IT Software & Networking
Trendsetters - Feb. 2007
President, Fort Lauderdale
Bachelor's: Finance and marketing, NYU, 1983
Maurice Heiblum, a grad of Beach High on Miami Beach, started in computers by selling PCs at an IBM retail store while at New York University. He came back to Florida in marketing for IBM in Boca Raton. After founding a dot-com era company and building a software division at another company, he joined Elluminate in 2001 to run its Fort Lauderdale-based global marketing and distribution. Founded by Canadians Nashir Samanani and Mike Mabey, Elluminate makes web conferencing software used by schools and universities in distance learning. This isn't just a video-cam and broadband. Teachers and students separated by thousands of miles can together write on the same digital whiteboard. Students can take turns presenting projects to their scattered classmates, visit with the teacher for virtual office hours and so on. Duke University is among its 500 customers. Clients from higher education comprise 65% of its customer base. The private, 80-employee company says it is profitable and enjoying double-digit annual revenue growth. "Education turned out to be a fantastic niche for us," says Heiblum, 45.
CEO and co-founder Gary Langton and his Quadrant Software, Tampa, plan to hire 26 people in the next three years in Florida to add to the 14 here and 60 it has elsewhere. Quadrant specializes in document management software for its 3,500 customers worldwide. Langton, 47, has an MBA in management information systems from SUNY at Albany and advises several tech startups on raising funds, marketing on a limited budget and other nuances of building a company. Langton relocated from Massachusetts in 2005.