Meet Our Instructors

Mahjed Al-GhandourMajed Al-Ghandour has taught for TTS for over 18 years. He has a PhD in Engineering from NC State University. His teaches Microsoft .NET and open source technologies, including ASP.NET, C#, XML Web Services, Java, C++, PHP, MySQL, jQuery, Ajax, SharePoint, WordPress, SAS programming and Mobile App Development. Majed is a Professional Engineer and has earned his Microsoft MCP, MCSD and MCT, Novell CCNA, and the Certification of Accomplishment in Teaching from NC State University.


William (Bill) BlackmonWilliam (Bill) Blackmon has taught AutoCAD courses for Technology Training Solutions for over 10 years. As a licensed architect in the state of North Carolina, he has been using Autodesk products in his field for more than 20 years. He has served as technical editor on multiple AutoCAD books, and has written dozens of custom AutoCAD applications. Bill patiently approaches teaching from the standpoint of an end-user with a strong emphasis on efficiency and real world application.


Martin BrossmanMartin Brossman is a leading authority on social media and online marketing. He is a business coach, author, consultant, and trainer known for his insight and grass roots marketing expertise. A member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), Martin is a popular speaker on social media topics. He also teaches at North Carolina community college Small Business Centers and Chambers of Commerce venues throughout the state.


Leslie ByrdLeslie Byrd has been in the advertising and communications industry for 25 years and continues to serve a broad range of clients from health care and high-tech industries to manufacturing. Leslie is particularly passionate about meeting the needs of non-profit organizations and educational institutions, offering services for both print and web media.


Brian CollinsBrian M. Collins is a 30 year IT industry veteran, spending the latter half of that tenure in the role of technical education course developer and trainer. He has taught infrastructure, operating systems, networking, and software development since 1995. A self-diagnosed IT Geek, Brian has held positions for companies such as HP, Red Hat, EMC, and NetApp. As well as a BS in Information Systems, MBA, and M.S. Ed., he holds numerous industry certifications from Microsoft, CompTia, VMware, Red Hat, EMC, and NetApp.


Laura ConeLaura Cone has taught for Technology Training Solutions for over 13 years, and has been a trainer and consultant to private and public sector clients for 17 years. She teaches all Microsoft Office products, as well as Microsoft Project and "a few others." Laura is a Microsoft Certified Application Specialist Instructor and a beta tester for MOS exams.


Charlie DickensCharlie Dickens is a Raleigh, NC native, a professional photographer and the owner of Charles Dickens Photography here in Raleigh. He has a background in engineering, over 20 years of photography experience in the areas of weddings, portraits, and commercial photography, and several years of experience teaching various levels of photography. Charlie is an active member of the Professional Photographers of America and the Professional Photographers of North Carolina.


Heather Cutchin EvansHeather Cutchin Evans has been the social media manager for a large veterinary hospital in Raleigh for five years and has made social media a pivotal part of the group's marketing plan. Her experience as a teaching assistant with the Social Media Management Certificate Program has provided her with real-world experience training others to effectively use social media for business branding, marketing and advertising.


Lorrie GuessLorrie Guess is a producer, designer, video editor, and educator. She received a Master of Art & Design degree in animation and new media from North Carolina State University, a Bachelor of Art degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and studied multimedia documentary at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Lorrie has worked on local and national film and television productions, so she brings real-world experience to her courses in videography and software editing tools.


Leslie HammLeslie Hamm is the President of Alpha Accounting, a local QuickBooks-centric consulting firm since 1996. She was named as QuickBooks Pro Advisor Top 100 in 2014 and she has been a QuickBooks Advanced Certified Pro Advisor since 2009 at the inception of that designation. She is a professional instructor and a member of the Intuit Trainer/Writer network, is the only local Intuit Premier Reseller and is a member of the select Accountant and Advisor Customer Council of Intuit, Inc. 2007-2009.


Greg HyerGreg Hyer is an expert in the areas of content marketing and social CRM, marketing automation, email marketing, and social media advertising. A self-described digital marketing and social selling coach, Greg has been helping others "up" their marketing and sales strategies for years. Greg attended both the Florida Institute of Technology and Northern Virginia Community College, and co-owns Linking into Sales - Social Selling Training and Podcast.









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