My name is Andy Potanin and I'm a business leader, entrepreneur, and military veteran. I'm currently pursuing an executive MBA at UNC Kenan-Flagler.
I grew up in Minnesota and graduated high school in 2005. While attending college, I worked full-time to finance my education. In 2006, I decided to take a new path and joined the United States Marine Corps for data and cyber operations. After completing training, I was stationed in North Carolina. During this time, I deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). In 2010, I was honorably discharged from the Marines with experience in cyber operations and reconnaissance operations.
After being discharged from the Marines, I attended Campbell University where earned a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology Management & Security. Upon graduating from Campbell University, I began working as a defense contractor for Northrop Grumman where gained considerable experience with logistics and supply chain management.
In 2011, following my service in the United States Marine Corps and my work at Northrop Grumman, I founded UDX – a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) that provides businesses with comprehensive information systems security solutions that are tailored for their individual needs. Today, UDX is trusted by over 100 companies including Lockheed Martin for their business systems and security needs.
In 2018, my company was contracted by Blackboard to lead cloud-native DevOps on Mobile Credential for Apple Pay; this project involved developing secure software applications on multiple platforms while ensuring compliance with stringent security protocols such as FIPS 140-2 compliance standards or other similar protocols enforced internally by our partners such as Google or Apple Pay Wallet Services.
This year (2019), after years of hard work both personally and professionally – including building my own company – I was accepted into the esteemed UNC Kenan-Flagler for their Executive MBA program; this will enable me to expand upon my current knowledge of IT management & security as well as gain valuable insight on how to better run UDX Solutions Ltd into the future while continuing to provide top quality service to our clients worldwide.