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Carole Warner Reece

A senior network consultant with more than fifteen years of industry experience, Carole is one of our most highly experienced network professionals. Her current focus is on the data center and on network infrastructure.

  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert - Routing & Switching (CCIE) #5168
  • Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric Support Specialist
  • Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Design Specialist
  • VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5 (VCPv5)
David Yarashus
Principal Architect, Operations Chief Engineer

Responsible for technical leadership and solutions development, David engages directly with major customers. Prior to NetCraftsmen, he was a Senior Consultant with Chesapeake Computer Consultants, Inc. and Mentor Technologies. His background spans a wide range of technical disciplines including performance management, networking, server administration, storage, virtualization, and unified communications. An expert in the design and operation of networking systems that support complex requirements, David loves solving technical challenges. He has been published in several books and magazine articles, and his current certifications include CCIE #2292 and CCDE #20120013.

  • Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE) #20120013
  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert - Routing & Switching (CCIE) #2292
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) - Voice
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) - Security
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) - SP Operations
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) - Wireless
  • Sourcefire Certified Professional (SFCP) v5.3
John Cavanaugh
John Cavanaugh
Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Security Practice Lead
John Cavanaugh

John Cavanaugh, CCIE 1066, CCDE 20070002, CCAr, leads an Architecture and Design practice focused on infrastructure security. Previously he had several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity he led a team managing Vendor relationships, Network Architecture and Services. Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco.

  • Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE) 20070002
  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert - Routing & Switching (CCIE) 1066
  • Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr)
Johnathan Wilkes

Johnathan has years of experience in IT consulting in a broad range of disciplines including desktop support, field technician, network monitoring, backup implementation, and leading new client acquisition projects all over the country.  He enjoys learning about new and up-and-coming technologies and is currently learning about datacenter technologies.

  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) - Routing & Switching
  • VMware Certified Professional (VCP) 6 - Data Center Virtualization
  • Certified Infoblox Network Automation Enginer (CINE) v6.8
  • F5 Certified Technology Specialist, Global Traffic Manager (F5-CTS, GTM)
  • F5 Certified Administrator (F5-CA)
Keith Gardiner
Keith Gardiner
Senior Engineer
Keith Gardiner

A senior network and security engineer with extensive routing and switching expertise that covers all major protocols, Keith has been the lead engineer at several US Federal and UK sites. He has also been responsible for or played a major role in the design, implementation and support of multiple projects ranging from virtualized Nexus data centers to the creation of VPN and multi-tiered firewall solutions. Keith is currently pursuing a CCIE certification.

  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) - Routing & Switching
  • Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professional- ISSP
  • Infoblox Automation Solutions Associate
Mike Blunt
Senior Engineer
Michael Blunt has over 10 years experience in scoping large scale projects and is a technical expert in core network technologies. He enjoys providing challenging solutions to NetCraftsmen customers. He currently holds CCIE’s in Routing & Switching, Service Provider and Data Center.
  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert - Routing & Switching (CCIE) 39496
  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert - Data Center (CCIE) 39496
  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert - Service Provider (CCIE) 39496
Peter Welcher
Peter Welcher
Architect, Operations Technical Advisor
Peter Welcher

A principal consultant with broad knowledge and experience in high-end routing and network design, as well as data centers, Pete has provided design advice and done assessments of a wide variety of networks. CCIE #1773, CCDP, CCSI (#94014)

  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert - Routing & Switching (CCIE) #1773
  • Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP)
Shaffeel Ahmed
Architect, Regional Manager

An accomplished Network Architect, Shaffeel has his CCIE in Routing and Switching and has over 18 years experience in designing network infrastructure and security solutions and in project management.

  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert - Routing & Switching (CCIE) 23325
Charles Mann
Steve Meyer
Senior Engineer
Charles Mann

With more than twenty years of experience deploying state-of-the-art communications solutions, Steve has worked on implementations ranging from research institution networks to ISP backbones. He has also designed, deployed, or improved the network for some large, well-known hospitals.

William Bell
William Bell
Architect, Infrastructure Practice Lead
William Bell

William’s background spans an array of technical disciplines including application development, network infrastructure, protocol analysis, virtualization, and Unified Communications. Bill is certified as a CCIE Voice (CCIE #38914) and possesses a deep understanding of Cisco’s UC and Collaboration portfolio. He leads the Infrastructure Engineering team and also works with customers on architecting solutions that align with core business drivers. Bill is a regular contributor on the Cisco Support Community, a 3 time Cisco Designated VIP, and blogs on the NetCraftsmen and UC Guerrilla sites.

  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert - Voice (CCIE) #38914
  • Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) - Routing & Switching

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Nick Kelly

Cybersecurity Engineer, Cisco

Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.


Virgilio “BONG” dela Cruz Jr.

CCDP, CCNA V, CCNP, Cisco IPS Express Security for AM/EE
Field Solutions Architect, Tech Data

Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.


John Cavanaugh

CCIE #1066, CCDE #20070002, CCAr
Chief Technology Officer, Practice Lead Security Services, NetCraftsmen

John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services.  Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.

He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.