Rick has over 15 years of corporate experience supporting enterprise IT services and leading technology projects from inception to completion.
Rick’s unique background of business savvy and his keen eye for products and design make him the kind of leader clients need and respect. His technical know-how make him highly respected among engineers, developers and technical managers. Rick has served in leadership positions and product/technology consulting roles with Fortune 100 companies like Dell Technologies, TracFone and Verizon Wireless.
Rick is currently attending Florida International University to attain his Doctorate of Business. He holds an MBA, IT Management from Western Governors University and is a PMI-certified Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP) and Project Management Professional (PMP).
Ignacio has almost 20 years of experience in leading IT projects, during which he has worked as an independent developer, tech lead and advisor for companies in LATAM.
Ignacio has a strong background in both back-end and front-end projects, having built full SaaS production software for stores, franchises and popular mobile applications.
A native of Cordoba, Argentina, he is a certified National Technology University (UTN) expert in PHP, MySQL, Mobile application programming and Internet Security.
Joseph has more than 20 years of professional experience engineering software, including more than 8 years as one of the principle architects of an enterprise, globally-distributed Internet-of-Things platform. Joseph started coding at the age of twelve, and started his first software company before graduating High School. Never willing to plateau, Joseph has continued learning new technologies as they emerged, from HTML in 1994 to Kubernetes in 2019. Joseph’s deep understanding of how complex systems are designed and implemented have made him an asset to his teammates as well as his employers, and give him a strong appreciation for the challenges of good software architecture and design. Joseph holds a Bachelor’s in Pure Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of New Mexico.
Claire is an experienced professional in various areas requiring dedicated customer care and account handling. Over 20 years career she handled accounts in structuring events, managing retail networks, bookkeeping, and general services. Her experience and having lived in several countries rendered her multicultural and multilingual. She is fluent in Spanish and English and has a working knowledge of Hebrew.
Ekaterina has extensive and diversified experience in IT with emphasis on Project Management. Ekaterina holds a technical bachelors degree, CAPM certification from Project Management Institute and is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
Ekaterina is known to drive her projects to success meeting or exceeding expectations. Originally from Russia, she enjoys playing the piano and oil painting.
Dr. George T. Kastner is the Founder and CEO of FirstGTK LLC. He is an accomplished strategy and operations consultant, and a distinguished professor. The depth of his strategic offerings include Global Management Practices, Hospital Management, Service in Healthcare, Management and Succession in Family Owned Business, Global Operations Management, Service Operations, Growth Management and Startups.
Dr. Kastner has taught in six universities in nine countries; currently, he has an adjunct professor appointment in the Business School at the University of Miami. Dr. Kastner served as President of Arthur D. Little LATAM.
Lucas started his professional career in the non-profit sector working in Information Technology for five years. Lucas worked his way up to several management positions in operations and technology management. He has experience delivering multi-million dollar projects and service contracts. Lucas graduated from Nova Southeastern University where he received a Bachelors of Science in Computer Information Systems, obtained a Minor in information Security. Lucas enjoys being with his wife and kids, does pro bono work for his community, reads books, runs 5k’s, paints, and trades equities.