Our Team

Meet the Thrive leadership team, dedicated to providing the best technology platforms and customer service for your business

Thrive’s leadership team is comprised of industry and technical experts with decades of experience in managed services, technology infrastructure, security and compliance.

Executive

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Rob Stephenson

CEO & Board Member

Rob Stephenson

CEO & Board Member

Rob brings more than 20 years of executive level technology business experience to Thrive. He was previously a principal at 19 Technologies, an executive consulting firm whose clients included Faction Cloud, Oxford Networks, Expedient, Sweetwater Capital, Bay Capital, Spring Capital and others. Prior to that, Rob served as CMO and managing partner at Xand where he oversaw a sale to Tierpoint in 2014, after merging his firm, Access Northeast, with Xand in 2012. Rob was the CEO at Access Northeast, building the company into a $20 million plus Data Center/Cloud/MSP regional powerhouse with more than seven consecutive years of record income, growth and profitability. He executed multiple term sheets with Private Equity Firms, Senior Banks and Mezzanine SBA Lenders generating working capital for the business and liquidity for shareholders in excess of $750 million. Rob has undergraduate degrees in Economics & Political Science from the University of Vermont (1990) and a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Boston College Carroll School of Management (2002), with a concentration in Technology Marketing. He was enshrined into the Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society in 2002 for his post-graduate work.

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Jay Adams

Chief Financial Officer

Jay Adams

Chief Financial Officer

Jay oversees all Financial Operations and Human Resources at Thrive. Prior to joining Thrive, he spent 20 years as a CFO at technology and consulting companies backed by private individuals, venture capital firms, and private equity companies. He spent eight years at Kenan Systems, a $180 million provider of billing software, five years at Bowstreet, a pioneer in the web services space and later served as CFO at Atlantic Data Services, a consulting practice that serviced the banking industry. More recently, Jay was CFO at the Aberdeen Group, where he stood up multiple systems in merging three companies into one new platform with no previously established G&A function. Jay is a CPA and started his career in public accounting at Ernst & Young. He is a graduate of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management and he currently resides in Walpole, MA with his wife and four kids.

John Holland

John Holland

Chief Revenue Officer

John Holland

Chief Revenue Officer

John Holland oversees all sales, marketing, and customer success efforts at Thrive. John works with each of Thrive’s regions in New England, New York and the Mid-Atlantic to streamline sales processes; in turn, easing the process of delivering superior NextGen managed services to Thrive’s clients. His focus points at Thrive include increasing organic growth in revenue through geographical expansion, the further development of Thrive’s channel sales team, and establishing the Thrive brand as a key player in the MSP space. Throughout his 20+ year career in the Cloud and managed services space, John has become a notable sales leader in the industry. Prior to Thrive, he spent nine years serving as the Senior Vice President of Sales at TierPoint, as well as leading sales teams at Sungard Availability, Internap and Broadwing.

John is a graduate of Saint Anselm College with a degree in Business.

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Michael Gray

Chief Technology Officer

Michael Gray

Chief Technology Officer

Michael has been a strong technology leader at Thrive over the past decade, contributing in the consulting, network engineering, managed services and product development groups while continually being promoted up the ladder. Michael’s technology career began at Dove Consulting and later Praecis, a biotechnology startup that was acquired by a top five pharmaceutical firm in 2007. Serving in his current role, he is now responsible for Thrive’s R&D, technology road-mapping vision, while also heading the security and application development practices. He is a member of several partner advisory councils and participates in many local and national technology events. Michael has a degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University and he also maintains multiple technical certifications including Fortinet, Sonicwall, Microsoft, ITIL, Kaseya and maintains his Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Bill McLaughlin

Bill McLaughlin

Chief Customer Officer

Bill McLaughlin

Chief Customer Officer

Bill McLaughlin is Thrive’s Chief Customer Officer. Drawing on his nearly 20 years of MSP industry experience, Bill drives more value, messaging, communication, and faster platform adoption to Thrive’s customers. In his current role, he oversees Thrive’s dedicated team of General Managers, Senior Principal Consultants and Customer Success Managers in each U.S. region, and supports Thrive’s expanding global footprint and clientele with the company’s extensive NextGen portfolio of Cloud, Cyber Security, Networking and Business Continuity services.

