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Executive Leadership

Kumar Bhavanasi

President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Kumar Bhavanasi has a passion for driving efficiency and developing synergies among employees, clients, and vendors. He continually strives to understand what will make his clients and people successful, then collaboratively develops the long-term strategic vision and an efficient tactical plan and motivates his team to get results. He is the driving force behind First Tek’s success since its founding and guardian of the company’s loyalty and dedication to its clients and employees.

A veteran of the IT services arena, Kumar specializes in strategic planning, executive client relationships, driving revenue, and extending the overall business model through strategic partnerships. Kumar’s accomplishments include building enterprise systems for Fleet Bank, ADP Brokerage and Morgan Stanley and establishing strategic alliances with many of First Tek’s clients.

Kumar earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at the Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) in India. He also earned a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of South Florida and Entrepreneur Certification at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves on several boards in advisory roles.

Ashok Shetty

Director of Business Development

Ashok Shetty brings more than a decade of sales, management and business development experience to First Tek. Ashok has extensive experience in managing the sales and operations of IT staffing, and with the help of a dedicated team, he has been part of the rapid growth of First Tek’s IT staffing business.

Ashok Shetty holds a PhD in Chemistry from Mumbai University and an MBA in Operations from University of Cincinnati, where he minored in Sales and Marketing.

Dominick Puma

Director of Recruitment

Dominick Puma has more than 30 years of experience in IT technical recruitment, sales, and administration. Dominick works collaboratively across First Tek to build excellent recruitment teams, strong talent acquisition strategies, and creative sourcing plans to ensure First Tek delivers the top technical professionals to clients. He also serves as a trusted partner to niche clients.

To ensure customer success, Dominic draws on vast experience supporting major Wall Street banking and brokerage firms, pharmaceutical companies, insurance firms, and government agencies to manage client relationships, as well as his professional standards, self-discipline, and flexibility.

Dominick holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from The College of Staten Island, Emerson Hill Campus.

Doreen Villaverde

Director of Immigration

Doreen Villaverde provides strategic leadership for all Immigration functions at First Tek Inc. She also manages internal and international communications, employee relations and strategic planning. Doreen brings multiple years of experience working in the IT environment in HR leadership roles with increasing responsibility.

Nicole Pielli

General Counsel

Nicole Pielli is driven by interdisciplinary collaboration and strategy. She advises all members across First Tek’s team on a wide array of legal issues to ensure risks are mitigated, conflicts are resolved efficiently, and the company maintains compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. Her daily objective is to simplify legal complexities for First Tek’s teams to continue streamlining successful outcomes. Nicole has previous experience with Deloitte, multiple law firms around the United States, Planned Parenthood, and New York State projects with progressive responsibility, including meeting state metrics, securing millions of dollars in funding, and ensuring data security compliance of multi-county medical networks. Nicole is motivated by driving results and initiating new ideas that are outside the status quo. Her specialties include Litigation, Landlord Tenant Law, Data Privacy, Tax, and Real Estate. She places particular value on her international professional network. Nicole’s proactive vision, formidable judgment, and strong grasp of policy development and implementation serve to guide First Tek’s direction and steady successful expansion.

Nicole holds a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Government from the University of Hartford, and a Juris Doctor from the Pennsylvania State Dickinson School of Law. Nicole is licensed to practice law in New Jersey and New York. She proudly sits on the Alumni Board of Directors at the University of Hartford, where she maintains multiple advisory roles. In her limited spare time, Nicole enjoys traveling with her family, theater, and mentoring high school and college students in preparing for their careers.

Lavanya Kotha

Chief Financial Officer

Lavanya Kotha brings strong analytical and financial management experience to First Tek, Inc. She oversees the financial performance of the firm, including budgeting, accounting, and financial reporting. Lavanya holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science.

Mariam Faisal

Director of HR and Operations