Craig P. Abod
Carahsoft Technology Corp.
Craig P. Abod is president and founder of Carahsoft Technology Corp., a Reston, VA-based firm that has become one the nation’s most respected and fastest growing Government-focused IT solutions providers. In founding Carahsoft, Abod combined his entrepreneurial spirit and 25+ years of experience in government sales, marketing and contract management to create a new company that has redefined the way technology is marketed and sold to the public sector market.
The results are impressive. In just 11 years, Abod has grown the company from $0 to $2.2 billion in revenue. As a top-ranked GSA schedule holder and master aggregator, Carahsoft now employs more than 480 people, and has established strategic, long-term relationships with the industry’s leading software manufacturers including VMware, Adobe, Symantec, HP Software, F5 Networks, EMC, SAP, and Red Hat among others.
As the largest public sector partner for these vendors, Carahsoft also boasts an IT solutions portfolio of more than 100 additional manufacturers and an ecosystem of partners that, in the last 12 months alone, has expanded to encompass more than 3,000 government contractors, resellers, and integrators.
In addition to working with and helping to expand the channel organizations of these major software vendors, Abod has established the industry’s only business practice focused on bringing solutions from emerging technology portfolios (e.g., In-Q-Tel and A16Z) to market.
In recognition of his accomplishments, Abod has received the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Greater Washington Region and The Federal 100 Award. Carahsoft is also consistently recognized as the top performing partner for many of its vendor partners, and is listed among the top government contractors and industry’s fastest growing firms by CRN, Inc., Washington Technology, The Washington Post, and the Washington Business Journal.