• An intuitive, dedicated team
  • Quality solutions
  • Unparalleled satisfaction

It’s more than just a promise. It’s an expectation.

Expert Source Kit

Business technology expertise and resources

Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to maximizing business technology outcomes. That's why HMB strives to share its IT knowledge and experience through our blog, industry events, speaking engagements, success stories and as a source for media outlets.

Located in Columbus, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky, HMB is comprised of an intuitive, approachable team entrenched in the daily work of solving technology challenges for mid-sized to multinational companies, public entities and nonprofits. We frequently serve as speakers at local, national and regional events on technology and business trends. If you're interested in tapping into the expertise of one of our experts on the sampling of topics below please contact Danielle Ramsey at PR@hmbnet.com or at 614.221.6831.

Sources for Media and Speaking Opportunities

Tom Harris

Harris has developed business application systems for more than 25 years and currently serves as chief executive officer of HMB. As a founding partner of the firm, Harris can provide insight on what it takes to grow a successful business from a single idea. A firm believer in the phrase, “You win with people,” Harris notes that developing a strong company culture is among his proudest accomplishments. This culture is reflected in all aspects of the company, from the way employees are treated to the value HMB places on providing exceptional service. Harris has played an instrumental role in establishing HMB as one of central Ohio's leading technology services firms and has become one of the region's most respected business leaders. He is available to share first-hand experience on leadership, entrepreneurship, navigating corporate change and growth, the local business environment and the impact of technology on an organization.


  • Columbus, Ohio business environment
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Establishing company culture
  • How to choose a technology outsourcing partner
  • Intersection of technology and business
  • Keys to a successful partnership with an IT consultant
  • Midwest technology business environment
  • Navigating growth – when to hire and when to partner
  • Sustaining culture as a company grows
  • Technology consulting (state of the market)
  • Technology trends
  • Tips for building a successful business

Dan Whetstone
President, Energy Division

Recognized as a 2013 People to Know in Energy by Columbus Business First, Whetstone is well versed on the role technology plays in the energy industry – particularly for the oil, gas and electric utilities sectors. He can share insight on topics ranging from how internal business application systems function in a regulated environment to best practices for developing in-field mobile and customer billing applications. With more than 20 years of information systems development, Whetstone can discuss trends in application development that support the enhancement of performance, uptime, security, safety and productivity.


  • Automated meters
  • Business intelligence
  • Customer-billing applications
  • Database design
  • Energy consumption management
  • ESRI GIS mapping
  • Internal business application systems
  • IT in a regulated environment
  • IT integration with energy systems
  • Legacy system integration and migration
  • Mobile data terminals
  • Mobile application development
  • Portals and collaboration
  • Solution architecture
  • Customer relationship management

Doug Donovan
President, Technology Services Division

A recognized technology leader, Donovan has more than 20 years experience building custom solutions that help clients achieve business objectives and gain a competitive advantage. Donovan has created a proven methodology that ensures client expectations are delivered as promised. Called the HMB Delivery Experience, HMB clients have greater assurance that their projects will also be delivered on time and on budget. Recently named one of Columbus Business First's 20 People to Know in Technology, Donovan is available to share his deep expertise of the Microsoft technology platform, how to leverage agile and waterfall processes, and best practices for ensuring a company gets the most out of its IT consulting partner. Donovan, who is often quoted by the media on the impact of technology on business, can also provide insight on IT trends.


  • Building effective teams
  • Business technology trends
  • Customer-facing mobile applications
  • Enterprise technology
  • How to budget for an IT project
  • How to plan a technology project
  • Impact of technology on business
  • Managing a disparate workforce
  • Managing your IT partner
  • Microsoft technology platform
  • Portals and collaboration
  • Project management – Waterfall vs. Agile or combination
  • Quality assurance
  • Responsive and mobile websites
  • Total IT outsourcing
  • Trends in IT consulting
  • Value of mentoring programs
  • What to expect from an IT consulting partner

Jared Faris
Microsoft Practice Director

Faris leads HMB's Microsoft Practice and is an expert on all aspects of how enterprises can leverage the platform to help meet their business objectives. Awarded as one of Microsoft’s 2014 Most Valuable Professionals for his contributions to Internet Explorer technology communities, Faris frequently shares his expertise in cloud computing, Windows and web development, and mobile applications. He is an accomplished speaker and co-founder of Cloud Develop, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together developers and IT professionals who work with a wide variety of cloud platforms and software languages. Faris can provide insight on analyzing business objectives to develop applications that are user-friendly and integrate well with existing architecture.


  • .NET
  • Azure
  • Building cloud architecture
  • Business application design and development
  • Ecommerce applications
  • Leveraging cloud computing
  • Maximizing Microsoft platform in the enterprise
  • JavaScript
  • Mobile technology’s impact on productivity
  • MVC
  • Office 365
  • SharePoint
  • SQL Server
  • WCF
  • Web application development
  • What cloud computing means for business
  • When to build a custom application vs. buy off-the-shelf

Thad Leemaster
Business Development Director

Leemaster has more than 18 years of experience in IT consulting, recruiting, sales and business development. He can provide insight on complex selling environments, shortening the sales cycle and how to sell technology services. Leemaster can also provide insight on enterprise technology adoption trends and how to build a successful sales team to adapt to a constantly evolving and technical environment.


