PLA Leadership Team
Dan heads Project Leadership's Management Consulting practice group and serves on PLA's Executive Committee. He brings just under 30 years of industry knowledge and expertise to PLA’s clients. The Management Consulting practice group offers advisory services that span strategy and operations, including strategy execution and innovation, cost management, IT strategy and execution and a variety of operational, organizational and technology focused consulting solutions and services. PLA’s Management Consulting practice delivers a full suite of business and technology solutions serving the legal and corporate legal markets as well as the professional services, financial services, education, healthcare, manufacturing and distribution industries. Under Dan’s leadership, Management Consulting advisory and delivery services focus on service and product strategy and innovation, business and technology strategy, technology assessment, quality assurance, organizational alignment, process re-engineering, technology risk management, eDiscovery/litigation preparation/delivery and program/project management services to balance client growth and spend management goals. Prior to joining Project Leadership, Dan was President and Managing Partner of Project Leadership Consulting, a pure play management consulting business that was sold to Project Leadership in late 2002. Dan has held positions as President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer at a variety of international public and private companies and law firms. He has developed and executed strategic, operational and tactical business plans delivering value in start-up, growth and turnaround situations. Dan's consulting experience stems from his 10 years at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and senior consulting positions at several Chicago based business and technology consulting firms. Dan holds a B.S. in Public Affairs from Indiana University.
Kevin leads the Managed Solutions practice at Project Leadership and serves on PLA's Executive Committee. He uses his technical and strategic background to help clients wisely invest in technology solutions that best meet their business needs and strategic goals. Kevin strives to view Project Leadership's services from the client's perspective and add value to our consulting relationships through our wide range of services. Prior to joining Project Leadership Associates, Kevin ran his own technology consulting firm which merged with Project Leadership in 2001. He began his career working in public accounting where he was involved in all aspects of auditing and taxes covering various industries. After 5 years in public accounting, Kevin accepted a position as Chief Financial Officer and was later promoted to Executive Vice President where he was involved in all aspects of the business as well as directly overseeing the finance and information technology areas. Kevin has a degree in Accounting from Illinois State University and he is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Gaurav manages the Software Development and Business Intelligence practice groups at Project Leadership and serves on PLA's Executive Committee. He previously co-founded NEXUS Consulting Group, a business intelligence firm that was acquired by Project Leadership in November 2005. Through his efforts as a thought leader and successful engagement manager, he is building the practice into a leading provider of custom software development consulting services on the Microsoft platform. Gaurav has presented on a number of topics including SharePoint and Application Integration, SharePoint in E-Discovery, Business Applications of SharePoint as well as other Business Intelligence related subjects. Prior to joining NEXUS Consulting Group, Gaurav was a senior manager at james martin+co (now Headstrong), where he specialized in process and project management. A major focus area was the development of both custom and package information systems for Fortune 500 corporations. His prior experience as a consultant at Price Waterhouse and Greenbriar & Russell provided him with additional industry and functional experience. Gaurav has an M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business. He also holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.
Lee currently serves as Regional Director. Prior to joining Project Leadership Associates, Lee served as Principal/Chief Information Officer at Client Profiles Corporation based in Atlanta, GA. Before working at Client Profiles he was the Principal/Chief Information Officer at FirmLogic, L.P. In 1995, Lee was the co-founder of Enhanced Systems and Solutions (ESS), a leading integration firm serving the legal industry. He was a member of the ESS Board of Directors and the company's Strategic Planning Committee responsible for researching vendors and products to bring value to ESS E-Support and Web-based System Management Offerings. In 1999, ESS was recognized by the Houston Business Journal as the 2nd fastest growing private company in Houston. Prior to co-founding ESS, Lee specialized in law firm integration while employed with LAN Systems in Washington, D.C. Lee has presented on a number of topics including Database Administration and Database Tuning for iManage and Hummingbird, Storage Area Networking (Storage Virtualization), Security (Protecting Assets from the Outside), Information Lifecycle Management (Storage Networking), Server consolidation, Enterprise Active Directory design and Disaster Recovery/Business Continuance Planning. Lee's expertise in the areas of security, professional project management, computer technology, product knowledge and Disaster Recovery/Business Continuance consulting has earned him the reputation as a leader in the Information Technology industry.
Doug is the Regional Manager of Project Leadership Associates’ Boston office. Prior to joining PLA, Doug was the founder of Vital Networks, a provider of outsourced IT solutions and managed services firm that was acquired by PLA in August 2012. Doug has 14 years of IT experience in network administration, computer security, networking, Microsoft Exchange and Windows server administration. Doug has a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and a Master’s Degree in Computer Information Systems.
