About Me.

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Personal Info

Age 35
Current Employer Allstar Tactical LLC
Website mikecentola.com
Email Contact Me
Skype mikecentola

My Story

Mike is an active member and entrepreneur in the firearms industry, current President & CEO of Allstar Tactical, a Firearms Instructor, and a contributor to Personal Defense Network, as well as other blogs and publications. Although Mike has only been in the firearms industry since 2007, he has acquired many hours of training and firearms knowledge in order to supplement his involvement in Allstar Tactical as well as with other ventures and industry friends.

Additionally, Mike co-founded the New York based website, NYFirearms.com, which is a rapidly growing community for Firearms enthusiasts in New York State. He also contributes to the blog by posting product reviews as well as industry news.

Prior to Mike’s involvement in the firearms industry, he was heavily involved in Business and Technology. Beginning in 1996, at the age of 15, Mike created his first small business and has been involved in business ever since. Forming several small businesses throughout high school, and working with his father in his successful small businesses, Mike acquired the experience and knowledge necessary to become a successful entrepreneur.

In 2003, Mike graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Systems Engineering, with a specialization in Networking. In 2004, Mike received his Master’s degree, also from RPI, in Information Technology with a concentration in Network Security. While completing the degrees, Mike also received IT certifications including A+/NET+/SERVER+, Cisco CCNA/CCNP, CCDA/CCDP, CCSP and passed the written test for the CCIE.

Before graduation, Mike was recruited by IBM Global Services as a Network and Security Specialist. He worked on projects for large corporations such as Husqvarna Outdoors and the NYS DMV. In 2006, Mike left IBM to work for PAETEC as a Backbone Engineer before leaving to pursue his two businesses full time.

As former owner and President/CEO of Technotic Media Inc, he ran a successful graphic design business that began as a Photography and Video services company. As a professional photographer and videographer, Mike secured many gigs for the automotive industry as it is one of his hobbies. In 2009, Technotic Media Inc launched it’s most successful venture to date: ihatestickers.com, a sticker and vinyl graphics company. In late 2010, TM launched StickNoEvil.com to accommodate high volume business customers.

In March of 2014, Mike transferred his shares of Technotic Media Inc to his wife Erica, and she will continue to push the company in a forward direction.

Mike also started a network services and complex web hosting company, True Negative, in order to provide hosting services for his various companies. In addition to these services, True Negative provides basic to complex hosting services across several different industries, including the motorsports and firearms industries. Mike uses his extensive knowledge in Information Technology and Networking to support True Negative’s clients.

When not active in his various entrepreneurial ventures, Mike is involved in several hobbies including motorsports, electronic music, radio controlled vehicles, watches, fitness, vaping, family and causing his wife grief.


Consulting

Using my extensive experience across a wide range of industries, I often consult for various companies who need help with social media, product design, marketing and more.

Photography

I have been into photography for as long as I can remember as a hobbiest. Eventually I was able to offer it to customers. I enjoy providing great product shots for various industries as well as working with customers for their exact photography needs.

Video

Producing excellent video is one of my passions. From working on motion graphics bumpers to editing music videos together, I absolutely love working on any video project that a customer may have for me.

Engineering

Sometimes a customer needs some specific engineering services and I can provide CAD/CAM or product design services for various industries across the board. I also have extensive 3D printing and prototyping experience and can help a client with a project from start to finish.

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My Experience.

  • Allstar Tactical LLC

    President / CEO

    Allstar Tactical is a manufacturer of small arms, specifically the AR-15/M16/M4 platform, with focus on innovation, improvement and engineering of new and improved parts and modifications. The company's target market is civilian and law enforcement sales, as well as sales to the various military branches.

    December, 2008 to Present

  • True Negative LLC

    President / CEO

    Mike Centola, founder and president of True Negative is an experienced Computer and Systems Engineer, and IT professional with a Masters Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. Mike has been involved in the website hosting business since the mid 90’s, and is knowledgeable and experienced in all aspects of service hosting and network management.

    December, 2005 to Present

  • Technotic Media Inc.

    Executive Vice President

    Assisting the owner in business operations, marketing, graphics design and IT solutions.

    April, 2014 to Present

  • Legendary Auto Interiors

    Lead Design Engineer

    Using Rhinoceros/RhinoCAM, BobCAD/CAM, Aspire and Formaris to design new product, alter patterns and products, and design jigs/molds/fixtures.

    Overseeing the new product development and CAD/CAM for the Connect & Development department.

    December, 2014 to July, 2015

  • FSP Media, LLC

    COO / EVP / Writer

    Write blogs based on firearms product reviews, manage the site, help with graphic design.

    June, 2012 to April, 2014

  • Technotic Media Inc.

    Owner / President

    Technotic Media currently exists as the parent company for several successful ventures, such as ihatestickers.com StickNoEvil.com, NYFirearms.com, Allstar Graphics, and more.

    January, 2005 to March, 2014

  • Paetec Communications

    Backbone Network Engineer

    As a backbone engineer, I was responsible for the day-to-day management of a Central Switch location in Sterling, VA, as well as assisting with the efforts of my team in managing the backbone MPLS network for the company. As well as this, I took on tasks in creating web applications to help with the effort of the team and aid in productivity.

    October, 2006 to February, 2007

  • IBM Global Services

    Network and Security Consultant

    Worked as a Network and Security consultant for IBM Global Services, providing customers with network solutions and implementations. Work on large scale network implementation for large organizations comprising of routing, switching, and security devices. Focused on Cisco equipment.

    October, 2006 to February, 2007


Education

  • Monroe Community College

    A.S., Precision Metal Working

    This program is designed to prepare graduates for employment in the precision metal working industry. It will provide the academic course work, hands-on skills, and advanced manufacturing processes required by business.

    2013 to 2014

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    M.S., Information Technology

    Concentration in Networking Technologies

    2003 to 2004

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Dual B.S., Computer Systems Engineering / Electrical Engineering

    Dean's List

    1999 to 2003

My Skills.

Marketing
Social Media
Network Engineering
Coding
Photo / Video
INFOSEC
CAD / CAM
Firearms
Gunsmithing
Firearms Instruction
Writing
Motorsports

Certs

Certified SolidWorks Associate

Rhino L1 3D Modeling

Rhino L2 3D Modeling

RhinoCAM Certified

BobCAD-CAM Mill Certified User

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)

Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA)

Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP)

Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP)

Information Systems Security Professional (INFOSEC)

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