ECS has been in business for more than 20 years. We credit our longevity to our strong leadership, a commitment to providing high quality products and services, and an unwavering focus on helping our customers solve problems and improve business outcomes. In our opinion it’s the difference between “serving” as opposed to mere “selling”, and being a “partner” versus a “vendor”.
Meet our leadership team:
David Butler, President and CEO
As president and chief executive officer, Dave Butler is responsible for leadership and oversight of the ECS sales force and client account management, as well as company operations and customer satisfaction. In this leadership role and on a day-to-day basis, Dave determines how to best leverage ECS resources to deliver the best business outcomes for its customers.
Dave has more than 35 years of experience in engineering and information technology. From the beginning, his vision was to provide a different type of engagement model – one that applied the rigorous discipline of engineering to information technology – improving the qualitative quotient of work from initial assessments and ROI analysis to implementation. “We help our customers understand their requirements to engineer their ideal IT solutions,” says Dave.
Dave’s focus on providing exceptional service with the highest integrity, and his personal commitment to customer success has been key to the sustained growth of ECS and its success from its earliest days of operation, when the company was named Supplier of the Year by aerospace subcontractor TRW, to its three-time appearance on Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest growing private companies in America.
Today, many ECS client partnerships have been in place for 15 years plus. ECS’s lengthy client and employee tenure is something Dave considers to be one of his greatest achievements, along with his personal commitment to philanthropic endeavors.
All of these aspects, says Dave, have formed the ECS culture that’s embodied in each and every staff member– a culture that’s focused on problem-solving, as opposed to mere selling, and which sets ECS apart.
Dave holds a bachelor of science degree from Michigan State University.
Cheryl Butler, CFO
Cheryl Butler is chief financial officer for ECS. As CFO she’s responsible for the traditional finance and accounting functions, as well as corporate legal administration, human resources, marketing, facilities, and all customer and vendor contracts. In Cheryl’s own words, her responsibility is to provide “the ECS team everything they need to provide our clients with superior customer service.”
Prior to coming to ECS, Cheryl spent 16 years with Rockwell International, culminating with an executive financial management position at the company’s Space Systems Division. There, she oversaw financial management and reporting for the Space Shuttle program from the shuttle’s inaugural flight through the Challenger disaster, and the development of shuttle replacement vehicle Endeavor.
Her focus on operations has fostered the company’s growth from its inception. Her creativity and open minded ness, have also had a positive impact on ECS evolution. “Business’s rely on technology more and more every day. In order to support our clients, we must maintain the highest level of innovation,” said Butler. “As technology continues to change, it’s important that we here at ECS change, so that we are able provide the best products and services to our customers.”
Cheryl has a bachelor of arts degree and a masters of business administration from Pepperdine University.
John Foley, CTO
John Foley, chief technology officer for ECS, is responsible for leadership and oversight of ECS professional services team and customer deployments. In this role, he also works tirelessly to work with all stakeholders to understand their business and IT goals and strategies. This thorough analysis ensures ECS can properly formulate technical requirements, so as to recommend the exact right technology solutions.
John has more than 35 years of experience in systems development and information technology, forged by working on mission-critical projects such as the US Space Shuttle Program brake anti-skid testing prior to its initial launch, to working with super-computer systems to support digital logic and fault simulation and rapid prototyping to help companies attain competitive advantage in the development of next-generation processors and chipsets.
John graduated from Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, where he first honed his problem solving discipline that is incredibly valuable to customers looking for a partner with the capacity to fully understand their requirements to ensure project success.
When he’s not actively engaged with customers, John is studying technology roadmaps to understand the next big inflection points and key trends in order to counsel clients on the impact to their businesses in the years to come.