AAJ LEADERSHIP TEAM

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AMJAD SHAMIM

CEO and Managing Partner

Amjad Shamim is the CEO and Managing Partner of AAJ Technologies. In this role, he sets the vision and strategy for the organization, drives growth and expansion, and fosters its customer-focused culture.

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ASAD SHAMIM

Partner

Asad Shamim is the founder of AAJ Technologies and serves as a technology visionary for the company. He has over 25 years of experience in the Information Technology field, including deep expertise with large-scale systems development.

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TOMMY SIMON

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Tommy Simon is Vice President of Sales and Marketing at AAJ Technologies, responsible for overall business development, client acquisition, strategic partnerships, and all marketing strategies and initiatives for the company.

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ED KIRCHMIER

Vice President of Professional Services

Ed Kirchmier is Vice President of Professional Services at AAJ Technologies. In this role, he is responsible for directing the delivery of the company’s consulting services and practice management function.

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COLLEEN TAYLOR

Vice President of Operations

Colleen Taylor is Vice President of Operations at AAJ Technologies, responsible for ensuring efficient business operations, including financial, human resource and contracts administration.

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NADEEM AKHTER

Chief Software Architect

Nadeem Akhter is the Chief Software Architect at AAJ Technologies. He is responsible for providing the technical guidelines for client engagements with the company and proposing the best solutions based on clients’ needs, budget and timeframes.

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Nizar Lavji

Vice President of Portals & Collaboration

Nizar Lavji is Vice President of the Portals & Collaboration practice at AAJ Technologies. As the workforce becomes geographically dispersed and globalized, businesses require innovative solutions to improve productivity and collaboration in the workplace.

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Alex Barenboim

Vice President, Mobility and Enterprise Solutions

Alex has over 25 years of executive technology leadership, executive management consulting, project management, architecture/design, and senior software development experience.

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Jorge Agnese

Vice President of Professional Services, LatAm Region

Jorge Agnese is VP of Professional Services for the Latin American operations of AAJ Technologies. As the regional leader, he has the responsibility of establishing and growing the offices in the region while keeping a finger on the pulse of all clients and practices in the USA,

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AMJAD SHAMIM - CEO and Managing Partner

Amjad Shamim is the CEO and Managing Partner of AAJ Technologies. In this role, he sets the vision and strategy for the organization, drives growth and expansion, and fosters its customer-focused culture.

Amjad has over 28 years of leadership and management experience in the IT industry. Prior to joining AAJ Technologies in 2000, he managed multiple IT divisions for large healthcare technology organizations. He has deep expertise in both technology and strategic planning, and enjoys overseeing the development of innovative solutions that help clients to increase efficiency and gain a competitive edge.

Amjad holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Atlantic University and completed the Kellogg School of Management’s executive management program. He has been recognized with several awards, including being named a Broward County Ultimate CEO by the South Florida Business Journal, CEO of the Year by Tech America, and a Crystal Award winner for promoting diversity.

Under Amjad’s leadership, AAJ Technologies has enjoyed double digit growth. It was named to the Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in America in 2012 and 2013, and was awarded Business of the Year by the South Florida Business Journal.

ASAD SHAMIM - Partner

Asad Shamim is the founder of AAJ Technologies and serves as a technology visionary for the company. He has over 25 years of experience in the Information Technology field, including deep expertise with large-scale systems development.

Asad has played a key role in leading-edge technology teams that participated in international forums and received accolades for the ingenuity and effectiveness of their proposed technology solutions. He also has wide-ranging experience in the healthcare, insurance, financial services, travel and transportation industries.

Asad excels in understanding how new technologies and legacy systems can best address clients’ business needs. He plays a pivotal role in providing guidance in developing and delivering solutions that help clients achieve greater corporate efficiencies and increased ROI. His passion for education is best reflected in the ‘knowledge culture’ that drives the AAJ Technologies team to continually excel at research and the rapid adaptation of new technologies.

TOMMY SIMON - Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Tommy Simon is Vice President of Sales and Marketing at AAJ Technologies, responsible for overall business development, client acquisition, strategic partnerships, and all marketing strategies and initiatives for the company.

Tommy is an experienced sales, marketing, and operations leader with 17 years of experience in the technology management consulting industry. He successfully created, ran and sold a Microsoft Solutions consulting firm, which achieved Microsoft Managed Status and was nominated for Southeast partner of the year. Prior to that, Tommy worked as a sales account manager at Cap Gemini, where he was recognized as an Elite Club winner.

