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Tom is Avalon's Founder and CEO. He has over 27 years of experience in Computing Services, Software Development and Enterprise Consulting and is a company Principal responsible for establishing company strategy, oversight for technology selection, and management of services operations. Reidy's career roles have spanned hands-on programming, design and architecture, project management, operations management, business management, and executive leadership & planning. Before starting Avalon, Reidy was Partner and Vice President of Emerging Solutions and Technologies for Plano (TX)-based eVerge Group and also previously worked in technology implementation and management capacities as a Partner at CSC and EDS. Reidy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering cum laude from the University of Southern California. He also sits on the Board of Directors of ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship.

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Casey is Avalon's Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and a company Principal. He has over 25 years of software industry experience and is responsible for overall management of Avalon's partner selection and relationships, marketing, sales and business development. Under Green's leadership, Avalon was named Partner of the Year in the America's for Vignette on three consecutive occasions and Partner of the Year in Avalon's first year as a MarkLogic partner. Before joining Avalon, Green was a key member of Microsoft's Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) licensing operations at Summit Software, serving as a Territory Sales Executive and ultimately directing all VBA sales activities for the N. American region. Prior to that, Green served as Product Manager at Antares Alliance Group and was responsible for the 1997 rollout of the EdgeworX web application development product which was awarded Best of Comdex. While at Electronic Data Systems from 1988 through 1994, Green held advanced engineer and architect roles in the delivery of enterprise-scale mainframe and client/server implementations. Green graduated with honors in 1988 from the University of Illinois earning a BS in Computer Science Engineering and a minor in Speech Communications. He also sits on the Board of Advisors for the Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.


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Brenda is Avalon's Director of Finance and Administration.  A Certified Public Accountant, Ms. Alexander has over 20 years of experience in the financial and accounting industry and is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating critical accounting functions.  Her experience is vital in the continuous evaluation of the effectiveness of Avalon's financial and information systems, management and operational procedures, and internal controls.  Prior to Avalon, Ms. Alexander served in Controller and Accounting Management positions in private industry following extensive accounting and tax roles with Coopers & Lybrand. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting summa cum laude and earned numerous accounting excellence awards from Angelo State University.

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Randi is Avalon's Vice President of Sales responsible for ensuring our clients achieve maximum business results.  He has over 30 years of experience in information technology that includes consuming IT solutions as well as selling IT solutions.  Di Prima has served in many global software industry roles including general management of European and Latin American operations.  He has spent most of his career in executive management positions responsible for direct, channel and alliance sales.  Before coming to Avalon, Di Prima served as Vice President of Latin America for Axway Inc. where he spearheaded the creation of a new Brazilian subsidiary, grew major account sales revenue and created alliances with Brazil's most important consulting firms.  Prior to that, Di Prima was President of Canyon Lake Consulting where he assisted in developing and executing Sales and Marketing initiatives for high tech start-ups. He also served as Vice President of Global Partners at Birst Inc. working with cloud based analytics.  Prior to that, Di Prima was Vice President of Global Partners for Global 360 (now OpenText) creating new channels for business process management software.  While at Hyperion Solutions Corp. (now Oracle), he served as Vice President of Partner Sales and Latin America where he achieved record sales growth in analytics and financial applications. Di Prima graduated with honors from Lehigh University where he earned both a BS and MS in Industrial Engineering.

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Doug is Avalon's Regional Managing Director for the Midwest and is based in Chicago, Il. He has over 20 years of IT services industry experience and is responsible for leading the company's growth within the Midwest Region. Gattuso possesses strong and balanced experience in the information technology consulting, systems integration, and outsourcing industries. He has held a variety of roles in Executive Management, Sales Leadership, Account Management, and Delivery Operations. Gattuso has a track record of success and proven expertise in developing new markets while establishing strategic relationships with Fortune 1000 companies. Prior to joining Avalon, Gattuso served as Sr. VP of Sales, Americas, at Utopia Global, Inc., a SAP Partner focused on Master Data Governance. Prior to Utopia, Gattuso was President of Neoris USA, an industry leading nearshore IT service provider. Under his four years of leadership, Neoris USA grew approximately 500%. Prior to Neoris USA, Gattuso was Managing Director and Partner at CSC Consulting Group, in Dallas, where he drove the sales and services organizations. During his time at CSC, he was also instrumental in the development and deployment of the company's Application Outsourcing strategy and the development of the CSC's Global WorldSourcing organization. Gattuso started his commercial career in the Systems Engineering Development Program within EDS' Commercial Insurance Business Unit. Gattuso achieved the rank of Captain in the United States Marine Corps and is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis MD. He and his wife, Julie, reside in in the Chicago area and have three children.

