Thrive Spotlight: Brendan O’Leary, Vice President of Service Deployment
Welcome back to another installment of our “Thrive Spotlight” blog series.
Our featured employee is Brendan O’Leary, Vice President of Service Deployment. In his role, Brendan oversees the deployment of technology, ensuring that Thrive’s solutions are efficiently and effectively integrated into client environments.
Brendan resides in Providence, Rhode Island, where shares his home with his wife and their beloved dog. Brendan has a penchant for riding motorcycles when he’s not working, with his latest being a Moto Guzzi V7. He’s also a culinary enthusiast, often expressing that if he weren’t in IT, he’d likely turn his passion for cooking into a career.
Hi Brendan! Can you tell us about your background and how you came to Thrive?
Before joining Thrive, I was a part of Atrion, an MSP based in Warwick, Rhode Island. I began my journey there through its apprentice program. Over time, I gained experience and eventually became a senior engineer focusing on Microsoft 365 Technologies. When another MSP acquired Atrion, Thrive approached me and the timing felt perfect. I jumped at the opportunity and quickly joined and have grown my career alongside Thrive’s own growth.
Where did you go to school or get training?
I pursued a Bachelor of Science in Network Security at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. My education was further enriched by on-the-job experience handling customer projects and exposure to enterprise networks.
What do you most enjoy about working for Thrive?
That’s easy – it’s the people. Five years might not seem long, but during this time, I’ve witnessed incredible individuals grow their skill sets, becoming senior engineers or managers in various departments. Many of the folks who started alongside me have been personally and professionally invaluable. Thrive is known for identifying exceptional talent, both inside and outside of the company, and putting those talented people in the right position to succeed. The demands of an MSP can be intense, but the team at Thrive always ensures you feel supported and valued.
Are there any recent exciting projects at Thrive you can tell us about?
Certainly! Since the pandemic in 2020 Thrive has taken a major initiative to help our clients work securely and effectively in the new work from home and hybrid work reality. We’ve focused our efforts on how to make clients embrace all of the features of tools such as Microsoft Entra ID, Intune Autopilot, Azure Virtual Desktop as well as cloud and zero trust security solutions. It’s been great to be on the cutting edge of helping customers go through a true digital transformation.
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