Our Staff

Brian Burke

Brian Burke

 President and CEO  847.252.7284 | email

Brian Burke, President and CEO, is a seasoned business owner and entrepreneur with 43 years of experience. He founded Links Technology Solutions with his son, Jim, and son-in-law, Bob, in 1999. Prior to starting Links, Brian began his career at 3M Company in 1968 where he held a variety of sales and management positions. He left 3M in 1978 to strike out on his own, and founded Woodfield Business Products, a full line office products company.  He later expanded the business and joined with Xerox Corp. to form what would ultimately become the largest Xerox sales agency in the country.

Brian is very active in the local business community. He was founding Chairman of the Board of the Schaumburg Business Association, was Chairman of the Northwest Suburban Association of Commerce and Industry, and President of the Schaumburg Rotary Club. He serves on the executive committee and Board of the Alexian Brothers foundation, and the Children's Advocacy Center.  In addition, he serves on the Village of Schaumburg Business Development Commission, and the Schaumburg Park District joint advisory committee. Brian was elected to Medinah’s Board of Directors in 2013. He now heads up the Heritage committee that includes Medinah’s two web sites, along with both the Clubhouse and Building committees

In his free time, Brian enjoys attending Chicago sporting events, travel with Donna, his wife of 48 years, spending time with his family and five grandchildren, and playing golf.

Jim Burke

Jim Burke

 COO and Multi-department VP  847.252.7285 | email

Jim wears many hats at Links.  In addition to major account sales, he is also responsible for Links' facilities and equipment, including Links' state of the art network and data center.  A former U.S. Marine Security Guard, Jim maintains a Top Secret Security Clearance, and as Links Security Officer is responsible for maintaining a Top Secret Security Clearance for Links facilities and selected employees and consultants.  He began his information technology career in 1994, prior to the explosive growth of the internet, and as a result, has a deep understanding of both a customer's IT staffing needs and the recruitment process. Jim is very active in the local business community. Jim is currently a vice-chairman on the executive committee of the Schaumburg Business Association, serves on the Campanelli YMCA board of directors and is a commissioner on the Village of Schaumburg plan commission.  In his free time, Jim plays basketball and golf, and is devoted to his family.  He is also head coach of his son's travel baseball team.

Bob VanValkenburg

Bob VanValkenburg

 Vice President of Sales  847.252.7286 | email

Bob VanValkenburg, Vice President of Sales, has 17+ years of extensive sales experience, including the past 15 years in the Technology field. Prior to joining Links, Bob was a Sales Manager for Stadtech Inc., a private technology firm and worked with such blue-chip clients as Abbott Laboratories and Caremark/CVS Corporation. Bob began his career working for Xerox, where he benefited from one of the nation's strongest sales training programs. Bob currently heads up the Web Site Design and Application Development divisions at Links, and had responsibility for the development and marketing of TariffShark, Links' highly successful custom software product.

Bob is a graduate of Ithaca College in New York, where he played baseball and football. Bob was a member of the 1988 Division III World Series Champion Ithaca Bombers baseball squad. He actively participates in numerous committees and is both a head coach and also President of the Roselle Rampage softball league. In his free time, Bob enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf.

Rich Johns

Rich Johns

 IT Support Manager 847.252.7287 | email

Rich joined the Links Technology family in 2004 with 19 years of support team experience from a Fortune 500 Technology Company. As Manager of the Links' IT Support Team, he has been instrumental in building the top-level Links Technology support division our clients can count on today. Rich's ever watchful eye for new ways to expand our services is why we are continuously growing and on the cutting edge of service offerings. Prior to the start of his IT career, Rich attended Oklahoma State University. His free time is spent enjoying his family and coaching his boys in football, baseball and soccer.

Chris Balogh

Chris Balogh

 IT Support Engineer 847.252.7001 | email

Chris started with Links in 2012 while attending DeVry University. Working full-time and attending school in the evenings, he earned his Associate of Science Degree in Network Systems Administration and is currently attaining his Bachelor of Science Degree in Network and Communications Management. Chris is also in the process of earning his CCNA certification.

At Links, Chris assists clients with support needs and troubleshooting their technology issues. He is definitely not afraid of hard work, commitment and dedication and a true asset to the IT Support team.

