Our Management team is comprised of seasoned technology veterans with a commitment to ‘answering the call’ for business-enabling technology solutions.
Chief Executive Officer
As CEO of Groupware Technology, Mike Thompson provides the leadership and vision essential for propelling company-wide success. His cross-functional skill-set, innate business savvy and real-world understanding enables him to provide the creativity and strategy needed to build and grow a successful organization.
With well over a decade of industry experience, Mike spends much of his time managing all phases of the business process. Starting from the ground up, he has gained extensive experience and an overall respect for all organizational platforms. Mike is responsible for setting the vision, developing the strategy and managing the execution of corporate initiatives and goals. He is actively involved in managing and developing relationships and strategic alliances with vendors, partners and end-users. He has been recognized for his work in improving operational efficiencies to enhance the end-user experience and overall satisfaction, and has proven his ability to increase profitable annual revenues year over year. Mike has built the foundation for Groupware to continue its unprecedented growth and success.
Mike sits on several Advisory Boards and has been recognized by the industry for his thought leadership in the Channel. He is also active in sharing his experiences with fellow entrepreneurs, as well as mentoring new talent. He is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Nominee (2010) and Finalist (2011), has authored several publications and sits on the Board of the Northern California Chapter of The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California and an MBA, graduating with honors, from Regis University.
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President and Chief Operating Officer
As Groupware Technology’s President and COO, Tony leads the delivery of all operational aspects of the business, bringing strategic vision and leadership to both internal operations and customer facing professional services. Though focused on developing repeatable processes to help scale the business, he refuses to sacrifice on the flexibility and “get it done” attitude that have endeared Groupware to their customers.
Under Tony’s leadership, Groupware has built a world-class integration services practice that helps customers design, test and deploy new infrastructure. One of the primary offerings of the Integration practice is Rack and Roll which designs, builds, configures and delivers fully integrated racks of infrastructure. These offerings help customers realize increased profitability by getting investments “live-to-site” more rapidly than traditional methods.
As a principal in the business, Tony looks to promote a culture which embraces Groupware’s core values of customer service, excellence, fun and giving back. Tony also takes an active role in mentoring and coaching through the tagline he conceived: “We Answer the Call.” Tony received his Bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.
Vice President of Operations
As Vice President of Operations, Josh Avila oversees key business functions by establishing and maintaining policies and procedures for all departments. With 15 years of management experience, Josh brings strong leadership to Groupware with a reputation for developing solid, hardworking teams. He is responsible for ensuring Groupware is easy for customers to do business with by creating and maintaining operational efficiencies, both domestically and internationally. Josh attended Foothill College and West Valley College in California.
Vice President of Sales
As Groupware Technology’s Vice President of Sales, John is responsible for sales team leadership, strategic sales and customer acquisitions. John has over fifteen years of sales experience in IT, including NetApp and has been instrumental in delivering profitable growth and building strong relationships with enterprise customers as well as channel partners. His extensive knowledge of enterprise technology—along with his commitment to customer service—helps customers fully leverage new technology and Groupware’s services capabilities in order to advance their business objectives. John graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles.
VP of Engineering
As the Groupware Vice President of Engineering, Ed is responsible for the Pre-Sales Engineering team. His focus is on the development and strategic direction of the engineering organization to deliver innovative and unique solutions for our customers. A 20-year IT industry veteran, he has demonstrated his ability to help customers achieve results while providing thought leadership on the most effective ways to leverage technology.
Prior to his current role as a VP of Engineering, Ed was the Practice Manager for Cloud Solutions with extensive expertise in the design and deployment of cloud solutions. Ed is a well-known advocate and educator for the IPv6 protocol and is a featured speaker at networking and IT conferences around the world. He authored Practical IPv6 for Windows Administrators from Apress and has also authored several IPv6 courses for Pluralsight. Ed is the co-chair of the California IPv6 Task Force and has been actively involved with IPv6 for well over a decade. Ed graduated from the University of the Pacific with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. You can follow him on twitter @ehorley
VP of Professional Services
Patrick is VP of Professional Services. He has deep management and leadership experience in operations and IT, overseeing initiatives that result in growth and improve efficiency. He excels in creating a cohesive, team-oriented environment that empowers engineers to exceed expectations, deliver on time and within budget. Prior to Groupware, Patrick worked for over 10 years at eBay, where his positions included Director of Marketplace Operations and Senior Manager of QA/Development Systems. He attended Western Washington University.
