Meet the Team

Our leadership team and account management team share one primary goal: your success. Meet some of the people responsible for finding right-fit technology and solutions that work for your organization—and your budget.

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Leadership Team

Account Team

Adam Blackwelder

Senior Account Executive

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Adam Blackwelder

Senior Account Executive

Adam enjoys building trustful relationships with his customers, helping them solve problems. His approach is focused on integrity and honesty.

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, including hiking, traveling and sports of all types.

Amos Aesoph

Chief Information Security Officer, CISSP, GSEC

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Amos Aesoph

Chief Information Security Officer, CISSP, GSEC

Amos has 18+ years of broad-based IT leadership experience, including the creation of new departments, technologies, and systems.

He leads Xigent Solutions’ Security Services and advises clients on security trends and best practices enabling policies, procedures, and technologies to minimize vulnerabilities and business risk.

Andrew Schmelzle

Senior Account Executive

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Andrew Schmelzle

Senior Account Executive

Andrew enjoys working with a variety of companies and helping them to identify areas for improvement. He has had many successes that have truly impacted his client’s environment and making a positive difference.

Outside of work, Andrew enjoys spending time with his family, playing hockey, and being at his cabin in northern Minnesota.

Aric Blom

VP of Business Development

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Aric Blom

VP of Business Development

Aric joined the organization in 2001 and started the Sioux Falls branch. Subscribing to the IT-as-a-team philosophy, he believes that trust is the cornerstone of any positive relationship, whether in business or in life. Outside of work, Aric enjoys making memories with his wife and three children.

Blake Abdella

Chief Strategist

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Blake Abdella

Chief Strategist

With over 30 years in information technology, operations management, supply chain management, and strategic planning, Blake is responsible for all aspects of Xigent’s IT strategy services.

Bob Krocak

Director of Partner Alliances

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Bob Krocak

Director of Partner Alliances

Bob has spent more than 25 years in IT sales and leadership roles in the Twin Cities. Helping organizations sort through the ever-changing technology landscape to construct IT platforms that successfully support business initiatives is his true passion. Outside work, you’ll find Bob spending time with family and friends, especially in the great outdoors fishing, hunting, and golfing.

Brock Gordon

Business Growth Manager

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Brock Gordon

Business Growth Manager

Brock has been immersed in the IT sector for over 20 years enjoying success in sales, operations, and leadership. He loves evolving technical business challenges into simple targeted conversations with right-fit resources. In his spare time, Brock enjoys spending time with his family and just about anything outdoors, especially in the fall.

Calvin Kedik

Inside Sales Representative

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Calvin Kedik

Inside Sales Representative

Calvin takes a client-focused approach to his work, taking time to ask questions and get to know your business and your challenges, so he can understand your needs. Before joining Xigent, he developed his customer service skills as an assistant manager with a Verizon authorized retailer. When he’s not in the office, Calvin enjoys fishing and playing golf.

Cameron Pham

Client Success Manager, PMP

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Cameron Pham

Client Success Manager, PMP

Cameron has 10 years of project management experience focused on delivering enterprise technical solutions and services. She is passionate about efficiency, collaboration, process improvement and service excellence. Outside of work, she loves spending time with friends and family on the lakes and trails and exploring places and food from around the world.

Dale Buehler

Senior Account Executive

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Dale Buehler

Senior Account Executive

Dale is an experienced Senior Account Executive with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. He is skilled in Unified Communications and Contact Center Products, Data Center, Business Development, Wide Area Network (WAN), and Wireless Technologies.

Dalena Wheeler

Client Success Manager

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Dalena Wheeler

Client Success Manager

Dalena has over 15 years of Enterprise technology sales, managed services, consulting, and management in the Midwest and North Central regions, including Canada.

Denise Peterson

VP of Service Delivery, PMP

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Denise Peterson

VP of Service Delivery, PMP

Denise has served in various leadership roles supporting Infrastructure/Operations, Vendor, and Data management in a variety of industries ranging from Finance to Agriculture. Denise is PMP, CSPO, CSM, and ITIL Foundation certified. She served as a board member for the Minnesota Chapter of the Data Management Association (DAMA). She is an avid boater, water-skier and has a passion for innovation and excellence.

Doug Schneider

Director of Business Development

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Doug Schneider

Director of Business Development

Doug is an experienced sales and marketing executive with a background in the delivery of design, implementation, and management around complex technical systems. He has worked with clients in over half the United States and Canada.

Eric Bredenberg

Senior Account Executive

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Eric Bredenberg

Senior Account Executive

Eric is ridiculously passionate about all of his customers. His goal is always to help grow their business and profitability in the right ways. He wants to be more than a trusted advisor with his customers–creating relationships that will last a lifetime! When not at work he loves to snowboard, disc golf, and play with his family.

Fred Thomson

Senior Account Executive

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Fred Thomson

Senior Account Executive

With over 25 years of experience in the network/compute/storage areas of Information Technology, Fred is in his element when the Xigent team is engaged in helping clients solve complex problems and improve business outcomes. Managed services, professional services, and product sales are leveraged utilizing a hybrid approach across the client base.

