Rick Nelson joined Direct Technology in 2005 to lead Business Development efforts. Since then, Rick’s leadership and passion have become hallmarks of his tenure at the company. Rick and the company's business and technical leaders are focused on leveraging world class development practices to solve complex business problems for their clients. Often, described as sincere, funny, passionate, hard-charging and dynamic, Rick has infused Direct Technology with his own brand of energetic leadership and spirit.
Rick was born in Northern California, graduated from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor's Degree and later earned a Masters Degree in Organizational Management all while working for United Parcel Service (UPS). It was during his 11 years at UPS that Rick learned the value of workflow efficiency. When not working in the business, you can find him trail running, cycling, paddling, boating or attending one of his two children’s sporting events with his wife Cristi.
Chief Executive Officer
Fred J. Michanie was the original founder of Direct Technology in 1995. Fred is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina who started his technical career as a Software Engineer for a variety of banking institutions including California Federal Savings and Loan, and First Nationwide Bank. His technical career took him from Software Engineering to Software Architecture, building and laying out large banking solutions that bridged the ubiquitous nature of the PC with the power of mainframe applications which later led him to manage teams at Intel Corporation in Folsom, CA. Fred is currently the President, working closely with the CEO in the implementation and establishment of corporate strategies that ensure the ongoing growth and stability of Direct Technology.
Fred is married to Gabriela Michanie, who he has two wonderful children with, Mathew and Alex. They enjoy traveling together and discovering new places while immersing themselves into different cultures. Fred is an avid sports car aficionado and has recently been able to satisfy his need for high performance cars with his love for environmental causes by taking delivery of a Tesla roadster – the first high-performance, all electric vehicle. With the family’s implementation of a solar grid at their home, the Michanie family continues to look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint while enjoying their life in the California foothills.
Casey Stenzel is directly responsible for the financial management, accounting and reporting of Direct Technology. In addition, he manages all corporate finance, acquisitions, financial forecasting and financial/risk management analysis. Casey joined Direct Technology in October 2012 after spending the majority of his career with Microsoft and Arthur Andersen LLP. With his 22 years of accounting, finance, and consulting experience in several companies and industries, Casey will be responsible for analyzing the financial feasibility of the company's growth strategies and managing the accounting staff in California and Washington.
Casey earned his Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance in 1990 from the University of Washington, and his CMA in 1997 while working ten years in Big 6 Accounting. Casey serves on the National Exam Review Board for the Certified Management Accountant exam, and is the Treasurer of the Issaquah Soccer Club. He is married with three children, and enjoys competitive soccer and softball, and coaching youth sports.
Chief Financial Officer
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.
Chief Technology Officer
Wud Pocinwong joined the Direct Technology team in 2006 to expand the technology consulting business throughout the West Coast. Wud continues to lead business development and create relationships in all existing and emerging markets in the Northwest.
Wud graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelors Degree in Fisheries and later finished the Executive Management Program at his alma mater. Today, Wud continues to leverage over 15 years of experience in Supply Chain Operations gained through leadership positions at Unisea Foods, Starbucks, Wall Data, ImageX.com and T-Mobile. Perhaps the most important learning that Wud took away from his diverse work history was a real appreciation for the power of customer engagement and loyalty to drive customer retention. Wud has established a history of consistently exceeding expectations and developing significant relationships with both clients and colleagues.
Wud lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Julie and two wonderful children Conor and Makari. Wud enjoys spending time outdoors and staying active. You can usually find him windsurfing, skiing, fly fishing, playing lacrosse, or soccer with his family and friends.
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.
Senior Vice President, Solutions and IT Infrastructure Operations
Jason Adge joined Direct Technology in 2005 as the Director of Operations. While at Direct Technology, Jason has worn many hats, all with one mission in mind, to grow the company. He now oversees and is responsible for all of services Direct Technology provides to the Utility Industry.
Jason was born in Sacramento, California and had a very exciting career in baseball before entering the work force. He played for Sacramento City College in 1993 and 1994. While at Sac City, he was ranked in the Top 10 by Baseball America for all Junior College players in the US, invited to the fall try outs in 1994 for Team USA, and selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 1993 draft. After Sac City, Jason transferred to the Baseball Powerhouse, University of Miami, in 1995 on a scholarship. While at Miami he participated in the College World Series in Omaha, NE. He was then drafted again by the Cleveland Indians in 1995, where he signed and played two years in their organization. Jason is married with two children. He enjoys coaching his kids, golfing, traveling, and spending time with his family.
Vice President, Solutions Architecture
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 of 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.
Vice President, Professional Services