53.43 PMEveryone remembers the large impact Hurricane Sandy had across the Jersey Shore in October of 2012.  There was such significant damage in certain areas, that people are still recovering almost 5 years later.  Seaside Heights is one of the places that experienced the impact of this super storm first hand.

The famous image of the JetStar rollercoaster sitting in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean after the storm is one that is almost impossible to forget.  Since that catastrophic storm, Casino Pier has been working hard to get the Seaside boardwalk up and running back to its full force.

 

One of the newest additions to Casino Pier is a rollercoaster named Hydrus. Watch for its debut this spring!  The bold and bright colored Hydrus is made up of a lot of twists and turns, as well as a 72-foot vertical drop.  Along with Hydrus, a 131-foot tall Ferris Wheel is another new attraction that will be added to the round up.  This is expected to open Memorial Day weekend!

Once the need for IT services arose, CATS Technology Solutions Group was called to come on board to help get these attractions running.

Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 1.57.14 PMOur techs have been working extremely hard on all of these projects and attractions at Casino Pier to ensure that they will be ready to go by the expected opening dates.  In addition to the Ferris Wheel and Hydrus, CATS Technology is also involved with the re-wiring for the Go-Karts, which just opened this past weekend!

As a company, we are so excited to be a significant part of something that is known to be such a big part of the Jersey Shore.  Make sure you stop by the Seaside Boardwalk and check out everything Casino Pier has to offer!

You may even be able to spot a white Go-Kart speeding around the track with a CATS logo on it!!

 

 

 

Meet Evan Buchbinder!

Evan is a Consultant at CATS Technology Solutions Group. 

He grew up in East Brunswick, NJ and received his education at Rutgers University.

There wasn’t a clear defining moment for Evan when it came to choosing IT as his career, since he has been into technical things for as long as he can remember.

Evan enjoys to read and cook in his free time.  He also loves to ski.  In the future, he is most looking forward to room temperature hyper-conductivity. It is his goal to be a positive influence to everyone around him.

Fun Facts about Evan:

  • I have trouble completing surveys.

Meet Dominique Carnevale!

Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 9.53.03 AMDominique is a Junior Marketing Assistant at CATS Technology Solutions Group.  She was born and raised on the Jersey Shore.  Dominique attended Rider University, where she majored in Advertising and received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

She knew she wanted to pursue a career in Advertising and Marketing since 8th grade career day.  Originally interested in Graphic Design, it eventually evolved into an interest in Advertising when it came time to pick her major.  At Rider, she was able to study both the creative side and business side of the subject.

Dominique loves spending her free time with her fiancé, as well as their families and friends (and their dogs too!).  She is looking forward to the future and to still just enjoy life – start a family and continue to spend time with the people she loves.

Fun Facts about Dominique:

  • I am 100% Italian. My last name, Carnevale, is the final festival in Italy held before Lent begins.  Carnevale means “goodbye to meat.”
  • I grew up in a sports loving family, and that atmosphere is still present today!

Meet Eric Davis!

Eric Davis PicEric is a Level 1 Help Desk Technician at CATS Technology Solutions Group.  He grew up locally in East Brunswick, NJ, and received his education at Rutgers University.

He knew he was interested in IT because he often worked with family and friends to solve and purchase their machines and network equipment.  Once his construction job came to an end, he knew he needed to work, so he approached the IT field.  He went on to receive all his IT certifications himself.

Eric enjoys playing cards and likes to host parties in his free time.  He is looking forward to learning more and acquiring more certifications to better help the CATS team.

Fun Facts about Eric:

  • I used to perform Native Dances for Cultural Festivals as a kid, to better spread information about Indigenous People.
  • I have had the privilege to work, on occasion for and with, many people from the Mayor of Camden to the Sherriff’s Department of Paterson, NJ.

CATS Technology Named to CRN’s 2017 MSP500 List!

Picture1CATS Technology Solutions Group is extremely proud to have been named to CRN’s 2017 Managed Service Provider 500 (MSP500) List!

The MSP500 is an annual list that recognizes the top managed service providers in North America.  The list is divided into 3 sections, and CATS Technology was recognized in the Pioneer 250 Category.  The Pioneer 250 Category includes companies that have a business model heavily weighted toward managed services.

