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Executive Team

Executive Leadership Team

Hejong Kim

Hejong Kim

Chief Executive Officer

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Hejong Kim

Hejong Kim

Chief Executive Officer

Hejong Kim is the President and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He has long held a vision of how to deliver better business results by the smart application of leading-edge technology, combined with industry best practices, and in 2005 he and his co-founders created pureIntegration. Building, nurturing and growing the team of industry and technology experts, Hejong embodies the spirit of customer service and client success that ensures each and every customer understands the value that pureIntegration delivers. His main responsibility is to build an organization that accepts accountability from start to finish, performs exclusively in partnership with its clients, and relentlessly drives towards measurable outcomes.

Under Hejong’s leadership, pureIntegration has expanded beyond its core business and technical expertise in the Communications and High Tech industries to serving Fortune 100 clients in areas as diverse as Financial Services, and Healthcare. Hejong is responsible for ensuring that the pureIntegration team brings a consistently high level of dedication and industry expertise, along with technology leadership, to corporations in any industry. The team’s dedication and commitment, along with a track-record of results, explains a 97% customer satisfaction rating and long tenures among the pureIntegration staff where the average tenure is over 7 years.

Greg Stayin

Greg Stayin

Chief Operating Officer

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Greg Stayin

Greg Stayin

Chief Operating Officer

Greg Stayin is the Chief Operating Officer (COO), overseeing Operations and Accounting. With almost 30 years of consulting and management experience, Greg’s expertise includes workforce effectiveness, business transformation, strategic planning, and process excellence. As COO of pureIntegration, Greg has successfully managed over 400% company growth in revenue. Throughout this growth, Greg has overseen consistent high client satisfaction ratings averaging 97%. As a VP, he oversees account management, sales, and delivery for the Comcast account. Prior to pureIntegration, Greg was a Partner at Accenture in the Communications Media and Entertainment practice. Greg graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS in Commerce with concentrations in Management Information Systems and Marketing.

Clayton LiaBraaten

Clayton LiaBraaten

Chief Commercial Officer

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Clayton LiaBraaten

Clayton LiaBraaten

Chief Commercial Officer

As Chief Commercial Officer, Clayton LiaBraaten has comprehensive growth responsibility for pureIntegration and ensures impactful engagements and mutually beneficial commercial arrangements and with customers and prospects. Clayton’s core areas of accountability include business planning and forecasting, sales & account management, GTM planning, and C-Level executive sponsorship. As our CCO, Clayton sets market strategy for the firm, provides senior leadership over the company’s 3 verticalized Business Units and is PI’s senior ‘win-win’ architect.

After an early, decorated career in operational military intelligence, Mr. LiaBraaten has served for over two decades in senior executive roles at high-tech companies like PSINet, Cox Communications, Neustar, Transaction Network Services and MicroStrategy, has been the tip of spear on multiple successful M&A transactions in the Northern Virginia tech corridor and serves on multiple tech-sector advisory boards.

Regarded as a Digital Transformation influencer and technology evangelist, Clayton’s professional passion is leading and mentoring high-performance teams in a player-coach capacity to solve intractable client problems and build durable, synergistic partnerships.

Clayton majored in Soviet/Strategic Studies and Business Management at the University of Maryland, European Division, speaks fluent Russian, and rusty but passable German. His personal passions include fatherhood, fitness and lifelong learning.

Karen Diamond

Karen Diamond

Vice President, Business Operations

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Karen Diamond

Karen Diamond

Vice President, Business Operations

Karen Diamond is the Vice President of Business Operations. As the lead of our Business Operations, Karen oversees the growth and development of clients across all industries. Karen has over a decade and a half of consulting and management experience, largely focused in the communications and health-care industries. She has worked to deliver and manage a spectrum of engagements across a myriad of clients. She believes that pureIntegration’s purpose is to establish a partnership with our clients, where we work together to address their business challenges by utilizing the most efficient and effective methodology and practice. Cultivating trust and achieving the highest levels of client satisfaction with the work effort and result of each project is paramount to our success. Karen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from James Madison University.

