As President and CEO, Chris is responsible for the development of key strategic alliances and solution portfolio. He leads Champion’s go-to market and execution strategies for integrated offerings in the cloud, in security, and in digital infrastructure, always focusing on improving the customer experience and driving transformative business outcomes.
He also aligns key partner initiatives with company strategy and oversees corporate marketing and messaging to gain mindshare with customers and partners. It’s his vision and innovativeness that have catapulted Champion up the ranks to become a $100M+ organization—and one of the most respected solution providers in the industry.
Over the past two decades, Chris has also focused on mergers and acquisitions, as well as innovative product development. He is the original founder and an active member on the Board of Managed Maintenance, Inc., a SAAS provider and consulting firm that utilizes their award-winning One-View Portal to help the IT Channel and its customers manage their IT Maintenance.
Chris is also the original founder and chief strategist behind one of the original storage cloud providers, Storage Access / BluePoint. During the course of a few short years, he had raised $20M and took that company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. It has since been acquired by Pomeroy.
In 2012, Chris led the acquisition of MessageOps and continued the product development and worldwide launch of its premier SAAS, 365 Command. Built on Microsoft Azure, 365 Command is currently managing over 1 million seats of Microsoft’s Office 365. After achieving this phenomenal milestone, 365 Command and other MessageOps O365 utilities were sold to Kaseya.
Since then, Chris has further strengthened the MessageOps brand, which is recognized as one of the top Office 365 partners in the world, earned numerous awards for innovation and product excellence, and is the vision behind the development of new offerings to the marketplace, such as Office 365 Adoption, Office 365 Training, the SharePoint Productivity Suite, and many others. MessageOps currently has over 2,500 clients with more than 3 million Office 365 users.
Over the past 35 years, Chris as worked tirelessly to not only advance his own career, but those of his employees. In addition to leading a $100M organization, Chris can also be found sitting with sales teams, cold calling and coaching, and validating why Champion has been listed on Best Places to Work by both South Florida Business Journal and Computerworld.
Ultimately, the success garnered by Champion Solutions Group, its associated companies, and their employees is due in large part to the leadership of its President and CEO. Perhaps the most fitting award Chris has earned is South Florida Business Journal’s 2013 Ultimate CEO Award.
World traveler, animal rescue supporter, 20-year veteran of IBM, and member of the Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras organization in New Orleans, Michael is the head of our sales department as well as the strategic thought leader who builds company targets and objectives. He’s responsible for the flawless execution of our day-to-day operations, from the architecture and design phase through customer implementations and support, to ensure all goals are met.
Michael has been with Champion for 15+ years and has become the maestro who orchestrates organization-wide operations, finding harmonious integrations for acquisitions, and keeping strong relationships with vendors so the business works as one cohesive unit.
He doesn’t have enough fingers to name all the countries to which he was invited to speak at conferences.
Laura is the CPA responsible for all banking and accounting activities for Champion. There was a point in time before Laura was a member of the Champion team, but she likes to tell people she’s been here “since forever.”
With 23+ years of tenure, Laura is the financial Lodestar and the company’s legal point of contact. Sure, it’s a serious position—but Laura knows how to have fun, too. Ask her to recommend the best rides at any Orlando theme park — she knows them all.
Mike handles P&L for our largest region in the U.S. and is responsible for nearly 65% of the company’s revenue. He is also responsible for both customer and employee satisfaction in the Southeast region.
“Consider it done,” is the response you get from Mike when he’s challenged to a task. It’s difficult to imagine anything less from the man who received Champion’s 2016 “Superhero Award.”
With 27+ years of tenure, Mike has mastered the art of customer satisfaction for clients in the southeast area of the country. He’s also mastered the art of herding together a team for the company’s annual 5K run.
A map’s no good without someone to read it. That’s been a part of Mike’s contribution to Champion’s executive team for the past 20+ years. His super power is his ability to recognize new trends and integrate them into the business case needs of Champion clients. As such, he’s responsible for high-level marketing direction on the next generation of IT solutions as well as our leading customer advocate.
He has developed a multi-tier support model that enables Champion to quickly integrate new technologies into our solution kit without compromising client support. In fact, it was under Mike’s guidance that we were able to design production-capable Storage Area Networks that provided direct attachment to server backplanes—five years prior to open standard fiber channel interface technology was available, which propelled us to become IBM’s largest storage partner globally.
Trailblazing has always been a part of Mike’s DNA. Ask him what Silicon Valley was like before the unicorns came.
Mark has direct responsibility for all sales, technical, consulting, and services delivery in the North Region of the United States. He also oversees and manages a team of Brand Managers who are responsible for every aspect of sales and marketing of IBM hardware and software solutions nationally.
Numbers figure highly in Mark’s biography—and they’re right in line his responsibility. 16 is the number of years he’s been with Champion (and counting). 20 is the number of years of experience with IBM he brought with him. 40 is the number in millions of dollars in sales revenue for which he’s responsible.
When Mark’s not contributing to these numbers, he’s working with the Special Olympics and other youth-based charitable organizations.
“Life changes,” Debbie will tell you, “so make the most of it.” It’s a philosophy that has served Debbie well in her 8+ years at Champion, where she wears a lot of hats.
