Meet Our All-Star Lineup
We are a team of industry leaders with unrivaled technology experience and knowledge. We are driven by the idea that your business solutions should be delivered by a trusted partner. Comstar’s leadership team is dedicated to transforming organizations with the expertise needed to guide them in the right direction. Our leadership team has what it takes to meet your ever-evolving demands.
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As a part of the Comstar team for over 17 years, David Johnson has watched the organization blossom through countless milestones. His hard work as a Project Manager, Vice President of Infrastructure, and Chief Operating Officer contributed greatly in steering Comstar Technologies to where it is today, playing a major role in assembling the current team that is taking the organization to new heights. With a deep understanding of the entire company– from technician on up – David believes the drivers of Comstar success are creating great client relationships and forming great teams.
For David, personal and professional achievement come from a constant sequence of planning and adjusting – deciding on worthwhile objectives, creating a path to get there, and course-correcting whenever required. He attributes his success to simply loving what he does, doing those things well, and letting results speak for themselves.
David enjoys spending time with his supportive wife and three wonderful children.
Octavio Diaz drives growth at Comstar Technologies with strategic leadership and an abundance of diverse experience. As a certified management and public accountant, he is well-versed in delivering strong financial results. On top of his financial acumen, Octavio brings a track record of developing and executing major business strategies with over 20 years of experience at the executive level and more than 10 years with a Fortune 500 company.
His career spans many industries and countries, where Octavio cemented his philosophy centering on learning from others and building strong, focused teams. This core belief served him well as he led teams through challenging circumstances like economic recessions, mergers, and ERP implementations. His reputation for leading teams that drive successful business transformations has led Octavio to manage projects like creating new business divisions, leading company turnarounds, and driving annual growth initiatives. As Comstar’s CFO, Octavio is constantly upgrading our organizational strength by finding ways to build value for all clients.
Octavio loves to travel, exercise, listen to audiobooks, and go for dinner with his wife and two children.
Warren comes to Comstar with well-established skills in sales growth, strategy, and organizational development. At Comstar, he has focused his first year on solution and partner development, public messaging needs and team growth. Under Warren’s watchful leadership, Comstar has achieved significant sales growth, including 60% year over year improvement in projected monthly recurring revenue sales.
Crediting his success to hard work, mentorship, and adaptability, Warren brings a wealth of experience in managing engineering, operations, sales, and customer experience environments. Calling on 18 years in the telecom industry, Warren founded his own consulting business, where he assisted carriers and retail companies in actualizing savings through operational efficiency initiatives and auditing services.
Warren understands that professional and personal development goals are often linked. A belief in the value of people and culture has led Warren to an approach where he seeks to provide a sense of community and belonging wherever possible – whether in the Comstar offices or with friends and family.
When he isn’t travelling the world, Warren lives with his wife and two sons and spends time watching his beloved soccer team, Liverpool.
Deb Gualtieri, SPHR; SHRM-SCP, serves as the Senior Director of People Operations at Comstar and brings a storied and successful track record of delivering HR strategies aligned with business goals and objectives. Deb’s expertise rings true to her title: she’s a certified people person. She works to develop solid relationships with all levels of employees and uses the values of empathy, respect and personal responsibility to help create a positive working environment for employees and create processes and programs that benefit the company as well as its employees.
Deb began her career in operations roles, first by supervising a claims division and thereafter overseeing premium processing and settlements for multi-million-dollar deposits as an operations leader of a prominent insurance company. She then used her operations and management foundation as a springboard into her successful career in HR. She holds numerous specializations and certifications, including Senior Professional in Human Resources certification from Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), Society for Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional and an associate degree in general studies. She has been recognized for creating numerous rewarding community partnerships that have drawn hundreds of volunteers, spoke on a featured panel for the National Association of Plan Advisors and served as a guest speaker on a popular industry radio show called HR Today.
At Comstar, Deb is responsible for designing the company’s HR department to include the formulation and implementation of compensation strategy and practices, training and development, benefits strategy and administration, talent management and organizational design and development.
In her spare time, Deb enjoys spending time with her nephews and family, as well as cooking and entertaining.
Gerry Burke is passionate about creating results for businesses. As an accomplished strategist and finance executive, Gerry brings over 25 years of experience in private, PE-backed, publicly held, and non-profit organizations. She has proven success in growing technology-focused companies across multiple industries, including defense and aerospace, IT professional services and telecom/unified communications. Most recently, at Comstar Technologies, Gerry has transformed the company’s finance operations team and is developing a scalable platform for the automated delivery of service and efficient integration of acquired businesses to support Comstar’s aggressive growth strategy.
