Mike Charobee founded the Ballantyne IT Professionals in January 2011 with the vision of organizing a professional IT organization that would meet in Ballantyne area of Charlotte where he works and lives. As Chairman of the Board of the Ballantyne IT Professionals, Mr. Charobee is responsible for leading the Board of Directors vision and goals in providing quality member events, charitable activities and initiatives, and developing the long term strategy of the organization. Mike has been part of the Charlotte technology community for over 15 years and has helped mentor leadership teams for the Lake Norman IT Professionals, Asheville CIO Roundtable, Lake Norman CIO Roundtable, CISO Roundtable and has held leadership and board positions with the Ballantyne Rotary Club. Mike is currently a Managing Partner for Opex Technologies and helps business clients with advisory, audit, brokering and research services as it relates to business technologies for Cloud, Data Center, Network & Security. Mr. Charobee has held technology business development roles with MCI WorldCom, tw telecom (formerly Time Warner Telecom), NuVox Communications and Windstream Hosted Solutions. Mike has held sales leadership roles with tw telecom and Level 3 Communications.