When the tech bubble burst in 2001, Scott Carson saw an opportunity. With an industry devalued and thousands of tech professionals jobless, Scott sought to reinvigorate enterprise technology consulting. The premise was simple: make technology affordable, and easy to use. The means to solving the formula involved a creative mix of both art and science: two opposite ends of a spectrum connected by the power of the internet.
When Scott's high school friend, Brad Zakreski, joined Storm in 2005, Brad utilized his vast business knowledge to find creative ways of making Storm's clients more efficient, productive, and ultimately profitable. At the same time, we at Storm refuse to deviate from our core values of innovation, professionalism, and respect, in a fresh, youthful environment. If we can't find you a service that utilizes existing systems, we'll build a new one, to make you more money. A relationship with Storm is an investment in your profits.
With humble beginnings as a one-man proprietorship, Storm Applied Technologies has now evolved to a full service enterprise consulting firm with teams in tech and creative departments, spanning the world. In addition, we empower youth to plant their roots and discover their individual potential.
Scott holds a degree in Computer Science, with additional studies in visual arts. During his studies, he was featured in the article, "The fine art of science and multimedia", and his paper on cross-platform networks resides in the University of Regina Department of Computer Science as an example of outstanding work.
Scott's life passion is martial arts, to which he is the head instructor of Shaolin Dragon Kenpo School. Further to his athletic lifestyle, he is a national certified tennis instructor as well as dragon boat coach. In addition, he is a certified teacher of English to speakers of other languages.
Scott looks with optimism towards the future, and with good reason. Scott has motivated crowds young and old across the province alongside his business partner and lifelong friend, Brad Zakreski. He and Brad have been featured in numerous newspaper, magazine, radio, and TV reports, and he is now an active MC, performer, and motivator.
Scott's vast board experience includes Kiwanis Club of Regina, University of Regina Alumni Assoc., Tennis Saskatchewan, Regina Business Development Club, All Nations Healin' Thru Artz, and Uplands Community Association .
With a firm belief in empowering youth, Scott & Brad sponsored "Communicating Community", a city-wide contest to reward youth for contributing to their community. In addition, their free community festival "Storming the Island", attained such popularity that they're planning to bring it back as a full Leadership Summit (stay tuned).
On the occasion that Scott manages to attain free time, he can be found dancing with the love of his life, Malia, auditioning for reality TV shows (just missing out on "The MuchMusic VJ Search" and ABC's "The Bachelor") or customizing his Trans Am (from a childhood fixation with Knight Rider). He firmly holds on to the crazy dream that he'll get one week of free time to show his new daughter his favourite fishing hole at Narrow Hills Provincial Park in northern Saskatchewan.
Born and raised in Saskatchewan (Swift Current and Regina), Brad is a Creative Entrepreneur. On any given day at Storm, Brad is a technology consultant, marketing manager, accountant and human resources director. He is motivated by owning one of the most unique work environments on the planet and by being business partners with one of his closest friends, Scott Carson.
Brad has a Bachelor of Administration specializing in marketing and human resources, with additional studies in medieval history. Various past work experiences with private, public and volunteer organizations have served Brad well at Storm. In his daily activities, he integrates them all into areas such as research, marketing, international business plans, labor relations, leadership/team development, recruitment, and training.
Offering a rare blend of creative and operational strengths, Brad enjoys providing creative pragmatic solutions that grow with your business. Organizing numerous tradeshow, TV, radio and newspaper opportunities in which Storm participates are just a few of the professional jobs that he enjoys. Brad is involved in several communities, serving on the boards of East Regina Business Association and Saskatchewan Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (Regina Chapter). The highlight of his career remains the opportunity to speak to over 600 youth and stakeholders at the Saskatchewan Youth Summit 2007 on the topic of "Making it Happen". Volunteering as a tour guide at Storming the Island while meeting people from all walks of life remains a close second.
Brad is energized by spending time with his family. He especially loves watching his daughter discover the many mysteries of life. On a purely personal level, he is found playing competitive volleyball, downhill skiing, tuning up his car, experiencing new cultures and playing trumpet.
Scott Carson establishes Storm Applied Information Technologies in April. By May, business had diversified and strengthened so much that the name was changed to Storm Applied Technologies
Above: Scott at the Regina Chamber of Commerce B2B trade show
Big companies have big icons. Storm purchases a dragon boat for the community to enjoy Regina's jewel of the prairies, Wasana Lake.
Above: Past Mayor Fiacco christens "Storm-1"
In one of the biggest moments of their careers, Scott & Brad are asked to address the province at the Sask. Youth Summit. Their topic, "Making it Happen", impressed delegates and dignitaries and sparked a breakout for Storm
Above: Scott & Brad strike a quick pose before their speech
Storm practices what they preach. Brad & Scott followed up their speech with the launch of "Communicating Community" to reward kids for doing good, and "Storming the Island", a free festival on Willow Island.
Above: Scott presents the winners of Communicating Community at Storming the Island
With the dragon boat being an instant hit, the citizens of Regina asked to use it for special events. Brad & Scott conceived theme-based tours, and Eco-PARTY! Adventures was born.
Above: Brad & Scott welcome you to "The Loveboat"
As proven public speakers, Brad & Scott become fixtures in the community.
Above: Brad & Scott warm up the crowd of Easter Seals Camp Day Relay
If you own a boat, you race it. And you look GOOD doing it. Enter the Storm Troopers.
Above: 2011 team ... "WU-SAH!" (Note the girl next to Scott - she'll become his wife in 2013)
Storm gains its first international client - Valentine's Dive Center in the Bahamas. In time, we expand to work with clients & associates across the globe, from California to Tirana.
With experience under their belt, Scott & Brad join numerous executive boards.
Above: Scott MC's the gala performance of All Nations Healin' Thru Arts
Storm completes R&D on major business process management systems. To demonstrate the limitless applications of their software, Storm designs "Pinferno" - the world's first commercial 3-D digital pinball machine.
Above: Pinferno units on display at The Caves in Bismarck, North Dakota
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