Company Background

DataOptek is a 100 % minority owned, Los Angeles based telecommunications company, specializing in high quality network installation and support. We are also a supplier of network related products. Our certified project managers are experienced in designing and installing a wide variety of complex telecommunications networks.
With more than 20 years experience in network cabling installation, design, and maintenance, in 1999, Roderick J. Byrd started DataOptek with one client. Since then, he has built an impressive client following from both the private and governmental sectors. In 2008, Mr. Byrd reorganized DataOptek and installed a new board of directors to help chart the future and manage the growth he planned for the company.

In 2009, based on the strength of the company's business plan, DataOptek won the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce's (GLAAACC) Business Evolution Program competition. The company received the assistance from three “mentor” corporations—American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Anschutz Entertainment Group, Inc. (AEG), and NetServe Systems, Inc. Each mentor provided resources and guidance to help DataOptek achieve its growth goals. Being selected for this prestigious honor is a testament to the solid foundation of quality service and customer satisfaction on which DataOptek builds its future.

Board of Directors

DataOptek’s integrated management team is comprised of seasoned business professionals. Each has a strong work ethic, and extensive experience and expertise that are essential to DataOptek’s growth. In addition, they share a passionate commitment to the company.

Roderick J. Byrd

  • Roderick J. Byrd, President and CEO, leads DataOptek’s field and service operations, providing project planning, oversight, and review. He ensures quality service, expert advice, and the timely completion of every project. Along with COO Tony Drake, Rick oversees all operations service areas. In addition, he recruits and trains all project managers. Rick has been in the network installation industry for almost 20 years. Starting as a network installer for Atramenteh in 1990, he was rapidly promoted and became Project Manager within a year. In 1992, he joined Infomax as a Project Manager before leaving to start DataOptek in 1999.
    Roderick J. Byrd is a graduate of UCLA's Anderson School of Management, "Management Development for Entrepreneurs" program.

Anthony Q. Drake

  • Anthony Q. Drake, Executive Vice President and COO, oversees all of the company’s service areas, along with CEO Rick Byrd. His particular emphasis is on company operations and strategic planning. Tony brings considerable financial acumen and operations management expertise to DataOptek. He has over 25 years of experience in financial management and planning. In that time, Tony has started and grown as many as six successful businesses. In 1989, he co-founded Unison Consulting with Judy Byrd, a firm that is a recognized leader in the airport consulting industry.

Judith Byrd

  • Judith Byrd, Vice President, Business Development, directs DataOptek’s marketing division. She develops and executes the company’s targeted marketing campaigns and integrated sales efforts. In addition, she oversees all internal and external communications. Judy has achieved considerable recognition as a businesswoman whose entrepreneurial spirit and determination redefined services specifically tailored to the traveling public. Judy co-founded Unison Consulting Group with Tony Drake, directing its national retail development practice. She has more than 20 years experience in international and large airport retail development with considerable expertise in infrastructure requirements analysis, financial and economic analysis, negotiations, and market analysis.

Janell Byrd-Chichester

  • Janell Byrd-Chichester, Vice President, Governmental Affairs, contributes to the company’s targeted marketing to federal, state, and local governments. Janell is an accomplished attorney licensed in the District of Columbia and Maryland.* She has had a distinguished legal career as a litigator and law professor before joining DataOptek. She clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She then practiced securities litigation at the law firm Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. Janell managed the Washington, D.C. office of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund and has held endowed chairs at the Florida State University College of Law and at the University of North Carolina Central School of Law.

Shonte M. Byrd, M.D.

  • Shonte M. Byrd, M.D. is a Director of the company. She will lead DataOptek’s expansion into specialized markets such as the healthcare industry. Shonte is a practicing Neurologist in Houston, Texas. She is also a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Harris County Medical Society, and the American Medical Association.

Technical Certifications

  • Systimax Design and Engineering Certification
  • Systimax Installation and Maintenance Certification
  • Panduit Cabling Systems certification
  • Siecor FOI (fiber optic installation) certification
  • Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) certification
  • Microsoft Certified Professional
  • Network Plus certification
  • Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE)
  • Certified Cisco Network Associate (CCNA), pending

Security Clearances, Licenses, and Certifications

DataOptek is licensed with the California Contractors State License Board, insured and bonded. DataOptek maintains security clearances for its work with the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.
DataOptek holds a California Seller's Permit and is registered with the U.S. Government on the Central Contractor's Registration (CCR).
General Services Administration Schedule (GSA) (pending)

Minority Business Certifications:
MBE-Southern California MInority Business Development Council (SCMBDC)
MBE-California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
DBE-California Unified Certification Program (CUCP)
SLBE-Small and Local Business Enterprise, City of Los Angeles

Our Memberships:
National Association of Minority Contractors (NMAC)
Southern California Minority Supplier Development Corporation (SCMSDC)
Greater Los Angeles African American Camber of Commerce (GLAAACC)
Building Industry Consulting Services, International (BICSI)


573 E. Fairview Blvd, Suite 2, Inglewood, CA 90302      800-878-9857