Leadership Team

Passionate About
Your Success

The leadership team at Sharp Decisions is dedicated to attracting and retaining the best talent in the industry to help clients succeed quickly and cost-effectively.

Meet the Leadership Team

Karen Ross
President & CEO
Karen Ross
Steve Byas
Executive Vice President
Steve Byas
Stuart Gottlieb
Chief Financial Officer
Stuart Gottlieb

Meet the Sales Leadership Team

Ross Butterfield is the Director of Strategic Alliances for the Sharp Decisions Texas Branch. With over a decade of experience, he joined Sharp Decisions to help build the DFW market. He is skilled in strategic IT consulting, business development, account management, and IT recruiting. His father, several family members, and many of his friends proudly served in the military, which inspired his passion to help build the V.E.T.S. program.


As a Dallas, Texas native, he enjoys all Dallas professional sports, especially the Cowboys (naturally). Ross looks forward to serving his clients, building the DFW branch, and establishing strategic Veteran alliances in the southern region.


rbutterfield@sharpdecisions.com

Ed McCann has nearly three decades of experience in the technology management consulting field. He has spent the past 11 of those years with Sharp Decisions. Based in New York, Ed specializes in the technology, financial, healthcare and government sectors. He is a subject matter expert in the areas of cybersecurity, application development, cloud infrastructure services, Salesforce CRM, and outsourcing.


At Sharp Decisions, Ed’s primary role includes interfacing with C-Suite level clients, handling all facets of project engagement. His career has been built on in-the fieldtechnicalexperience. As the strategic V.E.T.S. program manager, he works with clients to address challenges and identify the right talent with the right areas of expertise to solve them.


Prior to joining Sharp Decisions, Ed was a partner at Dynax Solutions. He is a graduate of the New York Institute of Technology.


emccann@sharpdecisions.com

A New England native, a graduate of the University of Hartford, and a transplant to the Desert of the Sun, Rain has global professional recruiting and consulting experience. He has progressed his talent acquisition career from Sales & Marking, to worldwide Semiconductor Executive Headhunter to Global Relationship Manager in the Information Technology vertical. He is responsible for developing national and global client partnerships for Sharp Decisions consulting and recruiting services.


Rain adheres to the principles of customer relationship fostering as a trusted business partner, using creative and innovative techniques to secure top IT talent nationwide for his clientele. Never one to say ‘no’ or to shy away from a challenging client request, with a quick wit and a large inviting smile, Rain has always been a highly respected and reliable customer advocate.


rnichols@sharpdecisions.com

Jennifer Miller is the Director of Business Development for our West Coast Division with an emphasis on IT Solutions, growing new business partnerships and strengthening Sharp Decisions existing presence in California.


A strong connector, forward thinker and a dynamic businessperson, her blend of acumen and technical aptitude make her an idea partner when it comes to delivering both small- and large-scale technology projects. Focused on meeting and exceeding client’s goals and supporting the evolving talent needs by taking an innovative approach to providing solutions that drive results.


Feel free to reach out, connect with her on LinkedIn or join one of the groups she is involved in: WICT SoCAL, WIT, US Military Veterans Network, and Hollywood IT Society to name a few. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys yoga at the beach, sunset runs, biking the mountains and exploring the beautiful coast of California with her family and dog, Rocky.


jmiller@sharpdecisions.com

Meet the Talent Acquisition Leadership Team

Eric Wegfahrt is the Director of Fintech Recruitment, Digitization, and Quantum Computing Technologies. Coming from a “recruiting family,” Eric has over 20 years of technical recruiting experience. He has been with Sharp Decisions for over 12 years. As both a hands-on recruiter and manager, his background in the NY Metro area market gives him an in-depth understanding of the Fintech / Wall Street culture, as well as, the healthcare, insurance, government, and consumer products industries.


Eric has been a consistent contributor to the V.E.T.S. program recruiting efforts since its inception and has a finger on the pulse of cutting-edge technologies as they continually emerge.


ewegfahrt@sharpdecisions.com

Carl Noel is the Director of Global Resource Management at Sharp Decisions. As an Information Technology industry expert with over 20 years of experience in full lifecycle recruiting and business development, Carl has led several large-scale and high visibility lifecycle implementation projects at Sharp.


His experience is primarily in the Financial Services, Healthcare, and Government industries. He’s worked closely with Sharp Decisions’ V.E.T.S. program since its inception in 2013. He continues to stay in tune with market trends and cutting edge technology, as well as find new strategies and methods to attract new clients and resources. He is a graduate of St. Peter’s University.


cnoel@sharpdecisions.com

Since joining Sharp Decisions in February 2013, Gus Ganaden has established himself as a consistent pillar within the firm, using every failure or obstacle as a learning experience for the future.


He believes in working with integrity and humility. He values the relations he builds with candidates and clients throughout the IT Industry. Gus focuses on a wide spectrum of technical requirements needed by clients in the Financial Services, Healthcare, and Government sectors. He specializes in recruiting for Java, .NET, Big Data, DevOps, Cyber Security, Application/Full-Stack Developers, Programmers, and Quants – at all experience levels.


Along with the core business, Gus also works with military veterans for clients who have partnered with Sharp Decisions’ V.E.T.S. program. Gus takes pride in his ability to build trust and confidence in candidates throughout their search process, matching them with the clients who understand the caliber of the resources we are providing.


gganaden@sharpdecisions.com

Jamey Levin is the Western Region Resource Manager at Sharp Decisions. He has been with the company for over 17 years. Before joining Sharp Decisions, he began his career at Keane where he recruited for Y2K related projects before transitioning into tech staffing needs for the dot-com boom. Having grown his interest in talent management and problem solving within technology, he joined Sharp Decisions in 2002 where he plays an integral role in growing the company’s account base.


jlevin@sharpdecisions.com

Debra Gioeli is a Lead Resource Manager at Sharp Decisions. With over ten years of experience in IT recruitment, she is responsible for managing the Vendor Management Requirements and the recruiters who support them, specifically in the areas of Information Technology and Operations.


She works directly with the Master Service Providers, fielding requests for talent requirements and sharing specific needs with the Sharp Decisions team. She also reviews open positions and works with appropriate management to better determine the capabilities they need and how they can be addressed.


Debra is a graduate of SUNY Albany and is passionate about staying up to speed on the newest technologies available to the IT staffing industry.


dgioeli@sharpdecisions.com

Shalini is a highly polished and dedicated technology Resource Manager who embraces the intricate details of the global recruitment marketplace and has proven her ability to secure the best resources for her clientele in a timely manner. She is a consummate professional who takes it upon herself to build trust within the technology community. She has received multiple awards for outstanding accomplishments and is held in high regard within the profession. As a graduate of International Economics, Shalini maintains a solid professional network and she takes pride in working at Sharp Decisions for the past 16 years.


sdixit@sharpdecisions.com