Joe Mertens
Joe MertensPresident and Chief Executive Officer
Joe Mertens began his career with Sirius (then known as Star Data Systems) in 1986 and his responsibilities grew to include sales and operations of the company’s wholesale and distribution divisions.
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Jim Simpson
Jim SimpsonPresident of Strategic Initiatives
Jim Simpson was named president of Strategic Initiatives at Sirius Computer Solutions when the acquisition of MSI Systems Integrators was completed in November, 2010.
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Terry Johnson, CPA
Terry Johnson, CPAExecutive Vice President of Finance and Operations
Terry Johnson’s history with Sirius dates back to 1989. He was the controller and chief financial officer of the company (then called Star Data Systems) until the distribution business was sold to Western Micro in 1997.
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Muditha Karunatileka
Muditha KarunatilekaExecutive Vice President of Sales
Muditha Karunatileka’s career was launched at IBM, where he spent nine successful years from 1987 to 1996 as a systems engineer, sales representative…
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Craig Nelson
Craig NelsonExecutive Vice President of Services
Craig Nelson is responsible for leading and managing Sirius’ Services organization. Mr. Nelson has more than 30 years of experience in the technology industry.
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Karen Kochheiser
Karen KochheiserChief Accounting Officer
Karen Kochheiser joined the company in 1998 as the Director of Human Resources. She has since held the positions of VP of Finance and then Senior VP of Finance & Service Operations, before being promoted to her current role.
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Rick Bailer
Rick BailerSenior Vice President of Sales
Rick Bailer joined Sirius in 2004 as Vice President of IBM System z (mainframe) Sales for the East and Central regions, when the company acquired Denver Solutions Group (DSG).
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Deborah L. Bannworth
Deborah L. BannworthSenior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Inside Sales
In 2014, Deborah Bannworth was named to spearhead Sirius’ Inside Sales division with responsibility for structuring and managing this new area of the company.
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Sue Bonar
Sue BonarChief Operations Officer
Sue Bonar joined Sirius in 1994 as a sales rep in the company’s Telemarketing Group. In 2000, she became Director of Operations, and was instrumental in setting up new processes to better support our clients, the sales team and…
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Bonnie Cerrito
Bonnie CerritoSenior Vice President of Contracts and Financial Services
Bonnie Cerrito joined Sirius as a senior account executive in 1992, and was soon recognized as a Sirius Million Dollar (gross profit) Producer.
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Michael Harwood
Michael HarwoodSenior Vice President of Marketing
As senior vice president of Marketing, Michael Harwood is responsible for marketing demand generation, corporate communications, events and campaigns, and the Sirius Call Center.
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Chris Mierzwa
Chris MierzwaSenior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Chris Mierzwa graduated from Purdue University in 1992 with a degree in computer and electrical engineering, along with minors in math and business.
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Becky Murphy
Becky MurphySenior Vice President of Sales, Southwest Region
Becky Murphy began her career in the technology industry in 1987 when she joined IBM, where she would hold various sales leadership positions including manager of Retail Sales…
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Thomas Neville
Thomas NevilleSenior Vice President of Managed Services Sales
Based in Chicago, Tom Neville is senior vice president of Sales with responsibility for the North Central Region. Mr. Neville began his career…
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Imran Salim
Imran SalimSenior Vice President of Healthcare Solutions
Imran Salim began his career with Advanced Systems Applications & Products in 1990. As the vice president of Sales, he was responsible for growing the company’s UNIX business…
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Keith Ikels
Keith IkelsChief Information Officer
Keith Ikels is responsible for leading and managing Sirius Computer Solutions’ Information Technology organization. Mr. Ikels has more than 28 years of experience within the technology industry.
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Jehad Abdeljawad
Jehad AbdeljawadVice President of Infrastructure Services
Jehad Abdeljawad brings 23 years of experience in IT professional services operations, services offerings, optimization and management.
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Joe Andersen
Joe AndersenVice President of Technology and Engineering Services
Based out of the Omaha, Nebraska office, Mr. Andersen joined Sirius as part of the MSI Systems Integrators acquisition in 2010.
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Darren Gourley
Darren GourleyVice President of Infrastructure Solutions, Southwest Region
Mr. Gourley serves as the technical leader for infrastructure pre-sales and services engineers in the Southwest region. He also provides strategic direction for Sirius’ overall storage business.
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Steve Dowling
Steve DowlingVice President of Cloud Strategy
As Vice President for Cloud Strategy, Steve Dowling is responsible for creating and enabling Sirius’ corporate strategy for solutions that exploit the “as a service” model for IT consumption.
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Lisa Friesenhahn
Lisa FriesenhahnVice President of Financial Services
Lisa Friesenhahn started her career in 1986 with Star Data Systems, which would later become Sirius Computer Solutions. She held several positions in the accounting department, before starting the company’s leasing business in 1994.
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Toni Garza
Toni GarzaVice President of Employee Services
Toni Garza is responsible for leading and managing Sirius Computer Solutions’ Human Resources, Administration and Facility Operations.
