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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Director of HR and Operations
General Manager, Clickfarm Interactive, a First Tek, Inc. Company
Clickfarm Interactive is a digital agency with expertise in digital strategy, experience design, and software development.
Brett Wacha co-founded Clickfarm Interactive in 2005. He has spent over 20 years at the crossroads of digital strategy, marketing, design and technology and has served in a variety of roles. He began his professional career as a high school art teacher before returning to school to pursue a graduate degree in electronic media and went on to leading digital teams at several advertising agencies before co-founding Clickfarm.
A lifelong learner, he is a graduate of Kauffman FastTrac, the Kansas City Chamber’s Centurion Leadership Program, the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP), and serves on a variety of nonprofit boards and committees.
UX Practice Lead & General Manager, Useagility, a First Tek, Inc. Company
Useagility is a user experience design firm that specializes in the design of custom technology solutions including software, web applications, and mobile apps.
Chrys Sullivan founded Useagility in 2009. Under her leadership, the company was ranked among Kansas City’s fastest-growing companies. She and her team are elevating exposure of user-centered design as critical to success of digital products at established companies and innovative start-ups.
Prior to founding Useagility, Chrys led client experience at H&R Block. And her time in digital product management positions at H&R Block and a fast-growing technology firm solidified her passion for designing usable technology solutions that get business results. Chrys began her career at top marketing communications firm Fleishman-Hillard.
An advocate for women in the technology workforce and a company culture that supports work-life balance, Chrys was selected as a Woman Who Means Business by the Kansas City Business Journal. She is also a graduate of Kauffman FastTrac and member of the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP). Chrys holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri.
General Manager, Brainchild, a First Tek, Inc. Company
Brainchild provides self-paced instruction for at-risk students online and on the proprietary Study Buddy handheld device.
Jeff Cameron founded Brainchild and invented the Study Buddy electronic tutor to help at-risk students. He also authors and deploys state standards-based educational content on Study Buddy cartridges and online assessment and instruction programs. Prior to founding Brainchild, Jeff founded and sold an emergency services publishing company that provided video and written training for firefighters and paramedics. He now concentrates on designing new content to expand Brainchild’s growing academic library. Jeff attended Boston University’s College of Broadcasting and Film and Boston University’s Division of General Education.
General Manager, Snyxius, a First Tek, Inc. Company
Snyxius works with companies looking to disrupt their space or solve a complex business problem with innovative tech solutions.
Sagar Babber has over a decade’s experience in working with technology companies to build innovative mobile solutions. A software engineer by education and a tech entrepreneur by passion, Sagar came on board when First Tek acquired Snyxius in 2018. Sagar has extensive experience building and managing high performing development teams and leading strategic initiatives to drive business growth. He spearheads strategy and growth for the mobile division within First Tek.