An Extension of Your IT Team

Highly trained, certified staff delivering value as a trusted partner.

We are TGS, and we’re an IT solutions company.
While IT is what we know, what we do and what we do well, it only begins to speak to who we are.
Because at TGS, we’re not in the IT solutions business.

We’re in the People business.

Starting with our own. We’re technology experts, certainly, in what is here and what’s to come.
We’re also community leaders. Teachers. Advocates. Entrepreneurs. Passionate individuals who collectively make up an empathetic team.
Focused, and with an understanding of the needs of the companies we work for and, more importantly, the people in those companies we work directly with.
Enabling their success, and in turn, ours.

Our Professional Services Team

Benjamin Eukel

Benjamin is a graduate from Western Governor's University, and brings over 12 years of experience in a variety of government, public, and private sector positions. In his 3+ years at TGS, he has provided expertise in VMware infrastructure and VDI; and enjoys optimizing customer's operations with bespoke automation.

Benjamin holds several VMware Certifications: CAL-ARCH, VCP-DCV, VCP-DTM, VCP-CMA, VCP-DCVDTM, VCP-DCVCMA, VCP-CMADTM, VCAP-DCV Design, DWLF_AD

Benjamin spends his free time studying social issues and their possible solutions.

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Benjamin Eukel

Principal Technical Consultant

Dustin Holub

Starting as a Unix administrator in the year 2000, Dustin career in Unix/Linux lead him down an early path of automation and orchestration as the business world embraced “virtualization” in the early 2000’s. Working for larger enterprises, he was early to see the need for these technologies and understood how the ”cloud” would be the next platform of change that would drive business initiatives.

Dustin’s “journey to the cloud” over the past two decades has helped him bring knowledge and insight to our customers from the beginning of the journey. Using platforms such as AWS and Microsoft Azure, Dustin has helped many companies transition and complete their cloud journey.

Certifications and Specializations: Red Hat-Certified System Administrator, Engineer/Delivery Specialist – IaaS (OpenStack), Cloud Automation Delivery Specialist, Virtualization Delivery Specialist, AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate, VMware - Certified Advanced Professional DC Virtualization Design (VCAP-DCV), Data Center Virtualization (VCP-DCV), Network Virtualization (VCP-NV), Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert

Dustin enjoys playing indoor soccer, snowboarding, playing video games, and parenting.

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Dustin Holub

Principal Technical Consultant

James Freeman

James has 20+ years as a Network Engineer. He started his career provisioning T1 circuits for financial data feeds, then hit the road for 6 years traveling across the country configuring core data center switches at various ISP’s. James also spent 10 years at a large financial institution as a Data Center Network Engineer helping design and implement multiple redundant Data Centers. James has been with TGS for over 5 years, assisting customers with their network related needs as well as security, storage and cloud technologies.

Certifications: Cisco CCNP, Sophos XG Architect and Aruba ACSP.

James is an avid foodie and loves to cook. He also enjoys novice woodworking, wrenching on cars and home remodeling.

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James Freeman

Senior Technical Consultant

Joseph Fridlington

Joseph brings over 20 years of experience to TGS. Starting in IT as a System Administrator, he has grown into consulting and management roles over the years. Joseph joined the team as a Managed Service Engineer and has grown into his role as a technical consultant, providing implementations of various technology solutions to customers.

Certifications:Aruba ACMP, Aruba ACSA, HPE ASE – Synergy Solutions Architect, HPE ASE – Server Solutions Architect, HPE ATP - Server Solutions v4, Dell Specialist – Implementation Engineer, PowerEdge v1, Dell Associate – PowerEdge v1, Dell Associate – Converged Systems and Hybrid Cloud v2

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Joseph Fridlington

Senior Technical Consultant

Eric Kratz

Eric has 28 years in the networking industry holding several roles as a network engineer and network architect. He has extensive experience leading and developing large network implementations. Eric has been a part of the TGS Professional Services team for 2+ years, providing expertise in many areas of network engineering. He is responsible for building a new network at a large Overland Park campus that included 45 Aruba switches, Cisco firewalls, VMWare, Aruba WiFi, and Clearpass. Eric has served on a variety of other projects providing network engineering for upgrades, updates and conversions. He has provided staff augmentation to a client for network architecture duties, and has built out new Cisco ACI Multi-pod environment to share VLANs across two data centers.

