President and founder of CPSI, John Eckenrode has vast experience as an employee and contractor, having progressed through the ranks from programmer to project manager. Mr. Eckenrode started CPSI’s parent company, Innovative Data Processing, Inc., in 1985. In 1990 Mr. Eckenrode changed roles from professional consultant to full time executive, marketing and recruiting roles for the firm.
Mr. Eckenrode holds both a BS and MS in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and a Masters in Business from the Johns Hopkins University. He has been CDP (Certified Data Processor) and CSP (Certified Systems Professional) certified by ICCP (Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals). Mr. Eckenrode has 15 years of information technology experience and 18 years of experience in executive, marketing and recruiting roles with CPSI.
Mr. Eckenrode has been the NACCB DC Chapter President since 2006 and through his term ending 2008. NACCB is the National Association of Computer Consulting Businesses. Mr. Eckenrode in addition was very active with recent lobbying efforts to support repeal of the Maryland State computer services sales tax. He co-founded MCSA, the Maryland Computer Services Association, and is co-chair of the NACCB Maryland Tax Coalition.
Outside of work, Mr. Eckenrode has been active in leadership roles with his son’s Boy Scout troop in Ellicott City, and with his church in Columbia. He lives in Ellicott City with his wife of 23 years and two teenage children.