The MSPAlliance Advisory Board is comprised of managed service provider executives, all of whom work for MSP businesses who have been examined under the MSP/Cloud Verify Program. The board is responsible for, among other things, overseeing the Unified Certification Standard, providing guidance on MSPWorld conferences, and other necessary leadership on a variety of issues facing the MSPAlliance.
John Burgess – Advisory Board Member
Mr. Burgess is a co-founder of Mainstream Technologies and has served as President since its inception in 1996. Mainstream provides custom software development, infrastructure and managed IT services to businesses and governments across the U.S and was the first company, worldwide, to achieve the MSP/Cloud Verify examination.
He actively participates in civic and professional organizations including the Boards of Directors of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce and Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and on the Board and as a past Chairman of the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.
John can be found most weekends in the woods with his Boy Scout Troop.
Robin Chow – Advisory Board Member
As the founder and president of XBASE Technologies Robin Chow’s quest for knowledge in the technology field started very early. At the age of 12 while still attending Junior high school, Chow received early admission to George Brown College where he studied programming and microprocessor design.
Chow is tapped regularly by industry leaders in the technology sector as well as other MSP’s for his ability to listen, interpret and solve highly complex problems. Chow derives great joy and personal satisfaction whenever he can draw on his over three decades of experience in the fields of business technology to help advise others on ideas overcome challenges and obstacles in their businesses.
Michael Corey – Advisory Board Member
Michael is the Director Cloud Computing Evangelist for Spectrum Enterprise Navisite. In 2017, was recognized as #42 of the top 100 most influential people in the “cloud industry”. Michael’s a recognized Microsoft Data Platform MVP formerly (Microsoft SQL Server MVP), recognized Oracle ACE, a recognized VMware vExpert and has worked with relational databases for over 30 years starting with Oracle Version 3. Michael is a Past President of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), A Founder of the Professional Association of SQL Server and current President of the IOUG VMware Special Interest Group.
Michael is the original Oracle Press author, frequent blogger http://michaelcorey.com/, a regular columnist for the Big Data Quarterly and his newest book is Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware: Doing IT Right from VMware Press. Michael received a gubernatorial appointment to the Massachusetts Robert H. Goddard Council for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Michael Corey co-founded Database Technologies (DBT), the first consulting company on the East Coast to specialize in Oracle and other relational databases which was sold to Level 3 Communications. Michael also founded Ntirety, one of the first Managed Service Companies in the world focused on Database Services and consulting, which he sold to HOSTING of Denver, Colorado.
Nicolas Geudens – Advisory Board Member
Nicolas Geudens began his career in various business development management positions; he then established together with his father his own company to provide management consultancy services. In 2008, he founded Hestia, Belgium’s market leader for infrastructure manage service he is currently Managing Partner. Mr. Geudens looks after Hestia’s management and strategic guidance; with his team, he strives for the highest level of quality and service in manage service for his customers.
Mr. Geudens obtained his master’s degree in commercial sciences with a specialization in IT management and marketing at the University of Antwerp (Belgium); he followed this with several advanced courses that further broadened his business management skills.
Peter Kujawa- Advisory Board Member
Peter Kujawa has been the president of EO Johnson’s Locknet Managed IT Service division, based in Onalaska, WI, since 2010. They service clients throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa with additional offices in Wausau and Eau Claire, WI, Cedar Falls, IA, and Rochester and Minneapolis, MN. They specialize in Managed IT for security-focused businesses and Managed Security, with their two largest verticals being financial institutions and medical providers.
Kujawa is also a member of Fortinet’s Partner Council and holds a law degree from Marquette University. He is a frequent speaker and panel member at industry events, to business owners, and to bank and credit union boards on topics including concepts of IT security, compliance, and manage service delivery. In 2014, he was named to the MSPmentor 250 list, honoring the world’s top 250 manage service provider (MSP) executives, entrepreneurs and experts.
Julie Machal-Fulks – Legal Counsel to MSPAlliance
Julie Machal-Fulks leads a team of attorneys in representing and defending clients in legal matters relating to information technology. Her practice focuses on complex litigation ranging from privacy and network security, data breach notification and crisis management, intellectual property disputes, service provider negligence claims, and content-based injuries such as copyright and trademark infringement in software, the Internet, and all forms of tangible media.
Her focused practice has made Julie a trusted resource in her field, often invited to submit papers and present on topics including data breach notification, security incident response, and defending against regulatory and consumer class actions.
Robert J. Scott – Legal Counsel to MSPAlliance
Robert Scott is the managing partner of Scott & Scott, LLP a leading law and technology services firm serving the Manage Service Industry. Robert advises technology companies of all sizes regarding offering Cloud and Manage Service.
Robert graduated summa cum laude from Austin College in Sherman, Texas with a B.A. in economics. He earned his law degree from Hofstra University School of Law in New York. Robert is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association’s Computer Law Section, the Data Privacy & Security Committee of the State Bar of Texas, and the Science and Technology Section of the American Bar Association.
Karl Springer – Advisory Board Member
Karl Springer began his career in public accounting and after graduating from Texas A&M in 1980 with a BBA in Finance. He obtained his CPA certificate in 1982. His public accounting background includes 32 years of tax experience with a focus on oil & gas, real estate and merger/acquisition transactions. The first 12 years included managing the technology for the firm as well as client computers and networks.
In 1999 he spun-off the technology practice into a separate company, Sagiss. He sold his CPA practice in 2011 to focus on growing and building Sagiss.
He has served on numerous boards and audit committees in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Karl is an avid golfer and enjoys traveling with his wife, Robin. He coached club and college softball for seven years and two years respectively.
Celia Weaver is president and co-founder of the MSPAlliance. Celia has successfully started three companies: a software company that designed software for the legal education market; the MSPAlliance; and, a financial services consulting firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions.
Celia has extensive experience in contract negotiations, business development, market development, product development and distribution.
Charles R. Weaver
Charles Weaver is the CEO and co-founder of the MSPAlliance. Since its founding in 2000, the organization has grown from less than 5 founding members to well over 25,000 members worldwide. Under Mr. Weaver’s management the MSPAlliance has expanded its reach and influence to include education, standards of conduct, and certifications for manage service professionals and companies.
In addition to running the daily operational activities of the MSPAlliance, Mr. Weaver writes and speaks extensively around the world on the manage service industry. His book, “The Art of Manage Service” has been read all over the world.
As a leader in the managed IT services industry, Mr. Weaver’s knowledge and expertise has been highly sought after by some of the leading technology service providers and vendors, including, Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, RSA, Intuit, DELL, Raritan, Symantec, NEC, and many others. Mr. Weaver has also been featured in many publications throughout the world, including the New York Times, Inc. Magazine, Financial Times, Chicago Sun Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, Wall Street Journal, and others.
Mr. Weaver was named as one of The 50 Most Influential People in Business IT by Baseline Magazine. Prior to starting the MSPAlliance Mr. Weaver was an editor for one of the largest web sites at internet.com with a daily readership of over 140,000. Subsequent to internet.com he led the start-up of a software company focused on the legal sector. He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Arizona State University and a law degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law.