Certifications: CCNA - Cisco Certified Network Associate,
CCNP – Cisco Certified Network Professional – Enterprise,
CCNP – Cisco Certified Network Professional – Data Center,
CCNP – Cisco Certified Network Professional – ACI Specialist,
ACSA – Aruba Certified Switch Associate,
ACSP – Aruba Certified Switch Professional,
VCP - VMware Certified Professional 6 - Network Virtualization

Eric hobbies include swimming, biking, running, hiking, and triathlon.

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Eric Kratz

Senior Technical Consultant

Travis Mickelberry

Travis started his career back in 1997 doing administration on systems such as NT 3.51 and Novell. His experience soon morphed into full systems management of server operating systems as well backend applications. Here is where the focus on backup and recovery started to emerge. Travis took a keen interest in understanding not only the need to provide a backup, but the new overwhelming need to ensure backups could be restored. The restoration and its efficiency began to drive Travis to understanding all things related to backup and recovery; data retention, replication, structured/unstructured data, encryption, security, etc. While at EMC, Travis was among a select few individuals that would travel the US designing and implementing backup and recovery solutions for large enterprise environments to ensure data integrity, business readiness, and the most efficient and effective strategies to maintain those solutions as the business needs would continue to grow.

Certifications:Dell Technologies:
SE: Wyse for VDI Credential 2020
SE: Unstructured Storage Credential 2020
SE: Data Center Networking Credential 2020
SE: Midrange Storage Credential 2020
SE: Server Credential 2020
SE: High-end Storage Credential 2020
SE: Client Data Security Credential 2020
SE: Campus Networking Credential 2020
SE: Core Client Credential 2020
SE: Converged Infrastructure Credential 2020
SE: Workstation Credential 2020
SE: Data Protection Credential 2020
Data Protection DP4400 Installer Certification
VMware:
VCP7 – Desktop and Mobility
VCP7– Data Center Virtualization

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Travis Mickelberry

Senior Technical Consultant

Aaron Norton

26 years in the IT industry serving various roles in both the private and public sectors. Experience with - UNIX and Linux Systems Administration, Storage Area Network (SAN) administration on Brocade and Cisco fabrics, Fibre Channel (FC) and Network Attached (NAS) Storage Array administration of vendors including DellEMC, HPE, IBM, Hitachi, Netapp, and others. Experience with installing, managing, and customizing DellEMC Storage Reporting and Monitoring platform.

Aaron has been at TGS for over a year. During that time he has performed various functions for TGS customers including - install storage arrays and SAN switches, decommission hardware and cabling, build a private cloud infrastructure using vRealize Automation, setup VMC on AWS and migrate customers disaster recovery solution from a hosted service to VMC on AWS, and implement Atlassian cloud products including JIRA, Confluence, Access, and Zephyr.

Specializations and Certifications: Vmware-Cloud Management and Automation (VCP7-CMA), Data Center Virtualization (VCP6.7-DCV), Network Virtualization (VCP-NV), DellEMC-Converged Systems and Hybrid Cloud, VMAX3 SPEED, Specialist – Technology Architect VMAX3, Specialist – Implementation Engineer VxRail, Specialist – Technology Architect XtremIO, ViPR SRM 3.x Storage Resource Management, AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate, Cohesity SE Professional, Cohesity Accredited Installation Professional 3.0

Aaron enjoys serving the community as well other countries on mission trips with his church. Aaron is also an avid deer hunter.

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Aaron Norton

Senior Technical Consultant

Pete Tobin

Pete has over 37 years of experience in IT. He has held Network, Unix, SAN Storage, Solutions Architect, and Sales Engineering roles at organizations such as AT&T, Sprint, DellEMC, and IBM. Pete has been a consultant at TGS for over 7 years, providing customers with implementation and integration of TGS architected solutions.

Certifications: VxRail Appliance Implementation Engineer, Cohesity - Accredited Installation Professional 3.0, DellEMC - Backup Rec Solutions Design for TechArch, DellEMC - Isilon SysAdmin Specialist, DellEMC - Data Domain Specialist Storage Admin

You can find Pete on the golf course when he has free time.

Pete Tobin

Senior Technical Consultant

Jerry Garrard

Jerry has 20+ years in the IT field holding various roles. He started as a systems administrator and worked his way to Senior Systems Engineer and Technical Architect roles before joining the TGS team. Jerry primarily specializes in Microsoft Solutions Architecture for Azure and Microsoft 365 tenant setups and migrations.

