Senior Leadership

Ed Kopko - CEO

Ed founded Mercury Z in 2009 to establish an organization to serve the world’s ever growing needs for broadband and network connectivity. Ed has a wealth of management experience, having served as Chairman and CEO of Butler International and its subsidiaries, including Butler Aviation, for 23 years where he led over 4000 employees serving blue chip telecommunications, defense, governmental and aerospace clients. Ed has managed over $6 billion of successful client engagements during his career in over 40 countries. He also served as CEO and publisher of Chief Executive Magazine. Ed has been a prolific writer and commentator on business matters with articles appearing in numerous outlets including The Wall Street Journal and Forbes and with regular TV and radio appearances on CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC and other media outlets. Ed holds an M.A. in Economics from Columbia University. Get in touch for business opportunities!

George Georgiou - SVP

George came to Mercury Z with a 25-year track record as a communications industry expert. George was Senior Vice President at Butler International where he was responsible for the Communications Industry Group’s global P&L. He has also held senior management positions at Sprint, Harris Corporation and 2Wire. With expertise in the sales and delivery of both technical and professional services to large communication clients, George has helped many service providers bring innovative voice, data and video networking solutions to market. As a result, his clients have enjoyed higher revenues and an enriched communications experience for consumers and enterprise users alike. Get in touch for business opportunities!

Robert Toll - SVP

Robert is a sales and operations executive with a successful career spanning over 20 years in the technology industry specializing in telecommunications.  His longstanding career began at Butler International, Inc. where he consistently ranked in the highest levels of the sales organization.  Robert then moved rapidly through the ranks at Comforce Telecom, Inc. filling roles as senior director, managing director, and national sales manager, responsible for strategically planning and executing sales strategies.  He developed the vital skill to secure relationships with Fortune 500 executives.  His broad experience has positioned him as trainer and mentor to sales teams. Get in touch for business opportunities!

Mike Strobo - SVP

Mike brings his vast knowledge of complex network design to Mercury Z as a Senior Advisor. Mike was a solutions architect at Butler International for 9 years where he developed a range of innovative customer solutions from network designs to IP video surveillance systems. As a veteran of the US Air Force, Mike was a key contributor in the development and deployment of the Defense Research and Engineering Network (DREN). Mike was also a Technologist at Verizon where he gained valuable experience in evaluating and integrating new technology. He has also achieved the highest level of Cisco professional certification becoming a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE). Get in touch for business opportunities!

Ken Meek - VP

Ken brings almost 35 years of experience to Mercury Z. He started his career pulling coax cables in support of military contracts for Electronic Data Systems, but quickly moved to building and transitioning GM to one of the world’s premier data centers in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Having learned the basics of networking and system management in support of customers, he moved from EDS to MCI (now Verizon) to understand work in the transport side if the telecommunications industry. Combining his knowledge of customer facing network management and transport technologies, Ken helped to build MCI’s Managed Network Services business. After 21 years at MCI/Verizon, Ken worked with Tait Communications to help the New Zealand Land Mobile Radio (LMR) manufacturer build a more complete services business by starting a Managed Service unit. The Managed Service would focus on the management of private LMR radio networks for Global Utilities and First Responders and be run out of two NOCs, one each in Houston, TX and Christchurch, New Zealand. Now at Mercury Z, Ken is managing all aspects of the company's Professional Services business supporting IT and Security. The IT focus is project-based assisting customers with technology transitions such as storage, email, networking, and virtualization. The Security focus includes delivering assessments, tests, and compliance solutions such as PCI and HIPAA, Platform Security Assessments such as code/API reviews, physical and logical penetration testing; Vulnerability, Penetration, Social Engineering testing; and compliance with laws or regulations such as Sox, FERPA, GLBA, and NIST. Get in touch for business opportunities!

Maria Kitchell - Human Resources Manager

Maria is Human Resources Manager at Mercury Z, joining the company with over a decade of experience managing a number of human resources programs, services and functions. Maria possesses strong knowledge of multi-state employment laws, compliance issues, and benefit plans. Maria is at the forefront of the recruitment process at Mercury Z, sourcing potential candidates, interviewing applicants, conducting background checks, managing on-boarding processes, and negotiating offers. She draws talented individuals to Mercury Z and also drives the Mercury Z Project Support service by sourcing technical expertise for client projects. Contact us to work with Mercury Z!

David Taunton – Senior Manager, Engineering & Solutions

David joins Mercury Z with over 15 years of communications project management experience, developing and managing complex network engineering and operational projects. David was previously Director of Operations at Velex where he managed teams of field techs, oversaw key deployments, and organized company financial models. Prior to this role, he has undertaken several senior project management positions at several large communications companies where he held financial, consultative as well as operational responsibilities. David has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Project Management from Colorado Technical University. Contact us for engineering project management expertise!

Trusted Advisors

Scott Purvis - Chief Network Architect

Scott brings over 30 years of engineering experience in the telecommunications industry to Mercury Z. He has wide-ranging qualifications from network design to business systems analytics, from vendor technical management to sales proposal development. In previous positions held, he has overseen the online Medics system for Dallas Presbyterian Hospital, and he has developed architectures for the US Postal Service, federal agencies and NASDAQ, as well as some of America's retail and banking giants. Scott also pioneered industry-leading processes and has been awarded patents for use in telecommunication technologies. Contact us for network engineering solutions!

