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20 under 40: Jon Sastre

JON SASTRE, 37: “I draw a substantial part of my inspiration from my mother, Maria Sastre, who is on the board of directors of Publix. Following in her footsteps has kept me motivated. I’ve watched her work nonstop.”
JON SASTRE, 37: “I draw a substantial part of my inspiration from my mother, Maria Sastre, who is on the board of directors of Publix. Following in her footsteps has kept me motivated. I’ve watched her work nonstop.” MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Technology supporter helps set up charity golf tournaments.

Age: 37

Occupation: CEO of Conquest Technology Services Corporation, a professional services company that builds and maintains computer networks

Family status: Married with two daughters

Lives in: Coral Gables

When Jon Sastre was 4 years old, his parents gave him a Commodore 64 — the best-selling computer of all time, according to The Guinness Book of World Records. Sastre became an instant fan of the new technology.

The affinity lasted. Sastre studied computer science at Miami Dade College, then became director of education and a partner in The Academy, a Microsoft technical education center. He and a former student, Benjamin Tosado, formed Conquest to provide IT solutions for small businesses. Along the way, Sastre studied management information systems at Florida International University and earned a master’s at FIU’s Chapman Graduate School of Business.

In its first year, Conquest posted revenues of $200,000. Eight years later the company increased tenfold, with $2million in revenues, Sastre says. Now in its 11th year, Conquest is nearly at the $4million mark and boasts an impressive client list that includes Fortune 500 companies, large law firms, banks and broadcast media. From the United Nations in New York and Geneva to Greenberg Traurig and WLRN in South Florida, Conquest sets up networks, VOIP phones and other IT solutions.

He has also served as president of the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners, a worldwide organization of Microsoft-affiliated companies that includes companies as big as Dell and as small as Conquest.

For relaxation, Sastre helps organize charity golf tournaments — an expertise that has earned him an honorary board seat with the Coral Gables Bar Association, where he helps with the annual golf contest.

From Sastre: “I draw a substantial part of my inspiration from my mother, Maria Sastre, who is on the board of directors of Publix. Following in her footsteps has kept me motivated. I’ve watched her work nonstop.”

About Sastre: “Jon is very hands-on when he needs to be. He’s a true professional.” — Jorge Perez-Alvarez, CFO of Friends of WLRN, a Conquest client

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