As a company that is constantly striving to be the best Managed Service Provider, we take great pride in accepting this honor.  CATS Technology staff and management work hard 24/7 and it is an amazing accomplishment for us to be recognized for such a prestigious award.

We wanted to be sure to share this with our clients because our success is your success!  Thank you for the continued support!

 

The complete list will be published in the February print issue of CRN Magazine.
For the full list, click here.
For immediate coverage, visit this link.

Meet Brian Castorina!

Brian is a Senior Consultant at CATS Technology Solutions Group.  He grew up in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, NY, then moved to the New Springville section of Staten Island, NY, when he was 16 years old.

Brian began his education at The College of Staten Island, later transferring to Bergen Community College and DeVry University where he finished up his degree.  He realized he wanted to get involved with IT while he was working in the Operations Department at The Park Avenue Bank in NYC.  He was sent to classes to learn the banking computer system for his new position as a Systems Trainer.  It was at that point that Brian transferred to DeVry University and changed his major to Network Communications Management.  In February of 2007, he was moved to the IT Department at the bank and has been in the field ever since.

In his free time, Brian really enjoys working on classic cars.  During the spring and summer months, he likes to take his own cars to the local car shows.  He is most looking forward to remaining healthy and advancing in his career in the future.

Fun Facts about Brian:

  • I have owned 40 cars since 2001.
  • I have a 16 year old cat named Juno.

Meet Stephanie Senetra!

Stephanie PicStephanie is a Senior Consultant at CATS Technology Solutions Group.  She grew up in Hamilton Square, NJ.

Stephanie began to work in a completely different field when she realized IT was what she really wanted to do.  Her first job out of high school was working in data entry at Merrill Lynch. Her boss sat at the PC next to her, and told her to try to figure out as much as she could with it.  After that, Stephanie soon became the IT person for 500 Accounting Users.  She was the liaison between Accounting and IT and followed the technicians around watching what they did to resolve issues, until she was able to resolve IT issues on her own.  Not only did she learn a lot of her IT skills that way, but it was also the start of her love for technology.

In her free time, Stephanie loves to work out, dance, and spend time with her 4 children.  She also loves to visit the beach during the summer – it is her happy place.

Stephanie is looking forward to watching her children grow in the future, and has a goal of continuing to learn and work in the IT field with CATS Technology.

Fun Facts about Stephanie:

  • I love spending time in Atlantic City, especially the Borgata.
  • I love working from home because it allows me extra time with my children.

Meet Jefry Betances!

Jef PicJef is an IT Consultant at CATS Technology Solutions Group.  He grew up in Perth Amboy, NJ, and attended Middlesex Vocational and Technical High School on the Perth Amboy Campus.  He knew he wanted to get into the IT field the moment he laid eyes on their first Gateway PC with Windows 98.

In his free time, Jef likes to play sports such as basketball and baseball.  He also enjoys playing video games and hanging out with his friends.

Jef is most looking forward to continuing to succeed and excel in his career, and looking forward to all the life successes that comes along with it.

Fun Facts about Jef:

  • I like long walks on the beach with a bottle of beer in my hand.
  • I am a huge thrill seeker; roller coasters are my favorite.

Meet Nicholas Bufalo!

Nick PicNick is a Consultant at CATS Technology Solutions Group.  He grew up in Manalapan, NJ, and received his education from a couple schools in the area.  He attended Monmouth County Vocational for Advanced Networking, as well as Brookdale Community College where he studied Networking and Computer Science.

Nick began to get a strong interest in IT when he was about 7 years old.  His father brought home their first computer, and he immediately was amazed at how it worked.  Nick thought the fact that you can make it calculate and display different things was the coolest thing.  After that, he would spend his time looking at how things worked and became even more interested in computers and other electronics.

In his free time, Nick enjoys comics, playing video games, hiking, and traveling.  He is most looking forward to having his own house with a nice size yard in the future.  Nick also is excited to continue to watch CATS Technology prosper.

Fun Facts about Nick:

  • I’m an insomniac.
  • Surveys are tough things to answer.

