Leonard Shostak – President and Lead Consultant
The founder and President of L&D Computer Consulting Corp., Eagle Scout and entrepreneur Leonard Shostak, has been helping organizations improve their business processes through effective use of technology since 1992. Prior to starting L&D, Leonard managed a kosher pizzeria and catering business. He consults on all aspects of business management, telecommunications, and computing. Leonard is a recognized expert on remote access technologies and has been an expert court witness on email authenticity. A member of the board of the New York LAN Association, Leonard has been interviewed and quoted by Inc. Magazine, Newsday, and the BBC News, as well as in leading technology industry publications.

Leonard Shostak graduated from Queens College with a BS in Computer Science, and has led courses, seminars, and team-building exercises for Queens College, the New School, the American Management Association, the Independent Computer Consultants Association, and New York University. Leonard is active in several New York city business networking groups, and founded the networking and fundraising venture A Networking Event Made in Heaven. He enjoys organizing and emceeing events for community and business groups, and is available for speaking engagements. 

In addition to his business activities, Leonard is a jam band fan who finds time to attend festivals and hear live music with friends and family, including sponsoring the Celebrate Brooklyn concert series in Prospect Park. He also enjoys year-round camping with family and friends.

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David Secrest – System Administrator
Originally from Illinois, David has lived in Miami Beach, New Orleans, New Jersey, and New York City. He has extensive programming experience in Lotus Notes, relational databases, Unix, and web development, as well as expertise in system and network administration, MS Excel, and MS Access. Database projects David has developed include workflow for product development and customer support, and databases for tracking regulatory compliance, customer service, project development, employee attendance, and contact management. In addition, he has developed projects in document conversion, content management, and Y2K readiness for companies such as Ernst & Young, Bristol Myers Squibb, Educational Testing Service, New York Life, IBM, and AT&T. In addition to his broad programming experience, David has worked in research and teaching, restaurants, finance, sales, and customer service, and managed his own firm, UpTop Development Corp., from 1997-2003.

David's educational background includes degrees in physics from the University of Illinois and Princeton University, where he was a National Science Foundation graduate fellow, and improvisational acting classes.

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Steve Rey – Technician
Steve has 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry and has been in the computer consulting business since joining L&D in 1999. In his current role at L&D, Steve focuses on wiring offices, setting up servers, workstations, and audio/video equipment, and troubleshooting problems related to them. In his spare time, he likes – guess what? – tinkering with computer and video hardware! Steve hails from New York state and has amassed 90 college credits in a variety of subjects, with a focus on architecture.

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Bryan May – Technician
Plainview native Bryan May earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Computer Information Systems from Hofstra University, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. Prior to joining L&D in 2003, Bryan worked as an interactive project coordinator, consultant, and network technician for a Long Island company that offers image enhancement services to business and organizations.

Bryan enjoys driving with the top down (preferably in a Dodge Viper), rock and heavy metal bands, techno clubs, swimming, and of course, Jack Daniels. His favorite foods are steak and Greek pizza, and he recommends the Pizza Booth on Bleecker for the best pizza in New York City.

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Jean Gazis – Marketing Manager
Jean has nearly twenty years of experience as a marketer, writer, and project manager in internal and external communications for publishing and technology firms. Her freelance clients have included several publishers, direct marketers, consulting firms, web startups, and nonprofit organizations. Jean has also held managerial marketing positions at leading publishing and technology companies, both privately held and public, and as a volunteer for the Taproot Foundation.

Jean has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the Johns Hopkins University. She has taken additional courses in Advertising Copywriting, Fiction Writing, Copyediting, and art. She enjoys reading, writing, word games and puzzles, live music, wine, and the great outdoors.

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