Vice President of Sales
As Groupware Technology’s Vice President of Sales for Named Accounts, Dawn leads a team that is responsible for customer satisfaction and sales execution within Groupware’s strategic accounts. A San Jose, CA native, Dawn is a twenty year veteran of the Information Technology industry with a proven record of sales success. Prior to her role at Groupware, she held sales roles at Hitachi Data Systems, Arcscale and Dell, continuously exceeding sales targets. She has an unwavering commitment to ensuring her customers’ success and delivering the best solutions to meet their business challenges. Her expertise in fostering long term business relationships with customers and partners is a cornerstone of her and Groupware’s success. Dawn graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology from University of California at Davis.
VP of Strategic Alliances
As the Groupware Vice President of Strategic Alliances, Steve is responsible for bringing new solutions to market and the overall profitable growth of business with our strategic technology partners. With over thirty years of IT and technology experience, Steve has held multiple executive leadership positions in Systems Engineering, Professional Services and Sales. In addition to the solution provider channel, Steve has customer IT and product development experience that spans many years running large data centers for a global oil company, an IT Director for a pharmaceutical company, to being a principal in a handheld and wireless application software startup. Multiple times in his career, Steve has successfully navigated through mergers and acquisitions and brought together teams from different backgrounds and business cultures. Steve holds a Bachelors in Business Management from Holy Names University in Oakland, CA.
Senior Director of Finance
Stacy Thompson, Groupware’s Senior Director of Finance, is responsible for financial management and planning—overseeing the design and execution of the company’s financial policies and procedures. In accordance with the company’s growth and future goals, Stacy conducts resource planning for the future as well as managing the accounting department, banking and credit facilities. Her leadership has been critical to the company’s ability to maintain profitability while also financing strategic investments throughout Groupware’s history of consistent and rapid growth.
Director of Marketing
Samara, the Director of Marketing, works closely with members of the management, sales and communications team to create, plan and fully execute our marketing strategy to achieve overall corporate goals and objectives for all locations nationwide. She is responsible for evangelizing the Groupware brand, building marketing relations, communications as well as cultivating opportunities for new and existing customers.
She works closely with sales management and partners to promote solutions to increase Groupware’s market share with key manufacturers such as AWS, Cisco, Dell, HP, Microsoft, NetApp and Oracle as well as partners in emerging technologies. Samara brings a unique blend of creative, operational and vendor relationship skills; highly detail oriented, capable of juggling multiple projects with excellent results and able to think strategically while executing tactically against strategy and plans. Samara brings over 15 years experience in marketing within the technology industry. She earned her BA from California State University at Monterey Bay.
Director of Engineering
As Director of Engineering, Nathan oversees the presales engineering team. After spending nearly two decades working as a pre-sales engineer and architect for multiple systems integrators, he understands that the connection with the customer is what drives technical sales. He has worked with a wide cross-section of customers and manufacturing partners. From networking to systems, to unified communications, to security to cloud and merged services campaigns, Nathan has been able to consistently drive a conversation that positions the client and the integrator for a successful partnership. Previously, he worked at Dimension Data. He has a BA from the UC Santa Cruz.
Director of Sales
Jeremy Morris, Groupware Director of Sales, specializes in providing customers with the design, procurement, testing and integration services of leading IT solutions. Through his relentless dedication to service, he has a long tenure of sales success with helping customers in solving strategic business problems through technology insights. Jeremy has taken on a key role in mentoring members of the sales team to build strong relationships with customers and partners. Jeremy attended San Jose State University where he majored in Business Finance.
Director of Professional Services
Bill Phipps is Director of Professional Services. He has led high performance teams throughout his career, specializing in Customer Success, Account Management and Professional Services. Bill is passionate about growing business by developing customer relationships as well as improving customer experiences throughout the engagement lifecycle with global enterprise clients. He previously worked at NetApp where he has received several honors including Global Services Manager of the Year. He has also been Solution Manager of the Year at Synopsis. Bill holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University.
Director of Practices
Vinay Prabhu serves as Director of Practices. He previously ran the Network and Security practice and lead the rapid growth of Groupware Technology’s networking expertise and services. A seasoned leader, Prabhu holds a MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Electronics from Bangalore University.