For Steve Bargiacchi, owning his own business was not a matter of if but when.
“Growing up I was either cutting yards or painting house and having my friends help,” Bargiacchi says, “Whatever was going on, I usually had some business opportunity in the works.”
This entrepreneurial spirit eventually launched Bargiacchi into a career in information technology leading to his role as CEO of ProTech Systems Group, the largest IT company in the Memphis area.
Bargiacchi graduated from the University of Memphis with a finance degree and was considering several management training programs before being offered a position in the technology field. He took his first IT job as a sales representative for Datapoint Corporation. From there, he worked for other major computer companies in sales and management roles, but he was always focused on starting a business of his own.
The opportunity presented itself in 1992. Bargiacchi along with two colleagues formed ProTech Systems Group, Inc. Originally formed as an IT staffing company, ProTech is now the largest provider of talent and technology solutions in the Memphis area focusing on IT staffing, technology solutions, and outsourced IT.
Regarding the technology industry, Bargiacchi had this to say, “It’s living and breathing every day; It’s going to continue to change, and it’s going to be fun.”
From migrating clients to the cloud to monitoring cybersecurity trends, Bargiacchi and ProTech are on top of changes in the technology industry. In regard to cybersecurity, Bargiacchi recommends a layered approach.
“A big part of cybersecurity is education. Many hacks happen due to an end user who isn’t educated on what not to click,” stated Bargiacchi. “There is a lot you can do from the technology side, but the end user is the weakest link.” Keeping cybersecurity top of mind for users is the biggest component to combatting cyber attacks for small businesses. “There’s no silver bullet for cybersecurity in this day and age,” says Bargiacchi.
As cyber criminals begin to use more sophisticated tactics, Bargiacchi and his team at ProTech work to find the balance between security, customer service, and accessibility to keep their clients ahead of the technology curve.
In addition to running a successful company, Bargiacchi makes time to utilize his expertise in IT to help others in Memphis. He serves on the board of the Greater Memphis IT Council and Ingram Micro’s Data Center Advisory Board, but one of his greatest passions is the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis. He has been a board member since 2013 and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board. He is actively involved in the Technical Training Center and helped build a program that trains students to enter the IT workforce. Through the Technology Training Program, students earn standard certifications and are connected with Memphis employers in need of entry-level IT employees. As the program enters its third year, Bargiacchi summed up the venture saying, “It’s a great opportunity to change a kid’s life.”
With his extensive background and knowledge of the IT industry, Bargiacchi makes an excellent addition to Paragon’s Board of Directors. We look forward to his continued leadership as part of the Board of Directors in the coming years. Thank you, Steve!