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Meet Our Operators

Our team has built and run companies across several industry verticals, launching technology solutions focused on delivering business value. We believe the truth is in the details and projects are successful when the work is done the right way.

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Partner
Tom Derhake

Tom is a Partner with a software background focused on using technology to transform organizations. At Cuesta, he is responsible for both client sales and delivery.

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Partner
Riley Scott

Riley is a Partner at Cuesta who excels at helping private equity firms assess the technology posture of potential deal targets and execute technology initiatives throughout the deal lifecycle.

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Partner
Christopher Steiner

Chris helps clients solve thorny problems using technology. He brings a knack for matching pieces of business value chain with technologies that can enhance and simplify operations.

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Manager
Andrea Bartels

Andrea helps clients navigate product strategy and delivery execution. She is passionate about enabling people to do their best work, equipped with cutting-edge digital capabilities and pragmatic operating models.

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Principal
Chris Brandt

Chris is a seasoned CIO with a focus on identifying and implementing value creating initiatives.

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Principal
Danielle Dangoia-Crandall

Danielle is a specialist at translating business objectives into technological solutions that result in more efficient processes, simplified systems, and increased automation.

Joy Ducey Miller
Principal
Joy Ducey Miller

Joy is a passionate leader who enjoys helping organizations build scalable processes, leverage talent and technology while achieving profitable, sustainable growth.

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Manager
Leonard Kang

Leonard is passionate about helping organizations build a data-driven culture that empowers people with the right information at the right time.

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Manager
Jack Keller

Jack, a manager at Cuesta, excels at using technology and process to transform manufacturing organizations.

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Senior Associate
Jim Mullen

At Cuesta Partners, Jim is a senior associate on the private equity and venture capital team. Jim participates in technology and commercial due diligences.

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Senior Associate
Zach Papin

Zach, an Associate at Cuesta, is a member of the company’s Private Equity team, where he enjoys finding new opportunities to apply his market research, data analysis, and visualization skills.

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Manager
James Reingruber

Jamie is a recent Kellogg MBA graduate that brings a background in both consulting and finance.

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Principal
Justin Sheridan

Justin has a passion for helping organizations use technology to capture value. He leads Cuesta’s Software Systems and Applications practice, where he helps organizations define and deliver technology strategies that enable growth and drive efficiencies.

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Senior Associate
Ben Siegel

Ben joins Cuesta having recently received his MBA from Michigan Ross.

Amy West
Principal
Amy West

Amy is a thoughtful and curious leader who can take highly complex problems, simplify, and clearly communicate strategies to diverse teams.

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Principal
Holt Zeidler

Holt is a technology leader with a passion for setting up agile development teams, an obsession with good analytics and visualization, and a penchant for successful change management.

Nate Cady
Consultant
Nate Cady

Nate is a resourceful and strategic-minded senior technology leader with 20+ years of experience in enterprise solutions, program and project life cycle management, vendor management, and IT process optimization.

David Frederico
Consultant
David Frederico

David is an experienced senior executive who enjoys working with clients to tackle their most difficult problems by leveraging technology to drive sound business outcomes.

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Consultant
Kevin Glynn

Kevin is a three time public and private company Chief Information Officer (CIO), including being recognized as the 2019 CIO Innovator of the Year in Chicago.

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Consultant
Joel Mathen

Joel has more than 20 years of experience in the intelligence and information assurance fields.

Nosh Petigara
Consultant
Nosh Petigara

Nosh has a deep background in application development, having served as director of product strategy at MongoDB during that firm’s primary growth phase.

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Consultant
Brandon Schele

Brandon is a dynamic senior leader with a proven track record of building high functioning PMO organizations, delivering projects, and optimizing business processes.

Vicki van Alphen
Consultant
Vicki van Alphen

Vicki advises technology clients on team effectiveness and organizational health – as key differentiators of successful companies. She coaches client leaders to be the best version of themselves.

We understand that self-awareness drives growth.

We achieve better outcomes when we embrace our strengths and develop our weaknesses.

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