We believe that it's important to know who you're
business with and who the leadership is in a team. But we
also believe that as a team of 20-25 people, we'd be nothing
without the great team of people that VNS has developed and
maintained over the years. Following is information on the
VNS leadership and key staff members, but we have no illusions that we're only as good
as each of our folks, and that every person at VNS plays a key
role in providing our customers with excellent service.
Entropy Officer) & CIO
MCSE, MS CRM,
Citrix CCA, HP ASE, Cisco CSE, Altiris ACE, ProCurve ASP/ASC,
Daniel Duffy has founded 3
technology companies, including an ISP, an e-commerce
company, and VNS. He's worked in IT since 1993, and his
computing experience dates back to the TRS-80, Amiga and Apple //e
(he's older than he looks). He has also
provided consulting services to some of the world's largest
companies while serving as a senior consultant with Compaq Computer.
Daniel previously served
as an Enterprise Consultant for Compaq Computer's Enterprise
Consulting Services group, an elite group of 80 people worldwide,
providing consulting services to some of Compaq's largest enterprise
accounts throughout the US. Daniel has extensive experience with
Compaq's high-end ProLiant systems. Past clients have included
Microsoft, Albertson's, PG&E, Pac Bell (SBC), Trend Micro and
Prior to that, Daniel
served as Project manager for Fresno County Office of Education
where he designed and deployed FCOEnet, a 6,000 square mile frame
relay network to provide county schools with Internet access. During
this time he also acted as LAN/WAN manager. Daniel also founded, and
later sold ValleyNet Communications, now known as ProtoSource
Network (NASDAQ: PSCO), and internet media company SonicSource
A graduate of CSU,
Fresno with a BA in Telecommunications, his background also includes
radio and television production at KSEE and KNAX as well as live
entertainment for Tokyo Disneyland (yes, he speaks Japanese).
His hobbies include motocross, motocross, and more motocross.
Daniel has lived in Fresno since 1988.
Co-Founder, President & CFO
Certifications: HP ProCurve ASP/ASC, Cisco CSE, Symantec
Prior to starting VNS, Noi Duffy co-founded ValleyNet Communications
with husband, Daniel Duffy. ValleyNet Communications was the 2nd
ISP in the Central Valley, in Fresno in 1994. After ValleyNet
was sold, Noi went on to help open the remote office in Fresno for
Lightspeed Net, a regional Internet Service Provider (ISP). Noi
served as a Business Sales Representative and Web Page Designer as
well as assisted with the daily operations and management of the
Fresno satellite office.
Noi and Daniel then co-founded
Valley Network Solutions in 1996 and have been operating at their
current location since 2000.
Noi is a graduate of CSU Fresno
with a BS degree in Biology . Since graduation in 1994, when the
Internet craze started, Noi’s experience has been primarily in the
Internet/Computer industry. Her biology interest is now a hobby
where she invests a her free time to gardening, insect collecting
and bike riding
Technical Services Manager
Certifications: CCDA/CCNA/CCNP-Voice, MCSE+M/MCSA, Sec+/A+, HP APS, ProCurve ASP/ASC
James Bruce has been part of the Valley Network Solutions team since
2005. Starting out as a Systems Engineer, James expanded his
knowledge and skills to include multiple certifications for Industry
Vendors such as Microsoft, Cisco, HP, and Symantec. James was
promoted to the Technical Service Manager Position in 2010, and
considers customer service and satisfaction his highest priority.
His personal interests include progressive jazz music,
writing, and fast cars. He claims to be "just boring" but the
rest of the VNS team is convinced that James can ping
256.256.256.256 and get a reply, that there is no 'CTRL' key on his
computer because James is always in control, and that James is the
8th layer of the OSI model.
Jeffrey "Jake" Klee
Repair Services Manager
Certifications: MCP, A+, HP APS, Server+, PDI+
Jake's journey into the technology field began back in 1985. While most
people were becoming software engineers and network designers, Jake was
fascinated by the hardware that they needed to install their
programs onto and computers they wanted to network. Since then,
he's worked to compile certifications throughout the industry to
support and fix the hardware that we rely on in business every day.
Jake believes that there is nothing better than seeing a notebook, printer, server, or
desktop come back to life, and seeing the relief it brings to those
depending on it is priceless.
Field Account Executive (AE)
Certifications: HP ASC (Storage, ProCurve, Blades), HP APC, VMWare VSP, EMC AD/SE
Pat's been in IT sales for about 20
years. Her specialty is storage and virtualization.
Inside Account Manager (AM)
Certifications: MCP, CSE, ProCurve ASP/ASC, SSE+, CCSP
Gerardo "Gerry" Acosta
Infrastructure Tech (IT)
Certifications: A+, HP APS, MCP
Gerry is the bomb....
Technician (NSC Admin)
Certifications: A+, MCP, APS, CCSP
Mark is also the man....
Thomas C. McGowan -
President and CEO, Automated Office Systems
Mr. McGowan is currently the
President/CEO and owner of Automated Office Systems. The company is
a leading provider of image technology solutions in Central California,
providing sales, support and service for network-based copiers, faxes
and printers. He is active locally in several organizations: as
the past chair of the Sid Craig School of Business, vice-president of
Tree Fresno, as a member of the CSU Fresno Business Advisory Council,
Fresno Rotary member, Director of the Fresno Business Council, and is
the past president of the Copier Dealers Association. Mr. McGowan
founded A.O.S. in 1977, and has an MBA from Northwestern University.
Mr. Duffy has worked for The
Walt Disney Company in various capacities since 1962. He recently
retired as Vice President, Walt Disney Entertainment East/Global
Initiatives where he was responsible for the East coast operations of
Walt Disney Entertainment as well as major product planning and product
development strategies for Disney theme park sites worldwide.