Steve Baldzicki is the Founder and President of Big Fish Networking, Central Ohio's Premier Networking Organization since 1999. Big Fish Networking is ranked #1 for "Columbus Networking" on Google since 2007. He also is co-founder of Networking Leaders Alliance (NLA), an organization formed in 2008 to bring together the top networking organizations in Central Ohio. NLA's purpose is to collaborate with each other by sharing information and resources, supporting each other's events, and helping grow attendance and membership. Principal of Monarch Title Services, he has over 13 years of experience in the real-estate field. Steve develops and executes effective sales and marketing strategies to generate business for residential and commercial title insurance. He has been profiled in two books: Social Capital, by Andy Chiodo) and Foundational Networking, by Frank Agin), and is recognized as an expert in the networking field. He was awarded Columbus Business First's "Entrepreneur of the Month" in April 2003 and October 2007. Steve has also been regionally and nationally publicized for his efforts with Big Fish Networking and its growth over the past 12 years. As a skilled premier networker, Steve also serves on several boards, committees, and councils within Central Ohio. A frequent speaker at several networking organizations, companies, local colleges, and universities, he also consults on event development and management, as well as marketing and sales strategies with Central Ohio area businesses.
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As one of the founding Corporate Partners, Gino Petitti has been in charge of Internet and IT services since the inception of Big Fish Networking in 1999. In conjunction with his launch of the new Big Fish website, Gino now takes the reigns as a full partner with the role of Vice President and CIO. Gino is also the founder and owner of iHostXtremes and ChooseMySite, which together serve as a trusted provider of 100% Peace of Mind Hosting and Web Design. He is also one of the founding members of NLA (Networking Leaders Alliance) an organization formed in 2008 to bring together the top networking organizations in Central Ohio to support each other by sharing information, supporting each other's events, sharing resources, and growing attendance/membership.
Gino has been providing web site design, management and hosting consultation services for a variety of clients and employers since 1994. Ted Turner said "I was cable when cable wasn't cool." Gino has the same position toward the Internet. Gino's long-term professional, educational, and international expertise, along with hands-on experience in web site design, project management, telecommunications and hosting makes him a valuable resource as he has been working with the Internet just as it became more than an academic venture.
Having built his two companies from the ground up, (iHostXtremes and ChooseMySite) Gino has provided 100% Peace of Mind Hosting, Video Streaming, and Web Design solutions for a number of verticals from the Ukraine to California, including companies like Merck, Vera Wang, W.G. Grinders, Rasmussen and Associates, The Williams Group, Big Fish Networking, Network Columbus, and many other successful for-profit and non-profit enterprises. iHostXtremes is now celebrating almost 7 years of 100% Network Uptime, and is now offering a variety of shared, dedicated, cloud hosting & disaster recovery solutions for robust online enterprises and the home-based businesses alike.
Gino's academic background is not what you would expect of an owner of an Internet company, however it has proven to be a strong-suit. Gino completed his degree in the Bachelors of the Arts in French Language & Culture at The Ohio State University, where he won awards for achievements in leadership, athleticism, and scholarship. His honors included the Big Ten Academic All-Conference Winner (Track & Field), The OSU Scholar-Athlete Award, The College of Humanities Outstanding Student Award Nominee, OSU French Club President and certification in French Business and Economic Language by the French Chamber of Commerce of Paris. Gino was also awarded an internship as a Computer Resource Procurement specialist at Merck.