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1985 1990 1989 Commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve “I’m incredibly proud that I was able to bring these activities to West Virginia because it proves we can tackle even the most advanced technology challenges.” 1993 Received a master’s degree in computer science from WVU 1995 2000 2000 Named president and CEO of the WV High Technology Consortium Foundation 2001 Began planning and development of the I-79 Technology Park 2005 2010 2008 Led the effort to recruit FBI operations to the tech park 2009 Led the effort to bring the Biometric Identity Management Agency to the tech park 2012 Led the effort to bring NOAA’s GOES-R ground station to the tech park 2015 2015 Led the effort to recruit NOAA’s Security Operations Center to the tech park Over the past seven years, Estep has won contracts to build the National Oce- anic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Environmental Security Com- puting Center and two satellite ground stations for NOAA programs, and he recruited NOAA’s Security Operations Center to the I-79 Technology Park. “I’m incredibly proud that I was able to bring these activities to West Virginia be- cause it proves we can tackle even the most advanced technology challenges,” he says. “It also establishes a strong base for what I hope will be future growth in technology areas, such as high performance comput- ing, satellite operations and cybersecurity.” While his tech savvy has been a great asset to his career and the state, Estep has also used his work ethic and leadership skills to serve his country. After gradu- ating from the West Virginia Institute of Technology and West Virginia University (WVU) with degrees in computer science, Estep served in the U.S. Army Reserve while also holding down a full-time career as a software engineer with Unisys Corpo- ration. This dedication to hard work and the well-being of others has only grown as Estep continues to serve the people of his home state. “I was born, raised and educated in West Virginia—it’s in my blood,” he says. “For this reason, I made the decision long ago to stay here and try to make it a better place.” This commitment fuels Estep’s commu- nity involvement, including the leadership roles he chooses. He currently serves as chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Aerospace Complex and a board member for the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Con- sortium and West Virginia Roundtable. He has also served as a board member for the Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research and Innovation Center; Glenville State Col- lege and Fairmont State University boards of governors; the advisory and enterprise committees for the WVU College of En- gineering and Mineral Resources; and as chairman for the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s technology committee. Estep regularly contributes to the United Way, American Cancer Society, WVU Medicine Children’s, WVU Creative Arts Center, the Positive Experience Youth Football Camp and the Muscular Dys- trophy Association Lock-Up. “Generally, I prefer to support causes that help kids,” he says. “In particular, I support causes that teach kids respon- sibility and teamwork and provide kids with a science, technology, engineering and math orientation. Ultimately, I give because I want our community, region and state to be better.” Estep attributes his success and his out- look to those who have mentored him along the way. “I have been very fortunate to have good people in my life who helped mold my per- spective on what is really important,” he says. “I recently turned 50, and reaching that milestone makes everyone take a step back and look at their lives. I believe most wonder if their life has meant something. For me, the mentors I’ve been so lucky to have over the years helped me pursue a career and live a life I believe is and will continue to be meaningful.”  WWW.WVEXECUTIVE.COM S P R I N G 2 017 101