Charles Brady founded Apogee in March 1998. As CEO and President, Brady´s vision and management style have created a company that is poised to offer a proven, and profitable, business model to universities and colleges. While the company began as a success in offering student long-distance services, Brady recognized that there was an even greater untapped potential in helping colleges and universities at the administration level.
Relying on his own engineering background, Brady refocused the company on technology. In the summer of 2000, Apogee began introducing a custom networking solution that helps schools meet and exceed their financial and educational objectives. This solution is being utilized by public and private universities, ranging in size from 1,200 to 50,000 students.
Mark rejoined the Apogee team in March 2010. After playing a key role in Apogee’s first five years from 1998 through 2003, Mark left to gain valuable experience, and a change in climate, at Alaska DigiTel, a regional provider of cellular voice and data services.
While at DigiTel, Mark was part of a team that grew subscribers from 7,000 to 40,000 over 5 years. In 2008 the company was acquired by an Alaskan statewide telephone and cable operator, GCI, for $40 million. Post acquisition, Mark served as a Director for GCI overseeing voice and messaging products. With an institutional perspective on Apogee’s vision and more than a decade of telecommunications experience, Mark’s drive for organizational growth and scalability is well-suited to Apogee’s customers, employees, and leadership team.
Mark has a degree in Accounting from St. Edward’s University and has earned the designation of Certified Public Accountant.
Jeff Tobias joined Apogee in May 2008 as Director of Student Services. In leading the support team, Jeff is responsible for driving future customer experience strategies, move in and student utilization of Apogee’s current services.
Jeff brings 20 years of experience in service and support organizations. Most recently, Jeff was responsible for creating and implementing the support and service organization for Motion Computing.
Mike Jones leads strategy, sales, marketing and operations for Apogee’s video division. He also oversees all programming content including IPTV. With 2 decades of multimedia content and delivery expertise under his belt, Jones is driving initiatives to ensure that Apogee continues to lead the revolution in shaping and strengthening the delivery of content through multiple platforms and applications.
Prior to joining Apogee, Jones served as President, Clarkslyn Holdings, a media consulting firm; and before that as Associate General Manager, University of Arkansas Sport Properties, IMG College. Jones began his career with 12 years at the Walt Disney Company in both Dallas and Los Angeles, working inside ESPN and ABC in affiliate relations and multimedia sales.
Jones holds a B.A. in mass communications from Texas State University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Trisha joined Apogee in early 2011 as Senior Client Services Manager. Her focus at Apogee is to successfully transform the companies vision into reality by delivering customer satisfaction and business development results. As the conduit and escalation point for customer requests and problem management, her role is to advocate the client needs within Apogee, deliver unparalleled levels of quality service and execute a first class client experience.
Trisha has a broad background in telecommunications and technology. She has worked for major telecom carriers in sales engineering support and client services management for more than 15 years.
Wendi Lisso works to introduce new services and technologies to the higher education community. Wendi also attends and exhibits at national and regional higher education conferences throughout the year, interacting with Housing, Business and IT officials across the country.
Prior to being hired at Apogee in 2005, Wendi spent more than ten years working in commercial and residential real estate sales. She also has experience in investor relations and special event planning.
Lucas Seelig joins the Apogee team from CDW-G where he gained a wealth of knowledge around technology business drivers & trends seen within the Higher Education market.
Lucas enjoys the process of educating colleges & universities about the increasing popularity of Apogee’s service model as an effective, established method to meet or exceed the student demand & goals of the institution. Throughout the Northeast, he helps college and university administrators develop a long-term, strategic plan for network services.
Lucas holds a B.A in Marketing from SUNY Oswego and looks forward to once again being involved throughout the SUNY system, as well as the rest of the Northeast.
Gerad Johnson leads strategy, marketing and sales for Apogee’s US, Mid-Atlantic Market. Gerad works closely with university administrators to ensure colleges and universities prepare for the demands of tomorrow’s student in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Prior to joining Apogee, Gerad held positions at Blackboard in Washington, D.C, and SAS in Cary, N.C. While at these organizations, his focus was on helping educational and financial institutions attract new clients and retention.
Gerad holds an M.B.A from Pfeiffer University and a B.S. in Marketing from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington where he also served as a Board of Trustee Member.
Megan joins the Apogee team after 8 years in higher education sales in both software and hardware. She has spent her sales career in the east working with university and college leadership to enhance the teaching and learning experience through the use of innovative technology on campus. Megan is now responsible for developing the territory and expanding Apogee’s vision throughout the region, working closely with university and college leadership to provide solutions to meet the expectations of students on campus.
Prior to Apogee, Megan represented companies such as Turning Technologies, Apple and Blackboard. Megan holds a M.A. in History from Youngstown State University and currently resides in Ohio.
Laurie joined Apogee in October 2014 with focus on Missouri, Illinois and Indiana markets, bringing over 25 years of experience in both higher education and account management. Laurie’s deep industry knowledge and commitment to customer satisfaction makes her a perfect fit for Apogee’s mission of providing strategic, cost-effective solutions to the higher-education community.
Most recently, she worked for Pearson Education in the Humanities and Social Sciences division. At Pearson, she held several positions in direct sales, sales management and training with the goal of helping schools develop long term goals for student success and retention. Prior to that, Laurie was a general manager and Director of Sales for Marriott Hotels and Resorts.
Laurie holds a B.A. in Journalism and Advertising from The University of Missouri.