Fernando Zorrilla founded Everglades Technologies in 2000. The firm’s mission is to provide state-of-the-art office automation solutions that include the design, installation and support of voice and data networks. Initially based in South Florida, it serviced clients headquartered in Miami with a presence throughout Latin America. In 2002, Everglades expanded to New York City, servicing the tri-state area. Its extensive and diverse client roster includes companies in finance, real estate and advertising. Born and raised in Spain, Fernando received his BS in Electrical Engineering Technology in 1990 from Northeastern University. Fernando began his career at the Whirlpool Corporation where he was responsible for developing their communications network in Latin America. He then joined Visa International where he led the expansion of their satellite communications network for member banks throughout Latin America. Fernando is currently an active member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Entrepreneurs’ Organization.
VP of Business Development
Chris Smith got a crash course in Sales at 17, running an inside sales program for a tool company. It was here he learned that if you out-hustled the competition in service and support you could win their business no matter the age. He broke into the AV industry pulling wires and getting certified programming home automation systems. After earning a Sociology degree in Santa Barbara he moved to Boston to join Bowers & Willkins as a National Trainer promoted to Regional Sales Manager. When McIntosh Labs took interest he managed a sales team for them, and during their merger into World of McIntosh served as advisor, led the merging of sales teams, and oversaw the ambitious build-out of the WOM Townhouse in Soho. Working closely with Everglades on this project he decided to relocate to NYC permanently and join the Everglades team as VP of Business Development. In his spare time he likes to run, with 3 half and 1 full marathon in the queue this year.
Director of Sales
Ben Jones is a graduate of Bucknell University, and has 10 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Beginning in 1997, Ben worked for Broadview Communications in Baltimore, MD, and was involved with some of their first commercial frame relay and international co-location accounts. In 2000, he moved to the New York Metropolitan area and began work for eLink, a building telecommunications provider, where he was their top sales representative. Ben joined Everglades Technologies in 2005 and has helped to double sales revenue and expand the sales force in that time. Ben lives in Connecticut with his wife and three children and spends his free time rooting for his hometown teams, the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens.
Sean Cooney joins the Everglades team with over 10 years of Telecommunication experience. Sean won several awards as a Major Account Manager at Broadview Networks including President’s Club. Sean has a broad knowledge of the Telecom and Technology markets and has advised multiple Fortune 500 companies on Unified Communications strategies. Sean joined Everglades because he believes in the customer first approach to doing business. The ability to offer a wide range of solutions allows Sean to be a true technology consultant to his clients. A graduate of Trinity College, Sean remains active in mentoring alumni on job placement strategies. Sean enjoys staying active and is always up to date on Boston sports. Sean has travelled extensively in Asia, Australia and New Zealand and has never appeared on Law and Order.
Greg Fils-Aime was brought on to support the Sales team in 2010. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and heads a young entrepreneurs focus group called the Black Masters in his hometown of Peekskill, NY. His passion for new technology makes Everglades the perfect home for him. Gregory currently is working towards receiving his M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance and in his spare time, he can be seen enjoying time with his wonderful lady, playing the piano, songwriting, and creating mischief with his brothers and sisters.
Noah Siber-Sanderowitz is a gear head, a tech junky and a self-proclaimed audiophile. He believes that the internal combustion engine could be our greatest contribution to society. When not working on cars, Noah is an avid golfer and huge sports fan. Noah is constantly obsessing over the latest advancements in cone material on speakers, sound staging, or the most recent DSP technology. His obsession with sound quality and acoustic technology makes Everglades Technologies a perfect fit. He brings true passion to his job.
Michael “The Ship Captain” Swan joined the Everglades Team in 2015 as a Project Manager. Michael moved to NYC in 1997 to be a musician, and he still is (singer-songwriter and recording engineer.) After studying furniture design and Japanese joinery, he worked as a Project Manager for a set design company in fashion photography, then at an architectural millwork firm. In 2002 he started his own furniture design company specializing in handmade custom pieces. He has designed and built many restaurants and bars in Brooklyn in Manhattan. Michael’s a huge audiophile and loves to write & record songs, and cook for his friends.
