Steve Winter, Vice President, State and Local Government & Education
Steve Winter is the Vice President for State and Local Government and Education at Planet Technologies. Steve is responsible for driving our corporate strategy for these business segments. Under his leadership, Planet has been awarded Microsoft’s State and Local Government Partner of the Year four times, including Office 365 Partner of the Year and Microsoft Windows Partner of the Year in 2014. Steve speaks regularly on the transformation of Government and Education IT at Key Notes, the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference and various local conferences.
Under Steve’s direction, Planet developed a series of Solution Accelerators targeting Criminal Investigation, Inspection and Management functions of Governments and Education organizations. These applications and others like them are the cornerstone to Planet’s burgeoning SaaS business. The adoption of these services is changing the responsiveness of government to their constituents. In 1999, Steve founded eQuest Technologies in 1999 — a leading provider of Microsoft-based services to the world-wide hosting community. This organization was later acquired by Planet Technologies and was the launching point for Planet’s cloud business leveraging Steve’s vast domain knowledge and leadership.
Steve attended the University of North Florida where he studied Jazz Performance. He is a respected youth basketball coach, leading teams both at the national travel and high school level. This experience is a key motivator for his passion in supporting the Education segment at Planet.