Henry Kozera

Henry Kozera

 IT Support Engineer 847.252.7001 | email

Joining Links Technology in 2013, Henry brings more than 25 years of hands-on experience in performing installations and as a Support Helpdesk Technician. He has his Associate in Applied Science Degree in Electronics and is CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ certified. Henry enjoys camping, bicycling, woodworking and motorcycling in his leisure time.

Hugh Murray

Hugh Murray

 IT Support Engineer 847.252.7001 | email

Hugh became a member of the Links Support Helpdesk Team in 2006 with over 14 years of overall support and service experience. He has an Associate's Degree in Network Engineering and Electro/Mechanical Engineering, several training certificates, and is an Apple Certified Technician. Hugh enjoys fishing, bowling and golfing in his free time.

Joe Lugay

Joe Lugay

 IT Support Engineer 847.252.7001 | email

Since 2012, Joe has been an IT Support Engineer with the Links IT Support Helpdesk Team. He has over 15 years of experience in Information Technology, previously holding positions as a Support Technician, Help Desk Analyst and Technical Specialist. His positive attitude and ability to adapt to our clients' unique IT needs have proven to be a great asset to the Links Technology IT Team. Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Loyola University of Chicago. Hobbies include family time, photography and pianist.

Josh Ritchie

Josh Ritchie

 Senior Network Engineer 847.252.7001 | email

Joshua joined Links Technology in 2006 and provides support to our clients by creating and implementing network and server solutions, assisting clients with application upgrades, and resolving network and application issues. He has over a decade of IT experience designing and repairing network infrastructure for several large corporations. Joshua earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Network Communications and Business Management from DeVry University and is VMWare VSP Certified. He proudly served in the United State Army for nine years, including one year deployed in Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Away from Links, Joshua enjoys spending time with his family and anything related to computers or media systems.

Juan Reategui

Juan Reategui

 IT Support Engineer 847.252.7001 | email

Juan is a new addition to Links Technology currently working as a member of the IT Support. Prior to joining the Links team, Juan worked as a Help Desk Technician in an Elementary school. His duties were mostly apple inclusive. Juan studied Electronics Engineering at Harper College. He is certified in CompTia A+ and CompTia Network+. He is also a certified Apple Certified Macintosh Technician (ACMT), a certified Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) and a certified Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). Juan is currently working in getting his CCNP, MCSA, VMWare and Apple Certified Technical Coordinator (ACTC) certificate. His future goal is to be a network engineer, specializing in wireless and voice. In his free time his hobbies and specialties include tuning/fixing Audi’s, especially his own. He enjoys experimenting with RF equipment and possesses a FCC Amateur Radio License. He also enjoys traveling, specially to exotic beaches.

Mike Williams

Mike Williams

 IT Support Engineer 847.252.7001 | email

As an IT Support Engineer for Links, Mike prides himself on being able to fix even the most complex network or server issues. He brings with him a strong IT background and a knack for network troubleshooting. He has 16+ years of corporate IT management skills and Mike has earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Network Communications and Management from DeVry University; as well as numerous Microsoft certifications. Hobbies include spending time with his family and reading.

Patrick McManamon

Patrick McManamon

 Manager, Advanced Services  847.252.1979 | email

Patrick McManamon is a Senior Network Engineer at Links with more than twelve (12) years of experience and maintains Cisco CCNA, two (2) CompTIA Networking Certifications and two (2) VMWare VCP Certifications. Patrick's resume includes working for the Chicago Department of Public Health Bioterrorism Response Program as a Technology Specialist. Patrick has a Degree in Computer Networking Technology from Westwood College. Patrick has been with Links Technology Solutions for over eight (8) years and currently leads the Advanced Services Team with his primary focus on network infrastructure support and development.

Steve Krug

Steve Krug

 Senior Macintosh Support Specialist 847.252.7001 | email

Steve is the Senior Macintosh Support Specialist for Links Technology and has over 20-years-experience with Mac OS and other Mac related products . Since 2005, Steve has worked for Links, specializing in Apple Client, Server OS and all other aspects of Macintosh hardware. His background started in aeronautics, with ten years in the United States Navy as a Naval Officer and Naval Aviator and 14 years working for United Airlines. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Hobbies include playing golf and bowling.

