Bill Brennan is president and CEO of Forsythe Technology, Inc., an IT infrastructure integrator. Forsythe provides technology and business consulting services, technology leasing, and hardware and software products from all leading IT infrastructure manufacturers. Brennan has more than 30 years of industry experience in executive and client-facing roles.
Prior to being named president in October 2005, Brennan served Forsythe as senior vice president of sales. Brennan joined Forsythe in 2003 as vice president of sales and product operations, responsible for sales operations strategy including client targeting, marketing integration, and sales programs; sales team development and planning; sales methodology; and order fulfillment processes.
Brennan also serves on the board of directors for Forsythe Technology, Inc. and is chairman of the board of Forsythe Solutions Group, Inc.
Prior to his work at Forsythe, Brennan was an independent consultant for 10 years, leading a variety of strategic business transformation engagements, primarily for U.S.-based multi-national companies. He has extensive strategic planning, business model development, organization change management, and process design experience.
Prior to his consulting work, Brennan gained 14 years of hands-on sales, sales management, marketing, planning, and management experience in various roles of increasing responsibility at IBM Corporation.
Brennan earned his bachelor of science degree in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a member of the Executives Club of Chicago.
Al Weiss is executive vice president and CFO of Forsythe Technology, Inc. Weiss, who sits on the board of directors of Forsythe Technology, served as executive vice president and CFO of Forsythe McArthur from 1984-1991.
Prior to rejoining Forsythe in 2000, Weiss served as vice president and chief financial officer of Alltech Data Systems, a network integration company. He was instrumental in the sale of Alltech in 1999 to Datatec Ltd., a global network distribution and e-commerce service provider, which renamed the company Logical Network Services.
Weiss’s additional previous experience includes five years with Computer Access, a Denver-based PC reseller, where he was a principal shareholder and, as chief financial officer, negotiated the sale of the company. Weiss was also with Continental Bank, Chicago, for 10 years, serving as vice president and division manager of what was, at that time, one of the country’s leading lending groups to the leasing industry.
Weiss has served on the board of directors of the Equipment Leasing Association (ELA) and the Foundation for Leasing Education.
He holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
As executive vice president, Forsythe Hosting Solutions, Michael Conley leads the division that combines Forsythe’s managed security services, managed hosting services, managed systems services and Forsythe Data Centers. Forsythe Hosting Solutions was created in 2015 to give clients easier access to Forsythe’s full range of services under one roof, and to enable faster innovation and deployment of new solutions. Forsythe Hosting Solutions also provides managed services for client infrastructure on-premise at client locations. In addition to leading Forsythe Hosting Solutions, Conley continues to provide his existing clients with Forsythe’s full range of services and solutions.
Previously, Conley served as senior vice president, emerging technologies and key accounts, Conley serves many of Forsythe’s largest global clients, often focusing on security strategies and the evolution of the Hybrid Data Center. In today’s atmosphere of advanced persistent threats, security strategies must be sophisticated, dynamic and enterprise-wide. Data center optimization strategies are similarly comprehensive, going well beyond virtualization to optimization of application and workload placement across private and public cloud solutions as well as legacy systems. For more than 20 years Conley has provided leadership and execution for best of breed IT solutions.
Conley joined Forsythe in 1993 as an account manager. He became a district manager in 2000, was promoted to vice president in 2003 and to senior vice president in 2007. Conley was named to the Forsythe Technology board of directors in 2006.
Conley has served on the advisory boards of several of Forsythe’s technology manufacturer partners and is a member of Forsythe’s internal committee to evaluate emerging technologies, with a special focus on the many security and hybrid data center/cloud solutions that are currently being developed.
Prior to joining Forsythe, Conley worked for three years with Delta Communications, Chicago, Ill. as sales manager of a thirteen-state Midwestern sales region serving national customers.
Conley has served as a guest-lecturer for the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and the University of Notre Dame Executive MBA Program, educating executive business students about IT issues in business context. Conley is a contributing author for two case studies published by the Kellogg School. Conley has been a commentator on Tech Talk with Craig Peterson, the #1 Saturday morning radio show in the Boston market, and his observations about how businesses address IT issues have been published in CIO Insight, IT Business Edge, and Information Today.
Conley holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.
As Forsythe’s executive vice president of technology solutions, Michael Qualley leads Forsythe’s solutions group, which includes Forsythe’s software defined data center (server, storage, network and workspace), data center solutions (migration, strategy, and engineering), and security lines of business. Qualley is responsible for Forsythe’s Technology Evaluation Center (TEC), one of the largest multivendor proof-of-concept labs in North America. He also leads Forsythe’s solutions operations (enablement, pursuit, and delivery) teams. Forsythe’s technology solutions teams deliver cross-platform, multi-vendor technology solutions to Forsythe clients throughout North America. These teams work closely with more than 250 manufacturer partners and engage with Forsythe’s clients to tackle complex challenges and assist with formulating outcome-centric solutions that improves performance, reduces cost, lowers risk, and drives innovation.
