Our leadership team has the right combination of expertise in technology, engineering, data, software, digital media, communications, video, and higher education. We keep colleges and universities competitive with progressive technology and support solutions so students are prepared for the challenges of today’s world.
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.
Keesha is a start-up veteran with a broad range of HR experiences. At Apogee, she serves as the Vice President of Human Resources, where she leads the people strategy, focused on making good teams great.
Working at GoDaddy.com in Scottsdale, Arizona, Keesha led the training and recruiting teams at a time when the company doubled in size each year for six consecutive years. She then joined the co-founders of Art.com working in their venture incubator advising on people strategies for multiple pre-launch companies, and then joined Retail Me Not to help reorganize the recruiting department during their IPO.
She’s a Texas A&M Aggie, and when not at work she and her family are watching soccer or planning their next National Park adventure.
Larry joined the Apogee team in November 2015. As the Chief Operating Officer for Apogee, Larry provides strategic vision and leadership driving operational excellence within the company. Key to Apogee’s success will be Larry’s ability to lead and synchronize operations, people, and resources in support of our customers while setting conditions for future growth and expanded services.
Larry comes to Apogee from Proactive Communications where he has served as Chief Operating Officer for 9 years. Prior to Proactive Communications, Larry served in various Leadership and Command positions in the United States Army throughout 20 years of service.
Larry has a BA Degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee and a MA Degree in Computer Resource Management from Webster University.
Matt Loecke joined Apogee in 2013 and is responsible for sales strategy, business development, marketing, and day to day management of the Apogee sales organization.
Prior to joining Apogee, Matt worked as a sales strategy and management consultant to companies in technology, engineering, software, and pharmaceuticals, serving a diverse set of clients in North America and abroad. Previously, Matt served as VP of Sales for a collegiate media firm based in Chapel Hill, NC. In this capacity Matt was responsible for sales force management and development across 200+ campuses in 46 states.
Matt is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and the Young Executive Institute, Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Rajiv Shenoy joined Apogee in 2016 and is responsible for sharing Apogee’s vision and helping to solve higher education’s technology and video challenges while advancing our services to improve the student experience. Prior to joining Apogee, Rajiv was the Founder and CEO of OrcaTV, a digital media company that drives student success and student engagement through a curated channel of university created videos, social media and fliers. After 7 years of growth, Apogee acquired OrcaTV in 2016 and operates the business within our Video Division.
Rajiv is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University where he won the Provost’s Award for Innovation and started OrcaTV. Rajiv graduated with BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Environmental Engineering Planning & Management.
Malcolm White joined the Apogee team in February 2018. As Vice President, White works closely with university leaders on how to best harness technology to achieve their strategic plans. Malcolm has over thirty years of sales, sales management, business development and client services experience in the corporate, healthcare and higher-education sectors.
Prior to Apogee, Malcolm worked at Huron Consulting Group (higher education’s largest consultancy) where he served higher education institutions in the areas of strategy, finance and operations, research and technology. During his nine years, he worked with over thirty universities to assist in developing, managing and executing the change needed to help them achieve their strategic plans.
Prior to Huron, White was a Senior Manager with Deloitte where he played a strategic role in the business development processes for Deloitte’s Enterprise Risk Services, Financial Advisory Services, and Tax functions.
White holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He currently serves on numerous committees and boards, including The Family Foundation Fund, Northeast Independent School District (San Antonio, TX.) Mentor Program and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
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.
John O’Brien joined Apogee in 2016 as its Regional Vice President for the Southeast Region. John works side-by-side with the Business Development and Client Service Managers to deliver an unparalleled managed service to our college and university partners. Prior to joining Apogee, John spent 18 years in the higher education space, most recently as president of a collegiate media and marketing firm serving over 250 colleges and universities.
John is a graduate of Appalachian State University and the Young Executive Institute, Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
John resides in Chapel Hill, NC with his wife and two children.
Mark Flood joined Apogee in 2016 and is responsible for sales strategy, business development and day to day management of the Apogee sales organization within the Northeast. Prior to joining Apogee, Mark was a VP of Sales for a system integrations firm that specializes in managed services, mobility, video solutions, A/V integration, virtualization, unified communications, and data infrastructure solutions. Previously, Mark held senior executive and sales roles at BT Conferencing, Convergent Group, Cambridge Technology Partners, Keane Inc., United Engineers, and Southern New England Telephone Co.
Mark is a graduate of the University of Connecticut business school in Storrs, CT.
Pat Walsh joined Apogee in 2016 and is responsible for sales strategy, business development and day to day management of the Apogee sales organization within the Midwest.
Prior to joining Apogee, Pat spent 15 years at CDW. The vast majority of his time there was focused on Higher Education, most recently leading the Enterprise Networking Practice for public sector.
Pat received a BA from Bradley University and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.
George Ragsdale joined the Apogee team in September 2018 and is responsible for the vision and strategy of the customer service delivery model, as well as, development of the common technology platform and integration strategy to support Apogee customers.
Prior to joining Apogee, George served as the CTO for Proactive Communications where he worked for 14 years before joining Apogee. George was responsible for the global operations of the company across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia where he was responsible for driving business value through the implementation of automated and repeatable business processes to ensure an optimal customer experience. While at Proactive Communications, George played an integral part in designing and building the global internet service offering for data, VoIP, security, and acceleration services for fortune 500 companies and government customers.
