"For me college was a vehicle to play sports," said former Cerro Coso Baseball Player Brandon Tanner. Now the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for IT-Lifeline, Brandon gives a lot of credit for his success in business to his college years and playing baseball. Recognized as one of the top 20 under 40 in the Inland Northwest for his business and community contributions, Brandon says he applies everything he learned while playing sports and going to school: mental toughness, work ethic, risk taking, goal setting, and dedication to his work. "Enjoy it while you can," advised Brandon, "the time, ability and energy to do both is fleeting."
A 1995 graduate of Cerro Coso Community College, Brandon earned a baseball scholarship to Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. As a project for a marketing class at Whitworth, Brandon and a friend, Sam Fleming, decided to follow their dreams and start a business. Knowing that 50% of businesses fail in the first five years, in 1997 they set out to help by designing websites and software for businesses. Through hard work and determination their company, APerfectWeb, grew to do business with corporations like Microsoft and America's PowerSports before it was acquired by NextIT.
In addition to web design, NextIT offers a technology-based, self-service solution with virtual assistants that provide personalized customer services. GoArmy and Alaska Airlines are among the many large scale businesses utilizing NextIT's virtual assistants. Brandon also worked with SprayCool where liquid and electronics are combined, mainly utilized for the military, transitioning it into the public sector. He then joined IT-Lifeline, Inc. of Spokane, Washington. IT-Lifeline provides a full range of cloud-based information protection for disaster recovery primarily in the financial and healthcare industries.
Brandon and his wife Deyla live in Spokane Washington with their two daughters, Trinity (7) and Taryn (4). One thing Brandon insists on is that his girls remain active in some kind of activity, whether it's sports or music, outside of school and home. Learning to take risks, experiencing success and winning, and learning to deal with disappointments all contributed to the success of this former Cerro Coso athlete.
Brandon holds a Bachelor's degree in Business from Whitworth University.
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