Tommy has created four companies with ongoing operations. He has deep experience working with clients in the government, healthcare, hospitality and financial services industries. He has a passion for serving clients with integrity and helping to grow successful organizations.

Tommy holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Texas A&M University.

ED KIRCHMIER - Vice President of Professional Services

Ed Kirchmier is Vice President of Professional Services. In this role, he is responsible for directing the delivery of the company’s consulting services and practice management function.

Ed has been a member of the management team of AAJ Technologies since 2004. Prior to joining AAJ Technologies, Ed worked at Carnival Corporation, managing corporate IT initiatives across Carnival’s cruise line brands. He has over 25 years of experience in IT project management and systems implementation. This includes seven years working as a Senior Manager in the Systems Engineering practice at Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) and five years implementing logistics solutions at Ryder. Ed has also consulted for numerous Fortune 500 companies, including Apple Computer, Burger King Allstate and Cendant Corporation.

Ed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

COLLEEN TAYLOR - Vice President of Operations

Colleen Taylor is Vice President of Operations at AAJ Technologies, responsible for ensuring efficient business operations, including financial, human resource and contracts administration.

Colleen joined AAJ Technologies in 2003. She brought to the company over 15 years’ experience in quality assurance, project management, systems implementation and training. Colleen led quality assurance and other management and operational initiatives at a wide range of companies, including Xcelerate, an e-business solution provider, CareCentric, a leading home healthcare software solution provider, and M&I Data Services, a mortgage banking software application developer. She also has management experience in hospital administration.

Colleen holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees from Florida State University.

NADEEM AKHTER - Chief Software Architect

Nadeem Akhter is the Chief Software Architect at AAJ Technologies. He is responsible for providing the technical guidelines for client engagements with the company and proposing the best solutions based on clients’ needs, budget and timeframes.

Nadeem has extensive experience working as a lead architect on large-scale application development projects encompassing e-commerce, content management systems, document management systems and systems integration. He holds a Masters degree in Computer Science and has achieved all key Microsoft certifications. Nadeem is a regular contributor to several online publications and has won numerous awards for solving complex problems and suggesting best solutions in software engineering.

Nizar Lavji - Vice President of Portals & Collaboration

Nizar has over 25 years of leadership and hands-on technical experience in the IT industry.  Prior to joining the AAJ team, Nizar founded and managed Vista Technologies that was a Microsoft SharePoint focused consulting practice that had a strong presence in the Portals & Collaboration space in South Florida.  His deep technical skills come from various roles he’s held including CIO, Database Architect, Application Architect and programmer in various computer languages.

Nizar holds a B.Sc in Computer Science from York University in Toronto, Ont. Canada and MBA from Rotman School of Management – University of Toronto.

Alex Barenboim - Vice President, Mobility and Enterprise Solutions

Alex has over 25 years of executive technology leadership, executive management consulting, project management, architecture/design, and senior software development experience. He’s held executive technology positions at IBM, Scient, Verizon, Tyco/ADT and Bankrate.

Most recently, he was the CTO at Logic Nation where his firm developed a revolutionary new web and mobile platform allowing live video streaming. Alex’s innovative and creative thinking has awarded him a total of 26 patents, with an additional 3 pending approval.

Alex holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Boston University, a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Oxford, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Oxford. He’s earned a certification of Scrum Master while at Verizon, a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and PMP certification while at Tyco/ADT. Alex enjoys traveling, photography, hiking, and motorcycles.

Jorge Agnese - Vice President of Professional Services, LatAm Region

Jorge Agnese is VP of Professional Services for the Latin American operations of AAJ Technologies. As the regional leader, he has the responsibility of establishing and growing the offices in the region while keeping a finger on the pulse of all clients and practices in the USA, helping define the vision and strategy of the organization, reaching expansion goals, and relaying the Company’s customer-focused culture.

Jorge has over 25 years of team leadership experience working for companies in the USA, Europe and South America.  He brings expertise in both technology and strategic planning, and enjoys overseeing the development of teams and solutions that propel both our customers and AAJ into success. Some of the projects delivered under Jorge’s leadership include Mexico’s Voter Registration System, US Student Loan Origination and Servicing Programs, Pennsylvania’s state police intelligence system, and various document management systems.

Jorge holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Business Administration degree from Old Dominion University, and holds several Microsoft certifications.  During his career, he has been keynote speaker on several occasions in the USA, Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico.

Jorge started his professional career in Washington, DC, working for a technology incubator, continued with a high-tech UK company, and partnered up to establish Vista Technologies, now part of AAJ, as a solid South Florida service provider.