Our Team

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Al Nichols

President - CEO

Al Nichols is the President and CEO of Pinebreeze Technologies. He studied economics at the University of Delaware before earning an MBA at Harvard. He began his career in brand management at Frito-Lay, helping the company triple sales to $3B in five years. Al subsequently operated businesses in international trade, manufacturing, and distribution before focusing on technology in 1997. Al founded Pinebreeze Technologies in 2000 to help simplify the data center. The mission of Pinebreeze’s team members is to make life better for those who run data centers. Pinebreeze is known for its consultative approach, and for creating and promoting best practices. Al is a past President and current Director of the DFW AFCOM Chapter, and is active in the 7x24 Exchange and the Uptime Institute. Al is also active in 121 Community Church, and with his family serves Orphan Outreach in supporting orphans in Honduras. Al lives with his wife and daughter in Flower Mound, TX.

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Don George

Vice President

Don George is Vice President of Pinebreeze Technologies. A Houston native, Don’s career took him to Hawaii and Boston before settling north of Dallas-Fort Worth. Don gained experience in multiple fields, including entrepreneurial ventures, before settling on IT in 1999. Throughout, Don’s pursuits have been guided by a love for service, a passion for excellence, and a devotion to integrity, all powered by a tireless work ethic. Don trained as an MSCE for his first IT position at Infinium, a small software company, only to learn that he would be managing IBM AS/400 systems. He adapted quickly to this and many other challenges as Infinium navigated and acquired competitors during the dot-bomb era, was acquired by SSA Global and a few years later by Infor Global Solutions, one of the largest software rollups most people have never heard of. By 2009 he was managing aspects of 29 data centers across the country, including both IT Operations & the facilities. Don joined Pinebreeze that year in what was later referred to as “hiring its target client.” Don focused on upgrading Pinebreeze’s implementation standards before being called to lead Business Development. Don’s success in Business Development has been built on the credibility and trust earned by having walked in the shoes of Pinebreeze’s clients, his love for building relationships, and his dedication to delivering world-class service to Pinebreeze’s growing family of “clients for life”. Don is married with two grown children and a third attending college.

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AJ Cruz

Director of Professional Services

 

Alexis “AJ” Cruz Jr. is the Director of Professional Services for Pinebreeze Technologies. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Media and Communications from Texas Tech University. He began his career as a videographer for KCBD, the NBC affiliate in Lubbock, TX. AJ joined the Pinebreeze family in 2007 as a Project Lead, before attaining his current position in January 2013. His knack for process improvement has helped Pinebreeze streamline some of their day to day activities to help respond to Client needs faster. He was also an integral piece of the puzzle in opening the San Antonio office. AJ is active in the local AFCOM chapter, as well as Austin (Central Texas) and San Antonio (South Texas) chapters. He is also active in the WatchD.O.G.S. program, a nationwide, school-based father involvement program. AJ lives with his wife, daughter, and son in Haslet, TX.

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Stephen DeLiberis

Sr. Tech. Solutions Engineer/Dir. of Procurment

Stephen DeLiberis is the Senior Technical Solutions Engineer and Director of Procurement for Pinebreeze Technologies. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Auburn University. He began his career as an Inside Support Rep for Cybex (aka Avocent) in Huntsville, AL. After 3 years with Cybex, he moved on to work for e-Systems (EDP/SMC) for 15 years as the Technical Product Manager. There he grew the division from less than $500,000 to over 6 mil in annual sales by bringing on new products, designing solutions to fit customer needs, and developing new dealers. This vast product knowledge has been a valuable asset to the Pinebreeze team. With his skill and vendor knowledge, Stephen has increased our product offering and decreased our cost. This allowed Pinebreeze to become the complete solution provider for our customers and at an overall lower cost. In his down time, Stephen is a Quiz Master for Geeks Who Drink Bar Quizzes, MC for different events and plays hockey. Even with all of this, he gives back to the community when able.


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Angela Lambert

Business Operations Manager

Angela Lambert is the Manager of Business Operations for Pinebreeze Technologies. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado after obtaining Associate’s degrees in Business Management and Accounting. Prior to moving to Texas in August 2013, she worked as a property manager for a highly-successful real estate developer in Colorado. Angela joined the Pinebreeze family in February 2014 as Manager of Business Operations. She is highly service-oriented and results-driven when it comes to clients, applying this same energy to the accounting side of the business to ensure operations run smoothly. Angela considers herself truly blessed and is active in the Dallas chapter of the Single Parent Foundation, their mission to help hard-working families help themselves get back on their feet post-crisis. Angela lives with her daughter in Grapevine, TX.

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