Rob Francke joined Everglades Technologies in May of 2011 becoming the Company’s first Purchasing Coordinator. He is currently the Purchasing Supervisor. After high school he spent some time in Germany as an exchange student. Upon returning to the US, he completed his AA degree. Then, while serving in the US Air Force, Rob graduated from both the Defense Language Institute with a Certification as a Russian Linguist and graduating from Aerospace Ground Equipment Technical School. Using the GI Bill to pay for college, he graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BA in Business Administration. Rob moved to NYC in 2003, 4 days before the blackout (but he swears it was not his fault). Rob began working in the tech industry as the Office Manager/Dispatcher for a small managed IT services company in lower Manhattan.
Christian Pena joined Everglades Technologies in December 2014 to assist the purchasing department. He arrived just in time to help alleviate the pressure that was flooding the department. He graduated from Baruch College with a degree in operation management. When he is not ordering products for our projects he is spending his time reading comic books. A self-proclaimed comic books and burger connoisseur who spends his weekends working on his site Comicsrefueled, and his never ending search for the best burger in America.
Senior AV Engineer
Bruce “Shoes are not a part of my work day” Reed was born and raised in Florida, where he received a degree in Music Production and Audio Engineering. After designing and installing electronics systems across the sunshine state, he moved to New York City and started with ETNY in March of 2010 as an AV technician. He is now our Senior AV Engineer and Lead Programmer. In August 2013, he moved from New York City to Portland, Oregon, where he works in our west coast remote office. When not tinkering with electronics and software, he is usually found hiking in the Cascade wilderness, playing and recording music around Portland, or manicuring his lawn.
Senior Project Manager
Jose Cordero started out with his own cabling company, and joined forces with Fernando in 2002. He is the company’s Senior Project Manager with 15 years of experience in the telecommunications field. Before Everglades he worked as a Field Operations Manager for a CLEC. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and decking out his son’s room with high-end electronics.
Marcus “The Beard” Ulrich earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music (production and engineering) from Berklee College in 2006. He joined the Everglades team in 2011. By day he is a Project Manager for Everglades. By night he engineers sound for live music throughout New York City. He plays the drums, enjoys a fine micro-brew, and project manages his beard like it’s his job.
Peter Capalbo joined the Everglades team in November of 2013. He was brought on to work with the sales department to take some of the pressure off of Greg. Peter graduated Loyola University Maryland in May of 2013 with a Business Administration degree, concentrating his studies on International Business. In his free time, Peter works on his entrepreneurial side projects, hopefully bringing one to market in the near future.
Miguel Cruz has been in the telecommunications industry for 9 years, working on both the provider side and the vendor side. With his comprehensive experience he’s able to understand all aspects of his customers’ needs. If you are familiar with Miguel then you can be confident that your needs will be met when he is working with you. You can look forward to him making your ETNY experience a great one.
Jose Fontan values the learning experience he has gained in his two years with Everglades. His tasks vary by day, but his specialty lies in building IT rooms… and he KNOCKS IT OUT. Before joining the team he did similar field work for a variety of telecom companies for 6 years, and is happy to have found a family-oriented company to stick with.
Richard Rivera joined the team in 2005 as Office Assistant, and is currently the VoIP Manager. The King of Multi-tasking, he has been seen balancing four phone calls at once without dropping a beat. He currently heads up our Voice Over IP and Provisioning Departments. He has a degree in Liberal Arts & Computer Information Management. Before Everglades, Richard worked in real estate and Law. He lives in his own personal Noah’s Ark, with 10 pets including 3 dogs, 3 cats, 3 birds and a rabbit.
Kevin De Leon
Kevin De Leon has been a field technician for 8 years. Any phone system you can name, he knows it like the back of his hand. His job is to install your phone system and program it to fit your needs. He is also the person who will train you once everything is ready. “The reason you are reading my bio here at Everglades is because I have finally found a place where everyone works as a team to make sure you are taken care of from the time you meet us.”
Christian Batista joined Everglades Technologies in 2008 as a Cabling Technician. In addition to having studied at City Tech for Electrical Engineering, he brings close to 5 years of cabling experience to our cabling team. Christian is a native New Yorker, and as soon as ski season comes around he is always geared up to hit the slopes on his snowboard.
Remote Support Engineer
Charles Rivas joined the Everglades IT crew in October 2015. He graduated from TCI College with a degree in Networking Technologies. When he’s not being our remote connection ninja he spends his time studying for his next certification, jamming out on his Fender Telecaster, reading Japanese comic novels and being the Social Media Manager on his site TorchForkMob.com.
