AZtech Strategies Principals
Anne M. Zink
Founder, Chief Strategy Officer
Anne Zink is the author of the forthcoming book: Creative Selling - Create & Close More Opportunities Using a Model Proven by a Billion Dollars of New Customer Revenue.
She founded AZtech Strategies, LLC in 1997 out of frustration with traditional consulting models. For 15 years Anne and her team have focused on partnering with clients to solve problems and create opportunities for them, their customers, partners, and employees while delivering value to their communities and investors. Anne believes enduring success is only achieved by exceeding the expectations of all stakeholders.
Most recently Anne spent two years in Haiti creating a public private partnership for civil registry modernization. Valued at >$90M, Anne worked with both the Preval and Martelly governments including 3 Prime Ministers and 5 Ministers of Justice and her client, a private sector partner. Her work also included lobbying the US, Canada, the Vatican and Petrocarbie to secure funding for the project. In addition, Anne secured implementation partners across the private sector and within the multilateral community. Over the two yearsin Haiti, Anne developed an unparalleled network across the State of Haiti, the private sector, civil society, religious groups and the international community.
Prior to her Haiti adventure, she spent over two decades working with industry pioneers to bring emerging/disruptive technologies to market. Beginning in the early 90's, she drove the development and launch of the first profitable internet service provider. From there she was instrumental in launching cutting edge IP Telephony and Unified Communications solutions. Her efforts included: creating Go-to-Market strategies, developing market and competitive positioning across multiple customer segments, recruiting partners, building alliances, creating new engagement models and designing multi-channel support programs. In addition, she developed and launched the industry's first convergence technologies technical certification program. Beginning in 2001, Anne worked with several clients to develop hosted and managed solution platforms. This included a new engagement model to empower what would ultimately become cloud computing.
Until the late 80's, Anne was deeply involved in the publishing and media and entertainment industries.
Anne is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and has contributed to trade magazines such as: CIO Update, eWeek and SmartBiz.
AZtech Strategic Advisory Board
Joseph Jeter is a recognized expert in the field of security and outsourcing. Most recently, Mr. Jeter held the position of vice president and managing partner of infrastructure transformation services at Unisys a part of the global outsourcing and infrastructure services organization. There Mr. Jeter oversaw North America consulting services for infrastructure transformation - including IT strategy and planning; applications and operations infrastructure optimization; security and emergency management services.
Prior to that, he held responsibility for Unisys security, high-speed internet, and worldwide IT solution development organizations. He also developed the Unisys Security Leadership Institute.
Before his tenure with Unisys, Mr. Jeter was vice president of North American operations at Network Programs, a company specializing in voice over IP (VOIP) and telecommunications operations support systems (oss) software development. He also spent 14 years at Bell Atlantic (Verizon Communications), in roles ranging from network engineering to international business development.
Mr. Jeter has a Bachelor Of Science and Bachelor Of Arts degrees from Taylor University in Indiana. In addition, he sits on the advisory board of the responsible information management council.
Norman Inkster is president of Inkster incorporated. He is a recognized expert in national and international law enforcement and forensic investigations, and has directly led or managed a large number of investigations worldwide.
Following his retirement from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Norman joined KPMG Forensic in 1994 as a line partner, was then promoted to manage KPMG Forensic for Canada. From 2000 to 2003 Norman was the global managing partner of KPMG forensic. From 2003 to 2006 Norman was president of Inkster Group of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, which specialized in corporate investigations, fraud prevention, business intelligence, electronic evidence, and the safeguarding of assets and information. Norman had a distinguished 36-year career in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He rose through the ranks to become the commissioner where he managed all aspects of Canada's largest police force and was responsible for the organization's 21,000 employees and a budget of approximately $2 billion. Norman also served as president of Interpol from 1992 to 1994.
Norman's business focuses on a broad range of investigations that include allegations of kick-backs, fraud, theft, extortion and embezzlement. He has directed efficiency reviews of major law enforcement agencies, as well as business recovery planning and security reviews for corporations and international organizations. Norman acted as a special advisor to the auditor general of , and following the events of September 11, 2001 he was appointed as a special advisor on matters of security to the government of Ontario. He was recently appointed as chair of Canada's advisory council on national security.
In 2007 Norman was appointed by the government of Canada to the task force on governance and cultural change in the RCMP (Brown Task Force), a five member panel which reviewed all aspects of the management and structure of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
In 2009 Norman was appointed by the minister of foreign affairs and international trade to a three person task force to review, analyze and make recommendations in respect of the security of Canadian missions and personnel serving Canada abroad.
Director of Business Relations
Alyssa Kasaris brings a rich and varied background from the telecommunications industry. She has extensive experience in the sales and services organizations in that industry as well as training and consulting. Ms. Kasaris also brings a wealth of expertise in leadership development, change management, and performance management programs.
Director - Market Intelligence
Ms. Mandel has been in the communications industry for over 20 years. She has a strong background in advertising, marketing, brand development and negotiations having worked at a prominent publishing company (General Media,) a leading advertising agency (DDB) and an in-house advertising department of a company (The Warnaco Group.)Â This has afforded her the opportunity to develop her skills and disciplines from three different vantage points. She has managed marketing and advertising for such high profile accounts as Atari, Cigna, GTE, and IBM. Ms. Mandel attended the university of Illinois and Kellogg. During free times she is likely to be found seeing a good movie, which is one of her favorite pastimes. She is based in New York city and loves being able to walk and not have to drive to most destinations.