AAJ Technologies , a leading Information Technology (IT) systems integrator and solution provider, was recently awarded the prestigious CEO Nexus Cup presented by GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute at UCF.  Located in South Florida, the company provides high-end technology consulting services, helping companies become more efficient, profitable and competitive in their respective industries. Notable clients include: the Food and Drug Administration, Citrix Systems, Florida Virtual School, Miami Children’s Hospital, Bluegreen Corporation, and the Florida Department of Education.

The CEO Nexus Cup is a traveling trophy and member-recognition award, lauding those companies that have achieved sustained growth and significant entrepreneurial success, in part due to their collaboration with GrowFL and CEO Nexus.

GrowFL and CEO Nexus, in partnership with the Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship at Rollins College, and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, host a quarterly CEO Forum where the CEO Nexus Cup is presented.  These informational presentations and networking opportunities allow members to meet with and learn from fellow CEOs who have successfully guided and advanced their companies into the next stages of business development.

Amjad Shamim, AAJ Technologies CEO and Managing Director, was presented with the award during the CEO Nexus Forum held on June 10 in Orlando.

“Being awarded the CEO Nexus Cup is a great honor.  We are proud of what we have accomplished thus far, and this recognition is tribute to that success.  Our commitment to excellence is represented in our staff, which translates to our business.  We invest in people, and do not approach our business solely from a financial perspective,” said Shamim.

Shamim knows what it takes to build a successful company.  With more than 28 years of leadership and management experience, he has become a proven and respected authority in the IT industry.  Shamim earned Microsoft’s Gold Level Partner and coveted Field-Managed status, achieving more than 90% overall performance ratings.  His positive influence is also demonstrated within his company.  During the tough economic turndown, he avoided layoffs by taking a second mortgage on his house.  While no one earned a salary increase, Shamim held true to his promise, and not a single employee was let go.  To this day, most of those employees are still with AAJ technologies, generating unprecedented loyalty in an industry synonymous for turnover.  Under his leadership AAJ Technologies has experienced steady growth and has recently announced plans for expansion in the Orlando area, with support from GrowFL.

“We got involved with the GrowFL program about three years ago and learned about the numerous resources that are available to help businesses like ours, grow and excel.  Through GrowFL’s strategic research, CEO Roundtables, access to capital, mentor network and Florida Companies To Watch

award recognition program, we’ve made tremendous advances.  They really take care of you.  Now we are in a position to expand our offices and create a presence in Orlando,” said Shamim.

“Amjad Shamim embodies all the qualities of a CEO Nexus Cup recipient,” said Steve Quello, founder and president of CEO Nexus. “His dedication to his company and employees is really what drives his leadership and, ultimately, his company’s success.  The positive result he has achieved through GrowFL is a testament that the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem that is evolving in Central Florida, and throughout the state, is working well,” added Quello.

“Serving entrepreneurs like Amjad is what GrowFL is all about.  We provide them with the tools and resources that can help make their companies successful.  We are excited about the economic impact of having AAJ Technologies establish a presence in Orlando.  This is a validation that our programs are working and need to be continued to improve our economy,” said Tom O’Neal, associate vice president of Research & Commercialization at UCF and executive director of GrowFL.

AAJ Technologies is a privately held IT solution provider that specializes in cloud and mobile application development and integration.  Their expertise encompasses several technologies including Microsoft, IBM, Xamarin, iOS, and Android development platforms.

With clients ranging from small and mid-sized businesses, to billion-dollar multi-national companies, AAJ Technologies has quickly risen to become a high performer and trusted service provider for all IT solutions.  The company was previously named to the Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in America in both 2012 and 2013, and was awarded “Business of the Year” by the South Florida Business Journal.   In 2012, AAJ Technologies was recognized as a Florida Companies To Watch winner.  The company currently has offices in Ft. Lauderdale and Tallahassee with expansion to Orlando.

If you are a CEO of a growth-oriented business in Florida and want to learn more about how GrowFL can benefit you, contact GrowFL at GrowFL@ucf.edu or 407-823-6384 or visit GrowFL.com.