One minute she might be providing her expertise to private equity firms looking for information to decide in an investment. The next minute, she’s whipping out her cyber security fedora and recommending technology solutions for safety.
As Champion’s Information Security & Privacy Officer, Debbie displays the skills, vision, and strategy to help our customers ensure their information assets and technologies are adequately protected. She is also proud to have earned the prestigious Certified Chief Information Security Office (CCISO) certifications.
Debbie is also the leader of Champion’s Private Equity consulting practice, helping the leaders of the PE industry to confidently address technology-related decisions and ensure that portco IT optimization and operating models are agile and effective, equipping them to realize lasting results.
Furthermore, Debbie brings her extensive industry knowledge and executive-level IT experience to various Virtual CIO projects.
Otherwise, her time goes to the dogs—literally. Debbie is an avid supporter of animal welfare and is a dog rescue volunteer.
Lisa is responsible for our Services Operations department, which includes project management, proposals and contracts, our partner network, and inside sales. She also assists with the strategic and tactical sales and operations management for Champion’s Cloud Business Unit.
There’s a lesson to be learned if you can’t seem to track down Lisa. She prefers to be, as she puts it, “beyond the comfort zone.” It’s where she’s spent the last 20+ years, helping Champion’s team of technology experts find common ground with a diverse group of clients.
Lisa’s position keeps her busy, but she still finds time to lend her leadership abilities as the president of Temple Shaarei Shalom in Boynton Beach as well as the Miracle League of Delray Beach, IAMCP, WIT, and AAISP.
Beatrice is responsible for the management of our channel operations, software, and maintenance departments. She oversees track certification requirements and attainment, partner programs, contract requirements and renewals, as well as SLED reporting requirements.
With 24+ years of tenure under her belt, it’s safe to say that few people know the company and its team better than Beatrice. You won’t find Beatrice in front of a podium, but this operations maven holds an MBA. She’s irrefutable proof that actions speak louder than words.
Tracy’s got a knack for sniffing out emerging technologies. Her ability to prognosticate is matched by her tenacious talent for helping clients innovate with projects that launch on time and on budget. Technology’s a tool for execution. Tracy knows this, and she’s got a reputation for making sure project management stays people-centric.
She is also a member of CHIME, HIMSS, and Siemens SNUG Executive Committee.
Kevin brings an extensive technology background to his 20+ years with Champion in various sales and brand management roles. Over the last 10 years, Kevin has taken on a leadership role for our sales and technical resource team to help grow Champion’s Virtualization and Cloud business. Kevin also works closely with customers to help them build their Virtualization and Cloud strategies, and can be heard on many of Champion’s webinars or speaking at an event. In addition to technology, Kevin can tell you anything about football.
Defender of the metaverse, foodie, author, and fond of everything ocean-related, Jason is responsible for the strategic growth and operations of Champion’s Microsoft Azure practice, including DevOps, cloud infrastructure, big data, security and compliance, and software engineering.
As one of only 22 Azure MVPs in the country, with multiple MPN Competencies, ask him anything about Azure and this US Army Vet and 1st Degree Blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do will enlighten you. He also knows a thing or two about distilled spirits. In his spare time, Jason works on creating his own line of vodka.
Tammy is responsible for developing and managing our partner relationships with IBM, our security software providers, and MSSP’s.
She’ll tell you that smiling is not optional, but under her guidance, there really is more to smile about. And that’s something our partners and clients appreciate, considering she’s all about the serious business of security software.
A smile means the same thing in any language, and Tammy brings it along with her when she practices her favorite hobby—traveling.
Jim is responsible for our Microsoft Office 365 pre-sales architecture and client-facing sales engagements. In the last 9+ years of tenure with Champion, he’s been engaged on some of our most important projects. He architected a project to help a major retailer migrate 18,000 users to a major retailer, as well as 100 TB of email archive and litigation hold data from Google to Office 365. This is still one of, if not the largest Google to Office 365 migrations in history.
He also architected a project to help the IRS locate, consolidate, and eradicate PST files across 100,000 end-points in their network and migrate the data securely to Exchange 2016 premise without interfering with their daily operations.
For Jeld-Wen, he architected the consolidation of 7 separate mail systems onto Office 365, including Gmail, GroupWise, Lotus Notes, and Exchange to Office 365. The clients ranged from Australia to Europe, making this an enormous (and successful) global Office 365 migration.
When he’s not planning for our clients’ success, you can find him golfing, swimming, at the gym, or at home tinkering with his latest pet project.
Every detail counts when you’re responsible for all communication with a customer base the size of a small city—90,000 and growing—but that’s what Stacy’s got cooking in her professional kitchen. Luckily, she was raised on a steady diet of storytelling.
For 16+ years, Stacy has been serving up Champion’s corporate marketing initiatives with simmering array of communications and business development efforts ranging from digital marketing and SEO to newsletters and educational events.
She’s received the award for Inbound Marketing Excellence, won first prize for Microsoft’s 2013 Aspire Marketing Award, placed second in IBM’s $100K Business Partner Challenge, and brought home the Champion 2015 Innovation Award.
In her spare time, Stacy enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband and two adorable and energetic sons. She’s involved in numerous charities including support for St. Jude Children’s Research, House of Hope, and Hope Center for Autism.