Assistant Project Manager
Erika Espinal is currently the Assistant Project Manager at Everglades Technologies. She enjoys helping out in the office and assisting the team out in the field when she has to. Although technology was never an innate ability in her, she is looking forward to learning from her teammates as much as possible in order to be of a greater asset to the company. On her free time, you can catch Erika volunteering with buildOn, an after school program dedicated to help high school students become better individuals by volunteering in community services.
Paul Bartkowski joined the Everglades teams in 2011 as a cabling technician. He adds almost 14 years of telecom experience to the cabling team, and enjoys the “total teamwork” aspect of how things are done at Everglades. His strongest talent: problem solving. In his spare time, he builds custom wood furniture and plays online games like World of Warcraft and Star Wars TOR.
NRC Accounting Manager
Maritza “Marty” Rodriguez joined the Everglades Accounting Team in October of 2012, and is currently the NRC Accounting Manager. Even though she holds an AS in Culinary Arts and a BS in Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University, this path consistently intertwined with Accounting. So she is now pursuing her CPA certification, and wishes to grow with Everglades Technologies. As a native New Yorker, she keeps up with her New York sports teams, and likes exploring her hometown.
Manager of IT
Ruddy Melendez has been working as a seasonal employee for Everglades since January 2006. He first joined the Cabling Team, later pioneered the Remote Support Engineer position for the Network Team, and finally joined full-time as the Service Coordinator. He is currently the Manager of IT. Ruddy received a degree in Computer Science from Stony Brook University and worked for Apple during his stay in college. In short, Ruddy is a true geek with an interest in all tech related topics, the social intricacies of the internet, and everything Apple.
Alex Shternberg joined Everglades in 2002. He has over 25 years of international experience in the radio, electronic, and computer industries (and may or may not have lived in Transylvania). Alex has been a Microsoft Certified System Engineer since 1999, and a Cisco Certified Network Specialist since 2000.
Rhonda Riedel is the Business Director at Everglades Technologies. She holds an M.B.A in Entrepreneurship and Technology & Operations Management from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. A strategist, organization guru, collaboration enthusiast, and process champion, Rhonda delights in all the unsexy parts of running a business. She motivates, trains and provides guidance to teams promoting a culture that is client friendly and fun. A hands-on finance & professional services leader with 10+ years experience, she has aided in the company’s development through budgeting, creating meaningful targets and metrics, financial reporting, and software integration.
Craig Bray joined the Everglades Team in March of 2014. Craig has 9 plus years of office experience, with a focus on Accounting. He received his A.S in Office Administration from Robert Morris College. In his spare time; he likes to read, watch movies, and do anything outdoors.
Shirley Gauthiers received a Master of Science Degree in Hospitality Management from King Graduate School-Monroe College and a Professional Diploma in Meeting and Convention Management at NYU School of Professional Studies, Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism. She considers herself to be a creative intellectual who enjoys living life in color. Shirley is thrilled to have joined the team as the Office Administrator and wishes to grow with Everglades Technologies, contributing greatly to their high quality customer service and amazing company culture. In her spare time Shirley enjoys party planning, and singing (one of her hidden talents.) She also enjoys volunteering with Agent of Change, an events production company whose purpose is to enrich the lives of individuals by connecting them with resources and support to achieve their dreams through wellness, peace initiatives, women’s rights, education and philanthropic efforts.
Wilberthe “Wray” Micourt joined the Everglades Accounting team in 2011 and is currently the Accounting Manager. She received her BS in Accounting from Utica College of Syracuse University in 2005. She has previously held different accounting positions in CPA firms. She was born and still resides in Long Island. She loves to read, dance and watch the history channel. She has a passion for fashion and helping others. She currently is a member of an organization called Dresses for Haiti, which raises money and awareness for the country of Haiti.
Jay came to America at the age of 13 from China. He received his Finance degree from Baruch College, however after graduating realized his passion and interests are in networking and cyber security. Currently he holds a CCNA certification and is working towards his CCNP certification. He also likes sports a lot, and was part of a Table Tennis team that was in the national championship top 20. He is also one of the paddlers in NYC DragonBoat race for 3 years running.
Director of Marketing & HR
Jordan Wills studied English, Telecommunications and Film at Michigan State University. Two days after graduation he moved to New York City to pursue acting. Promptly running out of money he had the good fortune of responding to an ad for an Office Assistant at Everglades Technologies. A decade later he remains, now in charge of all things marketing and HR. Jordan is an avid writer, drummer and film-maker.