Heidi Oliver

Client Success Manager

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Heidi Oliver

Client Success Manager

Heidi joins Xigent after more than 25 years of leading change initiatives to improve business outcomes, focusing on IT solutions delivery, operational efficiency, risk management, and business expansion. Heidi is passionate about bringing team members together to work collaboratively to deliver exceptional results for all stakeholders. She loves outdoor football, her Siberian Husky and playing golf.

Hugh Voigt

Chief Executive Officer

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Hugh Voigt

Chief Executive Officer

Hugh started his IT career in 1980 writing mainframe software applications to pay for college. Following college Hugh spent 15 yrs with IBM in a variety of leadership roles. After IBM he was CEO of Espiria through its acquisition by Solutionary and went on to form Upward Revisions, a growth strategy and M&A consulting firm.

Janet Eckman

Chief Financial Officer

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Janet Eckman

Chief Financial Officer

Janet has over 25 years of experience in finance, helping organizations formulate and implement financial, business, and operational strategies. As an executive leader, she believes in building a company with a strong culture of respect, collaboration, and integrity. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, doing outside activities, traveling, genealogy, and following college sports.

John Kutz

Client Success Manager

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John Kutz

Client Success Manager

John has 25+ years of experience working in the IT industry. He's worked in financial and agricultural verticals primarily along with a stint in the pre-employment screening industry. He's held many titles from PC support to Director of IT Infrastructure during the course of his career. John joined Xigent Solutions in September of 2013 as a Service Delivery Manager. His favorite part of his job is peeling back the layers of the onion to solve complex IT problems.

Josh Dudgeon

Senior Account Executive

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Josh Dudgeon

Senior Account Executive

Josh works closely with IT leaders and business executives. He loves helping people: working alongside customers, building trusted relationships/friendships, solving problems, and taking proactive steps to improve their environments for the future.
When Josh is not at work, he spends time with his family, volunteering at church, playing the drums, and most sports.

Kaitlin Buker

Inside Sales

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Kaitlin Buker

Inside Sales

Kaitlin is a high performing, data-driven problem-solver with experience in marketing and sales, and a track record of managing multiple responsibilities in a fast-paced environment.

Liz Schmidt

Service Desk Manager

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Liz Schmidt

Service Desk Manager

Liz is a veteran of relationship building, problem solving, communication, and organizational skills. She works closely with sales, marketing, and service areas.
She has worked in the industry for the last 15 years and truly enjoys the changing landscape of technology that we get to bring to our clients.
Liz is a huge Minnesota Vikings football fan and in the summer switches over to the Minnesota Twins.

Michael Kedik

VP Product Management

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Michael Kedik

VP Product Management

Michael brings to Xigent his strong business development acumen, most notably in relation to data center, software as a service (SaaS), network design and IT infrastructure. Michael attended South Dakota State University.

Nick Angeloni

Senior Account Executive

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Nick Angeloni

Senior Account Executive

Nick brings over a decade of IT-sector consulting experience, with real-world knowledge about security, infrastructure planning, backup/DR planning, cloud solutions, end point protection, to every conversation with his clients. A former entrepreneur, he gains his greatest satisfaction from helping companies use IT to be a success. He's always up for a strategy session, or a fishing trip, and welcomes a chance to combine both with you.

Rich Hagel

Senior Solutions Advisor

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Rich Hagel

Senior Solutions Advisor

For almost 25 years, Rich has been helping businesses find ways to become more efficient, secure, and agile through information technology and services. His mission is to serve as a trusted advisor to his clients, aligning their IT strategy to their business goals. In his spare time, Rich enjoys time with family and friends at his cabin, traveling, hunting, and fly fishing.

Rod Lucero

Chief Technology Officer

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Rod Lucero

Chief Technology Officer

Prior to joining Xigent Solutions, Rod was the Founder and CTO for VMPowered LLC. Recognized as an industry expert in virtualization, disaster recovery and business continuity, Rod has worked with businesses of all sizes aiding in the architecture and implementation of IT solutions to meet or exceed their business needs.

Ryan Danforth

VP of Sales

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Ryan Danforth

VP of Sales

Ryan is an experienced and accomplished Sales Executive with knowledge across various sales processes, and a firm analytical and technical background. He has an extensive track-record of generating business through strategic negotiation while building new relationships with key decision makers.

Teresa Schroeder

Inside Sales

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Teresa Schroeder

Inside Sales

Teresa works in conjunction with the Account Executives partnering with regional businesses. With over 21 years experience, Teresa works with healthcare organizations, financial institutions, small to medium business as well as enterprise companies to assist them in safely navigating through the constantly shifting technology landscape. She likes to stay active with family or can be found on the water kayaking with her Schnauzer.

Tony VanDemark

Senior Sales Engineer

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Tony VanDemark

Senior Sales Engineer

Tony has consulted with many different technologies and customers throughout his lengthy career in IT, as both a consultant and a traditional staff member in the trenches. He focuses on the benefits of business related outcomes for all things technology. His specialties include business continuity, next generation backup technologies and application cloud readiness. Tony enjoys fun moments with his family, singing in his band and playing several sports.

Wayne Surat

Inside Sales

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Wayne Surat

Inside Sales

Wayne believes in working towards the end goal of helping his customers be successful. It's truly rewarding to him when his clients look at Xigent as being truly committed to providing value versus being just another reseller.
Wayne enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and her children, playing the guitar and golfing (neither of which he is very good at!).