Every company is proud of their personnel, and Planet Technologies is no exception. In our core competencies, we have some of the most talented experts in the industry. Many of our consultants joined our organization from some of the world’s leading software companies and management consulting firms. They come here for one reason, they are given the opportunity to be creative, entrepreneurial, and to make an impact for their clients and for Planet. We work hard to develop a challenging environment, and one that will continuously foster personal and professional growth.
Scott Tucker is the President and CEO of Planet Technologies.
A veteran entrepreneur and technologist, Scott leads more than 160 employees in six locations across the U.S. Under Scott’s leadership, Planet has been recognized as a six-time Microsoft Federal Partner of the Year, a five-time Microsoft State and Local Government Partner of the Year and a five-time Microsoft National Windows Partner of the Year.Read More
Prior to Planet Technologies, Scott was the CEO of eQuest Technologies—a leading provider of Microsoft-based services to hosters around the world – customers included Deutsch Telecom, Host Italia, and America Online. He served as the President and member of the board at Patriot Technologies, a cyber security services firm that manufactured intrusion detection products for Fortune 500 organizations.
Scott graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Business Management. Currently, Scott serves on the Board of Directors for the USO and is a member of the Executive Advisory Board at James Madison University. An avid supporter of the Veteran community, one of Scott’s highlights was serving as an escort for the Honor Flight Program assisting with guided tours of our nation’s capital to veterans of WWII, Korea and Vietnam Wars.
Other interests are family, Alabama football and music. Scott was a former scholarship athlete for the University of Alabama football team. Today, when he is not helping to coach his son’s Lacrosse, you may find him playing in a band with Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish.
Steve Winter is the Vice President for State and Local Government and Education at Planet Technologies. Steve is responsible for driving our Microsoft corporate strategy for these business segments. Steve also serves as the business lead for Eastern US revenue. Under his leadership, Planet has been awarded Microsoft’s State and Local Government Partner of the Year and unprecedented five times. Steve speaks regularly on the transformation of Government and Education IT at Key Notes, the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference and various local conferences.Read More
Under Steve’s direction, Planet developed a series of Solution Accelerators targeting Criminal Investigation, Inspection and Management functions of Governments and Education organizations. These applications and others like them are the cornerstone to Planet’s burgeoning SaaS business. The adoption of these services is changing the responsiveness of government to their constituents. Prior to Planet, Steve founded eQuest Technologies — a leading provider of Microsoft-based services to the world-wide hosting community. This organization was later acquired by Planet Technologies and was the launching point for Planet’s cloud business leveraging Steve’s vast cloud domain knowledge and leadership.
Steve attended the University of North Florida where he studied Jazz Performance. He is a respected youth basketball coach, leading teams both at the national travel and high school level. This experience is a key motivator for his passion in supporting the Education segment at Planet.
Sam has over three decades of experience in consulting and business development. As Vice President, he focuses on business development in the Eastern United States. Sam is very engaged in the Microsoft Partner Community and served on the US Board for the IAMCP (International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners), and currently is serving on the Board for the Washington DC IAMCP Chapter.Read More
Sam has also served as Board Chair for the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, the Goodwill Board & Board Chair for the PenMar Development Corp (the old Fort Ritchie Army Post).
Since joining the company as a founding Vice President 1999, Sam has played an integral role in Planet Technologies’ growth among both staff and clientele.
Sam and his wife have four children. He and his family are active in their community and are determined to get involved and make a difference.
Clay Cobb is Vice President for Western US Business at Planet Technologies. Under Clay’s leadership, Planet’s west region business has been the fastest growing segments for the company. His team was integral in helping to secure the Microsoft State and Local Government Partner of the Year Office 365 Partner of the Year Award in 2014 and the Microsoft Cloud Partner of the Year Award in 2015.Read More
A technologist at heart and former Microsoft MVP, Clay’s mix of technical knowledge and business vision has helped to build a team that is having staggering impact in the areas of Microsoft Azure, Office 365, SharePoint and other key solution offerings for our customers.
Before joining Planet Technologies, Clay was employed by Booz Allen Hamilton, providing general IT consulting in the DOD space, primarily on the Intelligence side. Clayton spent 6 years at BAH after a tour in the U.S. Marine Corps where he served as a Sergeant in the Signals Intelligence field. Clayton has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Networking from Strayer University and is working towards his Master of Business Administration degree at Johns Hopkins University.
