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ANNOUNCEMENT: Key Leadership Appointments at Silver Tree

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Key Leadership Appointments at Silver Tree

At Silver Tree we are committed to continuous learning and innovation enabled by talented, and experienced leaders who have a passion for excellence. We are so thankful for the wonderful clients that have enabled us to attract a team that is capable of “anything we commit”. Our values will always lead us to the best outcome possible for all.


It gives me great pleasure to announce the following appointments to key leadership positions. These leaders provide me tremendous confidence in Silver Tree’s ability to scale, meeting and exceeding the expectations of our clients.


John Gentry has joined Silver Tree’s advisory board.  Great addition to our Advisory team. Prior to joining Silver Tree, John ran Conduent’s HR and F&A business. John and I worked together while he ran a very successful region for CSC’s Consulting business based in Chicago. John will advise myself and my team in strategic planning, market and sales development. John is a gifted leader and will provide great insight to enable our clients, and team to think strategically about their future.


Dan Larson has joined Silver Tree as Chief Operating Officer (COO), and to lead our Governance practice. Prior to joining Silver Tree, Dan was Vice President of Transformation at Conduent. Dan and I worked extensively together at CSC. He led the team that successfully developed CSC’s Governance and Account management best practices and operating models. Dan will work with all practice leaders and their teams to assure their ability to scale and deliver. Dan will also assure our best practices for Client Engagement and Account management are implemented – every client, every time.


Cliff Strickland has joined Silver Tree to lead our Managed Services (Applications, Infrastructure, and Cloud) capabilities. Prior to joining Silver Tree, Cliff was Vice President of Managed Services for OnX Enterprise Solutions –  building, transforming and supporting complete technology environments with specific expertise in cloud computing, data center services, and end-to-end communications services. He will continue to build out and oversee all practices related to managed services. His focus is driving AI-centric initiatives, not only within our Intelligent Automation practice but throughout IT Service Management in order to optimize organizations and support their strategic growth initiatives. Cliff and I worked together at CSC, and he is a leader who is driven to deliver results/outcomes.


Patrick Savard joins us to lead our ServiceNow ITSM practice. Pat spent over 25 years as a technology leader at McGraw-Hill and CIGNA. He established and led a program support office for two major change efforts and service management implementations, which resulted in significant cost savings while improving infrastructure availability and performance for business operations and product delivery in both programs. Most recently, he has deployed ITSM processes on ServiceNow platforms for multiple clients.


Tim McNamara joins us to lead Major Transformation Programs for our clients. Tim led a number of significant successful transformations while at CSC. Tim previously led CSC’s 2nd largest client relationship, he also led all of Infrastructure Services for CSC’s North American business, he very successfully led major business and technology transformation for our clients and our business. Tim will be responsible for leading major strategic transformation programs for our clients.


Dave Hand joins us as our Client Engagement partner in the Dallas area. Dave is a very successful sales and business development leader who designs and deploys high yield strategies that accelerate revenue and market share in a highly competitive I.T. industry. Working with some of the largest system integrators and global accounts, Dave became Nortel’s global VP Sales for GSI’s, supporting CSC, HP, Unisys, SAIC and BT. He is a subject matter expert for Unified Communications & Cloud  and has a background with Mitel, Cisco, Avaya & RingCentral. He has worked closely with institutional investors in the technology sector.


These leaders join the team of:

  • Mark Arnold, Co-Founder and EVP Strategic Partnerships,  also responsible for our corporate administrative functions
  • Heidi O’Leska, CMO and Branding & Marketing Practice Lead
  • Vickie Price, Human Resources Practice Lead
  • Gary Cokins, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Practice Lead
  • Chris Colen, Program Delivery Portfolio Lead
  • Richard Sandler, Strategic Sourcing and Contract Management Practice Lead
  • Monty Moree, Digital Enterprise Portfolio  Lead
  • John Petronzi, Intelligent Automation Practice Lead
  • Kurt Schmidt, Cloud and DevOps Practice Lead
  • Elias VarVarezis, Architecture and Microsoft Enterprise Solutions Practice Lead
  • Larry Shoup, IT Asset Management and Disposition Practice Lead
  • Kevin Patterson – Senior Strategic Consultant- Major Programs


Our talented and enthusiastic Client Engagement Partners include:

  • Kathy Dalton based in Dallas
  • Dave Hunt based in Chicago
  • Duke Ciliberto based in Philadelphia


Learn More, full bios of each here.

We are very thankful to have these awesome committed team leaders who are motivated to be part of creating the very best Consulting and Services company on the planet. That is our passion.


And, most of all, I want you to know how truly blessed we are to have wonderful clients who are playing a significant part of enabling Silver Tree the become the best we can be. We thank you for your tremendous support and encouragement. We are here to serve you and enable your success. That is our mission.


Richard Ricks, Managing Partner & CEO

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