LEADERSHIP TEAM

Daniel Konieczny CEO

Dan Konieczny

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, SR. PARTNER

Dan Konieczny joined Direct Technology in December of 2008 to run operations for the software development and IT infrastructure divisions. Dan brings over 20 years of experience as an information technology professional. He has been involved in large scale systems implementations in the government and private sector.

Dan is originally from Western New York. He graduated from SUNY College at Brockport with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics. Upon graduation, he accepted a position from Electronic Data Systems where he spent over five years as a Systems Engineer. After leaving EDS, Dan joined Andersen Consulting (Accenture) where he had a 14 year career. As a Senior Executive (Partner) with Accenture, Dan most recently managed Cayuse Technologies and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Dan resides in the Sacramento, CA area with his wife and three children. Dan and his family spend most of their free time snow skiing, boating, and attending their children’s sporting events.

Damion Walkup

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, SR. PARTNER

Damion Walkup joined Direct Technology as a Software Engineer in 1998. Today, he is a principal contributor in assisting partners and clients to identify and implement cost effective solutions to achieve their business objectives.

Damion also served as the Operations Manager of Direct Technology which led the formation of the company’s current organizational structure, establishing open and regular communication rhythms. Damion continues to lead efforts that allow Direct Technology to operate under adaptable Software Development methodologies which provide reliable results while accommodating our customer’s corporate governance policies. Damion cultivates the delivery team to foster their talents to help bring their vision to life. Prior to joining Direct Technology, Damion was an Educational Instructor with AESA, where he developed new training programs that expanded the company offerings launching them into the technology sector.

Nick Saechow

VICE PRESIDENT, IT SERVICES

Nick is a hands-on IT leader with core competencies that include exceptional support analysis and operations management, multi-industry IT support and consolidation, heavy customer service experience, efficiency improvement, project and operational controls, system implementations, turnaround and change management, upsize/downsize due diligence, people management and strategic planning. He has considerable experience working in diverse business environments.

Nick is well-known for his IT expertise, superb people skills, and the vintage network switch he uses as a side table. He is well respected for assembling the most personable IT Services division in the world. Outside the office, his wife and three kids keep him busy.

Davood Ghods

VICE PRESIDENT, GOVERNMENT SOLUTIONS GROUP

Davood Ghods joined Direct Technology to start up the Government Solutions practice at the beginning of 2016. Before that, he spent 25 years serving the State of California, capping off his impressive tenure with a term as Chief of the California Office of Technology Services (OTech).

A subject-matter expert in government and technology, Davood began his post-Sac State career as a mainframe operator. His insatiable thirst for knowledge spurred him to earn CBE, CAN, MCSE, and ITIL certifications as he climbed the management ranks in the State. He also earned awards from his fellow CIOs for vision, leadership, and customer service. At Direct Technology, he nurtures relationships, champions government contracts large and small, and has built a successful GovSolutions division from the ground up with the help of his team.

In his spare time, Davood enjoys spending time with his wife and three grown children, reading, and flying drones.

Kristen Long

VICE PRESIDENT, PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Kristen Blos-Long joined Direct Technology in December 2005 as Vice President of Professional Services and brings over 15 years of experience in Staffing and Human Resources management to the company. She currently leads delivery for Direct Technology’s Professional Services division in addition to HR. Kristen’s background includes building HR and Recruiting departments from scratch, and developing them into world class teams in Silicon Valley and the Pacific Northwest. She attended the University of California at Santa Barbara and San Jose State, where she majored in Advertising and Marketing. She is married with two children and enjoys making wine, antiquing and spending time with family and friends.