Let’s face it. At our core, we are geeks. Walking into certain offices, you are as likely to be met with a Nerf Dart as a “Good Morning”. We’ve been known to argue about how Thor’s hammer would fare against a lightsaber.
We have personality, but we’re also as professional as it gets. As an IT support company, we understand how critical our services are to our clients’ business, so we’ve also been known to pull all-nighters to get a customer’s infrastructure back in shape in time for the morning shift.
Once, when an engineer was thanked by his boss for a crazy weekend of such heroics, he replied (sheepishly), “Actually….it was kind of fun.”
Clearly, it takes a special kind of person to work here.
Allow us to introduce you to the people who have the privilege of leading this bright, talented, tenacious, and dedicated team of IT specialists:
Michael Halperin – CEO
Michael Halperin has been in the IT Services industry for nearly 15 years and has a track record of growing and scaling IT Services businesses. He has consulted with over two dozen firms in the industry and served as top executive with four Managed Services practices. He has been named to the MSPmentor 250 most influential people in the Managed Services industry five times. Michael earned his MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. He was named CEO of Apogee IT Services in April of 2014.
Dave Minker – President
Dave Minker has held numerous leadership roles in the IT industry beginning in 1996, when he served as the co-founder and CTO of Protocol Technologies. He architected the company’s core product and managed an embedded software development team through the successful implementation of the LodgingLink™ family of products used nationwide by Choice Hotels, Best Western, La Quinta, and hundreds of independent hoteliers. Prior to joining Apogee, he owned and operated CMIT Solutions – Boston, a franchise managed services provider serving clients in the legal, orthopaedic, and professional services industries. He sold the company to Apogee in April 2015 and assumed the role of President, continuing to run operations in the Boston office.
Clint Laviano – Vice President of Service Delivery
Clint Laviano oversees Service Delivery and Technical Operations for Apogee IT Services, with particular focus on the support components of the Managed Services business. He has been with Apogee since 2004 and is an IT industry veteran with over 30 years in the industry. Prior to joining Apogee, he was Eastern Region Manager of the Customer Support Division of Harris Corp. Clint proudly served our country in the United States Marine Corps.
Anthony Novelli - Vice President of Operations
Anthony Novelli joined the Apogee executive team as Vice President of Operations in October 2016. He is a service-oriented seasoned leader with 20 years of progressive management experience in administration and operations. Most recently Anthony served as Director of Service Delivery Operations for RDX, Inc, a leading IT managed service company providing remote database administration services.
Jim Luffy – Controller
Jim Luffy has 25 years of private and public accounting experience. He has spent over 20 years in the Retail and Service Industries, working for small- to medium-sized regional businesses. He graduated from Indiana University of PA with a degree in Accounting. Jim was named Controller of Apogee IT Services in May of 2014.
Nick Merola – Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Nick Merola joined the Apogee executive team as Vice President of Sales and Marketing in August 2016. Nick has spent his career building, transforming, and improving sales processes for notable companies including EarthLink, Trident Tech Solutions, and Continuum Managed Services. Since 1999, he has held numerous Sales leadership roles, most recently serving as Vice President of Sales for the Mid-Enterprise Division for Black Box Network Services.
Peter Briden – Senior Strategist
Peter Briden founded Apogee IT Services in 1990, and led the firm from start-up to becoming one of the top IT support companies in the northeast. Under Peter’s leadership, Apogee grew to over 30 employees and more than 100 clients. In his role as Senior Strategist, Peter works with Apogee clients to establish their long-term IT roadmaps and plays a significant role in the development and refinement of Apogee’ corporate strategy. He also serves on the company’s Board of Directors.