Eric is the Regional Manager of Project Leadership Associates’ Sacramento office. Prior to joining PLA, Eric was Managing Partner at Vital Networks, a provider of outsourced IT solutions and managed services firm that was acquired by PLA in August 2012. Eric has 12 years of IT consulting experience and even spent a few summers working at Apple doing internal software development and end-user support. Eric has a B.S. in Computer Science and a M.S. in Managerial Economics from UC Davis.
Andy is Regional Director of Project Leadership Associates’ Sacramento office. Prior to joining PLA, Andy was a Managing Partner at Vital Networks, a provider of outsourced IT solutions and managed services firm that was acquired by PLA in August 2012. Andy has over 8 years of IT management experience, both in-house and on the consulting side of the business. Andy has a minor in Computer Science, B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Bristol, England and an M.B.A. with a focus on entrepreneurship from Imperial College, University of London.
Gordon is a Partner and National Solution Group Leader for the Enterprise Windows Deployment Group. With over 17 years of technical and business development experience, Gordon has performed in various roles as consultant, lead architect, and manager. Gordon has been instrumental in the building of the Enterprise Windows Deployment Group at PLA, and has helped several customers architect and implement desktop solutions across their organization. These solutions have helped streamline the deployment and management of the desktop and server environment while tremendously reducing costs. As National Solution Group Leader, Gordon is responsible for the delivery of PLA's Windows deployment consulting engagements while helping customers successfully architect and develop deployment roadmaps. Gordon holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the City College of New York (CCNY).
Don is a Partner at Project Leadership Associates responsible for managing the National Communication and Collaboration Solution Group. Don has been with PLA for over ten years and has worked in the IT and consulting field for over 16 years. Over his 16 year IT career Don has focused on directory services, messaging platforms and unified communications solutions. Don has been responsible for the national growth of his solution group and responsible for developing a very strong working relationship between PLA and Microsoft, resulting in PLA recently being awarded Microsoft's Central Region Partner of the Year. Prior to his career in IT, Don was an Operations Manager for CSX Intermodal a global transportation company. In this role, Don was responsible for day to day railroad operations managing the on-time arrival and departure of freight for key customers like the United States Post Office and UPS. While working for CSX Intermodal, Don attended Northwestern University for a degree in Business Management.
Neil is a Partner and one of the founding members of Project Leadership Associates. He is responsible for managing PLA's Advanced Infrastructure Services Group and has been an ongoing participant in developing the strategy and growth of PLA since its inception. Neil has over 19 years of experience in the IT industry and over 16 years in professional services. He has been responsible for drawing and maintaining many of PLA's flagship clients. Neil focused his career specializing in high profile accounts and projects serving in roles ranging from interim CIO/Director positions, Technical Implementation Leader, and Project Management . Neil currently manages the Virtualization, Infrastructure, and Storage team at PLA. This team is responsible for planning, design, an delivery of private cloud solutions including but not limited to server/desktop virtualization, disaster recovery, assessments, and network infrastructure. Neil holds a B.S. in Information Systems from DePaul University.
Tom is a Partner at Project Leadership Associates and also serves as the Director of Business Development for the Managed Solutions Group. Tom has been with PLA for over twelve years in various roles as Senior Consultant, Managing Consultant, and Operations Manager. With over 16 years of technical and business development experience, Tom uses his background to help clients plan and manage technology to meet their business needs. Tom has played an integral part in building the Managed Solutions Group at PLA, and has helped expand and deliver PLAs services by working with strategic customers. These services have helped customers reduce overhead, advance their technology, and plan for the future, while reducing costs. Prior to working at PLA, Tom was Regional Sales Manager for Bryant Electric, Business Development Manager for LaSalle/Talman and a former business owner.
Jay is a Partner and one of the founding members of Project Leadership Associates. Jay has over 16 years in Information Technology where his experience covers all aspects of integration and design specializing in desktop operating systems, software distribution and Citrix. In addition, Jay's expertise also covers mid-level development skills to design or fine tune various scripting languages, Visual Basic apps and VBA macros. Over the last several years Jay has focused his experience on assisting customers with migrations from previous desktop operating systems such as Windows NT 4 and Windows 2000 to Windows XP and Vista. Jay has presented on a number of topics including software distribution, desktop optimization and group policies. Jay has a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Devry University and holds technical certifications with Autonomy iManage, Microsoft and Citrix.
Mike is a Partner and Practice Director of Managed Services at Project Leadership Associates. He has been with PLA since 2002, working his way up from a Help Desk Consultant to his current position. In his many roles, Mike has shown excellent business development success through direct networking/prospecting as well as building sales and marketing strategies and staff. He has developed strong organizational development skills, centered on meshing people, processes and technologies to further the organization’s mission. Mike has an established track record of executing growth strategies, exceeding revenue objectives, and building high performance teams.