Christopher “Rocky” Campione, Vice President of Federal at Planet Technologies, currently leads the Federal team in delivering innovative and transformative cloud solutions to the U.S. Government. Rocky is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Federal practice, including the recruiting and retention of a world class team of recognized experts in their field, focused on delivering Microsoft solutions support and enablement, along with advanced cyber security guidance and protections.Read More
Rocky came to Planet Technologies in 2009 from the Department of Energy, where he was part of the Republican Administration. As a political appointee, he held various positions in the areas of security, management, and information technology. His last position at the Department of Energy (DOE) was Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary, where he served as Chief of Staff, focusing on daily management of the Department with an emphasis on improving operational security. Prior to that, he held the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary for National Security, where his primary responsibilities focused on issues pertaining to cyber security, the Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, and the Office of Health, Safety, and Security. He came to the DOE from the Department of State to serve as advisor to the Chief Information Officer, support him in managing its $2.1 billion information technology portfolio, revitalizing the Department’s cyber security program, and improving information sharing from the Intelligence Community to DOE’s cyber defenders.
Throughout his career, Rocky has championed information technology in both the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. Government – he designed, developed, and supported information technology systems and applications for the Senate Budget Committee, Senator George V. Voinovich, and Senator George Allen.
A graduate of Syracuse University, Rocky graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and History, and he has a Master of Science degree from George Mason University in Technology Management. He presently resides in Alexandria, VA, where he spends his free time keeping up with his children and participating in political campaigns.
Firmadge Crutchfield is the Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel for Planet Technologies. As Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel for Planet, Firmadge oversees the company’s corporate infrastructure with a focus on finance and accounting, processes, procedures and operations.Read More
Firmadge has 20 years of experience building high growth organizations in the areas of operations, finance and administration, business development, bid and proposal efforts, and law and risk management. His expertise includes strategic and tactical oversight of all major functional areas of business entities with particular emphasis on SBA- chartered corporations operating in the Federal IT sector. Prior to joining Planet, he was President of Energy Services for Digital Management, Inc., an IT provider.
Firmadge is a graduate of Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, where he was awarded a Juris Doctor. He is an elected public official and sits on the Waynesboro (Pennsylvania) Area School District (WASD) Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) and is actively involved in his community.
Andrew Kagan is the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) at Planet Technologies. In this role, Andrew guides the company’s Strategic IT Planning and Enterprise Architecture efforts. He identifies and investigates important new technologies and brings them into the company’s strategic decision-making process. Andrew also consults Planet’s clients on emerging technologies as well as Information Technology trends and best practices.Read More
Before joining Planet Technologies in 2007, Andrew was employed by NCI Information Systems, Inc., providing Program Management support at the United States Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration. Prior to that Andrew served as a Senior IT Manager and Senior IT Consultant at W3Net L.L.C., Lockheed Martin, ACS Government Solutions Group, Titan Corporation, and MCI Telecommunications. Andrew has extensive experience in the areas of Strategic IT Planning, Enterprise Architecture, IT Operations, and Project Management.
Andrew has received the equivalent of a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from Tashkent State University (former USSR). He holds a number of industry certifications: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE), and Novell Certified Engineer (CNE); and he is a long time member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Computer Society, and Project Management Institute.
Outside of the office, Andrew enjoys playing chess; reading and learning about science, history, sociology and economics; and cooking. Visit Andrew’s blog: http://technocrat.kagan.cc/.
Aleks brings over 22 years of director level marketing experience in digital and traditional marketing, within both non-profits and for-profit companies. Focusing the last 14 years in the tech industry, her concentration has been in overseeing the growth and strategic planning of digital, social media and mobile marketing, all inclusive of design, product development, mobile app development and optimization of websites and online product launches.Read More
Working for companies such as Network Solutions, VeriSign, WeatherBug, GridPoint, Broadsoft, and AllTrust, Aleks has led many national branding and re-branding initiatives and developed marketing programs, which focus on, and enforce, positive brand recognition. She has extensive experience in website design and development through usability and focus group programs, search engine optimization, search engine marketing and analytic strategies, and understands the importance of defining customer-centric, intuitive products with the understanding for customer behaviors and improving the user experience.
She has successfully managed teams of marketing and project managers, designers and coders over her career, and has always worked to propel their professional growth. Having a very collaborative and easy going work style, Aleks is a great team player and loves a fast passed, creative environment.
As a SharePoint Server MVP, Jennifer has spent the last 12 years consulting others on best practices for implementing business solutions using SharePoint technologies. She is passionate about SharePoint and loves using out-of-the-box features to bring immediate ROI to her clients.Read More
She has worked with a range of companies, leading teams responsible for design, implementation and maintenance of SharePoint environments. Most recently she has been responsible for product development and finding creative ways to delight customers. As the Director of Innovation and Strategic Projects at Planet Technologies, Jennifer is focused on finding ways to bring the best of Planets expertise and experience into new solution offerings.
Dan has had a successful 14 years at Planet, first starting as an engineer and developer working on Microsoft technologies. He honed his specialized talents by developing solutions that were deployed to millions of users. Dan then advanced into leading international development teams, responsible for building and architecting custom solutions for Planet customers.Read More
Dan’s focus turned to helping customers architect specialized solutions for the Microsoft SharePoint and Azure platforms, and currently oversees service delivery operations for Planet, specializing in SharePoint and Azure.
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