Brent Leary is Co-founder and Partner of CRM Essentials LLC, a CRM consulting/advisory firm focused on small and mid-size enterprises. He has over 15 years of IT and management consulting experience working on projects for Microsoft, Research In Motion, BellSouth, Compaq and the state of Georgia’s Department of Economic Development. Leary received CRM Magazine’s 2004 Most Influential Leader Award along with his business partner Michael Thomas. He serves on the national board of the Customer Relationship Management Association as Vice President of Technology, and as CRM subject matter expert for the Small Business Technology Task Force. His articles have been featured in Direct Marketing News, and, in addition to his regular business solutions column for various publications, including The Network Journal and the Atlanta Tribune. Leary earned a bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Delaware and a MBA concentrating in MIS from Widener University. He hosts the Technology for Business $ake program, which airs on Business Talk 1160AM and His popular blog can be found at