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Don Geier
Don GeierVice President of IT Consulting
Don Geier leads a team of IT consultants comprising former CIOs, CISOs, CTOs, IT directors and industry experts, whose mission is to provide Sirius clients with IT solutions that best solve their business and technological requirements.
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Brad Grabill
Brad GrabillVice President of Sales, Central Plains Region
Based in Omaha, Brad Grabill has overall responsibility for the strategy, sales execution and growth of the company’s Central Plains region.
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Joe Grant Bluechel
Joe Grant BluechelVice President of Data & Analytics
Joe Grant Bluechel is responsible for all aspects of the Sirius Data & Analytics Solutions practice, including client engagements, vendor management, consulting services, and IP development.
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Ben Hoch
Ben HochVice President of Infrastructure Solutions, East Region
Ben Hoch is responsible for overseeing the pre- and post-sales Infrastructure Solution teams in the East region, which are focused on delivering strategic infrastructure solutions…
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Jay Johnson
Jay JohnsonVice President of Managed Services
As Sirius’ vice president of Managed Services, Jay Johnson provides strategic leadership in developing and supervising the deployment of managed services across all platforms and solutions…
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Debbie Dove Larson
Debbie Dove LarsonVice President of Sales, North Central Region
Debbie Dove Larson joined Sirius in the Sales department in 1991, and learned the business from the talented people at Sirius, many of whom are still here today.
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Alex Lurix
Alex LurixVice President of Software Solutions and Services
Alex Lurix joined Sirius in 1998 as a software consultant and later a Project Management Professional in an organization of mainly staff augmentation contracts.
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Chris Lusk
Chris LuskVice President of Software Solutions and Services
Chris Lusk joined Sirius in 1997 as the company’s first UNIX product specialist. Leveraging his sales abilities and deep technical skills on IBM RS/6000 servers, IBM SP servers, and IBM storage products including…
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Jane Mitchell
Jane MitchellVice President of Sales Operations
Jane Mitchell joined Sirius in 2003 as manager of Sales Operations. During her tenure, Ms. Mitchell has taken on various responsibilities including leading teams accountable for quote-to-order for all products, compliance and vendor programs, and IT project initiatives.
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Stephen Morris
Stephen MorrisVice President of Software Solutions and Services
Stephen Morris has 21 years of IT consulting experience focusing on professional services operations, as well as leading complex technology transformation programs.
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Dan Nassif
Dan NassifVice President of Mainframe Solutions
Dan Nassif began his career as a systems engineer in IBM’s Moline, Illinois branch office.
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Darrin Nelson
Darrin NelsonVice President of Software Sales
As vice president of Software Sales, Darrin Nelson is responsible for every aspect of the Sirius Software Solution Sales business, including sales, marketing, and the profitability of the business…
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Jim Paulson
Jim PaulsonVice President of Software Solutions and Services
Jim Paulson has more than 25 years of experience in software development and services.
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AJ Ragosta
AJ RagostaVice President of Sales, East Region
Prior to joining Sirius as vice president of Sales, AJ Ragosta was the COO and a managing partner of Varrow, Inc., where he led the Sales, Marketing and Services organizations.
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Jeff Sauvageau
Jeff SauvageauVice President of Client Relations
Mr. Sauvageau concentrates on the advancement of client relationships and sales tactics in Sirius’s Central region, providing insight into the continual development strategy of the organization and many of its most significant clients.
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Justin Sobey
Justin SobeyVice President and General Counsel
As General Counsel, Justin Sobey is responsible for all of Sirius’ legal affairs, including providing counsel and guidance for mergers and acquisitions, litigation, dispute resolution, contract negotiations, corporate governance, and compliance and security.
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Cory Sodorff
Cory SodorffVice President of Infrastructure Solutions, West Region
Cory Sodorff joined Sirius in 1995 as an IBM RS/6000 engineer after four years in the U.S. Air Force as a computer specialist. As a Power Systems engineer, he held many IBM certifications for AIX and PowerHA, and earned the IBM Certified Advanced Technical Expert designation.
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Cindi Soukup
Cindi SoukupVice President of Infrastructure Solutions, Central Plains Region
Cindi Soukup is responsible for overseeing the pre- and post-sales Infrastructure Solution teams in the Central Plains region, supporting the continued growth in delivering strategic infrastructure solutions to our clients based on industry best practices and standards.
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Stan Staszak
Stan StaszakVice President of Infrastructure Solutions, North Central Region
Stan Staszak serves as the technical leader for infrastructure pre- and post-sales engineering in the North Central region. He also provides strategic direction for Sirius’ Power Systems practice.
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Dan Weiss
Dan WeissVice President of Sales Strategy, East Region
Dan Weiss was named vice president of Sales Strategy for the East Region after Sirius’ acquisition of Varrow, Inc. in 2015. At Varrow, he was a co-founder and served as the company’s chief financial officer and executive vice president of Services, as well as…
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