Dan Ripp

Dan Ripp

Vice President, Ad Tech & Media

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Dan Ripp

Dan Ripp

Vice President, Ad Tech & Media

Dan Ripp is the Vice President, Ad Tech & Media, supporting Directors across the organization to uncover business opportunities related to their area of expertise. Dan has managed multiple facets of IT, Engineering & Operations for Comcast Cable Communications. During his over 26 years overseeing Traffic, Operations, Engineering, the Field Team, Master Control, IS/IT and Facilities. Dan consulted for various Telecommunications companies including David Sarnoff Labs (RCA), developing products, infrastructures and operational policies and procedures. During this time, he traveled to over 15 countries, procuring, attending, and many times, leading meetings with foreign dignitaries. Dan’s most notable achievement was the development and introduction of the first Operations Management Center (OMC) within Comcast Spotlight which is responsible for trafficking over 10 mil commercials per week. Dan and his team were the first in the country to launch all digital simulcast (ADS), and lead the way with HD Insertion.

Account Directors

Account Directors

Nick Hunter

Nick Hunter

Sr. Account Director

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Nick Hunter

Nick Hunter

Sr. Account Director

Nick Hunter focuses on leading business development and solution architecture efforts with an emphasis on Software Engineering and Video Advertising solutions. With over 20 years of consulting experience, Nick has a proven track record of delivering innovative solutions that provide business value to our important clients. Prior to pureIntegration, Nick was with Accenture where he built upon his technical background by taking on roles including systems architect, application development lead, and operations engineer for a variety of Communications and High-Tech clients. Nick holds a degree in Computer Science from Dickinson College.

Michael Lenze

Michael Lenze

Account Director

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Michael Lenze

Michael Lenze

Account Director

Michael Lenze is the Director of the Hybrid Cloud practice, which includes the Symphonic Cloud and LeanCloud solutions. He also works with customers in areas including cloud adoption and optimization, identity and access management, security, automation, and monitoring. With over 15 years of solutions architecture and consulting experience, Mike believes in ensuring that new technology adopted by an enterprise has clearly identified goals based on ROI. Prior to pureIntegration, Mike worked in consulting and management roles in the health-care IT space in the United States, UK, and France. Mike holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Michael LaPierre

Michael LaPierre

Account Director

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Michael LaPierre

Michael LaPierre

Account Director

Michael LaPierre is focused on Video Operations, Solutions, and Architecture efforts within MSO’s and other video providers.

With over 20 years of operations and engineering leadership in MSO’s Michael has a demonstrated record of providing innovative solutions that allow businesses to meet and exceed their goals. Prior to pureIntegration, Michael worked for Time Warner Cable & Charter Cable where he held roles in division, regional, and corporate engineering leadership. Additionally, Michael worked for Corning Optical and Broadcom in sr. engineering and architecture roles.

Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Roberts Wesleyan College and a master’s degree in Organizational Development and Leadership from Saint Joseph’s University.

Fee Vu

Fee Vu

Account Director

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Fee Vu

Fee Vu

Account Director

Fee Vu is the Director of the Machine Learning practice and oversees consulting engagements that leverage onshore, nearshore, and/or offshore resources. With almost 20 years of technology consulting experience, he’s helped solve challenges at both start-ups and Fortune 50 enterprises. His expertise spans across many core technologies including Artificial Intelligence, Application Performance Management, and Software Development. Prior to pureIntegration, Fee spent five years with Accenture in its Communication and High-Tech practice and two years with Deloitte & Touche in its Security & Privacy services.

Fee holds a degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Virginia.

Consulting Directors

Consulting Directors

Matt Cohen

Matt Cohen

Consulting Director

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Matt Cohen

Matt Cohen

Consulting Director

Matthew Cohen is a highly professional Consulting Director with over 14 years of experience developing strategies for new product technologies, improving customer experiences, managing roll-outs of systems, and growing lines of business. With deep expertise in operational optimization, Matt’s focus has been on identifying opportunities throughout the Product Development Life Cycle in order to design and enhance solutions. Using business-driven objectives, he has implemented system and process improvements across a variety of verticals, including Ad Tech, Multifamily (MDU) WiFi, Mobile App Development and eCommerce. Matt holds a degree in Information & Systems Engineering from Lehigh University.

