Overview
Building Digital Platforms to Deliver Better Outcomes, Faster

Our clients are in a race to transform digitally in pursuit of competitive advantage. They want to use technology to deliver differentiating customer experiences, launch new digital products faster, and uncover massive efficiency gains through automation and modernization. Yet they’re unable to progress fast enough. AHEAD’s purpose is to accelerate their progress and do so in a way that creates significant and sustainable business impact.

What We Do

Founded in 2007, AHEAD grew up in the data center and retains its deep infrastructure expertise at the core of its business. But as the market has changed, the company has always invested ahead of the curve.

With strategic consulting and managed services, along with innovation in practices like cloud, security, and data, AHEAD has become a key partner for countless enterprises in their path to digital business transformation.

Our Story

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AHEAD Acquires MBX Systems

An advanced integrator of custom hardware systems and supplier of global logistics and supply chain orchestration software based in Libertyville, Illinois, MBX Systems joins the AHEAD team.

AHEAD Vitals

Every decision we make and action we take, both collectively and as individuals, is in support of our clients’ success.

Clients

Employees

Engineers

Values We Practice Daily

Innovate
COLLABORATE
Put group goals first and operate as one team
INNOVATE
Creatively push boundaries to make an impact
DRIVE
Be tenacious and accountable in the face of challenges
SERVE
Exhibit humility and dedication to both clients and each other
GROW
Hone your craft and build new capabilities

People

Meet just a few of the many people that make up the AHEAD team.
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Alexis Focht
Services Operations Manager

Favorite place to visit: “I’ve had the privilege of traveling to many wonderful places, but there is nowhere I love more than Northern Michigan. The fresh water, quaint towns, and sandy dunes make it a top destination for this Michigander!”

Hysam Galal
Vice President, Advisory

Favorite place to visit: “Probably London…it is a true cosmopolitan city with lots of cultures and great food options (non-English food I might add).”

Derek Wise
Managing Principal

Fun fact: “I have a side hustle writing a golf blog and photographing picturesque courses across the country.”

Tony Blood
Executive Vice President, Sales

Why are you passionate about tech? “I love the speed of change of innovation that tech provides. Constantly breaking how things WERE done with how things can GET done.”

Zachary Milleson
Senior Technical Consultant

Favorite quote: “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston S. Churchill

Patrick Meade
Chief Services Officer

Fun fact? “I ran track in high school and college and keep the passion going by coaching D1 athletes now.”

Kristin Supancich
Chief People Officer

Favorite quote? “Daring leaders are never silent about hard things.” – Brene Brown

Tony Jaroszewski
Director, Specialty Sales Engineering

Currently learning more about: “All of it, especially security, as it is constantly changing and evolving. It’s the one constant in the ever-changing world of IT that will always be needed.”

Tim Frank
Chief Revenue Officer

Currently learning more about: “How our clients are using data and analytics to drive their business.”

Steven Aiello
Service Delivery Director

Fun fact:”I spent a month in Africa volunteering on a wildlife preserve. I got to play with lions, tigers, and cheetahs.”

Stephen Ayoub
President

Currently learning more about: “How to use the power of data to drive business decisions and gain a competitive advantage in the market.”

Ryan Dunaway
Service Delivery Director

Why are you passionate about tech? “Helping a partner reach a goal they’ve set is exciting. Many times, in this industry, a lot of companies just want the business; however, we want the success story for the client. It’s exciting to help a partner get from point A to point B.”

Ryan Antilla-Porter
Senior Associate Consultant

Favorite quote:”I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa

Nick Prignano
Principal Technical Consultant

How did you first get involved in tech? ” When I was young I got my hands on an original Mac computer, and my curiosity had me tinkering with it along with other computers. Very quickly I learned that once the computer belongs to someone else, you have to be careful when tinkering, and there were some choice words when my father couldn’t get on the internet one day!”

Natalie Papacek
Senior Services Operations Specialist

Future tech you’re excited about?
“I look forward to see how technology will further advance to help others in desperate need of cheaper electricity and portable water. I’m hopeful these advancements will be prioritized for future needs.”