Before Thrive, Bill held a senior leadership role at Kaseya, where he completed an expedited one-year IT Management software journey. Previously as an EVP and CTO, Bill assisted in spearheading the growth of Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office, a provider of office automation solutions and one of the largest privately held technology companies in the United States with more than 400 employees and $150 million in revenue. Bill was also a leader at several top-tier office technology companies, including NER Data Corp, Parts Now, and Allied Office Products.

Bill is very active in supporting several nonprofit organizations throughout the New Jersey and New York area. He is a Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation Board Trustee and the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board for The Jillian Fund.

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Marc Capobianco

EVP, Operations

Marc Capobianco

EVP, Operations

Marc was appointed Executive Vice President of Thrive’s FinTech Practice following the company’s 2019 acquisition of Tier1Net, where he served as president for more than 20 years. He brings decades of experience in cybersecurity, financial regulatory & SEC compliance, and information technology to Thrive. Marc has extensive experience working with RIAs, wealth management firms, family offices, and private equity firms to solve their business technology, security and compliance challenges. Prior to founding Tier1Net, Marc founded Innovative Network, Inc., a leading Boston-based networking integration company. He also spent six years in the Information System Division at the United States Department of Transportation, where he was instrumental in the design and development of major networking initiatives for the FAA and U.S. Coast Guard. Marc also played a key role in Intelligent Transportation Systems, developing high-speed fiber optic digital video traffic systems for several state highway agencies – which soon became the benchmark for which future systems were based upon. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Finance from Merrimack College and a master’s degree in Computer Information System from Boston University.

Corporate

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Brian Bean

EVP of Product and Technical Services

Brian Bean

EVP of Product and Technical Services

Brian leads the Product Management and Technical Services teams and brings over 20 years of industry experience to Thrive. Prior to joining Thrive, he served as Vice President of Solutions Engineering at TierPoint, leading the North region team in the New England, New York, Mid Atlantic, and Midwest sales markets. Prior to TierPoint’s acquisition of Xand in 2014, Brian led the Solutions Engineering, Client Services, and Sales Operations teams and created multiple sales enablement platforms resulting in streamlining sales order generation and profitability analysis. He held the same leadership positions at Access Northeast prior to merging with Xand in 2012 with additional responsibilities in Product Development and Vendor Management. Brian previously held management positions at Internap and MCI and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

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Matt Chabot

EVP of Technology

Matt Chabot

EVP of Technology

Matt Chabot is the EVP of Technology at Thrive. He oversees the technology that optimizes clients’ business application performance with Thrive’s NextGen Platform of Cloud, Security, Networking and Business Continuity services, powered by the automation and self-service capabilities of ServiceNow.

Most recently, Matt served as Chief Technology Officer at Tier1Net for more than 20 years before the company was acquired by Thrive in 2019. His extensive financial services expertise helps drive Thrive’s innovation and commitment, optimizing the performance of financial business applications for customers.

Matt is a CISSP with a certification in Kaseya and is Fortinet NSE4 certified. Matt graduated from Boston College where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree.

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Stevens Demorcy

EVP of Infrastructure

Stevens Demorcy

EVP of Infrastructure

As Thrive’s EVP of Infrastructure, Stevens Demorcy oversees Thrive’s robust NextGen technology platform. He is responsible for the teams and technology that manage Thrive’s NextGen Platform of Cloud, Security, Networking and Business Continuity services all powered by the automation and self-service capabilities of ServiceNow.

Stevens has two decades of demonstrated information technology and services leadership experience. His expertise spans datacenter technology, disaster recovery, public / private cloud and cybersecurity. Stevens also has a passion for R&D, which allows him to create innovative solutions that meet or exceed client IT needs.

Before Thrive, Stevens held infrastructure leadership and engineering roles at RFA, a global IT, Cyber Security and Cloud provider to the financial services and alternative investment sectors.
Stevens graduated from Pace University in New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems.

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Lee Slap

EVP & General Counsel

Lee Slap

EVP & General Counsel

Lee Slap is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Thrive. He has more than three decades of legal and leadership experience.

Before joining Thrive, Lee was General Counsel of  a publicly-traded international telecommunications and distributed generation solar energy company. In addition to acting as the principal legal advisor to the Board, CEO, and executive management, he managed domestic and international M&A and investment transactions totaling over $1.5B in value.