Tone Przyszlak

Tone Przyszlak

 Help Desk Supervisor 847.252.7001 | email

With more than 14 years of experience, Tone has many areas of expertise in the IT field. He earned his Associate of Arts Degree from William Rainey Harper College and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems from DeVry Institute of Technology. He is also Vmware VTSP certified and was featured in Fortune Magazine's article, "Finding, Training and Keeping the Best Service Workers" written by Ronald Hekoff. Prior to joining Links, Tone worked for a number of familiar companies as an IT Specialist including; Edy's Grand Ice Cream, Kraft Foods, Carnival Cruise Lines, Marriott International Hotels, and the City of Chicago. Outside the office, Tone enjoys spending time with his growing family. Hobbies include movies and board games.

Travis Tasharski

Travis Tasharski

 IT Support Engineer 847.252.7001 | email

Travis started with Links Technology in 2013 after serving active duty as a Sergeant in the United States Army for six years. He has experience in Network and Data Analysis and RF Communications and has completed courses in Leadership Professional Development and 3M Fiber Optic Installer. Currently Travis is working on his Information Systems Management degree. He is a proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion organizations. In his free time, Travis enjoys spending time with his wife and son and playing tabletop games.

Vaun Ellis

Vaun Ellis

 IT Support Engineer 847.252.7001 | email

Vaun is a new addition to Links Technology currently working as a member of the IT Support. He is currently working on his Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Computer Networking from DeVry University. Vaun previously served in the U.S. ARMY for a total of 8 year with two of those years serving overseas in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Vaun enjoys troubleshooting and learning the new tools in the industry to provide excellent customer support. Outside of work, Vaun enjoys staying in shape and a number of activities including fishing, camping and paintball.

John Reitz

John Reitz

 Creative Director 847.252.7263 | email

As a Project Manager and Creative Director at Links, John is a resource to rely on throughout your project's life-cycle. His various roles at Links range from creative design and analysis to online marketing consulting and project management. He has been designing and developing websites since the mid 90's, working with such prestigious dot-coms as America Online, MyPoints.com and also locally, for the Schaumburg Park District. John received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. His hobbies include golfing, biking and John is a member of the Chicago Curling Club.

Aaron Broderick

Aaron Broderick

 Web Designer 847.252.1620 | email

Aaron came to Links in November of 2013. He specializes in graphic and web design, as well as front-end development. Before joining Links, he worked with clients in the medical field to build their web presences. He possesses a B.F.A. in Web Design and Interactive Media from the Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg, as well as a B.S. in Psychology from Northland College, Ashland WI. Aaron has an array of experience spanning 14 years across different fields, giving him a unique perspective of what clients will need for their websites. Hobbies include music, art, and gaming.

Beth Palmer

Beth Palmer

 Print & Web Designer 847.252.1620 | email

Beth specializes in client website support and email marketing at Links. She updates websites, creates and manages email marketing campaigns and coordinates training sessions. Beth has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Interdisciplinary Studies from Iowa State University. She has worked for The Center for Creative Justice where Beth was in charge of finding people who fled probation. She is an avid runner and loves working out. Beth also enjoys seasonal sports such as snowboarding in the winter and boating in the summer.

Brice Shatzer

Brice Shatzer

 Web Designer 847.252.1614 | email

Brice came to Links in 2012 and specializes in graphic design and front-end development--helping clients take sites from concept to functional. Shortly before joining the company, he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. While attending Carthage, Brice had the opportunity to be involved with a diverse array of academic and professional projects ranging from audio/video production and community management, to event planning and technical support; and everything in-between. His hobbies include playing various sports, as well as, coaching youth soccer.

Tim Nyquist

Tim Nyquist

 Senior Web & Graphic Designer 847.252.1618 | email

Tim provides the creative vision behind many of our most successful design projects. Since receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design & Communication from Valparaiso University, Tim has been designing web and print projects for over a decade. He stayed at Valpo another four years to design all marketing materials, print collateral and website for the University's Office of Admissions. A Detroit sports fan, Tim loves to watch and play most sports; particularly basketball and golf. Other interests include music, social media, and his dog, Fia.

Gary Kravis

Gary Kravis

 Director of Software Solutions 847.252.7288 | email

Gary is the Director of Software Solutions and TariffShark Product Manager for Links Technology. A large portion of his experience lies in tariff document filing and management and the software requirements for that arena. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and Business, Gary has spent much of his career in the IT industry developing software for U.S. energy companies. Gary has a strong commitment to the delivery of projects on time...priding himself on jobs done right the first time and on-budget. His hobbies include golf, poker, movies and "safe computing".

