Faces Of The 2015 Next-Gen 250

Ahead Of The Curve

The channel is undergoing seismic shifts as new technologies such as cloud computing, software-defined networking, cybersecurity, hyper-converged infrastructure and big data reshape the IT industry. While the channel overall has felt the impact of these technology advances, some solution providers are ahead of the curve when it comes to transforming their businesses to meet demands for such emerging technologies.

The solution providers on the Next-Gen 250 list are selected through research, vendor and analyst interviews, and CRN editorial coverage. All of the companies on the non-ranked list were started in 2000 or later. Some are relatively new and were launched to work with new-generation IT. Others have been around longer and have successfully transformed themselves by adding new technologies, services and skills to their business practices.

The following is a random sampling of the solution providers making this year’s Next-Gen 250 list. To purchase the complete list, contact Laurie Condon ([email protected]) on the East Coast and Nora Uriarte ([email protected]) on the West Coast.

AGJ Systems & Networks

Top Executive: Bud Jones, CEO

Location: Gulfport, MS

Website: www.agjsystems.com

Alvarez Technology Group

Top Executive: Luis Alvarez, President & CEO

Location: Salinas, CA

Website: www.alvareztg.com

Big Bang ERP

Top Executive: Mark Rhyman & Gabriel Tupula Yamba, Co-CEOs

Location: Montreal, QC

Website: www.bigbangerp.com

Cloud Strategies

Top Executive: Pete Zarras, President & CEO

Location: Cedar Knolls, NJ

Website: www.cloudstrategies.net


Top Executive: Kevin Routhier, CEO

Location: Needham, MA

Website: www.coretelligent.com

Emerge IT Solutions

Top Executive: Darron Scanlon, Managing Partner

Location: Erlanger, KY

Website: www.emergeits.com

Epic Machines, Inc.

Top Executive: David Gottesman, Founder & CEO

Location: San Francisco, CA

Website: www.epicmachines.com

Explore Consulting

Top Executive: Steve Jones, CEO

Location: Bellevue, WA

Website: www.exploreconsulting.com

Great Divide IT

Top Executive: Tim Albertson, Owner

Location: Reno, NV

Website: www.greatdivideit.com

Liberty Technology

Top Executive: Ben Johnson, President

Location: Griffin, GA

Website: www.libertytech.net

Midnight Blue Technology Services

Top Executive: Larry Schwartz, President

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Website: www.midnightbluetech.com

Network Doctor

Top Executive: Paul Hilbert, CEO

Location: Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Website: www.networkdr.com

Network Solutions Provider (NSP)

Top Executive: Phillip Walker, CEO

Location: Long Beach, CA

Website: www.networksolutionsprovider.com

NeXt I.T.

Top Executive: Eric Ringelberg, CEO

Location: Muskegon, MI

Website: www.next-it.net


Top Executive: Cristie Street, CEO

Location: Tucson, AZ

Website: www.nextrio.com

Nothing But NET

Top Executive: Bob Cox, President

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Website: www.nothingbutnet.com


Top Executive: Steven Freidkin, President

Location: McLean, VA

Website: www.ntiva.com

Precision IT Group

Top Executive: Marc Pantoni, CEO

Location: New York, NY

Website: www.precisionit.com

Raven Data Technologies

Top Executive: Matt Johnson, CEO

Location: Reisterstown, MD

Website: www.ravendatatech.com

Saratoga Technologies

Top Executive: David Temple, President

Location: Johnson City, TN

Website: www.saratogaus.com

Summit 7 Systems

Top Executive: Scott Edwards, President & Managing Partner

Location: Huntsville, AL

Website: www.summit7systems.com

The SMB Help Desk

Top Executive: Marvin Korves, President

Location: Chicago, IL

Website: www.smbhd.com


Top Executive: Mark Wenig, CEO

Location: Tempe, AZ

Website: www.truecloud.com

V alorem Consulting Group

Top Executive: Domnick Parretta, Managing Partner

Location: Kansas City, MO

Website: www.valoremconsulting.com


Top Executive: Steve Shaffer, President & CEO

Location: Lone Tree, CO

Website: www.zunesis.com