Lee previously was a partner with a national law firm representing private equity and venture capital funds in a broad range of corporate transactions, including portfolio company investments, mergers and acquisitions, debt financings, recapitalizations and regulatory compliance.

He earned his Juris Doctor degree from The George Washington University Law School and Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Boston College.

 

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Ryan Thomas

EVP of Microsoft Collaboration

Ryan Thomas

EVP of Microsoft Collaboration

Ryan Thomas is the Executive Vice President of Microsoft Collaboration at Thrive. He has more than 25 years of experience enabling and encouraging digital transformation with customers using Microsoft platforms and tools.

Before merging with Thrive in 2020, he spent more than 11 years at Timlin Enterprises as President, CEO, and SharePoint & Office 365 Solutions Architect.

In his current role, Ryan continues to grow the Microsoft Center of Excellence Managed Services, which he founded at Timlin. The unique platform provides the best possible experience to our clients in their journeys of digital transformation through collaboration, user engagement, and business process improvement using Microsoft Cloud technologies.

Ryan has a deep technology background as a software developer, moving to solve business problems with the SharePoint and Microsoft 365 platform. He had technical roles in his early years at the following organizations: Vistaprint, Monster, Takeda, Harvard Management Company, MIT, and more.

Ryan is a graduate of the University of Vermont, and he earned an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix in 2004 in the beginning stages of remote education.

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John Dilthey

Vice President of Business Operations

John Dilthey

Vice President of Business Operations

John Dilthey is the Vice President of Business Operations at Thrive. He oversees Post-Merger Integrations at Thrive as well logistical components of Service delivery. John has more than 25 years of IT experience, 15+ have been at Thrive. He started at Thrive as a Help Desk Engineer and has been promoted multiple times to positions throughout the company.

Before coming to Thrive, John served 10 years in the United States Marine Corps and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. During his military career, he received numerous awards and decorations while gaining extensive experience in Information Technology, Logistics, Process Management and.

John received his Bachelor of Science degree from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Stephanie Farrell

Vice President of Marketing

Stephanie Farrell

Vice President of Marketing

Stephanie Farrell is the Vice President of Marketing at Thrive. She is a marketing communications leader with more than 20 years of experience working in the technology and telecom industry. Stephanie’s expertise lies in building and enhancing brand awareness with a passion for being challenged to work in entrepreneurial environments, supporting and stimulating both direct and channel sales.

She manages, maintains, and implements the appropriate marketing initiatives to meet sales targets and exceed Thrive’s business goals. Her comprehensive, acquired skill set includes working and communicating within all levels of an organization, demonstrating strong attention to detail, and executing and achieving goals with little direction.

Stephanie received a degree in business from Becker College in Massachusetts.

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Meghan O’Keefe

Vice President of Professional Services

Meghan O’Keefe

Vice President of Professional Services

Meghan is the Vice President of Professional Services and manages onboarding new clients onto The Thrive Platform and large-scale implementation projects for strategic accounts. Over the years at Thrive, she has also managed the project managers, customer service groups, dispatch coordinators and project engineers.

Meghan began her career in retail operations as a district manager at a major grocery chain in New England. She then moved to Corporate IT Solutions and served as Director of Professional services before the company merged with Thrive in 2012. Since then, Meghan has spearheaded automating internal processes within the Project Delivery team, which allows the Thrive team to spend more time with customers in strategic conversations.

Meghan graduated from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. She also holds ITIL and PMP certifications.

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Marc DesRoches

Director of Human Resources

Marc DesRoches

Director of Human Resources

Marc DesRoches is the Director of Human Resources at Thrive. He oversees all aspects of human resources at Thrive, one of the fastest-growing outsourced IT providers in the U.S. with 12+ acquisitions since 2016.

Before Thrive, Marc was a Placement Consultant for an IT staffing company that focused on consulting and direct hire placement in a variety of industries, including healthcare, software, financial services, government, utility/energy, biotech/pharma, retail and education. He also served as a Legislative Liaison in the Massachusetts State Senate for several years.

Marc was named Commissioner of the Yawkey Baseball League, one of the finest amateur baseball leagues in the country. He also held the position of Director Travel Ball at the RBI Academy in Boston.

Marc earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Providence College in Rhode Island.

