Greg Berard is President of Converge and responsible for leading the organization’s sales, marketing, and engineering teams across North America. His focus areas include helping teams cross-sell and driving growth & strategy with sales and technical leaders around Converge’s core solution areas. Greg’s experience in analytics, cloud, and security is essential as Converge continues to deepen our value and thought leadership with clients and strategic partners. Previously serving as President of Lighthouse Computer Services, Greg helped substantially grow the business by increasing its capabilities in core technical disciplines and broadening its reach into new expertise. Prior to his tenure at Converge, Greg spent over a decade as a software executive with IBM in a number of positions across the globe. An avid ice hockey fan, Greg played and captained his team at the collegiate level, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Babson College in Wellesley, MA.
Carl Smith is Chief Financial Officer at Converge and has more than 20 years of experience in finance and executive leadership positions in public and private technology companies. Most recently, he held the position of CFO at Espial Group, a publicly traded company on the TSX that was acquired by a leading Canadian based software company. Carl has a strong knowledge of capital markets, investor relations, and business operations. He has also led multiple acquisitions, debt, and equity financings. Carl is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Windsor.
Cory Reid is Chief Operations Officer at Converge Technology Solutions and globally responsible for delivering oversight and overall post-acquisition integration of newly acquired Converge businesses. This includes the coordination of communications, synergies, technologies, sales operations, and back office. Cory is also responsible for planning and consolidating Finance, HR, IT, and Operations on a regional support basis across the North American footprint of hybrid IT services providers. With extensive experience in the technology sector, Cory has a deep breadth of knowledge and skill that includes diverse roles such as co-founder of a web startup, Fortune 100 software architect, and C-suite executive at a $2 billion technology services organization. Cory earned his Bachelor of Computer Science from Dalhousie University.
Don Cuthbertson is Chief Technical Officer & President of Converge Technology Solutions, Canada. Before joining Converge, Don served as Chief Data Officer at Pivot Technology Solutions, where he led the organization’s diligence team on acquisitions and implementation of the business’ integration plans. Don was additionally responsible for outlining urgent value-creation opportunities, identifying key value drivers, and creating roadmaps to improvements. Don earned his Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University.
Tommy Whatley has 25+ years’ experience in delivering technology services and technical presales alignment. With in-depth knowledge of the technology industry and extensive partner networks, Tommy focuses on leading services, building vendor alliance relationships, supporting merger & acquisition efforts and driving strategy. Prior to joining Converge, Tommy served as the Vice President for Professional Services at Pivot.
Cari Hash serves as both Senior Vice President of Enterprise Sales at Converge, as well as Senior Vice President of Sales at Datatrend Technologies. A highly experienced sales & technology leader, Cari is responsible for aligning the sales organization’s objectives with Converge’s business strategy and leading the way to build & maintain strong client relationships. She excels in solution selling, vendor management, strategic execution, and professional services. Cari has 20+ years’ experience in IT. She previously served as President of MDSi and in the US Army as a Military Intelligence Linguist (Airborne). She is a WIT Executive Readiness Graduate and member of the National Association of Professional Women.
As a dedicated and driven marketing leader, Karie focuses on delivering brand vision, digital communication strategies, and marketing operations. She fulfills this is by envisioning, packaging, and presenting innovative ideas via a web-first publishing approach to execute on integrated marketing campaigns. Prior to Converge, Karie held various marketing leadership roles within the IT industry where her responsibilities included marketing management, branding & awareness, sales enablement, business & event planning, and building relationships with partners and customers.
As VP of Hybrid Cloud for Converge, Andrew is responsible for leading Converge’s Hybrid Cloud and DevOps practice. This encompasses business development, marketing, sales execution, project delivery, and building strategic partnerships, including Red Hat. Andrew leads a team of sellers and engineers focused on helping clients adopt a hybrid multi-cloud approach. He also directs teams to manage applications and resources across mixed environments to enable greater flexibility, automation, and application modernization. Andrew has 10+ years’ experience in the technology sector, with many years spent with IBM and Lighthouse Computer Services in various sales and leadership positions.
Eric leads Microsoft sales and partnership for Converge, along with his role as Cloud Sales Executive and General Sales Manager at Lighthouse Computer Services. With 20+ years’ experience in technology and sales, Eric has proven success in delivering enterprise B2B sales and market share in high-profile, key account leadership positions. He also has expertise in developing and executing go-to-market strategies and programs in competitive markets for expanding established firms, including Fortune and Global 100/500’s. Prior to joining Converge, Eric held positions at both IBM and Workday.
With 30 years’ technology experience focused on driving revenue for new solutions in both direct and indirect sales models, Rochelle successfully leads Converge’s AWS partnership as VP of Public Cloud. She also serves as Director of Services, Business Development for BlueChipTek. Rochelle has a proven track record of delivering exponential growth in the first two years of developing new lines of business. She previously served as VP of Sales, Global Accounts at CBTS/OnX Enterprise Solutions, where she built a successful revenue stream derived from professional and re-occurring services through the adoption of emerging technologies for a Fortune 100 Financial Services company.
As Vice President of Human Resources, Rhonda Hanes is responsible for directing and supporting all HR initiatives and administration for all Converge employees. Rhonda oversees employee activities and leads HR practices that provide an employee-oriented culture emphasizing teamwork, communication, and growth. Rhonda is also responsible for the recruitment and ongoing development of a healthy and empowered workforce. Over the past ten years she has also helped to create the Leadership Development Program for Corus360 (Emerge360), GRIT (Girls Rule IT), and Toastmasters programs.
