Ron Braatz, President/Founder
Over the years, Ron Braatz has worked for some of the leading technology companies in the world including Microsoft, Siebel (Oracle), and IBM. He has held roles in sales and marketing, partner mentoring and readiness, and technical consulting. Ron worked for five years at Microsoft in the Business Solutions Division as a Solution Specialist. Prior to founding LiftOff, he served as the CTO at a government contractor where he led several IT eLearning projects for The Department of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services. Ron holds a Masters Degree in Technology Education from Johns Hopkins University and has taught courses at the high school and college graduate level. He lives in Maryland with his wife and two children where he is an active volunteer and coaches several youth sports teams.
Brian Reilly, Senior Office 365 Technologist
Brian Reilly has over two decades of experience in client development, technology project management and technology training. He has led or co-led over 400 Office 365 migration projects for both State and Local Governments and commercial clients all over the country. Brian has degrees from Salisbury University and the University of Maryland, and an MBA from the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris where he spent three years cruising the Seine and walking the Champs-Élysées. Brian lives in suburban Washington, DC, with his wife and four children, and enjoys vegetable gardening, bicycling, and ultimate frisbee.
Tom Erdely, Senior Office 365 Technologist
Tom Erdely is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer with over 20 years of experience working with Microsoft Windows systems, on-premise Microsoft Exchange and Office 365. Over the years, he has served as the lead managing engineer for several MSPs (Managed Service Providers) working with IT clients and end-users solving complex IT problems. Tom designed and managed a shared service provider in Stavanger, Norway providing both email and remote desktop solutions to many organizations in the region. When he’s not coaching and playing basketball, Tom and his wife and their three children spend free time traveling through the U.S. and Europe.
Colin Flanagan, Office 365 Strategic Accounts Manager
Colin Flanagan has over 15 years of experience as a top sales and service manager. He has a passion for helping businesses find solutions to increase productivity and profits. An Office 365 Licensing specialist, Colin has become an expert in navigating Microsoft's AOS-G program, which places state and local government agencies into Microsoft's exclusive Government Community Cloud. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has built an extensive list of contacts that he can leverage to help solve complex issues. Colin is a lifelong dirt biker and motocross enthusiast, and enjoys participating in sporting and charity events with his wife and two children.