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Justin Tourtelotte

Technical Director of Client Onboarding

Justin Tourtelotte

Technical Director of Client Onboarding

As Thrive’s Technical Director of Client Onboarding, Justin is responsible for creating, implementing, and managing Thrive’s customer onboarding processes. He focuses on creating protocols that can scale, do their jobs efficiently, and satisfy clients to the highest level.

Before Thrive, Justin spent more than 15 years at Eze Software leading and creating teams to match the pace of a growing business as Director of Product Engagement and Director of Consulting. Throughout his career, Justin has positively impacted every facet of the software industry. He has expertise in new target operating models, organizational management, software implementation, organizational management and more.

Justin earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Computer Science at Providence College. He received a High Tech MBA from Northeastern University.

Coast-to-Coast Service from Our Regional Offices

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Bill Burke

EVP & General Manager, New England

Bill Burke

EVP & General Manager, New England

Bill is responsible for overseeing all of Technical Service Delivery and Account Management at Thrive. His primary focus is to ensure that engineering resources are properly aligned with customer expectations to provide the highest quality of service available. Bill previously served as Corporate IT Solutions CIO and played a critical role in growing the company into one of the top MSPs in the region. Before coming over to Corporate IT Solutions, he ran his own IT Consulting practice for more than five years servicing customers in the New England SMB marketplace. Bill has over 15 years’ experience in the IT Services industry and is a second generation technologist. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and holds several technical certifications, including Cisco, Microsoft and VMware.

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Ryan Clinton

RVP of vCIO Services, New England

Ryan Clinton

RVP of vCIO Services, New England

As the RVP of vCIO Services, Ryan Clinton is responsible for all aspects of Thrive’s vCIO practice in the New England region. Ryan has prior MSP and over 15 years of technology and infrastructure management experience. Ryan oversees the vCIO team responsible for building long-term trusted relationships with Thrive’s clients. In his current role, Ryan is responsible for ensuring that his team provides strategic, technical, and security advisory services that align with each client’s organizational vision.

Before Thrive, Ryan was a Senior Manager at Kronos Incorporated’s (now UKG) Engineering Enablement team supporting a globally dispersed 1,500+ person engineering organization for their cloud based Workforce Dimensions SaaS product. Previously, as a Director of Cloud Operations and IT at HealthcareSource, Ryan took a security first approach in providing strategic leadership, vision, and operational improvements for their healthcare focused Talent Management solution.

Ryan graduated from Suffolk University in Boston with a BS in Computer Information Systems.

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Brendan White

Vice President of Service Delivery

Brendan White

Vice President of Service Delivery

As Vice President of Service Delivery at Thrive, Brendan oversees the delivery of managed services powered by ServiceNow. His primary focus is ensuring Thrive delivers exceptional technology support to its vast client base. Prior to his current role at Thrive, Brendan has held various engineering and technical services leadership roles.

Brendan began his career over a decade ago where he held numerous roles within managed service providers, gaining the experience and knowledge needed to excel in the industry. Brendan attended Wentworth Institute of Technology, where he studied to achieve his degree in computer engineering. He also holds multiple certifications, including Microsoft, VMware and ITIL.

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Jeff Boardman

Vice President of Engineering

Jeff Boardman

Vice President of Engineering

As Thrive’s Vice President of Engineering, Jeff Boardman oversees daily operations of Thrive’s Senior engineering team and provides escalation support to the service desk and project teams. He also manages the monitoring platform that supports Thrive’s network and Server management services.

Jeff previously served as the Chief Technology Officer at Corporate IT Solutions before the company merged with Thrive in 2016. He was responsible for all technology solutions and helped design and build the corporate data center.

Jeff is a lifelong technology guru. He has two decades of demonstrated information technology and services leadership experience and certifications in VMware, Microsoft, and other technology platforms.

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Derek Collins

Regional Vice President of Sales, Northeast

Derek Collins

Regional Vice President of Sales, Northeast

Derek Collins is the Regional Vice President of Sales at Thrive for the Northeast. He oversees Thrive’s sales and improves the customer experience for the company’s growing client base.

With more than 15 years of IT and consulting experience, Derek drives business outcomes through Thrive’s NextGen managed services that optimize business performance, enable seamless scalability, and future-proof digital infrastructure operations.

Before Thrive, Derek held leadership roles at Information Technology companies, including All Covered and Covisia.

Derek is a graduate of Trinity College-Hartford.