Geographic Practices

Dallas/National Office

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Mike is a Managing Director for Avalon's Dallas/National Consulting Practice. Green has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry and is responsible for managing the daily operations and growth of Avalon's nationwide team of consultants focused on Search, Content Management and Big Data solutions. Green has experience defining and implementing IT transformation strategies for public and private enterprises in industries including Health Care, Transportation, Manufacturing and Financial Services. He applies his expertise in project leadership and business analysis to ensure that technical projects satisfy business needs. Prior to Avalon, Green was a Principal Consultant with EDS and managed development teams at multiple IT start-ups. Green holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Systems from The Ohio State University and an MBA from the University of North Texas.

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Chad is a Managing Director for Avalon's Dallas/National Consulting Practice. He has over 15 years of experience in Software Development and IT and is responsible for consulting on open source and alternative technologies for Fortune 1000 companies and startups.  During his tenure, Chad has been responsible for full lifecycle development and delivery of large-scale projects across Microsoft and open source technologies. His career spans the financial, regulatory, wagering, government and media industries.  Prior to joining Avalon, Chad was Vice President of Technology at He previously served as Vice President of Software Engineering at Springbok Services, Inc and as Director of Engineering at TVG (Wagering).

DC Office

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Niels is a Managing Director for Avalon's Washington DC Consulting Practice. Nielsen leads delivery to clients in the telecommunications, media, hospitality, government and non-profit sectors, helping enterprises create, secure, manage, find, measure, and use structured and unstructured content. Before joining Avalon, Nielsen was a Managing Consultant at EDS and previously held product management and marketing positions in the publishing industry. He is an honors graduate of Cornell University and holds an MBA from Georgetown University.

Chicago Office

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Phil  is a Practice Director for Avalon's Chicago & Midwest Consulting Practice.  He has more than 25 years of consulting experience in Information Technology services and is responsible for Strategic Program and Project Management. Prior to joining Avalon, he was owner and Practice Manager of I.T. Focus, Inc. for 10 years.  I.T. Focus successfully serviced many large corporations such as Dell, Motorola and Transunion.  Favia also worked with the Fortune 500 Company, Georgia-Pacific, as Regional IT Director, where he was responsible for IT systems and applications for the distribution division for the Midwest.  Prior to that, he was a Senior Consultant in the Management Consulting Services group at PwC where he consulted across multiple industries in all phases of full life cycle software implementations. Favia graduated from the University of Illinois and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics and a minor in Finance and Accounting.

Applied Innovation Team

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Wayne is Avalon's Vice President of Analytics & Data Science. He is responsible for delivery of Avalon's Analytics Services and developed the company's Analytics Framework™. He has more than 30 years experience in data analytics and enterprise consulting.  Prior to joining Avalon, Applebaum was a Principal Business Architect at SAP responsible for designing and leading the implementation of analytic solutions -- a role he also performed at Oracle before joining SAP. Prior to Oracle, Applebaum was Director of Business Development for Business Objects where he managed the global growth of the company's Extranet product line. Applebaum spent 17 years at EDS (now HP Enterprise Services) in a variety of roles including Director of Quality Measurement and Practice Director for Employee Disability Services. Applebaum holds an MA and Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Pittsburgh; he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The City College of New York.

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Kurt is Avalon's Principal Evangelist for Semantic Technology. He's the author of eighteen books on web technology, XML, data modeling and the Semantic Web, is an Invited Expert for the W3C, a regular contributor on semantic technology for the Avalon blog, and has spearheaded the envisioning of innovative business solutions at dozens of clients including Fortune 100 companies, Universities and Federal Agencies. Cagle's primary focus has been on developing information architecture systems and training people on advanced information technologies.  He holds a BS in Physics from the University of Illinois.  Cagle lives in the State of Washington and writes science fiction novels in his spare time.

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Pritesh is Avalon's Principal Architect, Search & Big Data Analytics.  Patel is passionate about creating solutions that "fit" the problem.  He believes in seamless harmony between technology and business.  In his previous role, Pritesh served as an Architect for Enterprise Search at Turner Broadcasting where he revamped search experiences for many public sites.  Pritesh is also passionate about data in general and making intelligent use of it.  He has research publications in Data Visualization and Visual Analytics.  With his research work, he built novel systems that explore an unknown data space to gather intelligence for its users.  Data is the blood of any organization.  Once data arrives it needs to be organized, secured, searched, analyzed for intelligence, and visualized.  Patel has a unique perspective into all of these stages of a data's life in an organization.  Patel received his MS in Computer Science from Georgia Tech.  On his own time, he pursues many interests that include comedy writing, league play basketball, contemplating entrepreneurial ideas to make a social impact, playing the drums, and volunteering for non profits.

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Demian Hess is the Director of Digital Asset Management and Publishing Systems for Avalon Consulting, LLC. With over ten years' online publishing experience, Demian has held positions in the online journals and medical textbook divisions of Elsevier Science, served in the data transformations group at PubMed Central, and was the Senior Developer at CQ Press, an imprint of SAGE Publications. A graduate of Brown University, Demian holds an MA in English from Oregon State University, as well as an MS in Information Systems from Drexel University.