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Our Leaders

Mary McKnight
Chief Executive Officer
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David Godiksen
President
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Vince Hanson
Vice President of Sales
Sam Wilsey
Vice President of Solutions
Director of Data Engineering
Gabe Russo
Director of Data Engineering

Mary McKnight, CEO

Mary has diverse experience exploring all facets of organizational change through digital transformation. She became CEO of Next Phase Solutions in 2018. Her ability to focus on detail while simultaneously exploring the big picture provides executive direction to the team.

SPECIALIZATION: Digital Modernization

YEARS IN INDUSTRY: 15

YEARS AT NEXT PHASE SOLUTIONS: 3

EDUCATION: University of Central Florida

CURRENTLY LEARNING: Elixir and Kotlin

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Transitioning an entire school system from paper to digital.

CERTIFICATIONS/CLEARANCES: Certified Scrum Master / Federal Secret Clearance

FAVORITE QUOTE: “A ship in a harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.”
– John Augustus Shedd

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David Godiksen, President

A small business owner since 1997, David has spent his career learning what people need and helping them get it. He implemented paperless solutions for over 15 state/local governments in Florida during the early 2000s. David brings a depth of knowledge of the industry and commitment to people that sets him apart from other solution providers.

SPECIALIZATION: Streamlining business processes for simplicity and user experience

YEARS IN INDUSTRY: 28

YEARS AT NEXT PHASE SOLUTIONS: 5

EDUCATION: Syracuse University

CURRENTLY LEARNING: Hyperconnected Public Services

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Completing my first state level enterprise-wide ECM solution for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). It was the first large scale project delivered on-time and on-budget to the Commonwealth in 13 years.

CERTIFICATIONS/CLEARANCES: CDIA / Federal Secret Clearance

FAVORITE QUOTE: “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau

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Vince Hanson, Vice President of Sales

Vince joins Next Phase Solutions with 20 years of leadership experience with enterprise software, professional services integration, and software-as-a-service companies. He is a change agent in recognizing customer’s needs, leading organizations to respond with solutions that drive value, and unifying teams to execute on strategic vision.

SPECIALIZATION: Integrating low-code platforms to unify mission critical data

YEARS IN INDUSTRY: 25

YEARS AT NEXT PHASE SOLUTIONS: 1

EDUCATION: University of Central Florida

CURRENTLY LEARNING: Anything as a Service (XaaS)

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Creating and launching new ideas from whiteboard concepts to customer ready solutions being distributed across the globe.

CERTIFICATIONS/CLEARANCES: Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

FAVORITE QUOTE:“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

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Sam Wilsey, Vice President of Solutions

Sam is responsible for the delivery of innovative solutions to customers that help drive efficiency and process improvements. His deep desire to help others has focused his career on leading teams to produce better outcomes for customers through digital transformation, process automation, and application integration.

SPECIALIZATION: Leading skilled, nimble, customer-first teams

YEARS IN INDUSTRY: 17

YEARS AT NEXT PHASE SOLUTIONS: 5

EDUCATION: Geneva College

CURRENTLY LEARNING: Augmenting solutions with the cloud as a foundation for innovation

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Overseeing the solution delivery of the digital claims solution for Deepwater Horizon

CERTIFICATIONS/CLEARANCES: MCP/CDIA+/CJIS / Federal Secret Clearance

FAVORITE QUOTE: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

Director of Data Engineering

Gabriel Russo, Director of Data Engineering

Gabe has implemented systems to manage, transform and leverage data since 2004. His desire to deliver excellence and his technical acuity coalesce into an unrelenting force which helps create exceptional outcomes for Next Phase customers.

SPECIALIZATION: Systems mechanization

YEARS IN INDUSTRY: 18

YEARS AT NEXT PHASE SOLUTIONS: 3

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Business Administration in I.T.

CURRENTLY LEARNING: RPA platforms and Azure AI technologies

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: The privilege to partner with respected peers in the pursuit of achieving individual goals through a common vision.

FAVORITE QUOTE: “Much like online index operations, serverless cloud technology isn’t all rainbows and unicorns.”

CERTIFICATIONS/CLEARANCES: MCSE Data Management and Analytics, Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert / Federal Secret Clearance

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