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Kevin Ellis

VP of Sales, Private Equity Practice

Kevin Ellis

VP of Sales, Private Equity Practice

Kevin Ellis is the Vice President of Sales for Private Equity Practice at Thrive. He oversees the technology and processes that optimize private equity firms’ business application performance with Thrive’s full suite of IT, Cloud, and Business Continuity services. Kevin often consults with private equity and financial services firms regarding emerging business objectives with technology platforms, pre and post-transaction technology diligence, ongoing services to help integrate and gain efficiency within their portfolio, and more.

He began his career at Thrive almost 20 years ago. Kevin started as a sales executive and was promoted throughout his tenure to Director of Sales and then Vice President of Sales. His results-driven and customer-first approach helps drive Thrive’s innovation and commitment, optimizing the performance of financial business applications for customers.

Kevin graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston College, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.

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Erik Young

Vice President of Channel Sales

Erik Young

Vice President of Channel Sales

Erik Young is the Vice President of Channel Sales at Thrive and is responsible for the success of Thrive’s Partner Program from onboarding, client engagement, and management of the channel partner sales team and support team.

Erik joined the Thrive team in 2017 and has been the driving force behind the company’s channel growth. In 2019 & 2021, he was named to the prestigious CRN® Channel Chiefs list, recognizing leading IT channel vendor executives who continually demonstrate outstanding leadership, influence, innovation, and growth.

Erik also worked for Access Northeast, Xand and TierPoint. He is passionate about bringing Security, Cloud Hosting, Disaster Recovery, Backup, and End-User Support to a central orchestrator, which is a true benefit for any sized client.

Erik is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and holds several VMWare, Azure, and other industry certifications.

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Scot Guido

Managing Partner, New York

Scot Guido

Managing Partner, New York

Scot Guido is a Managing Partner for Thrive with a focus on the New York region. Most recently, Scot served as a Managing Partner of S7 Technology Group, which he co-founded in 2009, until the company was acquired by Thrive in 2021.

Scot started S7 Technology Group after he saw a need for a value-driven managed service provider that could deliver a comprehensive and cost-effective, end-to-end technology solution. Harnessing industry expertise and a passion for technology, He had the vision to fill the void left behind by the 2008-2009 financial crises. The new financial technology landscape requires multilateral, cross-industry expertise to address complicated regulatory challenges, and Scot aligned S7 perfectly to take on those challenges.

Prior to co-founding S7 Technology Group, Scot was a Director at Gleacher & Co., responsible for technology worldwide.

Scot earned a BS from Long Island University.

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Fred Bruno

Vice President of Operations, New York

Fred Bruno

Vice President of Operations, New York

Fred Bruno is the Vice President of Operations for Thrive’s New York office. He is a seasoned technology veteran in the financial industry with over 20 years of experience managing complex technology operations.

Most recently, Fred served as the Chief Operating Officer at S7 Technology Group before the company was acquired by Thrive in 2021.

At S7, Fred managed the day-to-day operations at S7, overseeing policies and procedures, organization efficiencies, and ensuring that S7 meets the highest level of standards in delivering exceptional client services.

Prior to joining S7 Technology Group, Fred was a Managing Director at Sandler O’Neill, a full-service investment banking firm, where he was instrumental in developing and overseeing the technology operations and initiatives.

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Michael Bilenkis

Vice President of Technology, New York

Michael Bilenkis

Vice President of Technology, New York

Michael Bilenkis is the Vice President of Technology for Thrive’s New York office. He is a versatile technologist capable of intuitively solving complex technology problems with precision and efficiency.

Most recently, Michael served as the Chief Technology Officer at S7 Technology Group, which he co-founded, until the company was acquired by Thrive in 2021.

At S7 Technology Group, he developed the overall technology vision for the company, drove engineering initiatives, and oversaw client-side infrastructure. Michael also served as the principal architect of the S7 Cloud hosting platform.

Before co-founding S7 Technology Group, he was responsible for the design, implementation, and maintenance of the Infrastructure at Gleacher & Co.

Michael received a degree in Computer Science from St. John’s University.

