Get to know our team a little better
Our strategic coaches are versed in our entire operating platform and lead our full suite coaching engagements
Jamison West (US)
Jamison has been a serial entrepreneur for 25 years. He built Arterian (formerly JWCS), an MSP that he grew from a 1 man shop to 40 staff through both organic growth and the acquisition of 4 other IT Services companies.
He went on to Co-Found 3 SaaS companies including Teamatics, SmileBack, and TimeZest and currently serves as Chairman of TimeZest. He enjoys his role as a Strategic Coach and Consultant for several clients in the US.
His background includes:
Founding and operating companies in the SaaS and IT Services space
Participating in and moderating professional peer groups (HTG and EO)
Coaching and Consulting for organizations in the SaaS and IT Services verticals
Speaking on a range of topics from Cloud to M&A to People
Former EOS® Implementer
Jamison lives in Las Vegas with his modern day Brady Bunch family.
Brett Jaffe (US)
Over a period of 25 years, Brett built and sold three companies (including an MSP, cloud reseller, and digital forensics business), led hundreds of soldiers as an officer in the US Army, and built an international channel partner program from inception to over $30M in recurring revenue.
Brett is an accomplished speaker, consultant, and advisor and has worked with hundreds of businesses in varying capacities, giving him a unique understanding of what it takes to succeed at varying levels of business growth. Brett has also been involved in several M&A deals as a buyer, seller, and advisor.
He is excited to be a part of the talented team of coaches at ConnectStrat and looks forward to making a difference in the ITSP space helping others achieve their dreams.
Brett's educational background includes a B.S. from Tufts University and degree in Strategic Internet Management from Northeastern University. Brett is a former EOS® Implementer and certified DISC trainer and continues to serve the IT community as a leadership team member of audIT Sales Presentation System.
Brett is an avid soccer player, skier and mountain biker. He currently lives in beautiful Bedford, NH with his wife and two daughters.
Jason Knight US)
Jason Knight is an experienced leader with 30 years creating and managing companies in Information Technology, Software Development, Construction Technology, and Aviation industries.
Jason began his entrepreneurial journey in the mid-1990s when he founded an IT security group which he ultimately grew to over $30M in revenue.
In 2005 Jason started a Houston based technology solutions provider which he grew to $50M in revenue and in 2014 sold as part of a roll-up. While integrating the various companies involved in the roll-up it quickly became evident that there was a need for consistency in vision, execution, and culture, which lead him to EOS®.
Since the conclusion of the roll-up integration, Jason has discovered his passion for working with other entrepreneurs to bring balance to their lives and help them achieve the most from their business via coaching at ConnectStrat.
Brian Hoppe (US)
Brian has been part of the Managed Services industry since the early 2000s. He earned both his Bachelor’s and MBA from Baylor University. For over 20 years, Brian has worked in multiple MSPs and has bought and sold multiple MSPs. He’s been everything from a technician to Ops Manager to CFO to CEO. He has grown multiple MSPs to over $5 million in revenue and run MSPs in excess of $15 million in revenue. Brian has a thorough understanding of all the ins and outs of running a highly successful MSP. But more importantly, he understands how to help MSP leaders get the most from their business. His expertise in leadership and coaching can help any MSP owner or CEO achieve the results they want in both business and life.
Glenn Bergsma, Leadership (AU)
From tech startups and SME’s to large global corporations across Australasia and North America, Glenn has supported leaders and their companies to achieve high-value strategic growth for over 15 years.
With that demonstrated success, Glenn's deep insight and breadth of international and cross-cultural experience have resulted in accelerated leadership and business performance for his highly motivated clients. Glenn’s strategic approach and practical leadership training have supported authentic performance assessment, planning and execution.
Glenn’s expertise includes:
Strategy & Execution Coaching
Leadership Training & Development
High Performing Teams & Culture Development
Change Management & Continuous Improvement
Executive Leadership Coaching
Governance Development & Board Directorships
Keynote Speaking & Facilitation
Glenn currently lives in Perth, Western Australia with his wife, Allie and two sons, Chase & Jack. When he’s not working, he’s fishing, cooking bbq, throwing weights around the gym, pretending to be a rock star on the guitar or relaxing with his family and friends.
Our affiliate coaches are versed in specific engagements pertaining to their relative fields of expertise including vCMO, Kolbe and Team Building, LifePlan, and Strategy
Fred Jentgen, vCMO (US)
Fred grew up in Indiana as a young entrepreneur starting his own paper route, teaching tennis lessons at the neighborhood swim & tennis club, and coaching both swim and tennis teams that competed with other city clubs. He followed his father’s engineering footsteps, graduating with an Electrical & Electronics Engineering degree from Purdue University, May 1992.
Intel snatched Fred off campus and brought him to Phoenix, AZ, starting a fast-paced, exciting technology career as a sales & marketing leader. One of Fred's primary roles was working with the technology partner channel where he discovered his passion for IT entrepreneurship! After a short side-step, where he spent 18 months as the VP of Marketing for Avnet, Fred decided to pursue working with technology entrepreneurs full-time.
Fred founded Unleashed Consulting Group LLC in Sept 2019 with a focus on helping technology businesses through Professional EOS® Implementation and Certified LifePlan Facilitation for leaders. In 2020, Fred joined forces with the ConnectStrat Team to scale vision, strategy, and execution services to the IT services industry.
Fred has been married 27 years to his high school sweetheart, Julie. They live in Phoenix, Arizona, with their three teenagers Tim, Ally, and Jared and a growing number of their extended family who love the Arizona outdoors.
Jena Knight, Kolbe and Team Building (US)
Jena Knight is an experienced Social Worker and Kolbe Certified Consultant that focuses on bringing” Healthy” to the workplace. Jena is able to help organizations release and leverage the natural instincts of their current talent force through the Kolbe System™. With a special emphasis on complementing the EOS process, Jena is able to help leaders and teams leverage their natural instincts to:
Be more productive
Get better results with less effort
Enjoy greater personal satisfaction
Recently, Jena completed her Kolbe Youth Specialist ( KYS- 6/2020) credential to work with students ages 10+. As a KYS, Jena is able to help students identify their natural strengths and use them to achieve more naturally with less stress, grow in confidence and purpose, and set a course towards the future. Jena is excited to add a dimension of “Whole Health” that extends beyond the workplace to families.
Gerwai Todd, Strategy (US)
Gerwai Todd is a seasoned executive consultant and StratOp-certified business strategist who works with MSPs and business owners to build high-performance teams and drive operational efficiency. Gerwai has 25 years of expertise in mergers and acquisitions, worked with hundreds of MSPs, and is an entrepreneur himself. He knows firsthand that the definition and execution of a strategic plan is critical to reducing operational cost, simplifying corporate structure, and increasing performance.
Gerwai recently spent 10 years on the leadership team at ConnectWise and assisted in the hyper growth from 50 employees to 1200+ before being acquired by Thoma Bravo for $1.5 billion.
Gerwai is certified in the Patterson Group StratOp Strategic Planning Framework, a CEO Peer Group Facilitator, and serves as a Board Member & Capital and Investor Relations Committee Chairman of the Tampa Bay Wave tech incubator.
Gerwai holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in economics from the University of Oregon.