Leadership


Our team is made up of leaders, thinkers, designers, and builders whose collective experience spans many industries and companies of all sizes.

Founders

Founder, CEO

John Espey

Founder, CEO

John has helped lead multiple successful startups and large-scale consulting engagements throughout his 20 years in software development. As the COO of Amentra, he was instrumental in growing the company from a regional player prior to its acquisition by Red Hat in 2008. He also served as the COO of Nexgrid, an innovative smart grid provider. John’s deep technical skills and collaborative leadership style have been essential to Levvel’s evolution into a world-class consultancy.

Founder, CTO

Chris Hart

Founder, CTO

Chris has more than 15 years of technology leadership experience with a specialized focus on financial technology solutions in the consumer, commercial and wealth management space. He has led software development, infrastructure, and QA organizations at multiple Fortune 100 companies and also helped grow and launch a number of early-stage technology companies. Chris’s technical expertise, startup experience, and global program management background enables our ability to support a wide range of clients at all stages of transformation.

Founder

Matt Ernst

Founder

Matt guides Levvel’s strategic direction and overall operations with his seasoned leadership and entrepreneurial know-how. An E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year, Matt was the founder and CEO of Amentra, which he sold to Red Hat prior to forming his early-stage investment fund, Walnut Grove Holdings (WGH). Matt has invested and worked in a variety of successful startups across multiple industries, including technology, SAAS and retail.

Managing Directors

Managing Director, Asia-Pacific

Akhil Bhaskar

Managing Director, Asia-Pacific

Akhil brings a wealth of international experience to his role as Levvel’s Asia-Pacific lead. His core strength lies in using technical and managerial skills to ensure that outcomes fit into a business narrative. Akhil worked at Amentra before moving to Australia in 2010 to grow Red Hat’s Middleware business across sales, technical, and governance roles. He later served as the Global Director responsible for business partners and technical field teams enablement before returning to his passion for entrepreneurship by joining Levvel.

Managing Director, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic

Mark Dlugokencky

Managing Director, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic

Mark Dlugokencky is a Managing Director at Levvel, where he runs the New York office charged with delivery for the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic regions. He is also the head of the Capital Markets practice. Prior to joining Levvel, Mark spent nearly nine years at Morgan Stanley, most recently serving as an Executive Director in the Equity Derivatives Technology group responsible for pre-trade, pricing, and execution systems for the Institutional Equity Derivatives business. Mark spent a number of years in consulting working across a variety of industries, including Retail and Health Care. He is a CFA Charterholder and holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He currently lives in Westchester County in New York with his wife and son.

Managing Director, Southeast

Sean Shealy

Managing Director, Southeast

Sean Shealy brings more than 10 years of experience leading software development organizations, building solutions, and delivering products for both Fortune 100 companies and promising startups. Sean brings experience from many verticals based on his prior consulting experiences with a focus on finance, risk, insurance, and ecommerce. He brings a unique blend of enterprise know-how and small company agility that help drive successful engagements and transformations for Levvel’s partners.

Managing Director, West

Jon Smith

Managing Director, West

Jon Smith is Managing Director of Levvel’s West Coast operations, based in San Francisco. He brings extensive technology leadership experience from both the startup and the enterprise world, having focused on product and platform development. Before joining Levvel, Jon was Senior Director of Mobile Solutions and Services at FIS and mFoundry (acquired by FIS). Prior to that, he worked at Amentra and, after the company’s acquisition by Red Hat, moved to San Francisco in 2009 to grow Red Hat’s consulting business. Jon lives in Marin County with his wife and daughter.

Managing Director, Central; GM, Levvel Software

Farhan Hussain

Managing Director, Central; GM, Levvel Software

Farhan Hussain brings two decades of experience helping corporations deploy and effectively utilize disruptive technology for their mission-critical information systems. He specializes in open source software, devops, and microservices and has a successful history of building both Agile software delivery teams and sales teams. As the CEO of Open Source Architect, he drove substantial growth through technical and sales teams focused on consulting, training, and software offerings that helped clients transform their businesses. With Levvel, Hussain has a dual responsibility for the company’s enterprise partnerships and training offerings and for the expansion of the company’s footprint in the central United States.

Vice Presidents

VP of Sales

Dave Carr

VP of Sales

Dave Carr is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Levvel. He brings over 18 years of experience in IT Consulting and Software business development. Dave spent 8 years with Keane, Inc. followed by several successful years leading and growing sales for the South East region for Amentra, Inc. Amentra was acquired by Red Hat in 2008 wherein he assumed a Key Account Executive role working with a variety of Fortune 100 accounts. Dave is known for his strong history and passion for partnering with customers to solve business problems and business transformation initiatives. His success over the years is attributed to his focus on crafting the right technology solutions to meet disparate business needs.

VP of Services

Eric Laforce

VP of Services

Eric LaForce is Levvel’s VP of Services and manages the logistics and processes across the company’s various regions. He has extensive experience in technology leadership, software consulting, and delivering successful technology focused projects in disparate industries. In previous roles, he helped build cohesive and effective teams, raised the quality and effectiveness of consulting services, and built effective processes designed for specific organizations—instead of forcing a one-size-fits-all approach. Eric brings these abilities to Levvel, where he works to ensure that the company gives each client the best possible experience and services.

VP of Corporate Development

Manoj Govindan

VP of Corporate Development

Manoj Govindan is VP, Corporate Development at Levvel seeking to leverage his network of investors, C-suite technology and business executives and entrepreneurs to drive new business opportunities for Levvel. Previously, Manoj served as marketing and strategic partnership executive at Wells Fargo & Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he was architect to a portfolio of key innovative partnerships for enterprise technology with VC firms, startups, large tech M&A and research universities while discovering and developing relevant business opportunities for technology and telecommunications banking.

Practice Leads

DevOps Practice Lead

CJ Coimbatore

DevOps Practice Lead

Srinivas “CJ” Coimbatore has over two decades of experience in diverse disciplines such as sales, marketing, software development, architecture and delivery, and has worked with teams in all of the major geographies. He is an effective change agent and is very interested in collaborating with teams that are involved in transforming their process through DevOps. In his spare time, he follows Formula 1 racing teams, rides his motorcycle, and—along with his friends—helps raise money for children with health challenges and for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Make-a-Wish Foundation, and Angels Among Us. He hopes to eventually spend more time teaching math and science to children.

Payments Practice Lead

Scott Harkey

Payments Practice Lead

Scott Harkey leads the Payments and Financial Services work at Levvel. He has 15 years of banking experience including leading the technology team that implemented digital wallet products at Bank of America along with 10 years of technology merger integration and IT operations outsourcing work at Wells Fargo. Scott brings a unique “insider” point of view combined with a proven track record of delivery to banks, technology providers, and merchants exploring the digital payments space.

Product Innovation Practice Lead

Assaf Weinberg

Product Innovation Practice Lead

Assaf manages Levvel’s Product Innovation Practice. He has over 15 years of experience in Product Management, User Experience, and UI technology across a number of industries. Assaf brings a holistic approach to Product Innovation that connects design thinking, agile development, and lean startup methodology to help clients launch new products and services. Assaf’s previous roles include product management at Travelocity, user experience at Ally Bank, as well as executive leadership at start-ups.

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