Meet the President
First off I want to welcome you to Desert Vibez IT Services! My name is Mike Riess and I am the President of Desert Vibez IT Services. My family and I recently relocated back to Tri-Cities and are glad to be back in the town where my wife and I were raised in, and have two awesome boys to share this environment Brody and Jackson with, as well as our boxer pup Teagan. I am proud to be able to give back to this great community by starting this company. Since graduating college at Washington State University "GO COUGS!", I moved down to Texas to begin my professional career for 10 years. In that time period I have worked for some great companies, and gained valuable IT and professional experienced which I am so glad I can bring back to this area. Working with such large corporations I am able to understand and see the executive problems and ideas at that level, as well as translating that down to the day-to-day IT business needs to either solve or address those items.
I worked for Hewlett-Packard (HP) for 4 years as a Lead IT Auditor, at the time, they were ranked a Fortune 5 company on the Fortune 500.
I worked for a Tokio Marine HCC (global speciality insurance firm) as the Enterprise IT Security Manager for 5 years tasked to manage the risk across all their global locations. They were in the Fortune 1000 list at 824.
And most recently for the past couple years as the CIO/VP of IT for UNIBEST International based out of Tri-Cities.
With Desert Vibez IT Services our goal is to bring this experience and exposure, and work directly with YOU the "small-to-medium businesses" who normally don't have either a dedicated IT staff let alone someone who has at least some experience managing an IT environment.
We want to understand where you are vs. where you think you are from an IT perspective. Second portion and more importantly is to understand where you want to be as a company, and how IT can be a asset to that story. As the story more often than not is that IT is just a back-office entity which is essentially just a cost-center for the company in the Executives eyes. Hopefully we can help you and your business understand that once business meets IT, IT should no longer be thought of in that tune.