Ben Coan is a business development manager with Odyssey Information Services. Ben’s ability to develop long-lasting professional relationships has driven him to fully understand his clients’ technology needs and provide them with the best solutions. In addition, he has more than 20 years of experience in providing HPE NonStop support solutions for companies in oil and gas, healthcare, retail, banking, and financial services.
Three years ago, Navid Khodayari, President of Idelji Corp., and Kristi Elizondo, CEO of Connect Worldwide, started an ongoing conversation. Throughout their travels, to various TUGs around the world, they continued to craft ways that promote and invest in the next generation of NonStop practitioners. In 2016 an informal breakout session was held at NonStop Technical Boot Camp in San Jose. Navid remembers that he had no agenda for the meeting other than to get people together and see what everyone wanted to talk about, “everyone started talking and, just like that, NSU40 was born.” He became the first president, and establishing the first Board of Directors came next, including representation from customers, partners, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Education and marketing were high on the list, and the door opened for an online message board for member engagement.