Marc Edward Netka
|Marc Edward Netka|
|Born||January 19, 1963|
Bayshore, New York
|🏡 Residence||Newbury Park, California|
Marc Edward Netka (Born January 19, 1963 in Bayshore NY) is an American Entrepreneur and CEO, recognized as an expert in the use and implementation of technology in classrooms. He has worked with many international companies, helping them successfully enter the US K-12 Education marketplace, and currently sits on the K-12 advisory board of D&H Distributing Company, a $3.5Bil technology hardware and equipment distributor.
His current company, STS Education, is one of seven Platinum re-sellers for Promethean, the worldwide leader in interactive flat-panel technology, to education.
Marc lives with his wife Gloria and three sons in Newbury Park California.
After his mother re-married, the family moved to Farmingville NY, where Marc attended elementary school.
During the 6th grade, Marc's stepfather decided to take the family to California, and they relocated to Granada Hills.
Netka attended California State University, Northridge, beginning in 1981 and graduating in 1986 with a Bachelor's of Arts degree.
After several years of working, he went back to school in the evenings, graduating from the Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management, with a Masters in Business Administration, in April 2002
In 2001, Netka started the EduTech Group. In a Business View Magazine article, Netka states “My company started out of desperation,” he relates. “I just got laid off, I just had my third kid, and I had nothing else to do.”  The EduTech Group sold refurbished computers to the US K-12 market. Marc grew sales to 1.8Mil annually.
In 2010, Marc merged with one of his vendors and re-branded the company as School Tech Supply. The goal was to help schools solve both of their major problems, when it comes to IT: shrinking budgets in an era of increasing demand (usage), and little-to-no personnel support. School Tech Supply was really an outgrowth of the economic meltdown of 2008. Up until that time, he had run a sole proprietorship and was content to keep it small with really just himself and his mother working there. When the public money stopped for a few months in 2008, Marc had a moment of panic and clarity. He would start each day by going to Starbucks and reading sales and business books, then jot down his ideas in a notebook. He quickly realized that the bad economy presented unique growth opportunities for a business such as his and he had a lot of ideas as to how to grow it.
Re-branded in 2016 as STS Education, has become a national Ed-tech company that has a curated set of purpose-built for education products, services and solutions that revolve around four areas, Operational Sustainability, Collaboration and Engagement, STEAM and Software. With annual sales of over $29,000,000(2018), STS has been on Inc Magazines Fastest Growing Privately held companies in North America list for 6 consecutive years (2012-2017), and is ranked as the 33 largest privately held company in the tri-counties are of California (Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo counties), by the Pacific Coast Business Times.
Created in January of 2017, the STS modern classroom, is a 700 square foot simulated classroom, where educators and students come to explore, create and imagine how technology can be used to enhance curriculum and improve student outcomes. The classroom features the latest technology and furniture designed for students and classrooms.
Print & Media
In December 2017, Marc was featured in an article by Edweek titled "Education CEOs Pick Favorite Books and Share How They Shaped Business Strategies". The article discusses, in detail, the innovative book club that Marc started at his company to encourage his employees to read.
Business View Magazine featured STS Education in the December 2017 article "STS - Best in class"
The Wizards - Inspiring Stories of American Entrepreneurs who take company building to a high art form, featured the STS story in their 2015 issue.
- "STS Education - Best in Class". Business View Magazine. 2017-12-06. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
- Thor Conklin (2018-04-02), What You Can Learn from Your Competitors | Marc Netka | Episodes #511, 513 & 515, retrieved 2018-05-22
- "Education CEOs Pick Favorite Books and Share How They Shaped Business Strategies - Market Brief". Market Brief. 2017-12-20. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
- 1946-, Caldwell, Michael, (2014). The wizards : inspiring stories of American entrepreneurs who take company building to a high art form. [Vancouver]: Creative Classic Publications. ISBN 9780978462079. OCLC 875466354. Search this book on
- "Mark Netka | edtechdigest.blog". edtechdigest.blog. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
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