Certifications: MCSE+I

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Jerry Garrard

Technical Consultant

Joseph Harris

Joe has over 6 years of industry experience, with a background in Cisco networking, routing and switching, firewalls and security. Prior to TGS, he was an Internal Infrastructure Engineer at SelectQuote Ins., and Sprint/Pinsight. Joe has been with TGS for over year, specializing in delivering Cisco networking and security solutions: routers, switches, firewalls & management (Firepower) and Cisco Identity Services.

Certifications: CCNA Route & Switch, CCNA Security, CCNP Security

Joe enjoys watching college football, MMA & Boxing, drinking speciality beers, and eating tacos.

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Joseph Harris

Technical Consultant

Lucas McNamara

Lucas has over 22 years of experience in the IT industry, holding several roles as a systems administrator, programmer, implementation engineer, data center architect, and storage engineer. Prior to TGS, he worked at DellEMC for 8 years specializing in storage and virtualization. He has been with TGS for 4+ years, leading VxRail implementations and delivering storage solutions.

Certifications:HPE ASE – Storage Solutions Architect V3
HPE ATP – Hybrid IT Solutions V2
HPE Product Certified -OneView
Dell Technologies:
Associate – Converged Systems and Hybrid Cloud Version 2.0
Specialist – Implementation Engineer, VxRail Appliance Version 1.0
Specialist – Technology Architect, Isilon Solutions Version 3.0
Specialist – Platform Engineer, VNX Version 8.0
VMware:
Certified Professional 6.5 -Data Center Virtualization
VMware vSphere 6.5 Foundations

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Lucas McNamara

Technical Consultant

Michael Rinkenbaugh

Michael has a knack for methodically tackling complex IT infrastructure challenges. With his 15 year experience in the industry, Michael has a diverse skill set that includes; networking, server, storage, virtualization, security, Microsoft platforms and disaster recovery technologies. Focusing his career into Microsoft products and virtualization early on, he has been successful with the email transition to the cloud from on–premises Exchange to Microsoft O365. Michael most recently took on the challenge of migrating 8,000 + O365 users into a much larger, 35,000 user environment.

From AD migrations, cloud migrations, MDM solutions, email transition and the virtualization platforms that support those initiatives, Michael has spent the last 15 years helping customers solve the business challengers that move the business forward. His track record of the success has made him an asset to the TGS team.

Certification: VCP7 - Desktop and Mobility,MCITP, Exchange 2010 Messaging Administrator

Michael is known for his homebrew. His favorite style to brew is New England IPA.

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Michael Rinkenbaugh

Technical Consultant

Barbara Hernandez

Barbara has been in the IT field for over 21 years in the roles of metrics reporting, billing, scheduling, order processing, quality assurance and customer service. Before TGS, she has held various positions at Allegiance Telecom, Sprint, Embarq, and Centurylink. Barbara currently leads several Microsoft and Connectwise tasks, with focuses in project coordination and billing.

Barbara enjoys spending time with her daughter, painting, cooking, taking walks, and exploring the metaphysical world.

Barbara Hernandez

Service Analyst

Julius Danuatmodjo

Julius has spent the past 30 years honing his skills in the Wichita IT community. Focusing his skill set in the Data Center, Julius has helped larger enterprises in the oil & energy sector, aerospace industry, finance, and healthcare design. His goal is to implement Data Center solutions that provide scalability as well as flexibility. Having managed and worked in environments with 3,000 + virtual machines or complex systems such as SAP HANA, his approach is simple; maximizing uptime, make systems easy to manage, and working with the business to understand the big picture.

Whether the topic is data replication, cloud advantages, virtualization, core storage, or backup and recovery solutions, Julius has helped the businesses he engages with spend more time giving back to the business in a proactive way rather than being the reactive firefighters that has become all too common.

Certifications & Specializations: VMware Certified Professional (VCP-DCV 2019), Cisco Hyperflex Systems Engineer

Julius loves spending his down time with his two grandchildren and traveling the world with his wife when time permits.

