Joel Abram­son


BC Business Magazine - - Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 -

When Joel Abram­son sold his man­aged IT ser­vices firm, Pack­et­safe Net­works, to in­dus­try leader Fully Man­aged in 2013, he made sure his cus­tomers re­ceived a soft land­ing. Join­ing Fully Man­aged as vi­cepres­i­dent, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment, Abram­son didn't an­tic­i­pate be­ing named CEO less than three years later. “I started col­lect­ing a lot of wins with the two co-founders [Chris Day and Sharleen Oborowsky] and putting an ef­fort into grow­ing the busi­ness,” the Van­cou­verite says. “The re­ten­tion pe­riod came and went, and we had made sig­nif­i­cant progress.”

Abram­son, who spent his teenage sum­mers work­ing in the IT depart­ment of Van­cou­ver Film School be­fore earn­ing a BA in po­lit­i­cal sci­ence from Mcgill Univer­sity, has helped Fully Man­aged grow to 75 staff. For its part, the com­pany tar­gets busi­nesses with 10 to 20 em­ploy­ees, pro­vid­ing them with cloud-based sup­port across all de­vices and pro­grams.

“We've man­aged to stay on top of the B.C. and Al­berta mar­kets and are look­ing to con­tinue that across the coun­try by bring­ing to­gether like-sized and like-minded com­pa­nies and be­com­ing a na­tional player,” Abram­son says. –N.C.

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