David serves as President of the Northeast Region for Converge. In this regionally focused position, David executes Converge’s sales, marketing, and delivery strategy across the northeast portion of North America. He is responsible for the growth of Converge’s IBM and HCL Software business and oversees the Advanced Analytics and Cybersecurity practices. David also continues to be responsible for the sales and professional services teams at Essextec. David holds his BS from the Engineering school at Cornell University and his MBA in Finance from Baruch College.
Vanita manages and leads Converge’s IBM Sales and partnership. Before joining Converge, Vanita spent over 23 years with IBM in various leadership roles that included VP of Sales. A driven business executive, Vanita has built a reputation for consistently delivering solid results. She attributes this to her targeted leadership and accelerated development expertise, including a keen focus on delivering organizational design and transformation. She has deep experience in building new ecosystem business models and driving mutual growth in existing partnerships. Vanita graduated from the University of Delaware and holds certifications from Harvard Business School.
John Flores is Executive Vice President of Converge and is responsible for leading various strategic initiatives for the organization, including the development of a channel strategy for Converge’s private cloud practice, the identification of acquisition targets, and outreach efforts with capital markets & investor bases. With extensive background as a sales and marketing executive, John has a wealth of experience working in broad, cross-functional roles in high tech. He has led global go-to-market organizations serving small to enterprise level businesses and has held various roles ranging from sales operations, to acquisitions, to alliances & channel development. Prior to joining Converge in 2018, John served as Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Alliances at Pivot Technology Solutions, where he focused on building and executing the company’s go-to-market strategy and overseeing growth through optimization of asset structures and streamlined operations. John has also served in sales and marketing roles with IBM and Sirius Computer Solutions. He holds his Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Mary’s University and has completed Executive Leadership Programs at Harvard University and Emory University School of Medicine.
Board of Directors
Mr. McMillan has been an entrepreneur in the Canadian financial services industry since 1994. Currently, Mr. McMillan serves as a director of Flow Capital Corp. and Quisitive Technology Solutions Inc., both of which are listed on the TSXV.
Mr. Garcea has more than 22 years of experience in senior positions at major and boutique investment dealers in Canada. Currently, he’s the managing partner and co-founder of Focus Merchant Group, a boutique advisory firm offering a full-range of financial advisory services. Additionally, he was a top-ranked research analyst specializing in technology, gaming, and industrial companies.
Brian Phillips, a Director at Converge Technology Solutions, has been in the financial services industry for 30 years. He has spent 19 of these years as a Partner at Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management (PHN), one of Canada’s most respected institutional investment services organizations. Brian continues to serve in his role as Partner at PHN, which was acquired by RBC in 2008.
Nathan Chan has been practicing corporate-commercial law for over twenty years. Nathan is involved in all aspects of the businesses of high technology clients. Nathan is a member in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Bar Association.
Operating Companys’ Management Team
Carl has been Co-President of PCD Solutions for the last 23 years. He and his partner Pierre Cayouette originally founded PCD Solutions. They participated in each phase of PCD’s growth since its very first integration projects at the time of UNIX mission-critical systems. Today, PCD Solutions is one of VMware’s most prestigious partners in Canada for Hybrid and Multi-Cloud projects. Carl was directly involved in sales management, evolution of the company’s go-to-market strategy and financial controls.
Pierre comes from a technical and solution engineering background. For many years, he’s been part of HP Enterprise System’s team where he was responsible for the distribution of HP-UX’s mission-critical systems. Pierre always wanted to create an organization that is unique and make a difference for customers. As co-president of PCD, Pierre has always been very proactive in business development, marketing, public relations and the development of its professional services practices.
Mr. Dentel focuses on delivering the perfect solutions to customers through educated and enabled associates. With over 30 years of technology industry expertise, he has successfully reinvented Nordisk to shift with each new industry direction. A passion for achieving excellent results efficiently, effectively and with the right company culture.
Mr. Hinkle has 30 years of experience in the financial industry, primarily in IT and Telecom. He has specialized in Strategic Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting, Cash Management, as well as various forms of Venture Capital Partners and Investor Relationship Management. He is a member of the Converge Technology Solutions, Corp. acquisition team.
Robert L. Jernoske, Jr. has 30 years of industry experience, 18 at VSS. CEO since 2016, Mr. Jernoske has focused the organization’s initiatives on bringing the most sustainable technologies to its customers to help them achieve and exceed their business initiatives, while concurrently implementing innovative strategies to accelerate them to the forefront of their industries. VSS’s key focus areas are Managed Services, Technology Solutions, IT Portfolio Management, and Consulting Services.
Emily is passionate about helping customers leverage technology to solve complex problems. Over 18 years she has built her career at Northern Micro (NM). Taking on the Sales and Technology strategy in 2013, Emily evolved and grew NM’s end-user led business into an edge, to core to cloud Hybrid IT practice. Promoted to President in 2019, she continues to focus on making innovative technologies work for our customers. Outside of her role at NM Emily is an active member of a numerous partner advisory boards.
Bruce has over 25 years of experience in operations, marketing, and selling technical solutions to the public sector. He possesses a deep understanding of public sector contracting in the areas of hardware, managed services, software, and professional services.
Under his leadership, SIS has become a nationally recognized company, received numerous business awards, and consistently earned Best Place to Work Kentucky. Outside of his job, Steve has served on multiple IBM Solution Provider Advisory Boards and the Shriners Hospital Corporate Council and is a member of the Bluegrass Workforce Innovation Board.
Mrs. Geis founded BlueChipTek, Inc. in 2002 and is deeply invested in the products BlueChipTek sells and the types of clients the company serves due to BlueChipTek’s ability to help companies provide the same flexibility to their employees and customers.