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Ryan Etinson


Co-President and CEO

Ryan Etinson is currently Co-President & CEO. Since joining Syntax in 1996, he has held several executive positions including Managing Partner, Vice President, and Executive Vice President. After becoming a high-value Oracle JD Edwards partner over 17 years ago, Ryan has helped to expand Syntax's offerings over the years across different industries, platforms and geographies. Over the last five years, he has been directly responsible for changing the company from one that primarily served customers in Eastern Canada into a North American success story. He holds an MBA with honors from John Molson School of Business and completed his undergraduate studies at McGill University.

Syntax Acquires Core Services >

 

 

Kenny Etinson


Co-President and CEO

Kenny Etinson is currently Co-President & CEO. Kenny began his career working at IBM, then joined Syntax in 1994 to build a hardware infrastructure practice servicing ERP clients all over North America. He has helped solidify a long standing partnership with IBM where Syntax is now recognized as a premier partner. In 2007, Kenny launched an ERP centric Enterprise Cloud offering, and helped pave the way for a new cycle of corporate growth. He has excellent expertise, industry knowledge, and a thorough understanding of his customer's needs. He holds a Bachelors degree from McGill University and has been an active member of EO (Entrepreneurs' Organization) since 2007, regularly applying his experience and knowledge to help drive and improve his business processes and growth.

Syntax Acquires Core Services >

 

 

Brian Koh


Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Brian Koh serves as Senior Vice President of Business Development, with responsibility for global Sales and Marketing of Core Services' expanding portfolio of services.

Brian is a seasoned executive who brings a wealth of knowledge, breadth, and depth of skills to this pivotal position. He joined Core Services after 14 years with IT Convergence, where he created a global business development team, most recently as Vice President and Managing Director. Brian was instrumental in building a successful business development organization across the USA, South America, and Asia. Additionally, Brian frequently published and presented at industry conferences, including OAUG, Collaborate and Oracle Open World.

Brian received a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin and he resides in New York City with his wife and two children.

 

 

Jake Van der Vort


Senior Vice President, Delivery, Operations, and Professional Services

Jake Van der Vort serves as Senior Vice President of Delivery Services, with responsibility for global technical operations and professional services.

Jake is a seasoned executive who brings a wealth of knowledge, breadth, and depth of skills to this pivotal position. He joined Core Services after 10 years with IT Convergence, where he led all Service Delivery operations for Consulting, Managed/Cloud Services, and Development Services, most recently as COO. There, Jake was instrumental in creating the Hosting, Managed and Development Services, and Fusion Middleware offerings across the USA, South America, and Asia.

Previously, Jake held the positions of Vice President at TUSC, where he created the Managed Services practice, and Operations Director at IB Diffusion.Additionally, Jake frequently published and presented at many industry conferences, including IOUG, MOUG, and Oracle Open World.

Jake received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and he resides in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

 

 

Biju George


Vice President, Professional Services

Biju George serves as Vice President, Professional Services, with responsibility for globalProfessional Services delivery.

Biju is a seasoned executive who brings a wealth of knowledge, breadth, and depth of skills to this pivotal position. He joined Core Services with 18 years of Consulting experience, primarily focused on Oracle EBS and Fusion Applications, with experience at IT Convergence most recently developing their Professional Services team, and at Rolta, SmartDog, and Arthur Andersen where he worked on architecting and deploying global solutions for Fortune 1000 companies. These included customers in industries ranging from Oil Field Services, Industrial Manufacturing, Medical Devices, Financial Services, Airlines, and Publishing.

Biju's educational background enhances his management experience. He received a B.B.A from The University of Texas at Austin with a focus on Finance and Mechanical Engineering. He resides in Houston, Texas, with his wife and two children.

 

 

Rebecca L. Kaiser, Esq.


Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Rebecca Kaiser serves as Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, with responsibility for global legal and compliance affairs.

Rebecca is a seasoned executive who brings a wealth of knowledge, breadth, and depth of skills to this pivotal position. She joined Core Services with nine years of commercial and family law experience, with seven years' experience as Core Services' Acting General Counsel where she focused on sourcing, drafting, negotiating, and structuring both strategic technology and nontechnology-related commercial agreements and providing counsel to management on complex IT and Intellectual Property issues and compliance.

Rebecca graduated summa cum laude from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a B.A. in Literature and magna cum laude from New York Law School, where she won numerous academic awards and was an editor of the New York Law School Law Review. She resides in Oak Ridge, New Jersey.

 

 

Michael Rulf


Chief Technical Officer

Mike serves as Chief Technical Officer ("CTO") and is responsible for integrating value-added new technologies to meet client needs.

Mike is a seasoned executive, previously a VP at AT&T Managed Services and Oracle On Demand, with over fifteen years experience providing strategic direction and management of large technology teams at multiple Fortune 100 companies. His roles have allowed for continuous hands-on involvement in the design, installation, maintenance and extension of distributed software solutions utilizing SOA principles as well as both Cloud Services and SaaS enablement platforms. His work has resulted in significant industry recognition including OAUG's Innovator of the Year award.

Mike received a B.A. from The College of Wooster with a double major in Computer Science and Engineering Applications and a Master's degree from Purdue University. He resides in Annapolis, MD with his wife.

 

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