What is AT2A?
The first technology based business at the Syracuse Technology Garden was born four years ago this month. The president and co-founder of AT2A or American Technology to Asia, LLC, Richard Kampas, grew up in the Buffalo area. It took a move to CNY before realizing the many callings the communications field had for him.
"In just over four years the Tech Garden has grown to the point of having 29 companies with a total of over 90 employees, and a payroll of over $5 million in downtown Syracuse," said Paul Brooks vice president, Entrepreneurship Programs Syracuse Technology Garden. "AT2A was our first tenant and has grown substantially and graduated to our Acceleration program status. I expect that 2009 will be a very successful year for AT2A."
Kampas received his undergraduate degree in communications at SUNY Oswego where he later worked as a photography and multimedia producer for more than three years.
He then started his own company called Photomedia Revolutions. He ran that successful business for 26 years before passing on the reigns to his two sons.
He makes his home in the Sedgwick area of Syracuse and his new business, AT2A, is still based in the Tech Garden downtown, a business incubation center that tends to the needs of tech businesses.
"All in all, my career is evolving around marketing," Kampas said of his shifts between photography, advertising and agricultural technology.
New biz starts with India
Kampas' partner Subramanya Rao, also known as MRS, is based out of Bangalore, India and has opened the gateway to moving the company to the next level of business. Without MRS in India, Kampas said he would not have the same smooth business interaction that his business thrives on. MRS is also the vice president of AT2A.
MRS is responsible for details of Applied Technology to Application, which is a division of the company along with Agricultural Technology to Asia. The company in its entirety is openly referred to as AT2A.