Joe Lutz

Joe Lutz

 Software Developer 847.252.1616 | email

Joe started with Links Technology in 2008 and has more than seven years-experience in the IT field. Prior to joining Links, Joe was a Software Developer and IT Manager where he wrote custom drafting software, blueprinting software and maintained the IT infrastructure. He earned his Associate Degree in Computer Science with software development as his area of expertise. Joe specializes in ASP.Net, MVC, and C#.

John Klein

John Klein

 Project Manager 847.252.7281 | email

John has been with Links Technology for over 12 years working with large firms such as Cisco Systems and CVS/Caremark, as well as many organizations in the local community. He offers a diverse background focusing on software development in the analysis & design, project management and quality assurance areas. John received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and holds a Master Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Auburn University with a specialization in Management Information Systems. John enjoys golfing, swimming and spending time with his family.

Paul Colecchia

Paul Colecchia

 Software Developer 847.252.1613 | email

With over a decade of experience in .Net application development, Links welcomed Paul as a software developer in 2013. Prior to joining the Links team, he created and maintained websites and windows applications for large multinational corporations using .Net Framework, C#, VB, ASP.NET, MVC, WinForms, WCF and SQL -- acquiring a very impressive computer skill set. Paul earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Computer Science from Northern Illinois University.When not in the office, Paul enjoys socializing with family and friends.

Paval Stoev

Paval Stoev

 Senior Software Developer 847.252.7262 | email

Pavel has worked with computers for more than 20 years and has over 15 years of experience with custom commercial software development ranging from simple utilities to highly scalable web and desktop applications. Over the past few years he has been heavily involved with popular Microsoft technologies such as the SQL Server, .NET Framework and ASP.NET. Pavel has worked in many different roles as a programmer, architect, project manager and consultant in a wide range of areas including databases, virtualization and cloud platforms, cryptography, server architecture and distributed systems. More recently he has been working with SQL Server 2012, Entity Framework and the new features offered by Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 - exciting new products which aim to simplify the creation of complex data-driven web sites and desktop applications. When he's not developing software solutions or engaging in conversations about software technology, Pavel is a licensed pilot, food connoisseur, photographer and soccer player.

Sean Rios

Sean Rios

 Software Developer 847.252.1615 | email

Sean is a Software Developer for Links and brings over a decade of IT experience to the company. An expert in website development, Sean has honed his development and design skills with past companies such as Volition (THQ) and Legacy.com. He holds a degree from the University of Illinois in Computer Science. In addition to watching sports, Sean loves to travel.

Patty Errera

Patty Errera

 Office Manager 847.252.7289 | email

Patty is Office Manager at Links Technology and has been a member of the Links' team for over ten years. She not only handles payroll and a variety of other accounting duties; but oversees HR responsibilities including employee insurance and new hire/consultant support and documentation.

Patty is a veteran of the finance world with over 30 years of experience. Her career history includes working for the City of Chicago and the Chicago Board of Education. She enjoys gardening and donating her time to many different charitable organizations throughout her community.

Mary Kay Piper

Mary Kay Piper

 Administration 877.252.1612 | email

Mary Kay joined Links in 2013 and is responsible for a range of duties including employee insurance and new hire/consultant support and documentation and invoicing of various customers. She also contributes to miscellaneous writing projects that pop up in the office. Her diverse background ranges in graphic arts, business management, and sales and training; and she has worked for several full-production art studios as art director, typography manager, and project manager. In the graphic arts capacity, she serviced clients such as Wrigley, Blue Cross Blue Shield and R. J. Donnelly. In the sales arena, she served as Sales Manager/Trainer for several corporate offices - most prominently, The Pampered Chef, Ltd. where she designed, authored and implemented company publications, as well as presented training workshops, on stage presentations at conferences; and planned/presented regional field training visits across the country. Mary Kay holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Arts from Western Illinois University and is a Certified Franklin Covey Instructor and licensed in Health and Life Insurance. Hobbies include watercolor painting, sketching and golfing.

Mary Nystrom

Mary Nystrom

 Administration 847.252.1610 | email

At Links Technology, Mary assists with a plethora of jobs from HR duties and assisting with accounts receivables/payables with a main focus on Links TariffShark accounts; to organizing special events. Prior to joining the Links family, Mary had been working in various administrative assisting positions for 16 years in Ohio and Illinois ranging from a hospital radiology department, special education administrative assistant for Ohio public schools and in the U-46 school district here in Illinois. She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and home decorating projects.

