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Zack Schuler
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Beginning with a solid foundation in business management, marketing, and I.T. systems, Zack founded Cal Net Technology Group in 1995 in order to fill a growing need for quality technology consulting services for the small and middle market. Zack’s leadership, dedication and focus have helped build Cal Net into a thriving company of talented technology consultants and engineers, relied upon by hundreds of businesses and considered by Microsoft as one of their top partners in Los Angeles. In addition to his keen business skills, Zack possesses a profound understanding of emerging technology and its purpose in diverse business industries, working closely with product manufacturers to help them develop and improve solutions for corporate systems.

Mr. Schuler earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from California State University Northridge, and a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer designation in 1997. He is an active member of the Heartland Technology Group, a nationwide council of I.T. service industry executives, as well as a member of the Vistage CEO peer group. He has been awarded the “40 under 40” award from the San Fernando Valley Business Journal and his accomplishments have been recognized and opinions published in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Computer Reseller News (CRN), and many other news media outlets.

Zack spends much of his free time with his wife and 3 children, is an avid cyclist and paddle surfer, and is on the Board of Governors for a nonprofit called Opportunity International (see our Philanthropy section for more details).

Brian Kreiner
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Specializing in growing small to mid-sized businesses, Mr. Kreiner is the Managing Partner of Olympic Valley Capital, an investment firm that works with businesses to provide capital and top-tier operational and strategic support to help accelerate growth. Brian brings a passion and energy for working with businesses to help them reach their full potential. Prior to Olympic Valley Capital and Cal Net, Mr. Kreiner was a Partner at Duane Street Capital, and an investment professional at Bertram Capital, an $850mm middle market private equity firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In both roles, Mr. Kreiner worked with portfolio companies to provide strategic guidance and operational support, building successful market leading businesses.

Mr. Kreiner previously worked with growing mid-market firms and Fortune 500 companies as a strategy consultant at Oliver Wyman (formerly Mercer Management Consulting). In his role with Oliver Wyman he focused on developing and launching new business units for companies globally in the aerospace and defense, technology, retail, services, and general industrial sectors.

Mr. Kreiner received an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and International Relations from Stanford University.

Luca Jacobellis
President & COO
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A rare blend of crystal-clear communication skills, effective leadership, superior technical abilities, and attentive customer service, Mr. Jacobellis is an invaluable asset to the Cal Net organization. With the responsibility of overseeing Cal Net’s entire service department, Luca leads a team of 35 technical and administrative personnel, and ultimately owns the effectiveness and quality delivery of all of Cal Net’s services.

In his 10 years of service with Cal Net, Mr. Jacobellis has helped build our service capability to accommodate a growth factor of 10 times. During these years he has served many roles. As a former project manager, he has accomplished the successful implementations of hundreds of complicated network installations and migrations, often involving the cooperation and coordination of dozens of vendors and personnel. Sharp, adaptable, and creative, Luca possesses senior-level expertise in technologies such as Windows-based servers, Exchange, Active Directory, Group Policies, Automated software deployments, Citrix servers, among others.

Through his years of service, our company has grown not only in the number of service and administrative support personnel, but also in the array of professional services that we offer. COO Jacobellis now employs the assistance 3 Directors and 2 Managers to help manage the large service team that he has built. Mr. Jacobellis has taken our initial core of engineering services and performed the lead role in developing our current myriad of services, including Technology Management, Help Desk, 24x7 support, Network Monitoring and Alerting, Online Backup, and many, many more.

A winner of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal's "40 under 40" award for leadership, Luca still enjoys experimenting with new technologies and designing ways to help businesses leverage those technologies into greater earnings.

Jim Meseke
Director of Network and Client Operations
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Jim Meseke is in charge of the Operations Department within the Professional Services Division at Cal Net. He is responsible for managing the 20+ Network Engineers responsible for the care and maintenance of Cal Net’s clients’ networks. Jim is also responsible for the Scheduling Team that ensures that each engineer is at the right client at the appropriate time.

Jim came to Cal Net with over 35 years of experience in the field of Information Technology and holds a Master’s degree in information technology. Jim brought to Cal Net a vast amount of experience from both large and small companies that helped move the company to the next level in business. His business knowledge help lay the foundation for formalizing Cal Net’s policies and procedures.

Jim began his career in the early 1970s as a computer operator for mail order companies in Southern California. After learning to program computer applications, he became a programmer in a mainframe environment for a large health insurance company and was later promoted to a technical project manager. In the early 1980s he went to work for one of California’s largest life insurance companies as a project manager overseeing the research and development of their network environment. In the early 1990s Jim left the business world and began teaching PC applications for a privately owned adult education school where he obtained a Microsoft Certified Instructor certification. In 1999, Jim decided to return to college to obtain his Master’s degree and then taught for AIU, CSUN and UCLA. In 2001, Jim was named Teacher of the Year by the student body at AIU.