  • Enterprise technology adoption trends
  • How to sell services
  • IT sales
  • Sales team leadership and education
  • Sales trends in central Ohio’s technology market
  • Sales/business development tips
  • Shortening the sales cycle
  • Complex selling environments

Sue Johnson
Recruiting Director

With more than 15 years experience focused exclusively in IT recruiting and executive level sales, Johnson has worked with numerous colleges, universities and technical professionals in helping navigate effective job search strategies. She is responsible for sourcing, interviewing and hiring of technical and non-technical personnel at HMB as well as establishing relationships with universities to recruit top talent. Johnson can provide insight on the central Ohio IT job market, what recruiters look for in a candidate and new trends in researching and hiring candidates.


  • Attracting the right talent
  • Central Ohio IT job market
  • Community relationships and their impact on hiring
  • IT recruiting trends
  • Job search strategies and trends
  • New graduate trends
  • Recruiting tips for the incoming millennial generation
  • Tips for landing a job after graduation
  • Using social media for recruitment
  • What recruiters look for in a candidate

John Paider
President, Capture Division

Paider specializes in helping HMB’s clients align their line-of-business applications with their data capture needs and has a solid background in software development. He can provide insight on trends in enterprise content management, how to choose the right document management software and hardware, and best practices in data capture.


  • Enterprise content management
  • Choosing the right enterprise content management solution
  • Solving data capture needs
  • Data capture hardware and software
  • Integrating document management with the enterprise
  • Document management software
  • Canon
  • Digitech
  • Fujitsu
  • Kodak
  • Panasonic
  • RightFax
  • HMB is not just another highly skilled service provider; they care about the solution they are providing their customers and how it will continue to serve them in the future.

    IT Director
    County Government Systems
  • HMB has consistently provided high quality .NET developers to our team.  The rapid ramp up and ability to become quickly productive for the project has not been matched by any other consultants.  We are very pleased with HMB's high performing, business-minded developers.

    IT Director
    Manufacturing Industry (Precision Instruments, Weights & Measures)
  • The HMB team has established themselves as not just a vendor but a partner in helping us achieve our mission. They believe and live with us our value of 'be so good they can’t ignore us.'

    Senior Director
    Educational Non-Profit Organization
  • We partnered with HMB because of their track record of successful projects, the depth of their technology staff and their flexibility. HMB provided us with the right resources in a short timeframe that allowed us to meet our client commitments in a timely and cost-effective manner. 

    Vice President of Technology
    Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Consulting Industry
  • At the end of the day it comes down to doing the right thing. If you do what's right for your clients and treat your employees well, everything else falls into place. It's just that simple.

    Mark Buchy
    Partner, HMB
  • My company chose HMB over other options primarily because of their people.  They came highly recommended, but what made them stand out amongst their peers was the professionalism and expertise of their team.

    Business Application Manager
    Commercial Real Estate Industry
  • Most importantly, [HMB] seems to live by the idea that their business is not just about performing their assignments brilliantly, but also about satisfying their clients deeply.

    Business Application Manager
    Commercial Real Estate Industry
  • Professional, experienced, reliable and trustworthy sum up our relationship with HMB.

    Chief Deputy
    County Government Systems
  • Congrats to you and the team on a successful implementation!

    Senior Vice President
    Energy Industry
  • Because of [HMB’s] diligence in understanding the process, tens of thousands of reports and requests for funds passed flawlessly through the agency at speeds 10 times faster than the traditional paper methods, with some making the way to payment in minutes.

    Director of Grants Management
    State Department of Education
  • School districts planned for and received resources faster and more efficiently because of the outstanding work of HMB.

    Director of Grants Management
    State Department of Education
  • Well done! This is the A-team!

    IT Director
    Energy Industry
  • Our biggest challenge is making the changes we need as fast as possible. HMB is quick to respond and gets things done.

    Aviation Industry Software
  • HMB makes the extra effort to provide experienced developers that fit our needs.

    Senior Director of Technology
    Educational Non-Profit Organization
  • HMB exceeds their goal to deliver satisfaction by providing a service beyond our expectation.

    Vice President of Information Services
    Commercial Real Estate Industry
  • Not only are they fast and accessible, but HMB insists on doing things the right way.

    Vice President of Information Services
    Commercial Real Estate Industry
  • HMB takes initiative and ownership of the projects they work on.

    Business Intelligence Manager
    Energy Industry
  • HMB brings knowledgeable experience from the industry and integrates that skill into our business.

    Manager, IT Service Delivery
    Energy Industry
  • Their dedication to delivery and the precision of their results quantifies HMB’s strengths.

    Program Director
    Energy Industry