Meet the CATS Team

Screen Shot 2017-01-23 at 12.46.03 PMPlease join us as we introduce ourselves!  Now that the new year is here, we would love to give you an inside glimpse into the staff at CATS Technology Solutions Group.  Beginning in February, we will be featuring two CATS employees a month.  Each post will include a photo, short bio, and a couple fun facts about each employee.

We take a lot of pride in the personality and energy that each individual brings to CATS Technology – and that is why we are so eager to share with you more than just our professional side.  Although a smaller company, made up of all different types of people, we treat each other like family.  Trust me, if we were a bunch of bores we would never voluntarily display that to everyone!

Follow CATS Technology Solutions Group on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram, and help us put a face to the name!
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Why is IT Always the Bad Guy?

It’s Monday morning, and you’re back at work after a relaxing weekend that felt entirely too short.  You gave yourself a pep talk during your entire drive – It’s Monday, new week, less stress, no worries and time to focus.

After you try to log into your computer at work, an error message pops up.  You try a few more times, only to receive the same message.  How annoying! You think, “Why can’t IT ever get this right?  It’s Monday morning and I can’t even work, this is not how I want to start my week!”

Now be honest, does this sound familiar?

As IT Consultants, CATS Technology gets it.  It is as frustrating to us as it is to you. But why is IT always the bad guy?  Let’s explore.

images-1The bearer of bad news.  IT Consultants make a constant effort to communicate with their clients from start to finish, which means there is a chance that unplanned issues can arise. YIKES! Let’s cue the yelling.  Nobody enjoys delivering bad news, so we aren’t too happy about this either.  However, the bright side is that we have kept you in the loop and no matter what the problem is, it is solved as quickly as possible.

It’s easy to blame.  We know, it’s easy to take your frustration out and blame IT for any issues that include a computer, printer, scanner, and the list goes on and on.  After all, IT should definitely have this under control, right?  Well, it’s not as easy as it seems.  Technology can be completely unpredictable, and usually it’s not until something goes wrong that it’s brought to our attention (well, your attention first of course).

So, try to cut us IT Consultants a break.  At CATS Technology, we are constantly working behind the scenes and around the clock.  We try our hardest to fix everything, however, technology does not always make it possible.

Remember, while we are the ones who need to take the blame, we are also the ones trying our best to solve the problems so you can work headache free Monday through Friday!

How the Tough Mudder Defined Teamwork for CATS Technology

WE DID IT!!!  We powered through the deep mud pits, climbed up the high walls, and army crawled under barbed wire to make it to the finish!2016-10-08_10-42-50_560

For the majority of us, this was our first time experiencing the Tough Mudder, and honestly I don’t think a lot of us knew what to expect.  Yes, we knew there would be mud (maybe even underestimated the amount of mud), and we knew it was an event that was focused on teamwork.  The teamwork that was displayed from each person is what made this entire experience so memorable and enjoyable – and it’s what makes CATS Technology Solutions Group so special.

The Tough Mudder is a tricky thing.  You are out of your comfort zone, soaked in mud, and unsure which obstacle is next and how much more your body will be pushed to the limit.  It’s extremely easy to give up – but none of us did.  Instead, we spoke only encouraging words, offered our hands to one another, and picked each other up when we fell down.  That is the true definition of teamwork.

For a company that is already close, the Tough Mudder felt like it brought everyone even closer.  There’s something about wearing the same matching t-shirts that makes you feel united.  The first day back in the office following our crazy weekend brought a lot of storytelling and picture sharing, as well as showing off our minor bumps and scrapes.

At CATS, we take pride in being a close knit company.  The fact that we work well together both inside and outside of the office is rare, and proves that it’s important to hire a MSP with these features.  We know the only way to get things done for our clients is with teamwork.  It’s something that makes us different and, most importantly, it’s what makes us a family.

We would like to thank all of our friends and family who spent the day with us.  We are looking forward to getting muddy again next year!!

Check out highlights of the day here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVF_0d16Au4

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CATS Technology Expands to a Bigger Space

UnknownCATS Technology is home!  We are so excited to announce that we have expanded to a bigger space, right down the hall from our previous office.  Although our address is the same, suite number and all, the new office feels so different.  It is comfortable, refreshing, and a place that we are all very proud of.

