nTier Training was founded in 2006 on the core belief that there is a superior way to train technical teams. Headquartered in Atlanta, nTier’s community of experts designs custom learning solutions and delivers on-site training around the globe to help clients complete projects better, faster and cheaper than ever before.
- Instructors and Coaches with Real-World Experience 100%
- Repeat Customers 90%
- Overall Client Satisfaction 96%
Our Training Philosophy
Experience tell us that in order to quickly build affordable and high-quality software, teams need a standard skill set, optimized collaboration and knowledge of the latest technologies and methodologies.
Every team and project is different, so there is no one-size-fits-all training solution. We believe customization is vital to successful learning because it ensures the solution directly supports your goals and needs.
Although virtual learning can be successful when delivered correctly, we believe in the power of a traditional classroom setting. Retention increases when a knowledgeable trainer engages with students in-person.
Students should leave a corporate training experience with new knowledge they can immediately apply to their work. That’s why we believe in hands-on training solutions that incorporate real-word challenges.
Chief Technology Officer
Ed Lance brings more than 25 years of hands-on programming experience to corporate training engagements. He joined the tech industry in the late 90s and in short order was fortunate enough to have a seat at Ken Schwaber’s first Scrum Master class while onsite at Microsoft.
Ed went on to spend five years at Sears – initially as a developer and later as a trainer and curriculum developer facilitating seminars and in-house courses on Java and Agile fundamentals – followed by nearly two years as a trainer and courseware developer at Keane (now NTT Data). Ed learned early on that a trainer can never stop being a developer; that skill set must constantly be honed, and this is the basis on which he formed nTier Training in 2006.
Vice President of Sales
Louie is responsible for all of nTier Training’s direct sales. His resume boasts more than 25 years of IT sales and marketing experience, including functioning as vice president and chief sales officer for tech startups in the Atlanta area and serving as the General Manager of New Horizons Computer Learning Center. During the worst economy in 30 years, Louie led all six of the national New Horizons centers in sales and collections, increased sales 10 percent and increased profits 321 percent.
In Louie founded MindIQ IT Training and Consulting and served as CEO until 2009. Under his leadership, MindIQ steadily grew and in 2002 was included on Inc. 500’s list of fastest growing companies.
Louie is the author of How to be a Professional Salesperson, two-time winner of the American Association of Inside Sales Professionals (AA-ISP) Top 25 Most Influential Inside Sales Professionals and is on AA-ISP’s Ask the Expert panel.
Director of Operations and Business Development
Army Lt. Col (RET) Rob Smith’s resume boasts more than 22 years of experience in leadership, training, IT project management and Agile development. He is a strategic thinker with experience building and executing high-profile technology initiatives and an innovative change agent who leads objective enhancing technology change and transformation.
Before joining nTier Training, Rob served as the Director of Technical Solutions for a Department of Defense (DOD) organization, providing solutions geared towards overcoming interoperability challenges between the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and other government agencies. Rob holds a Master of Business Administration and dual Bachelor degrees in Criminal Justice and Information Technology in addition to numerous certifications, including the PMP and PMI-ACP certificates, the Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) certificate and the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certificate.