Leadership Team

The Management Behind our Services

Meet Our Leadership Team

Years of Experience Dedicated to Creating Customer Value

Phil Laforge IT Authorities

Phil LaForge

President/CEO

Phil joined IT Authorities as the Chief Executive Officer in June 2017 and is responsible for maximizing growth and profitability. He leads a seasoned management team dedicated to creating customer value and exceptional customer experience delivered in accordance with the highest ethical standards and principles.

Prior to joining the company, he was President and CEO at OneNeck, Vice President and General Manager of Service Providers at Nimsoft (now part of CA Technologies) in Campbell, Calif. Phil previously enjoyed a long tenure with CDW Berbee in Madison, Wis., and served as Vice President of Sales and COO at TEAM Technologies in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Phil earned a BA in History from University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and an MBA in Finance from Florida State University.

Christina Diamond VP of people IT Authorities

Christina Diamond

Sr. Vice President of People

Christina Diamond joined IT Authorities as our Sr. Vice President of People in October 2017. She is responsible for employee lifecycle and ensuring a perfect fit between of talent, culture and customer focus.

Experience
Prior to joining IT Authorities, Christina was the Director of Human Resources at Kelby One Media. She has also served as the Director of Human Resources at Stopa Law Firm and as Vice President of Human Resources at Hill Top Research from 2011. Christina has over 17 years of experience in Human Resource leadership and is an expert in company expansions.

She earned a BA in Human Development from Eckerd College and is a Senior Certified Professional (SCP) with the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).

Tony Sousan IT Authorities

Tony Sousan

Chief Revenue Officer

Tony Sousan joined IT Authorities in December 2016 and is the Chief Revenue Officer. Tony is responsible for Sales, Marketing and the go to market strategy. His team focuses on driving revenue and ensure IT Authorities' customers have access to correct technology solutions to meet their business objectives.

Experience
Tony has over 25 year of technology and business leadership experience in product innovation & development, operations, sales and engineering for global companies. Prior to joining IT Authorities he served in leadership positions at Syniverse, CenturyLink, Savvis Communications, AG Edwards, Edward Jones and 3Com.

He holds an Executive MBA from Washington University St. Louis and a degree in Business Management from Webster University.

Pete Bober IT Authorities

Pete Bober

Chief Customer Officer

Pete joined IT Authorities in February of 2017 and is the Chief Customer Officer. Pete is the internal “voice of the customer” and ensures our customers are designed into the company's structure, processes and culture. He actively collaborates with other leaders to make sure the customer is at the center of every single thing that we do

Experience
Pete has over 35 years’ experience in IT with the last 25 years in the Coca-Cola IT system including global leadership roles from raw ingredients to delivering refreshments to the customer. While working in Atlanta, Pete, enjoyed serving over 20 years with the Boy Scouts of America in various leadership positions including District Commissioner and most recently Scoutmaster in the Atlanta area council, mentoring young men to Eagle rank. Pete was also a Board member of both Oak Mountain Academy, an independent college-preparatory institution, as well as Team Chrissy, a group focused on helping families cope with the stresses of dealing with Multiple Sclerosis.

Anicetus Fernando

Chief Technology Officer

Anicetus joined IT Authorities as our Chief Technology Officer in January 2018. He is accountable for shaping IT Authorities product and technology strategy including Cloud, Managed Services and SAP Hosting Services.

Experience
Anicetus has over 30 years of technology leadership and innovation. Prior to joining IT Authorities, he held several executive leadership roles with Whirlpool Financial, PacifiCorp Financial, DXC Technology, Whirlpool Corp, OneNeck IT Services, and Velocity Technology Solutions.

He holds a MBA Marketing from Western Michigan University, a MBA Executive Certificate in Finance & Supply Chain from the University of Texas, and holds certifications: PMP Project Management Institute (PMI), ITIL V3, Six-Sigma Green Belt, Predictive Index System Analyst, and CSM Certified Scrum Master (Scrum Alliance).

Bennett Smith

Vice President, Sales

Bennett joined IT Authorities as our Vice President of Sales in December 2017. His team is accountable for developing solutions that meet our customers’ unique and highly complex requirements in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) vertical.

Experience
Prior to joining ITA, Bennett held sales leadership positions with Dell Boomi, Informatica and SAP. He led the sales effort in successfully partnering with 250+ global bottlers in developing and deploying a world-wide SAP solution.

He holds a BA in Political Science from Dallas Baptist University.

Shawn McCabe

Vice President of Finance

Shawn McCabe joined IT Authorities in February 2018 as our Vice President of Finance. He is responsible for leading the finance and accounting team and providing critical, timely and accurate financial information to best execute our strategy and better serve our clients, team members and stakeholders.

Experience
Prior to joining IT Authorities, Shawn was the Director of Accounting and Finance for Chastain-Skillman, Inc. With over 15 years of finance, accounting and executive leadership experience his expertise is in financial planning and analysis; implementing and managing financial systems, and developing strategic initiatives to drive profitability. He is a Husband, Father of 3, US Army Combat Veteran and avid Scuba Diver.

He holds a MBA and BA degree in Business Administration from Saint Leo University and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP).