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Derek Odegard

Company: CentricsIT
Location: GA
Industry: IT

Derek Odegard, 38, stands amongst Atlanta’s most successful entrepreneurs and, as a graduate of Walton High School and the University of Georgia, his status as a homegrown success story is indisputable.

Odegard leads CentricsIT, an enterprise IT solutions provider in Norcross, Ga., with 16 years of IT industry experience. His prodigious career began at Solarcom (now Atlantix Global/Presidio) in 1996, where he would become Executive Vice President. But after a corporate buyout signaled a drastic change in company culture, Odegard and seven colleagues left to form CentricsIT in 2007. Five years later, what began as a tiny startup in the CFO’s basement has rapidly become one of the fastest-growing IT solution providers in North America.

Among a multitude of company achievements, CentricsIT has been named to CRN’s Solution Provider 500 (formerly the VAR 500) for four consecutive years, Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s list of Top 100 Private Companies—appearing alongside the likes of Chick fil’a and Kauffman Tire. Additionally, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has ranked CentricsIT as one of Atlanta’s Top Places to Work for two consecutive years—the award of which Odegard is proudest.

Despite the accolades, Odegard is quick and adamant to deflect credit, citing the collaborative effort of his entire staff as the catalyst behind the company’s success. In fact, when asked about the secret to entrepreneurial success, his answer is simple: “Hire and retain talented people.”

With a team of over 90 (and growing) and offices in the United States, Canada, and India, Odegard keeps busy. Growth initiatives for 2012 and beyond focus on continued global expansion and the company’s comprehensive service offerings, which include hardware rentals, multi-vendor maintenance and support, and IT staffing solutions.

Odegard holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Finance from The University of Georgia. He enjoys golfing, attending UGA football games, and spending time with his wife and two children.