Debi Easterday

Debi Easterday

 Director of Recruiting 419.420.3782 | email

Debi is an IT Recruiter for Links Technology and sources niche-specific technology positions and screening candidates for our clients. She has 12 years of experience and has a Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Debi has many hobbies such as playing guitar, singing, but has the most fun spending quality time with her children.

Dennis Fiala

Dennis Fiala

 IT Recruiter 847.252.1976 | email

Dennis is a native of Illinois and currently resides in Arizona. He has a strong background of thirteen years working as an IT Recruiter. He has extensive experience in full life cycle recruiting and sound knowledge of past and current technologies. In addition, Dennis is very personable and enjoys working with others. He takes pride in maintaining relationships with past, present and future consultants. Outside of work Dennis enjoys life with his wife and three boys.

Joane McLeod

Joane McLeod

 Business Anaylst 847.252.1617 | email

Joane McLeod joined the Links family as a Business Analyst in November of 2013, bringing over 12 years of operations consulting experience from a Big Six firm. Joane has performed dozens of IT and Software Evaluations, Selection and Implementation Oversight projects. She partnered with clients to facilitate Business Process Improvement Reviews involving BPI training, re-design and process change implementation. Previous employment included the administration of the newly-formed IDOT Center of Excellence to bring BPI methodologies to the State of Illinois. Joane also worked with an environmental and food safety consulting firm to perform FSSC 22000, BRC, SQF, and IFS audit preparation consulting, including Process mapping, Internal Audit standards, HACCP plans and documentation to meet the latest GFSI requirements and also assisted with Gap Analysis reviews for OSHA standards and for security.

Joane has her Bachelor of Science degree from Montana State University-Bozeman. She believes strongly in public service and serves on the Board of Directors for the Children's Advocacy Center as well as several other village and political committees. She achieved Gold Level Certification as a Girl Scout. Spending time with her large family provides her greatest satisfaction, and she often finds herself cooking dinners for 20 or more.

Smriti Singh

Smriti Singh

 Recruiter 847.252.1609 | email

Smriti is an IT Recruiter for Links Technology and specializes in bringing talent and technology together. Smriti is a Masters in Computer Science and started her career as a Software Developer with Amdocs. She loves playing basketball and cooking for her family and friends."

Tim Hart

Tim Hart

 VP of Professionals (East) 919.645.5785 | email

Tim manages the Eastern Region for Links and oversees Managed Services and contractual fulfillments for IT clients. With 25 years of experience in the Network and IT fields, Tim's expertise draws from his work with industry leaders such as Sprint, NCR, Unisys and Lucent, and he has led engagements throughout the US, Canada, Europe, South America and Southeast Asia.

In a consultancy role, his work in network operations, software and hardware development, data warehousing and market forecasting allowed him to establish reselling and partnership arrangements with companies like Brio, Redbrick, Oracle and Informix. His efforts to identify churn risks, increase market penetration and maximize customer return on investment led to the adoption of decision-support applications by GTE, Bell Atlantic, Pacific Bell, British Columbia Telecom and Unitel. Prior to joining Links, he consulted with Bank of America to develop, test and launch their Real Estate Banking Portal.

Tim is a graduate of Purdue University, where he earned a BS in Electrical Engineering. He also holds an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Missouri. He currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, near the renowned Research Triangle Park. He lives with his wife and three children and enjoys fly-fishing and cheering on his beloved Cubs, Bears and Boilermakers. When he's not helping with math homework, Tim indulges his keen interest in United States history by reading favorite authors Doris Kearns Goodwin, David McCullough and Stephen E. Ambrose, among others.

Tim has been with Links since February, 2002, and was recently named Vice President of Professional Services for the Eastern Region.

Tom Kretz

Tom Kretz

 VP of Professionals (West) 847.252.1978 | email

Tom manages the Western Region for Links and is responsible for all of our IT staffing clients and consultants in the Western US. He is a 10-year Links veteran who began his career with us managing client projects. A former US Army Captain, Tom began his IT career in 1994 managing troop deployments with DoD computer systems. He then became a project / program manager during the dot-com boom and obtained a wealth of IT experience in multiple industries before joining Links in 2001. His exuberant talent to drive and staff projects quickly led him to our management ranks.

Tom lives in San Francisco and manages our Silicon Valley offices where the beautiful weather allows him to be an avid runner, soccer player, and has encouraged him to pick up Links' favorite past time, golf.