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Scott Goodger

EVP & General Manager, New York

Scott Goodger

EVP & General Manager, New York

As Executive Vice President & General Manager, Scott is responsible for Thrive’s profitability, client retention, and client satisfaction in the New York Region. He directly oversees Principal Consultancy, Client Relationship Management, as well as the Inside Sales teams. Scott is an exceptional technology strategist with deep experience in operational IT efficiency and NextGen technology solutions, which has served Thrive’s clients well in support of their enhanced business operations, long-range objectives and corporate vision. With more than 17 years of experience, Scott is a seasoned veteran within the managed services space and has assisted organizations in leading initiatives that optimize costs, improve efficiencies, and increase security posture. His experience and expertise have positively served clients in the financial services, legal, luxury fashion, media, hospitality, and healthcare verticals.

Prior to Thrive, Scott has held numerous technology and business development roles in the technology sector, having served most recently as Chief Revenue Officer at Precision IT Group, Chief Technology Officer at Update Inc., Chief Technology Officer at NIT Health, and Vice President at IDP Consulting.

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Ryan Goodwin

EVP of Technology, New York

Ryan Goodwin

EVP of Technology, New York

After the acquisition of Precision IT Group (PITG) by Thrive in 2017, Ryan was appointed Executive Vice President of Technology for his proven technical prowess and understanding of business needs and strategies. He currently oversees Senior Engineering, PMO and Technical Operations for the New York region. Over the course of 2018 and 2019, he played an integral role in the development of Thrive’s ServiceNow platform and serves as a ServiceNow Portal Administrator. Prior to joining Thrive, Ryan served as Chief Technology Officer at PITG and held responsibility for R&D, internal security measures as well as technology roadmaps for the organization, and security for clientele. During his time with PITG, he gained a nuanced understanding of several critical verticals; finance, professional services, retail and manufacturing. Ryan joined PITG as a desktop engineer in 2007 after graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in Information Management and Technology.

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Scott Jukofsky

RVP of vCIO Services

Scott Jukofsky

RVP of vCIO Services

As the RVP of vCIO Services, Scott Jukofsky is responsible for all aspects of Thrive’s vCIO practice in the New York region. Scott has over 15 years of experience delivering IT Advisory Services within the financial services vertical. Scott oversees the vCIO team responsible for building long-term trusted relationships with Thrive’s clients. In his current role, Scott is responsible for ensuring that his team provides strategic, technical and security advisory services that align with each client’s organizational vision.

Previously, Scott managed the Technical Account Management team for Precision IT before the company was acquired by Thrive in 2017. In this role, Scott leveraged his broad technology and vertical expertise to oversee the design, implementation and management of the solutions that he proposed to his clients. Prior to the creation of the Technical Account Management practice, Scott held several senior engineering roles at the firm.

Scott graduated from Towson University in Maryland with a BS in Computer Information Systems and a minor in Business Administration.

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Josh Stanojevic

EVP of Managed Services

Josh Stanojevic

EVP of Managed Services

Josh Stanojevic is Thrive’s Executive Vice President of Managed Services. He oversees Thrive’s comprehensive suite of award-winning managed IT solutions and services and the dedicated team of experts providing superior service and guidance to our clients.

Josh has more than 20 years of engineering and IT leadership experience. Before Thrive, Josh served as Vice President of Managed Services for Precision IT and the Director of Operations for nIThealth.

Josh received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.

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Tim Kennedy

Vice President of Sales, New York

Tim Kennedy

Vice President of Sales, New York

Tim Kennedy is Thrive’s Vice President of Sales. He is responsible for combining extensive resources and technical capabilities with a dedicated team of highly trained engineers to assist our enterprise clients with established and emerging technology solutions.

With more than 25 years of IT leadership experience, Tim held executive roles at Eze Castle Integration, My Compliance Office, and IPC systems, focusing on Cloud computing, managed IT Services and Cyber Security.

Tim received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Marketing from Northeastern University in Boston.

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John Manganiello

Managing Director, Financial Services, New York

John Manganiello

Managing Director, Financial Services, New York

John Manganiello is the Managing Director, Financial Services, Thrive, New York. He oversees driving Thrive’s sales and improving the customer experience in New York, home to the company’s largest office.

John supervises developing customized Cloud, Cyber Security and Digital Transformation strategies for financial customers. His nearly 20 years in the financial sector makes John a strong leader in supporting the strategic technology needs of financial and alternative asset firms with a unique blend of managed services, portfolio engagement services, and consulting to ensure security, compliance, and performance.
Prior to Thrive, he held executive roles at RFA, Battea and UBS Prime Services focused on the financial technology services industry.

