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About INE: Launched in 2003, INE, an Inc. 5000 honoree, is committed to excellence and dedicated to your success. Our philosophy is to treat our customers like family. We want you to succeed, and we are willing to do anything possible to help you make it happen. With more than 3,600 CCIEs and counting, we have the proof to back up our claims. From our live onsite Bootcamps with training locations around the world, to downloadable and streaming video training, to workbooks packed with invaluable information you won’t find elsewhere, we have taken every step to ensure that you achieve the success you deserve while learning at a pace that’s comfortable for you. INE’s dedicated instructors, some of the most experienced and esteemed certified networking trainers in the world, provide the best instruction the industry has to offer and your best bet for earning your networking certification or advancing your career.
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Our INE Instructors

Brian Dennis, CCIEx5 #2210

With more than 24 years of industry experience, Brian Dennis is undeniably one of the world’s most esteemed CCIE instructors. The wealth of Cisco networking knowledge that Brian brings to INE students is immeasurable, and his commitment to providing the best quality CCIE training is unmatched. After achieving his Routing & Switching certification in 1996, Brian accumulated four more CCIE certifications in Voice, Security, Service Provider, and ISP Dial. He is now the only 10-Year CCIE who holds five simultaneous CCIE certifications. Brian prides himself on leading INE students through any challenge, all the way to CCIE certification. You may contact Brian Dennis at bdennis@ine.com, follow him on Twitter, or find him helping others in INE’s IEOC Community Forum.

“For those of you who know Brian Dennis you will know he is a 5xCCIE and a Cisco dynamo.” —Roger Perkin, INE Bootcamp student, My Journey to the CCIE Lab Exam Blog

Brian McGahan, CCIEx4 #8593, CCDE #2013::13

At the age of 20, Brian McGahan earned his first CCIE in Routing & Switching and became known as the “youngest engineer in the world.” He continued on to earn CCIE certifications in Security and Service Provider. We’re proud to have such an accomplished and driven instructor on the INE team. Brian has developed and taught for INE since 2002, setting the bar for CCIE training and helping thousands of engineers obtain their own certifications. When he is not developing new products for INE, Brian McGahan consults with large ISPs and enterprise customers. You may contact Brian McGahan at bmcgahan@ine.com, follow him on Twitter, or find him helping others in INE’s IEOC Community Forum.

“Brian McGahan may be the best technical instructor I have ever encountered.” —Matthew Heffler, CCIE #36646

Mark Snow, CCIEx4 #14073

You might say that Mark Snow began his networking career at the age of 5, when his father, a patented research scientist at AT&T Bell Laboratories, started to share his knowledge with Mark. He has been working with data and voice technology ever since, beginning with Unix System V and basic analog telephony and progressing to large data networking projects and large phone systems in both enterprise and 911 PSAP environments around the world. You’ll see Mark in all of INE’s Voice video courses and live Bootcamps. Mark Snow is also an accomplished pilot, and when he isn’t learning, labing, consulting, or teaching, he can be found jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, hanging off a rock somewhere, skiing out west, or just enjoying a quiet day at the beach with his wife and two wonderful kids, Ryleigh and Judah. You may contact Mark Snow at msnow@ine.com, follow him on Twitter, or find him helping others in INE’s IEOC Community Forum.

” …other than the class consensus that he has really great hair, I’d have to say Mark knows his stuff cold.”INE Bootcamp student

Dave Smith, CCIE #19125

Dave has more than 20 years of experience in the networking field, and he has spent most of those working with Cisco gear. After earning his CCNA in 1999 and his CCNP in 2000, he soon began teaching to help others earn their certifications. He earned his CCIE in Routing & Switching in 2007 and has been teaching CCIE bootcamps ever since. He also consults for several small and enterprise-level customers. Dave is currently studying to add CCIE Service Provider and CCDE certifications to his list of credentials. When he’s not studying, teaching, or consulting, Dave can be found spending time with his family and off-roading in his Jeep. You may contact Dave Smith at dsmith@ine.com or find him helping others in INE’s IEOC Community Forum.