Mpho Komanyane
Program Delivery Director

Favorite quote: “Be purposeful and leave the world better than when you lived in it.”

Mohammed Siddiqui
Principal Technical Consultant

Currently learning more about:
“I’m currently focusing on and learning more about security segmentation. We’ve seen high-profile Ransomware attacks in the news over the last few years and many organizations are concerned about CyberSecurity. They need a way to ensure sensitive systems are kept secure and isolated if there is a security breach, segmentation addresses this concern.”

Mike Koebel
Process Manager

Favorite quote: “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” -Herman Melville

Michael Swiencki
Vice President, Managed Services

Currently learning more about:
“Cybersecurity and IoT – Cybersecurity has always been a passion for me technically since my early career performing ‘ethical hacking’ at financial institutions (when Telnet was prevalent and typically externally accessible!), and IoT as another area that is constantly evolving and improving the quality of life for many people.”

Michael Peters
Senior Technical Consultant

“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.” -Sheryl Sandberg

Mervyn Chapman
Director, Specialty Sales Engineering

Currently learning even more about:
“Currently working on the design of appropriate research efforts and the process of innovation and product development, especially in Cybersecurity. Future controls and products will have to be designed and tested using valid research methods, and I hope to be a part of that effort.”

Matt Topper
Managing Principal

Currently learning even more about:
“Data and analytics. It will be nice to know how our AI overlords are built… “

Matt Sweetnam
Chief Architect

How did you first get involved in tech?
“As a 12-year-old, I saved my lawn mowing money and bought a Commodore Vic 20 and I was hooked. I moved up to a Commodore 64 and from there I went to university for computer science.”

Mark Killian
CFO

Favorite quote:

“Ichi-go Ichi-e – Japanese idiom loosely translated as ‘one time, one meeting’ or ‘once in a lifetime’. It’s a reminder to cherish each meeting or experience as a unique moment or opportunity.”

Logan Johnston
Technical Consultant

Favorite quote: “If life were predictable it would cease to be life and be without flavor.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Laura Gaddis
Delivery Manager

Favorite quote:

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” – Emerson

Krista Meschino
Resource Manager

Favorite quote: “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John Augustus Shedd

Juan Garcia
Vice President, Technical Sales

Fun fact: “I played AA ball for the New York Mets as a junior and senior in high school.”

John Cole
Service Delivery Senior Director

Future tech you’re excited about?
“Nano biotech. Programmatically eliminating disease with machine learning. This has as much promise for chronic disease treatment as drug therapy.”

George Magallanes
Delivery Manager

How did you first get involved in tech? “The year was 1984 and I was a High School Senior who took a Data Process Occupation class, which provided seniors the opportunity to interview for internships at different companies. I interviewed for a position with Arthur Andersen LLP to work in data center operations as a report distribution technician and turned that opportunity into a 19 year career at Andersen.”

Flavia Rigamonte
Senior Director Technical Sales Operations

Fun fact: “I’m originally from Switzerland where I swam for the national team and set a handful of European and national records.”

Eric Kaplan
Chief Technology Officer

Currently learning more about: “Personal Knowledge Management systems and collecting, connecting, and organizing information to increase understanding and create your second brain.”

Eli Mercado
Specialist Sales Engineer

Favorite quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

Dan Adamany
Chief Executive Officer

Favorite place to visit: “Our cottage in Door County. I grew up going there and have heavy nostalgia for the area.”

Carol Kieffer
Program Delivery Manager

How did you first get involved in tech?
“I started in tech by accident. I took a job in a warehouse expediting parts for mainframes (what the heck are those?), also learned how to solder boards, moved to planning and purchasing and then on to Project Management where I found my fit and thrived.”

Camille Heiden
Senior Services Operations Specialist

Fun fact: “Before starting at AHEAD, I was living in Shenzhen, China working as an English teacher.”

Anita Moore
Director, Experience Marketing

Favorite place to visit:
”Maui, Hawaii. When I was growing up my grandparents always dreamed of going and had planned to go upon retirement. Unfortunately, my grandfather never made it, but I have visited many times and always credit them for inspiring my love of Hawaii.”

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