John graduated with a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Fairfield University.

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Jason Shirdon

Executive Vice President & General Manager, Mid-Atlantic

Jason Shirdon

Executive Vice President & General Manager, Mid-Atlantic

Following the acquisition of Ease Technologies by Thrive in 2019, Jason was appointed Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Mid-Atlantic region. He is responsible for growing Thrive’s footprint in the Mid-Atlantic, while continuing to maintain the company’s loyal client base. Jason’s expertise in strategy and process development allows him to focus on helping businesses evolve by providing custom cloud solutions for clients of all sizes.

Prior to joining Thrive, he spent more than 20 years with Ease Technologies, most recently serving as the company’s president. Jason transformed the organization into one of the most respected managed service providers (MSPs) in the area with a focus on cloud computing.

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Patrick Higgins

Vice President of Technical Operations, Mid-Atlantic Region

Patrick Higgins

Vice President of Technical Operations, Mid-Atlantic Region

Patrick Higgins is the Vice President of Technical Operations for the Mid-Atlantic Region at Thrive. He oversees Thrive’s superior technical operations with 460+ engineers, servicing thousands of clients worldwide in a vast array of industries.

Most recently, Patrick served as a Partner at Howard Tech Advisors for more than 12 years before the company was acquired by Thrive in 2021. He has also held senior IT roles at Iron Mountain and Clark Construction.

Patrick serves on the board for Neighbor Ride, a non-profit organization in Howard County, Maryland. He attended Radford University in Virginia.

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Andrew Finamore

Director of Service Delivery

Andrew Finamore

Director of Service Delivery

Andrew Finamore is Thrive’s Director of Service Delivery. He manages Thrive’s NextGen IT service delivery with the Thrive Platform, powered by ServiceNow. Andrew also oversees the technology and processes to manage our clients’ IT needs, so that their employees stay connected, working and productive.

Most recently, Andrew held several roles at Ease Technologies for 12 years until the company was acquired by Thrive in 2019. He began his career at Ease as a Help Desk Technician and grew into management roles, including Service Desk Manager.

Andrew graduated from the University of Baltimore with a B.A. in Business Management.

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Robbie Luethold

Regional Vice President of Sales, Mid-Atlantic

Robbie Luethold

Regional Vice President of Sales, Mid-Atlantic

Robbie Luethold is the Regional Vice President of Sales at Thrive, Mid-Atlantic. He oversees driving Thrive’s sales and improving the customer experience in the Mid-Atlantic U.S. region while merging several new company acquisitions and expanding technology product offerings.

In addition to leading Thrive’s best-in-class sales team, Robbie supervises developing customized Cyber Security and Digital Transformation strategies for Thrive’s growing customer base.
Prior to Thrive, he was instrumental in growing Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office, a provider of office automation solutions and one of the largest privately held technology companies in the U.S. Robbie spent 15 years at the company and served as Vice President of Major Accounts.

Robbie graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from The College of New Jersey.

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Paul Glagola

Regional Vice President of vCIO Services

Paul Glagola

Regional Vice President of vCIO Services

As the RVP of vCIO Services, Paul Glagola is responsible for all aspects of Thrive’s vCIO practice in the Mid-Atlantic region. Paul has over 20 years of experience in MSP and vCIO Services. Paul oversees the vCIO team responsible for building long-term trusted relationships with Thrive’s clients. In his current role, Paul is responsible for ensuring that his team provides strategic, technical and security advisory services that align with each client’s organizational vision.

Prior to Thrive, Paul spent 4 years with Howard Tech Advisors as the Director of Client Services and spent almost 18 years with a lower middle market private equity firm as the Vice President of Technology. Paul led vCIO services for a wide range of clients in the private equity portfolio. Earlier in his career, Paul worked for Unisys Corporation as a financial services consultant. Paul also spent 7 years as an assistant football coach at the University of Virginia and serves on the Board of the Baltimore Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

Paul earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia and his MBA from the Robert H. Smith School at the University of Maryland.

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Ananta Hejeebu

Managing Partner, Mid-Atlantic

Ananta Hejeebu

Managing Partner, Mid-Atlantic

Ananta Hejeebu is the Executive Vice President of Business Development for the Mid-Atlantic at Thrive. He oversees sales and operations for the rapidly growing Thrive customer base in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S.

