Simmons started his IT career in the early 90s, working for several leading-edge companies that provided him exposure to some of the early Internet networking technologies. In 1996, Simmons co-founded his first company, NetTeks, focusing on helping businesses adopt VoIP and virtualization solutions. In late 2008, Simmons successfully managed the acquisition of NetTeks to Dallas-based INX, Inc. For the next three years, Simmons ran the New England operations for INX, until INX was acquired by a private equity company. For the following two years, Simmons led his own consulting company that focused on helping companies, such as Cisco, evolve their channel partner programs. Simmons then joined Dallas-based Lumenate in 2013, where he ran their New England operations and later managed their Cisco business nationally.
Over the last few years, it became very apparent that the IT market was rapidly changing, and the way businesses consume IT was changing along with it. It was also clear that the larger IT VARs were having a difficult time changing their business models to compete in today’s Cloud-based economy. This led to the creation of Pinnacle Technology Partners, a team of like-minded industry veterans that saw the need to help businesses better manage their IT assets, and secure their environments, as they make the transition to Cloud-based solutions.
Simmons is married with three daughters, and when he is not working, he enjoys watching their various sports activities (unless the Patriots are playing).