Just prior to coming to Cal Net, Jim was the Chair of the School of Information Technology and Associate Dean for ITT Technical Institute. After teaching for only one quarter at ITT Tech, Jim was promoted to the Chair position, responsible for scheduling and supervising the IT instructors. Besides his responsibilities as the School Chair, Jim was responsible for the campus’ network infrastructure. As Associate Dean, Jim worked closely with the Dean of Academic Affairs in creating each quarter’s schedule and to ensure that each of the instructors met their on-going education requirements. Jim is currently a member of the Advisory Board for ITT Tech.

Randy Nieves
Director of Technology Management Services
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Randy Nieves’s is an 20 year computer systems professional with a broad background of technical, project management and business experience. Randy has a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi (1990), continues to take technical courses and has certifications from ShoreTel and Sonicwall.

As the Director of Technology Management at Cal Net, Randy reports to the COO, Luca Jacobellis, working with him to develop business technology consulting, IT management and project management solutions for Cal Net’s customers. The Technology Management team at Cal Net’s primary responsibilities include providing insourced CIO, IT Management and Project Management and deployment services. Randy’s team works closely with the sales department to ensure technology recommendations and projects are right for the client’s business, are cost-effective, are implemented with as little interruption to the business as possible and are executed within budget.

Randy joined Cal Net in 2006 as Cal Net’s 2nd Technology Manager and over the last five years, worked to improve and expand the Technology Management services offered by Cal Net. Cal Net now has the tools to offer more business improvement technologies and assessments than ever before. Cal Net now has an 8 member staff overseen by Randy, each with diverse backgrounds in IT and project management, enterprise engineering and all having excellent technical and writing skills.

Prior to his role at Cal Net, Randy was Director of Technical Operations with a Santa Monica-based software company (School-Link Technologies) providing enterprise systems to School Districts, nationwide. There, Randy held many positions over a 15 year career including developer, project manager, IT Manager, and lastly Director of Technical Operations overseeing implementation, internal IT, manufacturing and managing an online e-commerce website, mylunchmoney.com.

Timothy Sheehan
Director of Technical Services
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Timothy Sheehan has over 15 years experience in the information technology industry including senior level positions in the entertainment industry, retail corporate environment and private consulting firms. In November of 2008, Timothy was named Director of Technical Services for Cal Net Technology Group and is responsible for the successful growth and development of the IT managed services Cal Net offers our valued clients. Timothy is involved in all aspects of business planning, development and support of TECAlert/SYSManage, Cal Net’s Help Desk, our managed backup service and additional technologies we provide to businesses located in Southern California.

Prior to joining Cal Net Technology Group, Timothy was the Enterprise IT Manager for Guitar Center Corporate. During this time, he was responsible for integrating a help desk application company wide, installing centrally managed IT asset technology and also assisted with Sarbanes Oxley and PCI compliance initiatives. A major achievement was coordinating a thousand PC rollout nationwide to over 250 locations. During his career, he has held positions in management, sales, and direct IT support. Timothy has been awarded Leadership awards and Customer Service awards in 2005 and 2008 respectively.

Cathy Dalgleish
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Cathy Dalgleish has recently become the Controller at Cal Net Technology Group. Her responsibilities include providing accurate financial statements and insightful analytics so the management team can make informed business decisions.

Cathy has held accounting positions in manufacturing, distribution and retail companies with progressively increasing responsibilities. She has excelled in improving computer systems, streamlining processes, and leading the accounting team.

Cathy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting Information Systems from California State University Northridge. At Cal Net she is able to use both her specialties, accounting and computers. She is a Certified Management Accountant and a member of Institute of Management Accountants.

Gavin Zimmer
Director of Business Development
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Gavin Zimmer is responsible for the development and management of the sales organization at Cal Net. In the past few years, Gavin has transformed our organization by more than doubling the size of our sales channel and has turned it into a proactive and predictable functioning business unit. With building a first class sales team, developing new market strategies, Gavin has proven to serve Cal Net with a bright and expansive future.

Gavin Zimmer earned his B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing at C.S.U.N. Prior to joining Cal Net, Gavin embarked on an entrepreneurial journey by starting CSEC Solutions. CSEC was a recognized industry leader in residential automation. Prior to CSEC, Gavin’s record still stands at Nuance, previously Dictaphone Corporation, as the highest performing sales professional in its 125-year history. At Dictaphone, Gavin continuously drove the organization’s sales in cutting edge technology in multiple vertical markets over six major company transformations.

Gavin spends much of his free time with his wife and 2 children, enjoys golf, cooking and single malt scotch.

Ryan Archer
Unified Communications Practice Manager
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Mr. Archer joined Cal Net to expand their Unified Communications Practice. He is responsible for the strategic direction and the day to day operation of this business unit.

Mr. Archer brings over 20 years of experience as an innovative and results-driven leader focused on achieving exceptional results in highly competitive environments. His experience unites a rich hands-on background with a deep passion for progressive growth-oriented business practices. Ryan’s technology experience spans successful leadership in technologies incorporating a wide variety of industries with engagements involving complex unified communications, network infrastructure, and datacenter solutions.

Prior to joining Cal Net, Mr. Archer was the President and CEO of Archer Technology Group, a multi-million dollar corporation focused on the sales, service and support of enterprise voice, network, and datacenter solutions.

Ryan uses cutting-edge technology to achieve high-level strategic business objectives and has a history of proven startup and business experience.

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