About

About Vendor Registry

We are a small company, but big on passion and drive. We founded Vendor Registry with the simple purpose of making it easier to do business with your state and local governments and institutions. Too much time is spent filling out repetitive paperwork and too little time is spent taking advantage of new revenue opportunities. Businesses, especially local small businesses, need to generate more sales. Governments are forced to do more with less, which means they need more competitive bids.

The vendors' and governments' problems are like a hand in glove. If we can just eliminate repetition (or at least automate it) and digitize paper lists with a single web-based tool used by both buyers and suppliers, we can create a win win solution.

Vendor Registry is focused on creating this win win solution that generates new revenues for vendors and suppliers, saves time for everyone, and decreases pricing for government and institutional purchasing departments. After all, they are spending our taxpayer dollars.

Our core management team brings a wealth of experience in creating and delivering web-based tools that create tangible value for customers. They also have fun doing it.

Brian Strong, Co-founder + CEO

Brian is an expert in solving information technology problems through managed services, including leveraging cloud computing to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Prior to Vendor Registry, Brian was the regional manager for Claris Networks, a nationally- recognized cloud computing, managed services, offsite backup, and hosting solutions Provider. While at Claris, Brian was the #1 salesperson across a National consortium of 50 managed services companies. Brian lives in Knoxville, TN, with his wife and two daughters, and he enjoys many outdoors activities including soccer and golf. Brian also has serves as a 4th grade Sunday School Teacher at his church.

Chris Van Beke, Co-founder + Product

Chris is a serial entrepreneur with over a dozen years experience in establishing, operating and growing software-based businesses. Prior to co-founding Vendor Registry, he was the co-founder and COO of Voices Heard Media, a software company that builds and manages engaging web apps for media companies such as Fox Sports, Disney, HGTV and other Scripps Networks. Chris was awarded the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for his work in helping startups raise capital, secure customers, and form management teams. Chris lives in Knoxville, TN, with his wife, daughter and black lab and enjoys biking, international travel and cooking. He also serves on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters and Fairview Technology Council as well as on the United Way Outcomes Based Investments Committee.

Wade Orloski, Operations

Wade has a passion for serving customers and making their experience more productive and enjoyable. Prior to joining Vendor Registry, Wade worked for and was partner of Claris Networks, the 19th largest Managed Service Provider in the world. His duties included customer integrations and Data Center Management for Claris Networks. Wade lives in Knoxville, TN, and has been an active member of the community by being a Big Brother in Big Brothers Big Sisters for 13 years.

Rick Laney, Marketing

Rick is a nationally recognized marketing expert and communications pro. With over 20 years of senior-level marketing management experience, he has directed all aspects of marketing and communications during the launch of new companies, developed marketing strategies for significant mergers and acquisitions, managed multi-million dollar government contracts and engineered the investor marketing strategy for a successful initial public offering. Rick also has extensive experience in the transportation, government, and utility markets, including working with the General Services Administration (GSA), New York City Transit Authority, the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and countless local, state and federal government agencies. Rick regularly appears on national television, on Sirius/XM Radio, and in major print publications as an expert source for marketing-related news stories.

WE'RE HIRING!
We are hiring mid-level and senior .Net developer positions. We are a big software company that’s starting off small, and we have a fresh perspective on software development. If you want to build cool things that matter, be challenged to learn new things, and help us build a world-class team, please contact us!

We're also hiring full and part-time bid specialists. You'll be working where the rubber really hits the road! It is a critical position that interfaces with both buyers and vendors. It requires a good amount of data entry (but what job doesn't these days), so you'll need good computer skills, including experience with Excel.