Meet the Team
Marc has over 30 years of experience in technology professional services and software development. Over a wide-ranging career in consulting as well as line manager positions, Marc has proven himself as a problem solver and leader who can solve difficult technology problems for organizations across a wide variety of industries and organization sizes.
Marc is the developer of the jQuery Library for SharePoint Web Services (SPServices) and The SPXSLT Codeplex Project. He is a repeat recipient of the Microsoft MVP award for Office Apps and Services (2011-2021) and a Microsoft 365 Patterns and Practices team member.
Prior to cofounding Sympraxis Consulting, Marc was Director of Operations at Jornata, a Boston-based technology consulting firm, which was acquired by Vitale, Caturano in the Spring of 2008. Marc has also held positions at world-class services firms such as Bain and Company, KPMG, and Renaissance Solutions. Marc also had a “real job”, managing the systems for Staples‘ delivery business as it grew from a $30 million “experiment” to an over $1 billion main line business unit. Having started his career as an assembly language and FORTRAN programmer, Marc truly knows what life is like “in the trenches” and brings that perspective to bear for all of his clients.
Marc has a Bachelors of Arts in Computer Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH.
Todd has been a professional computer nerd for over 20 years, specializing in SharePoint for more than 15.
His love affair with SharePoint began one slow day at the office when he discovered SharePoint Team Services 1.0 on the Office XP CD that was holding up his coffee cup, and decided to install it. The rest is history. In 2006 he was honored to be awarded the MVP award from Microsoft for Windows SharePoint Services. He has had the pleasure of working with SharePoint farms both large small. For over a decade, Todd has presented sessions on SharePoint at many major conferences both in the United States as well as Europe and Asia and does the user group circuit, SharePoint Saturday events, and the occasional children’s birthday party as well. He has also written several books and magazine articles on SharePoint and related topics.
While SharePoint is first love, Todd isn’t a one-trick pony, he also works with other technologies like PowerShell, SQL Server, Office 365, OneDrive, and Azure AD. He spends his days consulting on various Microsoft Cloud technologies.
Derek is passionate about building visually appealing and intuitive applications, going beyond the development of efficient navigation structures to create interfaces and organizational structures that encourage and facilitate content authoring.
He has 20 years of industry experience building customized intranets, extranets, and public facing websites based on the Microsoft stack. He specializes in front-end development and visual design/branding of SharePoint and Office 365. He brings a design eye to Sympraxis in addition to augmenting our development chops, information architecture, content architecture, and collaboration strategy skills. He also enjoys working closely with his clients and has a knack at quickly understand their business drivers and the “why” behind the project. He often describes his role as the “technical therapist” bridging the communication gap between designers, internal IT staff, and the end users.
Emily is a lifelong learner. She is a passionate advocate for seamless user experiences- specializing in information architecture and user experience (UX master certified by Nielsen Norman Group). Emily is a recipient of the Microsoft MVP award for Office Apps and Services and a member of the Microsoft 365 Patterns and Practices team. She thrives on building accessible structures to help people find what they are looking for and better understand their surroundings.
Before joining Sympraxis, Emily fell in love with SharePoint Online while managing the Office 365 strategy at a fast-growing global biotech. There she implemented and led the Steering Committee, formed to prioritize projects by business need while maintaining close alignment with the company culture. She developed productivity training to drive user adoption during the company’s 10x growth over 5 years. Emily has a deep understanding of what business owners need to implement intuitive and scalable solutions.
Emily’s experience as a communications manager, leadership development facilitator, and teacher provide a well-rounded background for interpreting and translating user needs across industries. She infuses each project with effective change management and compassion for pain points. Emily believes a human-centered process will yield the best results.
A “recovering CPA,” and experienced project manager passionate about how organizations and knowledge workers use technology, Mike works with business users to make them more collaborative, insightful, and productive. His areas of focus are collaboration, knowledge management, project management, business intelligence, and information architecture.
Mike has been active in the SharePoint, Microsoft, and knowledge management communities for over a decade, and frequently presents on the business case for collaboration technologies.
When not obsessively working on knowledge worker productivity challenges, Mike can typically be found taking in a baseball game or a round of golf.