Michael founded Neetek in 2006 to help companies bridge the gaps that often result when trying to create a comprehensive IT strategy with limited headcount and a finite budget. He constantly encountered these challenges in his career prior to Neetek where he held IT Management positions at various companies of different sizes in a wide variety of industries but always had this same problem. It seemed difficult to find an IT company that could be flexible enough to meet all of the constantly changing IT needs driven by the business, especially at tech startups and other fast growing companies, and that is how Neetek started. In his free time, Michael enjoys spending time with his son, riding motorcycles, and has a passion for good food and wine.
Executive Administrative Assistant
Ester's primary role is acting as the point of contact for the Neetek team and creating a seamless flow within the day-to-day operations. Her interest in business came early on while watching her grandfather operate his local realtor business. Prior to Neetek, Ester worked in Real Estate Property Management at Pinnacle. When she's not working, you'll find her hiking around the Bay Area with her dog, spending time with her family and friends, and trying new restaurants.
Director of Client Success
Jason’s role at Neetek is to diligently ensure that our entire team is focused on delivering outstanding results to our clients. He works within Neetek to lead and enhance our own processes and culture, while also working with customers to creatively leverage technology to solve business problems. Jason brings to Neetek over 25 years of experience as a technology and business professional. He first worked with Michael in the late 90’s at Robertson Stephens, where Jason was Systems Architect, and later Server Team Manager. In 1999, Jason founded Aethion Systems, a premium IT outsourcing and cloud computing company servicing mostly financial and trading firms in San Francisco. After a 20-year run Jason sold Aethion, and now brings his depth of knowledge and proven success to the Neetek team and our customers. Outside of work, Jason enjoys restoring vintage cars, making music, winemaking, and spending time with his family and friends.
Solutions Consultant Manager
Rudy started his 20-year well-rounded IT career in the field working on many types of systems, everything from point-of-sale and PBX to network and server systems for companies like Cisco and Juniper. Rudy then took this diverse skill set to a 10+ year run in corporate IT, working for tech companies like Tumbleweed Communications and Critical Path. Rudy’s most recent post prior to Neetek was at Eze Castle Integration where he was a lead tech in their San Francisco office. In his free time, Rudy is an EDM DJ, an avid gamer, a certified aircraft pilot for single-engine aircraft, and also practices Tai-Chi.
Lead Solutions Consultant
Jonathan has had a passion for IT ever since his college days where he earned his Associate of Science in Information Technology as well as Fiber Optics at Heald College. Working at AT&T as a Fiber Optic Technician, he then made the move to an IT career and became Staff Consultant at Aethion Systems Integration. Then, most previous to his post at Neetek, Jonathan was IT Manager at Dynavax Technologies. In his free time, Jonathan is a huge Bay Area sports fan and volunteers his time to his children’s school.
Lead Solutions Consultant
Nicholas ("Nik") brings over 15 years of experience in IT upon joining Neetek in 2018. He worked at startups Technorati Media (later acquired by Synacor) and Glu Mobile before moving to the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, where he served as System Administrator. His primary responsibility at Kleiner included VMware backup and maintenance, Symantec Endpoint Suite support and Tier 3 escalation. In his spare time, Nik enjoys hiking the East Bay’s amazing trails with his wife, tinkering on custom computer projects, and PC gaming with his friends.
Vikram (Vik) brings 15 years of IT experience at a wide range of companies from tech startups to investment firms. After spending years working on Corporate IT & Infrastructure, he shifted his focus to cloud, cybersecurity & compliance. Vik worked at Tumbleweed, Selectica, Marcus Millichap, Horsley Bridge Partners, and later started his own consultancy. He specializes at understanding business needs and aligning them with the right technology solutions. In his spare time, Vik enjoys motorcycling, hiking, and studying for various IT certifications.
Christian Lapena Portillo
Christian started working in IT back in his college days where he earned his Associate of Science in Computer Networking at City College of San Francisco. From there he jumped right into a new IT career working at corporations like Corovan and Anki, then later migrating to IT Services companies like FCIP Networks and Echo Technology Solutions. Christian's experience in both sides of the IT solution makes him a great fit at Neetek where we're constantly providing solutions, with a particularly high focus on customer-specific needs. In his spare time, Christian enjoys spending time with family, friends, as well as his 3 dogs and 2 cats.
Mike brings over two decades of wide-ranging IT experience to Neetek. After starting his career in accounting and finance, he discovered a passion for using technology to streamline and simplify business processes. This led to a role as Business Analyst at Edify Corporation, and as a Project Manager at DoveBid, Inc, where he worked to standardize infrastructure and business systems following several mergers and acquisitions. Mike later joined Jason at Aethion Systems as a Senior Systems Administrator, managing both Aethion’s infrastructure and the day-to-day needs of their clients. When away from his computer, Mike enjoys traveling, playing softball, hiking, and craft beer.
Ray joined Neetek in 2018 after a 12-year career at AT&T where he held various positions specializing in all aspects Network Engineering with focus on Cisco. He started his career at AT&T at Pacific Bell Network Integration where he worked on a team of consultants performing network design and deploy for new office buildouts and moves, much like how Neetek does today. Later in his career at AT&T Ray worked as Escalation Field Engineer where he was dispatched as third-level escalation for chronic issues and uses that deep and wide experience to effectively serve Neetek's customers today.
As Operations Associate, Aileen ensures smooth and efficient operations by handling Accounting, Payroll, and HR functions for the company. She is from the Bay Area and worked in the investment banking industry for numerous years in Human Resources and Accounting. In her free time, Aileen volunteers at her children's elementary school as the operations and systems administrator for their charity auction operations. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends and has a passion for travel, cooking, good food, and good conversation.