“Dave Smith did a great job of deep diving into a lot of technologies without making me want to shoot myself. It was a great class that set me on track to achieving my number!” —Jason Rosner, INE Bootcamp student, CCIE #40750

Cristian Matei, CCIEx2 #23684

As a solutions architect for Datanet Systems, the most valuable Cisco Gold Partner in Romania, Cristian has designed, implemented, and maintained several large enterprise networks covering Cisco’s security, routing, switching, service provider, and wireless portfolio of products. Cristian’s journey started in 2006 with Microsoft technology, focused on the MCSE Security and MCSE Messaging tracks. He then joined Datanet Systems, where he quickly obtained his Security and Routing & Switching CCIEs, among other certifications and specializations, such as CCNP, CCNP Security, CCDP, CTA, IronPort CICSP, Comptia Security+, and ISACA CISM. Cristian has been a Cisco Certified Systems Instructor (CCSI) since 2007, teaching official CCNA, CCNP, and CCNP Security curriculum. He has been working with INE since 2010, initially focusing on technical development of the Security and Routing & Switching workbooks, and then adding Security Bootcamp instruction. You may contact Cristian Matei at cmatei@ine.com or find him helping others in INE’s IEOC Community Forum.

“I appreciated every moment Cristian spent with us. This was by far the best class I’ve had. Cristian’s ability to recall commands and explain Cisco security technologies is unparalleled. I look forward to my next class with Cristian!” —INE Bootcamp student

Steve Jordan, CCIEx3 #11293

Steve has nearly two decades of experience in the networking field and currently specializes in Data Center technologies. For the last 10 years, Steve has worked with many enterprise and service provider customers in both pre-sales and post-sales engineering and architecture roles, and he has also worked at several Cisco Gold Partners. Steve is a 10-year triple CCIE in Routing & Switching (2003), Storage Networking (2013), and Data Center (2013), and he is currently working toward his CCDE certification. He is also the author of CCDA Official Exam Certification Guide, 3rd edition, and CCDA Official Cert Guide, 4th edition, both by Cisco Press. Steve lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife and three sons. When he is not teaching CCIE DC Bootcamps, Steve can be found traveling to new places, finding great food, and listening to live music. You may contact Steve Jordan at sjordan@ine.com, follow him on Twitter @ccie11293, or find him helping others in INE’s IEOC Community Forum.

Keith Bogart, CCIE# 4923

Keith started his networking career as customer service representative at Cisco Systems in 1996. His desire to learn more soon led him to a position as a Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) engineer on the “Dial-Access” team, and within six months he had obtained his Dial-ISP CCIE. He then became a network consulting engineer and obtained his CCNA certification while teaching the technologies to Cisco employees during his lunch breaks. Keith was the first instructor on Cisco’s TAC Training team, where he taught a wide range of internetworking topics and later developed and taught other courses such as routing protocols, LAN switching, MPLS, 802.1x, and CCNA. After almost seventeen years with Cisco, Keith joined a small startup and focused on 802.11 Wi-Fi technologies, during which time he obtained his CWNA certification. He is now very happy to be working with INE as an instructor for Routing & Switching. Keith lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, son, and daughter. When he is not teaching INE Bootcamps, Keith can be found at home with his family, reading, or working in the yard. You may contact Keith Bogart at kbogart@ine.com or find him helping others in INE’s IEOC Community Forum.

INE Contributors

Petr Lapukhov, CCIEx4 #16379

Petr Lapukhov has more than 12 years of experience working with Cisco Systems products. Not only is he the only person in the world to have earned four CCIEs (Routing & Switching, Security, Service Provider, and Voice) in just two years, he also passed every exam the first time. He shares his knowledge and experience with INE’s students through our various products and programs. Petr works with all of the technologies covered within his four CCIE tracks on a daily basis, staying current with any changes in the industry. Petr has also received his Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE) certification, joining a small group of distinguished individuals who have achieved this status. Petr is a contributor to INE’s blog and our INE IEOC Community Forum. You may contact Petr Lapukhov at petr@ine.com.
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