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CompTIA CEO fuels growth by staying focused on core business

Longtime CEO Thibodeaux always hunting for new opportunities to support industry

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CompTIA CEO Todd Thibodeaux is part association leader, part entrepreneur.

Despite a membership of 2,500 big and small technology companies, the Computing Technology Industry Association makes nearly all of its substantial and fast-growing revenue from individual training and certification.

And Thibodeaux wants more—much more. He’d like to triple revenue from the $40 million range he inherited in 2008. Part of his strategy: Acquisitions. He has made six of them in the past 12 years and—you guessed it—has plans for more.

But he has tightly wound nondues income around CompTIA’s core mission: Supplying an industry at full employment with qualified workers, going so far as trying to convince skeptical students and workers that they can enter the field without a degree or a penchant for mathematics.