CEO & Board Member
Mr. Stephenson brings more than 20 years of executive level technology business experience to Thrive Networks. Rob was previously a principal at 19 Technologies, an executive consulting firm whose clients included Faction Cloud, Oxford Networks, Expedient, Sweetwater Capital, Bay Capital, Spring Capital and others. Prior to that, he was the Chief Marketing Officer and managing partner at Xand where he oversaw a sale to Tierpoint in 2014, after merging his firm, Access Northeast, with Xand in 2012. Rob was the CEO at Access Northeast from 2007-2012, building the company into a $20 million plus Data Center/Cloud/MSP regional powerhouse with 7+ consecutive years of record income, growth & profitability. He executed multiple term sheets with Private Equity Firms, Senior Banks and Mezzanine SBA Lenders generating working capital for the business and liquidity for shareholders in excess of $750 million.
Mr. Stephenson has undergraduate degrees in Economics & Political Science from the University of Vermont (1990) and a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Boston College Carroll School of Management (2002), with a concentration in Technology Marketing. He was enshrined into the Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society in 2002 for his post-graduate work.
Jay oversees all Financial Operations and Human Resources at Thrive. Prior to joining Thrive, he spent the last 20 years as a CFO at technology and consulting companies backed by private individuals, venture capital firms, and private equity companies. He spent 8 years at Kenan Systems, a $180 million provider of billing software, 5 years at Bowstreet, a pioneer in the web services space and later served as CFO at Atlantic Data Services, a consulting practice that serviced the banking industry. More recently, Jay was CFO at the Aberdeen Group, where he stood up multiple systems in merging three companies into one new platform with no previously established G&A function. Jay is a CPA and started his career in public accounting at Ernst & Young.
Mr. Adams is a graduate of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management and he currently resides in Walpole, MA with his wife and four kids.
CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER & Board member
As Chief Strategy Officer, Mr. Pantoni will be assisting the Thrive leadership team and Board of Directors with the development of the organizational vision, and will be responsible for communicating, executing, and sustaining Thrive’s corporate strategic initiatives. Mr. Pantoni will also serve as the Managing Partner for New York Operations, and will be responsible for the oversight of the technical advisory practice in the region.
Marc Pantoni was previously the CEO of Precision IT Group, a leading information and technology management firm headquartered in NYC. Marc oversaw all aspects of the company’s operations while providing strategic vision and leadership to the firm. With over 15 years of experience in the technology sector, Mr. Pantoni led Precision ITs technical advisory practice serving organizations in financial services, professional services, legal, retail/wholesale, manufacturing, and hospitality.
Marc attended Boston College and holds numerous industry certifications including MSCE, Network+, Security+, CCNA, and CCNP.
chief Technology Officer
Mr. Gray has been a strong technology leader at Thrive over the past decade, contributing in the consulting, network engineering, managed services and product development groups while continually being promoted up the ladder. Michael’s technology career began at Dove Consulting and later Praetus, a biotechnology startup that was acquired by a top 5 pharmaceutical firm in 2007. Serving in his current role, Michael is now responsible for Thrive’s R&D, technology road-mapping vision, while also heading the security and application development practices. He is a member of several partner advisory councils and participates in many local and national technology events. Michael has a degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University and he also maintains multiple technical certifications including Fortinet, Sonicwall, Microsoft, ITIL and Kaseya.
chief revenue officer
Mr. Panzica oversees all sales and marketing initiatives at Thrive. Prior to joining Thrive Mr. Panzica spent the last 25 years as a successful technology executive, building high performance sales teams and growing company revenues to record levels. Most recently as a Senior Vice President at vXchnge, Mr. Panzica helped the company evangelize the cloud enabled eco-system segment closing more than $20M in annualized Sales. Prior to vXchnge, Mr. Panzica was the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at FiberMedia (acquired by vXchnge) and was responsible for the re-launch of the company’s sales and marketing efforts. Prior to FiberMedia, John was the Founder and Vice President- Financial Services Practice at Switch and Data where he built a business catering to high frequency trading, low latency market data and proximity trading closing more than $12M in revenue in 18 months. Mr. Panzica built a rock-solid network and reputation in his time as a General Manager of the Global Financial Markets for Reliance Globalcom formerly Yipes where his product FinancialConnect won awards and generated more than $35 million in annualized revenue. Mr. Panzica also held senior level positions at InterNAP, MCI and AmeriPak.
Executive Vice President of Technical Operations
Mr. Burke is responsible for overseeing all of Technical Service Delivery and Account Management at Thrive. Bill’s primary focus is to ensure that engineering resources are properly aligned with customer expectations to provide the highest quality of service available. Bill previously served as Corporate IT Solutions CIO and played a critical role in growing the company into one of the top MSPs in the region. Before coming over to Corporate IT Solutions, Bill ran his own IT Consulting practice for 5+ years servicing customers in the New England SMB marketplace.
Mr. Burke has over 15 years’ experience in the IT Services industry and is a second generation technologist. Bill has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and holds several technical certifications, including Cisco, Microsoft and VMware.