With our new office being about 1,000 square feet bigger, as a company, we are growing.  Having a bigger space gives us the opportunity to expand the CATS team over time, as well as more storage space for our IT equipment.

The walls are decorated with the CATS logo and big flat screen TV’s to display our services, as well as upcoming events.  One particular company-wide event that is right around the corner is the Tough Mudder.  We will all be participating in it as a team building exe
rcise, and also to raise money for the organization, JAR of Hope.  We take the course on October 8, so there is still time to raise money to help us reach our goal!  http://jarofhope.org/campaign/cats-technology/

 

We are now equipped with a cozy waiting area, where we welcome current clients, as well as potential ones, so please stop in and check out or newest space.  Our home is your home!

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CATS Technology Takes on Something BIG for a Great Cause

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On October 8, 2016, the CATS team will be taking their teamwork out of the office to participate in the Tough Mudder Half at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ.

For those of you who don’t know, the Tough Mudder Half is a 5-mile obstacle course, with 14+ obstacles to overcome.  But the race will not be the only thing on our minds as we battle through mud pits, steep climbs, and tough terrain.

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JAR of Hope, aka Team Jamesy, is an organization whose main focus is to spread awareness and raise money to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a genetic disorder that affects young children, more specifically young boys.  Since children with DMD cannot produce dystrophin, which is a protein that is needed for muscle function and strength, every skeletal muscle in their body begins to deteriorate.

 Please watch this video to see what makes JAR of Hope so special

Since JAR of Hope is very close to the CATS family, we have a donation page set up with the hopes that we can get donations for them by our participation in the Tough Mudder Half. This truly is an incredible organization, so even if you are unable to donate, we ask that you browse their page to learn more about it.  It’s an inspiring story.

Make a Donation

Find out more about JAR of Hope

We will be sporting our custom made team “Thundercats” t-shirts – modeled after the popular TV series – in case anyone wants to come out and watch us in action!

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CATS Technology Named to CIOReview’s 2016 “20 Most Promising IT Services Companies”

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 3.25.51 PMWe are proud and excited to announce that CATS Technology has made the 2016 list of the “20 Most Promising IT Services Companies” by CIOReview.

CIOReview is a print magazine from Fremont, California that explores the different tactics firms use in order to maintain the smooth functioning of their businesses.  The “20 Most Promising IT Services Companies” list was determined by a panel made up of CEOs, CIOs, IT VPs, as well as the CIOReview Editorial Board.

“We are proud to announce CATS Technology as one among the 20 Most Promising IT Services Companies 2016,” said Jeevan George, Managing Editor of CIOReview. “CATS Technology remains committed in protecting an organizations data and safeguarding business by providing a wide range of managed IT services and support services at a lower cost.”

This is the second year in a row that CATS Technology has been named to one of CIOReview’s “Most Promising” lists.  Last year, CATS was included in the 2015 “50 Most Promising IT Services Companies” list.

We would like to thank CIOReview for the incredible recognition of our hard work and dedication!

View the full list of vendors who are in company with CATS Technology this year:

http://it-services.cioreview.com/vendors/2016/

President Darrin Gonchar Named “Entrepreneur of the Month” by CIOReview Magazine

This month, our very own Darrin Gonchar has been named “Entrepreneur of the Month” and is featured in CIOReview Magazine.

This articScreen Shot 2016-08-26 at 1.40.59 PMle is particularly special to CATS Technology because not only does it explain the services CATS offers but it also displays the company’s wholesome and personal side.

I’m sure the majority of you know what services CATS Technology offers, but this article touches on some things that you may not know; Do you know how CATS got its start?  Or what CATS actually stands for? How about that CATS has a history of giving back to the community?

It’s always an added bonus when a company excels inside the office, as well as outside of it, and we are so honored and thankful that CIOReview gave CATS Technology the opportunity to tell our story.

 

For the full article, visit pages 16 & 17 at this link: http://magazine.cioreview.com/magazines/August2016/IT_Services/

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