Previously, as senior vice president of technology products and system solutions, Qualley managed Forsythe’s network, server, storage, and systems consulting practices and manufacturer partnerships. He joined Forsythe as vice president of support services, to build the company’s maintenance contract, support contract, and software license management business to enhance Forsythe’s “one stop shopping” IT infrastructure services model.
Before joining Forsythe, Qualley worked with ABN AMRO North America to launch Neogration Inc., a provider of outsourcing services. As president and CEO of Neogration, he was responsible for the company’s overall direction, including evaluating the market viability of new offerings, developing asset commercialization processes, and building partnerships with other technology leaders.
Prior to launching Neogration, Qualley served as vice president of technology, professional services, and operations for Commerx, Inc., a Chicago-based provider of business process automation technologies and services. In this role, he was responsible for all phases of the company’s private trading networks, including strategic partnerships, product development, implementation services, and client support services.
Qualley served in executive positions in Chicago and Amsterdam with ABN AMRO, including vice president of technology solutions, responsible for the development and support of the company’s vertical Internet applications division. Previously, he headed the bank’s global groupware and messaging division out of its Amsterdam headquarters.
Qualley began his career with systems integrator Crowe Chizek and Company LLC, where he was a senior supply chain consultant responsible for the design and supervision of MRP installations that bridged legacy software packages to new systems.
Qualley holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind. He is a member of the Society for Information Management (SIM).
Tom Hoffman has served as Forsythe's general counsel for more than 15 years and has over 20 years of experience in the leasing and commercial finance industry. He served several times on the Computer Dealers and Lessors Association (CDLA) Legal Advisory Committee, and has been actively involved in the Equipment Leasing Association. Hoffman sits on Forsythe's board of directors.
Prior to joining Forsythe, Hoffman served as senior vice president and associate general counsel for the commercial finance division of Associates First Capital Corporation, which has since been acquired by Citigroup.
Hoffman earned his bachelor's degree in social sciences from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and received his J.D. from DePaul University, Chicago.
As senior vice president of order management, Michelle Coffield is responsible for managing all retail deal processing activity for Forsythe Solutions Group and Forsythe McArthur Associates, including contract preparation, revenue and expense accruals by transaction, and the booking of gross profit margin for all sale and lease transactions. Sales administration supports Forsythe’s national sales force, processing transactions that represent hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.
Coffield has served Forsythe’s sales administration area for 18 years, in positions of increasing responsibility. Coffield's extensive knowledge of the company and of the industry has proven invaluable, as over the years she has initiated many process and productivity improvements in sales administration and other areas. Prior to joining Forsythe, she spent two years in sales with the Metropolitan Insurance Company.
Coffield earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Illinois State University.
As senior vice president of human resources, Jenny Schulte leads Forsythe's efforts in developing and executing a broad spectrum of human resources strategies and programs. Schulte and her team are committed to supporting Forsythe's long-term productivity and profitability while building Forsythe's reputation as an employer of choice.
Schulte joined Forsythe in November 2013. She brings 20+ years of global experience at large professional services organizations, including Navigant Consulting Inc. and A.T. Kearney, Inc. Schulte earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston College.
As Senior VP, Chief Information Officer, Jeffrey Davies is responsible for Forsythe’s internal technology infrastructure, internal business systems and corporate information.
Davies joined Forsythe in 2014, bringing more than 20 years of leadership experience in managing full life cycle projects, developing and growing teams, building and managing business relationships and ensuring technology projects address strategic business goals.
Prior to joining Forsythe, Davies served as Vice President of IT for OfficeMax for the company’s Contract B2B business unit. His additional experience includes roles as Director of IT, Sears Holdings Corporation, where he developed and grew the company’s analytical skills and tool; Vice President, The Revere Group, where he established and grew a revenue-generating solutions center practice; and Technology Manager, Lante Corporation, where he helped evolve the company’s strategic direction to a strong Internet-based focus. Davies began his career as a Senior Consultant at Accenture, focusing on emerging technologies and supporting their implementation globally.
Davies earned his MBA, and his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
As senior vice president – chief accounting officer, Dan Noonan is responsible for all of the accounting, financial reporting, forecasting and budgeting activities at Forsythe. Noonan and his team are responsible for maintaining a strong system of internal controls and helping business partners improve performance by bringing a financial perspective to strategy development and decision making.
Noonan has over 20 years of experience in financial leadership roles with companies such as Sears Holdings, Ace Hardware and KPMG.
Noonan earned his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago and is a Certified Public Accountant.
As Treasurer of Forsythe Technology, Inc., Gary is responsible for Forsythe’s banking relationships, debt, and cash management, including managing Forsythe’s borrowings and repayments under its revolving credit facility, interest rate and foreign currency risk, and funding of day-to-day and strategic operations. In addition, he is responsible for all client credit risk, as well as accounts receivable. Gary joined Forsythe in 2009, has a broad-based background in commercial lending, including senior management roles with several large financial institutions. Gary holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University in business administration, and has served on the board of directors of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, as well as the curriculum advisory board for Bellevue University’s MBA program.