The Collective Management Team
Edward Taylor - CEO and Founder
Ed Taylor brings more than 30 years experience in building and managing IT consulting organizations to Collective. He created Collective Technologies in 1994 to satisfy the growing demand for highly complex systems management services. Prior to founding Collective, Ed launched PSW Technologies in 1989. The first company to graduate from the Austin Technology Incubator, PSW completed a highly successful IPO in 1997. Ed served as President of PSW Technologies until 1993 and then served on the Board of Directors. He also served as Executive Vice President of Collective's parent company, Pencom Systems, a leading technology staffing firm. Ed has a respected track record for identifying emerging technologies and launching spin-offs to capture these new markets.
A recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Ed now Chairs the EOY Awards Judging Committee for Central Texas. He co-founded both the New York Unix Users and the International AIX Users Groups. In addition, Taylor chaired the Unix EXPO Advisory Board and Conference Committee. He is one of a handful of IT professionals to have received the prestigious UniForum Pioneers of Unix Award. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Ed and his family reside in Austin, TX.
Jason Thomas - COO
Jason Thomas brings over fifteen years of experience in the IT industry to Collective. He is in charge of the daily operations of Collective and has a strong background in sales, business development, and strategic alliances. Prior to joining Collective in 2000, Jason was in charge of operations for Pioneer Standard's Backup and Recovery Practice. He was also a Practice Principal for IBM Global Services Storage Consulting Practice, designing the business process, strategy, and sales strategies. Additionally, Jason spent nine years in the U.S. Army assigned to the National Security Agency, an a Military Intelligence Linguist specializing in Electronic Warfare Operations. Jason holds Bachelor's degrees in Liberal Studies from the State University of New York and Business Information Systems and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He is a graduate of the National Security Agency Cryptologic Services School and a two time graduate of the Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Center at the Presidio of Monterey.
Bill Huff - CTO
Bill has over 20 years of IT Infrastructure experience developing process and procedures for automating the day to day management of heterogeneous environments. One of Collectives original team members 16 years ago, he helped build and manage Collectives presence in New England working with such large customers as Fidelity and State Street Global Advisors. He then served seven years as Collectives Director of IT driving the creation of a complete web centric Oracle-based PSA and accounting system that allows our consultants to securely access critical business information from any location. Bill then led the development team that created Collective's Managed Infrastructure services, personally creating the RAMP (Remote Administration and Management Platform ) appliance and the backend infrastructure needed for securely monitoring and managing remote client environments.
Prior to Collective Bill worked for Digital Equipment Corporation as a member of the DECAthena project, and The Registry, Inc where he designed and implemented the Registry's IT infrastructure. Bill served as a hardware technician in the US Army for 7 1/2 years. Bill holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification.
Gordon Galligher- Vice President of Managed Services
Gordon brings over 25 years of experience to Collective, in the areas of technology and business process management. Gordon has an extensive background in information systems and enterprise infrastructure and has helped a number of companies with technology roadmapping, software engineering, quality assurance, sales support, customer service and process improvement. At Collective he is responsible for the Managed Services business unit, including the Managed Backup Service. Prior to joining Collective, Gordon was a member of the CTO Leadership team and Vice President of Software Engineering for Datran Media. He oversaw the development of new product features and ongoing product management functions. Prior to Datran, Gordon held positions as Vice President of Sales Operations and Customer Service at TriActive, Director of Operations at Coremetrics.