N. Douglas Horne - Senior Advisor

Doug brings 35 years of experience to Mercury Z, creating powerful solutions for the telecommunications industry. He was previously COO of FTC Communications, Inc, where he oversaw all engineering, operations, P&L and strategic planning. Doug has held operations and marketing leadership positions at Contel and the State of South Carolina— where he led the effort to implement a state-owned and -operated telecom system. While serving as VP and General Manager at ITC Holding Company, Doug was able to significantly turn around operations, which saw expanded revenues and growth in employee base. Doug has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of South Carolina. Contact us for telecommunications solutions!

Belinda Jackson - Senior Advisor

Belinda is a senior advisor to our clients on operational projects, technology-driven processes and revenue generation. Prior to joining Mercury Z, Belinda worked at Butler International between 2005 and 2009 as the Global Client Relationship Director. In this role, she generated sales and staffing for Fortune 500 companies and for offshore accounts. Previously, Belinda was the Interim Executive Director / Director at Verizon Communications between 2000 and 2003, where she was responsible for the Northeast Region Customer Repair Call Centers. Contact us for operations and revenue generation!

Sabino Marquez - Senior Advisor

Sabino is an expert consultant with Mercury Z working with us to deliver our security services. He has experience and success building, enhancing, and managing enterprise risk and security organizations, information governance, and cybersecurity programs aligned to strategic business objectives. Sabino has worked with a number of organizations to establish and lead teams in security audits and information risk assessments. He also has experience defining appropriate mitigation controls, and deploying multi-layered risk management and security governance programs to minimize vulnerability and increase security posture across enterprise environments. Contact us for expert security solutions!

Eric Gomez - Senior Advisor

Eric brings over 22 years of experience to Mercury Z in information security, IT compliance assurance, risk management and project management expertise. This includes over 12 years providing IT auditing, vulnerability assessments, and continuity planning, mostly in the financial industry. He also has experience assisting financial institutions with computer forensic investigations to identify fraudulent activities, and develop remediation strategies. Eric has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Florida Atlantic University, and possesses a number of certifications including CISSP, CISA, CISM, and CBCP. Contact us for expert security solutions!

Eduardo Padilla - Senior Advisor

Eduardo has over 20 years of experience in network and systems security. He is an expert security consultant working to deliver top-quality support for Mercury Z’s security offerings. He has provided previous organizations with strategic business management, network integration and distributed systems design, business and information risk management, and auditing in federally-regulated and compliance industries. He can also devise complete technical network/systems project management and security implementations including application development, performance testing and computer networking interoperability of various enterprise applications or solutions architecture. Contact us for expert security solutions!

Ryan Swenson - Senior Advisor

Ryan brings over 15 years of cross-industry expertise to Mercury Z, having developed and implemented business and technical solutions, especially in information security and business applications for small, medium and large enterprises in the US and overseas. He has experience leading teams through all phases of large-scale development and implementation, including cost analysis, architecture, planning, vendor selection, and acquisition. Ryan has a Bachelor’s degree from NCSU in Computer Science as well as numerous certifications such as CISSP, ISSAP, SCJP, CSP, and extensive programming abilities. Contact us for expert security solutions!

Mark Johnson - Senior Advisor

Mark is a senior network, voice, and security architect/engineer, working with Mercury Z as a trusted senior advisor. He brings over 25 years of demonstrated success as a senior IT strategist and engineer. Having worked in senior positions for companies such as Belk, Wells Fargo, MOCE Technologies, Butler, AT&T, and IBM, among others, Andrew has leveraged emerging technology to drive organizational growth, performance, and profitability. He has experience designing, implementing, securing, and managing IT infrastructures across many different industries. Andrew has worked for regional clients as well as those with a global footprint. Contact us for strategic network engineering solutions!

Tawanda Nicholson - Senior Advisor

Tawanda brings a broad range of migration expertise to Mercury Z. As an experienced Enterprise Messaging Architect in all messaging platforms e.g. Microsoft Exchange 2003-2010 as well as O365, Lotus Notes V 3 - V9.x, GroupWise and Zimbra, she has architected and designed messaging environments for several corporations throughout the US. She also brings expertise in managing Active Directory, Lync Unified Messaging, Enterprise Archive Solutions, Disaster Recovery, and Business Continuity environments. Having worked for several large corporations such as Dell, Americo Life, DST Systems, MasterCard and others, Tawanda has the analytical and problem-solving skills to resolve complex technical issues. She can also manage IT infrastructures, perform server, Lync, and email migrations, and construct a clear communication plan for any project effort. Contact us for migration expertise!

Brian Tuttle - HIPAA Consultant

Brian brings over 15 years of experience in Health IT and Compliance Consulting to Mercury Z. He is a Certified Professional in Health IT (CPHIT), Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP), and Certified Business Resilience Auditor (CBRA). Brian has worked as a private consultant for healthcare compliance, and as IT Manager with MAG Mutual Healthcare Solutions and InGauge Healthcare Solutions, Inc. With vast experience in Health IT systems (e.g. practice management/EMR systems, imaging, transcription, medical messaging, etc.), Brian has conducted onsite risk assessments for over 600 medical practices, hospitals, health departments, insurance plans, and business associates across the US. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology from Georgia College and State University, and a Master's degree in Health Sciences from Georgia State University. Contact us for HIPAA services and healthcare IT consultation!

Get in Touch!

Telephone: (919) 439-5000
1150 SE Maynard Rd
Cary, NC 27511
263 13th Ave S, Suite 340
St Petersburg, FL 33701

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