James Farhat is the proud founder and CEO of ACTS. Once named a Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the U.S. Small-Business Administration, James helps companies leverage technology to reduce costs and grow market share. His rare combination of business acumen, technical expertise and gregarious nature makes him a sought-after— and trusted—strategic advisor to organizations across multiple industries and geographies.
James has acted as an independent strategic technology consultant for organizations such as Microsoft, Cox Enterprises and Modis Professional Services, providing guidance on everything from CIO succession planning to budgeting and evaluation of organizational structures. Never one to shy away from a microphone, James has spoken at Comdex, the Microsoft Global Summit, Microsoft Ready, Microsoft Inspire, the Visual C++ Conference, the National Advisory Group, the National Restaurant Association Executive Symposium, the ITTA International Technology Training Association, and at multiple Microsoft TechEd events around the world. Always one to share his excitement for technology, he hosted a popular radio show, Tech Chat With Farhat and recently co-authored “Designed To Disrupt” detailing new approaches to technology and transformation.
When he’s not running ACTS or running to the airport to give a speech or meet a client, James can usually be found playing with his son, reading, or traveling the world with his wife, Rema.