Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Marc is responsible for the company’s overall technical vision and strategy. Since co-founding the company in 1998, he has played a key role in creating many of RKON Technologies’ products and professional service offerings, as well as building the company’s internal computing platform, which serves as the basis for our cloud and managed services portfolio.
Prior to forming RKON, Marc was director of engineering at LAN Systems, where he was also responsible for launching a professional services practice at WorkGroup Productivity. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from University of Illinois and a master’s degree in telecommunications from DePaul University.
Managing Director, Solutions Architecture and Chief Architect
Chris leads RKON’s team of consultants and engineers who architect, deliver and manage security, network infrastructure, and virtualization solutions for our enterprise customers. He has extensive expertise in Citrix and VMware desktop virtualization.
Prior to joining RKON, Chris was a consultant, architect and technical project manager for Insight, a global provider of IT hardware, software and service solutions. An IT thought leader, he’s spoken at many tech conferences, including Camp IT, and is an active contributor to online tech forums and blogs.
George has over 20 year's experience on Network Operations for start-up's, private sector, public sector and fortune 100. George has overall responsibility for developing, refining RKON's policies, standards, processes, systems, and measurements that enable the organization to achieve operational SLAs with respect to service performance, availability, security, risk, and compliance for hosted, managed and hybrid services (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS). Prior to joining RKON, George was Sr. Manager of Network Operations for the State of Illinois.
Jeff Laurinaitis heads up the private equity team for RKON focusing on carve outs, M&A, value creation and IT turnarounds. Jeff has worked at RKON for 11 years and has helped build the company Services Portfolio. Jeff holds 2 BA degrees from the University of Illinois at Champaign.
His role at RKON comprises strategy and development as well as execution and implementation. He has been involved in numerous Carve-Outs, Roll-ups, and Portfolio Improvements with both Private Equity firms as well as the Portfolio Companies. Jeff is an Advisor on how IT can be a key enabler in reducing risk and delivering value in a shortened deal transaction cycle while consistently delivering below benchmark cost structures. Jeff’s continued success with Private Equity firms is through his ability to continuously provide his clients with well-executed IT transition plans that live up to investors’ expectations.
A graduate of DePaul University with a focus on International Business and Team Management, Mike is a leader on the services team. He has been with RKON for over 13 years and has more than 17 years of experience in corporate carve out and divestitures. Specializing in IT Infrastructure services, he has led several mergers, acquisitions, carve-outs, and IT turnarounds. With a full team of consultants behind him, Mike is responsible for the front end assessment, architecture and design resulting in a well-executed IT Transition plan.
Andy Erickson is currently a Managing Director of Professional Services with RKON. Andy attended Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. During his 25 year career in IT, he has worked at several global companies including Ace Hardware, Millward Brown, KITP and F5 Networks. Andy has experience managing teams during complex merger and acquisitions, as well as carve-outs with a focus on common cloud-based architecture. He has also held several IT Director positions for companies during IT remediation efforts and most recently worked with on a six plant US-based food packing company carve out from a national reseller, as well as a national bakery chain.
Chief Financial Officer
AAdriana is the Chief Financial Officer for RKON. Before joining RKON, Adriana was a Vice President at Northern Trust Asset Management (“NTAM”) where she served as a product manager and provided regulatory oversight for private equity, complex hedge, common, and collective trust funds. Before NTAM, Adriana was a Vice President at Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services where she was instrumental in developing and growing the FATCA and CRS product offerings for hedge and private equity clients. Adriana’s experience in accounting and finance also includes, but is not limited to, leading and sourcing solutions for regulatory due diligence (AML, KYC, FATCA, CRS, Dodd-Frank, RIA, etc.) efforts, supporting investment teams in various phases of deal life cycles, limited partner capital activity coordination and reporting, trading floor operations, and accounting for investments. Adriana is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master of Accounting and Financial Management.
Director of People Services
Sarah earned her BA from Eastern Illinois University in 2003 and carved a career within the IT industry over the last 15 years. Sarah joined the RKON team 10 years ago and has held positions in the Sales Operations, Purchasing, Accounting, and Office Administration departments. As the Director of HR, Sarah is passionate about fostering a positive company culture and is working to build bridges with several non-profit organizations, as well as local colleges and universities.
Director of Operations
Jeremy has over 20 years’ experience working in Network Operations starting with the United States Army where he provided Secure Communications for NATO in Bosnia and in Iraq. Jeremy has overall responsibility for developing, refining RKON's policies, standards, processes, systems, and measurements that enable the organization to achieve operational SLAs concerning service performance, availability, security, risk, and compliance for hosted, managed and hybrid services (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS).
Director of Marketing
Ashley graduated from Michigan State University in 2006 with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing. Ashley has over 12 years of experience working in Marketing within the consulting, manufacturing, gaming and technology fields. Before joining RKON, she worked in strategic marketing development where she was responsible for branding, design, website management, content writing, marketing automation, and overall company strategy.