Jason RorieDirectorFounder, Elevated Technologies
Jason Rorie is the founder of Houston-based Elevated Technologies, which providers IT management and security solutions and services for small and medium-sized businesses. As an entrepreneur who built Elevated Technologies from the ground up, Jason understands the challenges facing his clients and is adept in diagnosing critical needs.
U.S. NAVY CAREER: SETTING GOALS. Jason grew up in the small town of Corinth, Mississippi, but he had big dreams. He bought his first computer, an entry-level consumer brand sold at Walmart, when he was in high school – and it was love at first sight. After graduating from high school, Jason saw little opportunity at home, but he found it in the military. Jason joined the U.S. Navy and left for boot camp in 1996. It was in the Navy where Jason's tech and security career began as a Radioman/Information Systems Technician from 1996 to 2000 where he held a Top Secret Security Clearance. He worked with military cryptography and encrypted message and communication circuits on a daily basis. He served two deployments to the Persian Gulf with a Mine Countermeasures (MCM) rotational crew, which uses technologies to find and clear mines from vital waterways.
The Navy also provided the setting where he learned to set goals, which was something new to him. On his first tour to the Persian Gulf, Jason's Chief asked him, "What do you want to accomplish in your first four year in the Navy?" Without hesitation, Jason replied that he intended to reach four goals: To advance from E1 to E5 (an enlisted sailor's rate), earn Sailor of the Quarter during his tenure, earn an Enlisted Surface Warfare pin, and lastly, to earn a Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal. These were very ambitious goals for a young sailor. Jason's Chief laughed with a suggestion posed as a question, "How about you set some realistic goals?" Undeterred, this incident set a fire in Jason, who would achieve all four of his goals during only four years of service, including the honor of being the USS Pioneer's Sailor of the Year in 1999. Although Jason's old Chief was transferred by the time Jason had each his "impossible" goals, it was Jason who had "the last laugh." In the end, Jason was grateful to the Chief for inspiring him to set goals and achieve them.
EDUCATION: FOLLOWING PASSION. In the military, Jason gained technical knowledge as well experience in leadership, work ethic, and conduct which greatly influenced his career and character. After leaving the Navy, he carried with him the same fire and passion into civilian life: he set new, ambitious goals and then set out to achieve them. First, Jason attended technical schools to learn programming, network engineering, and other IT skills. As a college student, he earned a degree in Computer Network Engineering and also a Bachelors in IT Network Management. While going to school, he worked various jobs in the IT industry from small business consulting up to enterprise support. Jason enjoyed helping small business owners with their technology needs, but thought he could do it better on his own terms. He set a new goal: to own his own IT consulting company.