George has conducting undergraduate studies at McNeese State University, Trinity University, and Colorado Tech. He holds degrees in Computer Science and International Business. He also holds advanced degrees to include a dual focus MBA from Colorado Tech in Information Technology Management and Project Management. George also holds various certifications in multiple information technology and management disciplines including Project Management, Project Planning, Global Operations Management, and the administration of mission critical networks.
Bill Simcoe joined Apogee in 2017 as Vice President of Product Management and leads Apogee’s product strategy and roadmap development. Bill brings with him ten years of experience in services, software and hardware product leadership, most recently at Silicon Laboratories in Austin, TX. Bill has also held product management and engineering roles at Discover Financial Services and Motorola Semiconductor.
Bill holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MBA from The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.
Rob is a skilled technology professional with 15+ years of project management and construction experience in the student housing industry. As Vice President of Project Operations, he oversees a skilled team of project managers to ensure all network and video implementations are done effectively. Prior to Apogee, Rob was the director of technical services at American Campus Communities, the nation’s largest developer, owner, and manager of high-quality student housing. He oversaw the IT integration of more than 100 acquired properties totaling 65,000 beds across the United States. He also managed the design, implementation, and delivery of more than 30 student housing developments with over 25,000 beds. During his tenure, Rob developed a platform that maximizes service value while effectively tracking residents’ satisfaction and costs.
Rob began his career at Apogee, the nation’s largest provider of innovative on-campus residential networks, where as technical operations director, he developed standard procedures for determining potential project value and market expansion opportunities, along with the management skills required to handle major projects, such as the telecommunications infrastructure retrofit of a $6-million, 5,500-bed university.
With the vision to maximize budgetary goals while meeting residents’ expectations, Rob has built stalwart long-term relationships with numerous student housing owners, developers and higher-education institutions. He has a bachelor of arts in business administration from Southwestern University.
Jeanne Frawley joined Apogee in 2017 as Director of Business Development for Apogee. With over 20 years of higher education experience, Jeanne has worked in Enrollment Management, Housing, and on the business faculty of top-ranked universities. As founding director of The Sales Education Foundation, Jeanne partnered globally with universities to establish and expand their professional selling programs and to build a bridge between industry and academia.
Jeanne holds a both her BA and MSE from University of Dayton. She enjoys travel, mostly for the food, and works as an advisor for Retreat to Broadway, fortunately never taking the stage.
Jared Goldwasser joined the Apogee team in February 2018 with a decade of experience in building relationships in the marketing, tech and startup worlds.
Jared enjoys researching the unique challenges of colleges and universities in the picturesque West region to better advise administrators on how to meet their strategic initiatives—and their students’ expectations—with Apogee’s tailored solutions.
Prior to joining Apogee, Jared was a Senior Sales Consultant at tech startup, Main Street Hub, where he quickly moved up to a leadership position on his sales team. He started his career in advertising account management, where he pitched and won new agency business in addition to growing the accounts of his existing clients.
Jared holds a B.A. in Strategic Communications from The Ohio State University and resides in Los Angeles with his wife and new baby girl.
Jonnie joined Apogee in 2015 as Director of Business Development for the upper Midwest. Jonnie has spent the last twenty years in sales and management roles for both the financial services industry as well as the software industry. Jonnie 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.
Jonnie has a B.A. in Marketing with a Sales and Marketing Emphasis from the University of Northern Iowa, and currently resides in the Minneapolis area.
Kelle Hand has held channel, sales and marketing leadership positions in key technology industries. Her broad experience includes global channel marketing, marketing management, channel leadership, sales enablement, sales training, international client relationships, strategic account growth, and executive alignment. She is currently leading Business Development at Apogee for Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Prior to this, she was Cisco’s Central Area Manager for Services leading a team of Client Executives as they integrated professional services to better utilize and optimize IT infrastructures.
Hand has expansive experience leading global teams where she instilled a successful channel, sales and marketing process to her teams in North America, Europe and Asia. She utilizes advising and consulting process to demonstrate quantifiable business value to her clients. She has led marketing communications teams at Sterling Software and Siemens. She developed successful regional, national and worldwide Sales teams at Cisco, Qwest, McData and Polycom.
She is involved in Global Health Issues, helped build the Soweta Dorm in Kenya, and has Austin area interests that include Impact Austin, Community Yoga, the Paramount Theatre and is a registered 500 Hour Yoga Teacher. Hand has an M.S. in Business Marketing from the University of Texas at Dallas and a B.A. in Communications from Texas A&M University. She loves to travel globally, hike, run and practice yoga. She is married and has three grown children.
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.
Mark joined Apogee after an extensive technical career. He has worked in various business and partner development roles with technology organizations like VMware/AirWatch. Mark’s most recent position was with an account-based sales startup company out of Atlanta Georgia, where he helped lead sales and operations.
Mark graduated from Austin Peay State University with a degree in Business Administration in 2003, and from American Intercontinental University with a Marketing MBA in 2012.
Mark is responsible for building relationships, educating on the value and expertise Apogee brings to Higher Education, and growing partnerships with colleges and universities within the states of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Mark resides in Woodstock, GA
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.
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.
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.
Bryan joined Apogee in January of 2017, after 6+ years at Dell Technologies. He held several roles within Dell, with his last 18 months serving as regional sales manager for the Southeast.
Bryan enjoys building relationships, educating on the value and expertise that we bring to Higher Education, and growing our partnerships with colleges and universities within the territory of Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas.
Bryan is a native of Nashville, TN and holds a B.A from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with degrees in Finance and Marketing.