Julius Danuatmodjo

Presales Solutions Architect

Nathan Thomas

Nathan Thomas has been working in the IT industry for over a decade bringing his unique perspective to customers across the country. He has sold, implemented, supported, and upgraded numerous storage, compute, virtualization, and application platforms. He has been with TGS since 2015 fulfilling a variety of roles and responsibilities as TGS’s leadership in the marketplace expanded. He holds HPE’s highest certification for Storage Architecture and Design, is a Certified AWS Cloud Practitioner, and holds a variety of other sales and technical certifications.

Nathan brings a depth of understanding of both business and technical drivers in organizations and is passionate about providing customers an opportunity to achieve the best possible technology and business outcomes. 

Nathan is an avid fisherman and hopes to one day spend more days on a rivers and streams than he does off them.

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Nathan Thomas

Data Center Solutions Architect

Colby LeMaire

Colby has over 25 years of experience in Information Technology and Cyber Security. Colby began his career by serving 10 years in the US Navy as a Cryptologist and helping to build the Navy’s Computer Network Defense capability. After leaving the Navy, Colby went on to work at Cisco as an Advanced Services Solutions Architect specializing in advanced security technologies. His experience with NAC systems goes back to 2004 with Cisco’s NAC Framework and evolved throughout the years with NAC Appliance and now Identity Services Engine (ISE). In his 12 years at Cisco, he consulted with countless customers across the Intelligence Community, DoD, Global Service Provider, and Enterprise markets.

Certifications: CCIE #12968 (R&S, Security), CISSP #34948, MBA

In his free time, Colby enjoys coaching his two daughters in golf and traveling with them to tournaments all over the country.

Colby LeMaire

Network and Security Consultant

Carl Isenburg

Carl Isenburg has been delivering IT services for over twenty years. He built and ran services teams for infrastructure domains including storage, data protection, inter-site migrations, converged & hyperconverged platforms, and cloud transitions. He brings administrative experience with operating systems, networks, and virtualization to a project management competency. This allows him to challenge assumptions and drive for quality in a manner unusual in a project manager.

His experience leading projects and teams at large and global customers has given Carl an appreciation for automation & repeatability and taught him to seek out silos and disconnected teams. Carl has proven proficiency with many project methods and tools (modern and historical) to control work, ensure preparation, and display progress.

Certifications: AWS Fundamentals, Azure Fundamentals, ITIL Foundation, Scrum Master

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Carl Isenburg

Project Manager

Brent Kasson

Brent has 10 years of IT industry experience. A graduate of the University of Phoenix and Centriq Training (Systems Administration and Security), Brent has held Support Technician, Systems Admin, Consultation, and Solutions Architect roles at TGS over the past 3+ years. He has experience with HFC and Wireless network troubleshooting, and end user escalation point for the KC area’s leading service provider, and has spent 5 years as a group lead in a dynamic logistics environment responsible for departmental production for 50+ person teams.

Certifications: HPE ATP – Server Solutions v4, HPE ASE – Server Solutions v4, HPE ATP – Storage Solutions v3, HPE ASE - Storage Solutions v4, HPE ATP – Hybrid IT Solutions v1, HPE Product Certified – OneView, HPE Product Certified – Nimble Solutions
Dell Certified Associate – PowerEdge Version 2.0, Dell Certified Specialist – Implementation Engineer, PowerEdge Version 2.0, VMware vSphere 6.7 Foundations, VMware Certified Professional 2019 – Data Center Virtualization Cisco HyperFlex for Systems Engineers (CHXSE 700-905), ITIL Foundation

Brent enjoys camping, kayaking, hiking, gaming, hunting, fishing, shooting, spending time with loved ones.

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Brent Kasson

Project Manager

John Stradley

John brings over 9 years of experience as an Analyst and Project Manager in the IT industry to TGS. He has a strong background in Performance Improvement, Business Analytics, Data Analysis, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Business Strategy, and Financial Analysis. John has been a member of the TGS team for over 2 years as a Project Manager. He oversees multiple projects across all phases of the project cycle, with experience in leading teams to scale and plans. John is currently pursuing his PMP Certification.

John enjoys golfing, fishing, and coaching his son’s sports.

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John Stradley

Project Manager

"Technology never stops evolving, it’s the nature of the business. So having an innovative advisor on your side is vital. Someone to help create a strategy that fits, and to design the right technology in support of your critical business objectives, and most challenging business problems, no matter what industry you are a part of. At TGS, our technology experts work closely with our customers to help steer their decisions with the latest technology that supports the business outcomes most important to them."

Richard G. Long, VP of Sales and Business Development Central