Gerry has over 10 years of experience serving on private company Boards and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University and an MBA with a minor in Finance from Temple University. Gerry’s team knows they can always count on her to be honest, deliver on commitments and share her extensive knowledge base. Through this connection, Gerry builds high-performing teams that deliver results. She’s excited to be a part of Comstar and is looking forward to driving more value to its customers and stakeholders.
Gerry is a proud mother of two Penn State University students. In her free time she enjoys fly fishing, hiking and attending concerts with her husband.
Combine perseverance, hard work and innovation, and you have Kris McMenamin. As Director of Client Support Services at Comstar Technologies, Kris takes on challenging responsibilities, such as keeping the customer satisfaction rate at 95% and implementing enterprise-level processes.
Kris brings an impressive track record to Comstar with over 12 years of experience in the IT industry. He began his career as an IT technician, and through his perseverance and hard work, he continued to move up the corporate ladder holding roles like IT Manager and Director of Support. Prior to his current role, Kris oversaw a nationwide service team across 38 different states and completed a national speaking tour of engagements to educate industry professionals on IT best practices and management.
Kris sees his professional and personal philosophies intersect when it comes to his team. For Kris, his employees are his family. When working with his team, his number one priority is treating others with respect and lending a helping hand when needed.
When he’s not working on IT projects, Kris enjoys spending time with his family.
Nobody knows the meaning of “it takes a village” better than Sylvia Odom, Director of Operations at Comstar. Sylvia credits her success to the great leaders she’s worked with and been mentored by throughout her extensive career in supply chain and vendor operations. With more than 25 years of experience in a variety of industries, including 17 years spent in the automotive electronics industry, Sylvia is able to adapt quickly and create custom business models that meet best practices.
Sylvia began her career with Comstar in early 2020 to oversee the company’s day-to-day operations and ensure Comstar’s efficient and effective management. Always working with the end result in mind, Sylvia has a knack for process improvement and is always striving to streamline and improve systems and processes to benefit the entire Comstar team.
Known for her mastery of scheduling, materials management and proven track record with improving inventory accuracy and tracking performance, Sylvia’s skills were immediately put to the test with the onset of COVID-19. Her motto to roll with the punches proved to be a philosophy that served her well in the face of uncertainty during the pandemic. In addition to her on-the-job experience, Sylvia holds a certification from Duke University in the 6 Domains of Leadership.
In her spare time, you can find Sylvia enjoying a round of golf or spending time with her grandson.
Sam Mitchell brings more than two decades of business advisory experience to his role as Director of Consulting at Comstar, where he uses his extensive knowledge to match clients with innovative technology solutions. Throughout his career, Sam has worn many hats, including senior technology strategist, vice president of business development and even managing partner of a boutique software design and development consultancy he co-founded.
With extensive experience in revenue growth, sales strategy, service creation and infrastructure design and upkeep, Sam brings a keen technical eye to his consultancy work. Among his greatest accomplishments, Sam counts his role in leading his previous company to 220% revenue growth, the creation of mobile applications for the largest healthcare system in Virginia and numerous multimillion-dollar opportunities for federal and Fortune 1000 organizations.
Sam holds dual citizenship in the United States and the United Kingdom and has a passion for building relationships between the two countries through his work. To this end, Sam has been an active member of the British American Business Association and served on the board of EnvoyWest, a specialty organization driving UK business to US funding and market entry.
When he’s not sidelined due to an injury (fortunately a rare occurrence), you can find Sam tearing up the soccer field or representing the British Embassy at cricket.
Andrew Cool is a leader in technology, holding over 20 years of industry experience and knowledge. As Comstar’s first salesperson, Andrew has helped the company evolve from its humble beginnings to an award-winning full-service solutions provider. He has played an integral role in fostering an environment where a maniacal focus on client experience and satisfaction trumps all other business goals. To Andrew, it has always been paramount to serve the Comstar team by allowing them to focus on success by supporting them and providing the modern tools needed, especially in today’s ever-changing environment.
Simply put, Andrew’s beliefs revolve around a high level of integrity and placing colleagues, partners and clients ahead of himself. As a master of that simple concept, many good things have transpired for Andrew. This concept, of course, bleeds over inherently to the personal side of Andrew’s life as a father of three children.
Andrew holds a multitude of industry-leading certifications from Avaya, 8×8, Cato Networks, Veamm and Brivo, and a Bachelor of Science from Lock Haven University. When he’s not orchestrating channel partnerships and closing deals, Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife and children and coaching and developing local youth sports. He loves baseball at all levels and has a deep interest in financial trends and the stock market.