By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, firstname.lastname@example.org
While many Prince Georgians know Terry Speigner as the engaging, dedicated former chairman of the county’s Democratic Central Committee, not many know he is a successful entrepreneur in information technology (IT).
Terry Speigner, former chairman of the Prince George’s County Democratic State Committee, has found success outside of politics. (Courtesy Photo)
“NGEN is committed to maintaining the highest level of industry leading partnerships, certifications and trained staff,” he told the AFRO. “Our goal is to meet the challenges faced by our customers to ensure they get the best return on their information technology investments.”
NGEN services the IT computer, cybersecurity, cloud, help desk support and networking needs of commercial businesses, local, state and federal government customers. The company’s clientele includes Prince George’s and District of Columbia government agencies in addition to nonprofits such as the Development Corporation for Columbia Heights. It sells the services of high tech giants such as Dell Computer, Cisco Systems, IBM, Microsoft and Hewlett Packard.
“We provide a service, we are not a resource for other companies, Speigner said. “That is how we work. NGEN, as an example, provides Dell Computer services to our customers and our customers don’t go to Dell itself.”
NGEN is marking its 26th year in business and it has won such distinctions as No. 26 on the 150 fastest growing service providers in North America in 2017 list and one of the 500 best service providers in North America, both honors coming from CRN. The company also was the 2017 Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council top 100 MBE (minority business enterprise) in the Washington, D.C. area.
Speigner is a native of Dora, Ala., and came to the Washington, D.C. area in 1987. He attended John Tyler Community College in Chester, Va.
Speigner said that technology has always been his passion. “When I was young, I was always fixing things,” he said. “I fell in love with computers and have been interested in them ever since.”
Speigner is also known as a man who gets things done in Prince George’s politics. In 2006 and 2010, he played a key role in the election and re-election of Martin O’Malley as Maryland governor, delivering over 162,000 votes during those contests.
However, Speigner said he left active politics in 2014 and focused on building NGEN, noting his company has grown exponentially. He is also aware that as a successful tech owner, he is a rarity.
Speigner said he attended two tech conferences recently in San Francisco and last year in Atlanta, and he was one of two Blacks attending those events.
“There are probably less than 50 Black entrepreneurs doing the type of work that is done by NGEN,” he said.