Brian Colpak is an experienced manager, tech entrepreneur, and the founder of Continental Global. Previously, Brian has worked as a managing partner and the go-to person for project management in large companies. Before starting Continental Global, Brian had led several other companies—including Future Technologies, where he was President and CEO, that was recognized as one of the top 100 fastest growing companies in Massachusetts.
Mr. Colpak has always had a passion for technology and is currently devoted to securing part of an upcoming project in Dubai where he will be heading up an eleven-member team of seasoned technology executives and former state department personnel. This opportunity is a testament to his commitment and work ethic at Continental Global.
Brian is a devoted family man. He and his wife Christine were blessed with a baby boy – Dereck – who was diagnosed with Autism at 18 months old. From that day forward, his goal was to help these special children and create a platform to support their needs.
Mr. Colpak served on the Board of Advisors at his son’s school, the New England Center for Children. For five years he supported the school with his time and donations.
Brian sat on the school’s Executive Event Committee to raise awareness and drive donations for children with autism. Events he organized included the 6th Annual “Night of Music,” where he worked alongside Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis.
How did you get started in this business?
Hi there! My name is Brian Colpak, and I first started my business in information technology 25 years ago here in Massachusetts. Back then, I noticed that there was a huge opportunity in the burgeoning technology sector, and I decided to jump right in. Since then, I haven’t looked back.
How does your company make money?
The same way every company makes money. With the world becoming increasingly connected, there’s an ever-growing demand for IT support out there. Our goal is simply to meet that demand.
How does your company go about acquiring new customers?
We find a need, and we meet it. In this business, you don’t even need to focus on marketing. You can just go out there and deliver.
How did you work your way up in this business?
As an entrepreneur, you quickly learn that anything anyone else has done, you can do too. When I started my first business, there was a lot of learning the ropes, but you quickly figure things out and move forward. All it takes is the ability to learn and a little hard work.
What made you want to work in this industry
When I first started, information technology was the wave of the future. In many ways, it still is. This is a field where innovation happens, and it is driving the U.S. economy. That’s what I love about it.
What is it that you feel makes you good at your job?
Being consistent is the most important thing. Your business deserves that! I should also say the many people I work with are constantly enabling my success. You can’t do well without a strong team.
What are the perks of working in this type of business?
As I said before, you get to meet so many great people. This is a business where every person you meet has so much potential and so much to contribute. I am constantly learning new things by being exposed to the amazing team I work with every day.
What are the disadvantages of working in this field?
The only disadvantage is the hours. In reality, they’re not so bad. There’s a lot of flexibility, but when it comes down to it, if you need to put in the time, you have to put in the time.
What’s the most rewarding part of your work?
Working with the team. As a leader, you need to supervise a diverse collection of skill sets and personalities. When you finally manage to bring all that disparity together and create a product that really excels — that’s a great feeling!
Where is your industry headed? What excites you about the future in this line of work?
The potential for this industry is boundless. As I said before, this is an industry that runs on pure innovation. We are constantly evolving, and that is probably the thing that excites me most.
What advice do you give people who want to get into your field of work?
Find a niche and jump right in. Once you get started, remain consistent and keep driving forward. Eventually, you will be able to find success. And if not, don’t be discouraged. Maybe you need a slight course correction to get back on track.
Are you willing to be a mentor? If so, how should someone contact you?
Of course! If you want to reach out to me, I would be happy to answer any questions you might have. The best way to get in touch is to reach me through my website: briancolpak.com.