Ananta founded and led Howard Tech Advisors for 12 years before the company was acquired by Thrive in 2021. Prior to that, he was employee #7 at F5 Networks, serving in multiple roles from startup to global leader in application delivery over an 8-year period. Ananta has also held sales leadership roles with Workspace.com and Southwestern Company.

Ananta has 20+ years of sales, management, and leadership experience. In addition, he has demonstrated expertise in building repeatable, sustainable sales processes in both technology and direct-to-consumer markets.

Ananta earned his BS Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University and his MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

Board of Directors

JEFFREY VOGEL

Jeff has been with Court Square since 2004 where he has helped lead the Technology investment effort. He has been in the technology industry for over 20 years previously working at Morgan Stanley in their Technology Investment Banking Group.

Jeff received his B.S.E. in Operations Research and Financial Engineering, a Certificate in Finance, and a Certificate in Engineering Management Systems from Princeton University. Jeff was previously on the Boards of Ahead, Data Blue, Rocket Software, Newmarket International and CompuCom Systems. He also serves on the board of ANCILE Solutions.

MATTHEW DENNETT

Matt has been an investor at Court Square since 2018 after stints at GTCR, TA Associates, Barclays Capital, and Lehman Brothers. Matt brings more than a decade of investing experience across the technology landscape to Thrive.

He received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Economics and Humanities from Yale University. Matt also serves on the boards of Momentum Telecom and Smart City and previously served on the board of AHEAD.

GARY GREENFIELD

Gary joined Court Square as a Partner in 2013 and transitioned to an Executive Advisor in 2020. He has over thirty years of technology experience and has served in various senior executive capacities across the industry. Between 2007 and 2013, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avid. Prior to Avid, Gary was CEO of GXS from 2003 to 2007. During the same period, he also served as an Operating Partner with the technology-focused private equity firm Francisco Partners. Previously, Gary served as CEO of Peregrine Systems and as President and CEO of MERANT (formerly INTERSOLV).

He currently serves on the board of directors of ANCILE Solutions, Dynata, Encompass, Diebold Nixdorf (Chairman), Donnelly Financial Solutions and was formerly a director of AFS Technologies, Avid, Epocrates, GXS, Rocket Software, and Vocus. Gary received a B.S. degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master of Science Administration from George Washington University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

GILLIS CASHMAN

Gillis began his career with Salomon Smith Barney in the Global Telecommunications Corporate Finance Group, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions in the wireline and wireless segments of the telecommunications industry. At M/C Partners, he is focused on the wireline broadband infrastructure and services portion of the firm’s portfolio.

Gillis currently serves on the Board of Directors of Involta, Denovo, Everstream, PlumChoice, Ensono, Benestra and Thrive. Previous board seats have included MCCC ICG Holdings (acquired by Level 3), Cavalier Telephone (acquired by PAETEC), City Signal Communications (acquired by Cavalier Telephone), Elantic Networks (merged with Cavalier Telephone), FDN Networks (merged with NuVox Communications), Baja Broadband (acquired by TDS), Zayo Group (IPO), CSDVRS (sold to Kinderhook) and Onvoy. He graduated cum laude from Duke University receiving an AB in economics with distinction.

ROB STEPHENSON

Rob brings more than 20 years of executive level technology business experience to Thrive. He was previously a principal at 19 Technologies, an executive consulting firm whose clients included Faction Cloud, Oxford Networks, Expedient, Sweetwater Capital, Bay Capital, Spring Capital and others. Prior to that, Rob served as CMO and managing partner at Xand where he oversaw a sale to Tierpoint in 2014, after merging his firm, Access Northeast, with Xand in 2012. Rob was the CEO at Access Northeast, building the company into a $20 million plus Data Center/Cloud/MSP regional powerhouse with more than seven consecutive years of record income, growth and profitability. He executed multiple term sheets with Private Equity Firms, Senior Banks and Mezzanine SBA Lenders generating working capital for the business and liquidity for shareholders in excess of $750 million.

Rob has undergraduate degrees in Economics & Political Science from the University of Vermont (1990) and a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Boston College Carroll School of Management (2002), with a concentration in Technology Marketing. He was enshrined into the Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society in 2002 for his post-graduate work.