Claude Lama-Solet

Claude Lama-Solet

Consulting Director

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Claude Lama-Solet

Claude Lama-Solet

Consulting Director

Claude Lama-Solet is a Technical Director who supports the Hybrid Cloud, Internet of Things (IoT), and Video Engineering Practices. He also works with customers in areas including Agile Project Management, Embedded Software Development, and Product Qualification and Testing. Claude has over 30 years of designing products in the Computer Engineering, Video, and IoT industries. Prior to pureIntegration, Claude worked for companies such as Canal+, Thomson, and Cisco. With Canal+, Claude developed the first Open Video System, which enabled the breakup of Motorola/Scientific Atlanta. Claude holds an Engineering degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from EFREI (Ecole Française d’Electronique et d’Informatique) in Paris, France.

James-McBrier

James McBrier

Consulting Director

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James McBrier

Consulting Director

Jim McBrier joins PI as a Consulting Director as we enter the exciting New Year of 2022. He worked the past 6 years at Longitude IT Consulting working for clients in industries including: healthcare, insurance, energy and autonomous driving while providing strategy, project management, architecture, analytics, process automation and mentoring, including the past year working on behalf of clients such as GEICO via a contract consultant relationship with PI.

From leading large project teams like a symphony conductor to analyzing large data sets with SPLUNK, Jim brings positive energy, a roll-up your sleeves philosophy and a wealth of technical expertise gained from working in data centers and supporting enterprise software products like Cerner and Oracle, as well as taking apart and fixing every computer, engine or go kart that he could find growing up to figure out how things work and make them faster. Occasionally, you will find him driving a German automobile … ideally on a racetrack if anyone would like to join him.

He is passionate about leadership and communication and continues 10+ years in Toastmasters having performed at various leadership levels throughout the organization. Additionally, Jim cares about individuals who need transitional services such as housing, education and childcare. For example, he is a committee member of the HEARTH organization based in Pittsburgh, PA who provides transitional services for women and their children.

Jim attended Carnegie Mellon to gain a foundation in Mechanical Engineering and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Information Systems. He grew up in Erie, PA where he learned his love of the water, sailing and skiing.

Please feel free to visit Jim in Pittsburgh, PA at his AirBnB-like home … where all are welcome … and he will gladly grill up a great meal. Or invite him to visit and he will probably drive or fly over, as he loves to travel the world when he gets tired of the view from his home office. But thankfully the client opportunities and challenges make it all worthwhile to work remotely and only travel to clients and offices as needed.

Operations Team

Operations Team

Gene Vo

Gene Vo

Controller, Operations

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Gene Vo

Gene Vo

Controller, Operations

Gene Vo leads the Accounting and Finance department, handling a range of financial matters including treasury, budgeting/forecasting, taxes, government compliance, and financial reporting. Gene has over 22 years of experience within global publicly traded companies managing acquisitions, integrations, crisis management, restructuring, system implementations, SEC reporting, and investor and board relationship management. Prior to joining pureIntegration, Gene worked across multiple industries including publishing, entertainment, hospitality, real estate, SaaS, and government contracting.Gene is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a BS in Accounting and is an active CPA.

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Jamal Baadani

Director, Talent Acquisition

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Jamal Baadani

Director, Talent Acquisition

Jamal S. Baadani, MHRM is the Director of Talent Acquisition who brings over 20+ years in Human Resources and Recruitment expertise.  He is a highly accomplished and award-winning talent acquisition and recruiting executive (U.S. Marine Senior NCO Leader) with proven international record of success overseeing programs and departments in the information technology, intelligence, and logistics industries in both commercial and government sectors.  Jamal excels at building and leading top-performing teams, establishing domestic and foreign recruiting initiatives, and identifying strategies for reducing costs while maximizing ROI. He is experienced at high-volume and executive recruiting, with a background that includes managing multi-million-dollar budgets, coordinating expatriate and veteran hiring initiatives, managing diversity programs, and promoting positive cultures.

Jamal earned a Master’s in Human Resource Management from Concordia University – Saint Paul.  He had a distinguished military career serving in the United States Marine Corps, retiring as a First Sergeant after 22 years of service with personal awards that include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

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