President and Founder
Stephen (Steve) Leaden is President and Founder of Leaden Associates, Inc., an Independent Communications and Information Technology consulting firm. Founded in 1990, Steve built this company with a focus on delivering best-in-class solutions for medium-to-large scale, multi-site enterprises with impeccable customer service. His projects routinely deliver financial value and positive ROI, which has led to a committed base of clients and repeat business. Steve employs a solid grounding in ethics in all endeavors, leading the company with a well communicated, instilled set of core values: The Leaden Way.
Steve exemplifies Leaden Associates’ commitment to helping its clients achieve their goals. He is a proven leader, with deep expertise in communications technologies, a passion for providing exceptional client service, and a disciplined focus on ROI. Steve and team focus as an extension of clients’ IT staff to facilitate the design, procurement, and project implementation, and ongoing support for converged voice and data solutions. During engagements, they proactively add value via ROI strategies integrated into projects. Steve has hand-picked and groomed each of his consultants to go the extra mile and exceed client expectations. He demands that he and his team educate themselves constantly, to stay ahead of the curve on emerging technologies and trends, ensuring that clients are presented with the best communications and IT solutions to meet their needs.
With an extensive project management background in voice and data communications, and more than 30 years in the Communications and Information Technology field, Steve’s career originated in voice communications and expanded later into data communications, networks, and cable plant. He honed his management and technology skills at esteemed companies including Vornado, Ticketron, Nabisco, and STI Communications, prior to founding Leaden Associates. He has also worked for several specific industry groups, including healthcare, education, manufacturing, government, and financial services. A native of New York, Steve earned his bachelor’s degree from Marist College.
Steve is an industry thought leader, and represents Leaden Associates in a number of external venues. He is a frequent speaker at national vendor and user conferences and trade shows including Enterprise Connect, BC Summit, Information Week, Cisco, Avaya, Genesys, Unify Conference, and the Voice Report, among others. He is a contributor and blogger for No Jitter, is recognized as a BC Strategies Expert, and contributes to BCStrategies via weekly podcasts and monthly posts. Steve is a principal with TelecomUCTraining.com, a successor to BCR Training that provides independent Communications training. Committed to being an Independent IT Telecommunications consulting firm, Steve is a current board member and past president of the Society of Communications and Technology Consultants, an international ethics-based association that requires ethics and objectivity as a prerequisite for membership.
2010 - present
2010 - present