Our Team

Curtis Hicks

Curtis Hicks

President and CEO

With a drive and determination to help businesses solve their problems using technology as a tool, Curt Hicks joined the Center for Computer Resources (CCR) in 1992. Through his visionary leadership, CCR has become one of Michigan's top IT companies over the past two decades.

After receiving his degree from Michigan State University, Curt worked for an automotive decal manufacturer where he completely computerized their quality control department. That is when he was bitten by the technology bug.

Curt needed to move to the technology industry and became the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Xytec, a software development company focused on wholesale distribution software and international letters of credit tracking software. He helped Xytec grow from a tiny startup to a staff of 15 employees before it was sold.

At CCR, Curt worked as a software designer, business analyst, application specialist, account manager and Executive Vice President before being named President in 1997 -- just five years after joining the company. He was instrumental in transforming CCR into a company that specialized in providing Microsoft-based solutions, and drove CCR to become an elite Microsoft partner in 1997. In 2000, CCR was awarded the Microsoft Small Business Solution of the Year award. Under Curt's leadership, CCR grew from a 10 person company to a 35 employee organization over a 10 year period.

Over the years, Curt has been very involved in different professional organizations. From 1998 to 2009, he served on the Microsoft Small Business Server Advisory Council. He was a feature presenter at the Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 International Launch Event in Atlantic City, NJ. He was the keynote presenter at the first SMB Nation conference in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2003, and later chair of the 2008 SMB Nation conference in Seattle, Washington. He served on the ConnectWise Advisory Council for four years and is currently a member of the invitation only national technology industry peer group, True Profit Group. He is also an accomplished public speaker, having presented many times at industry events such as the Microsoft Fusion, Microsoft Worldwide Partner, Microsoft Small Business Symposium, SMB Nation, and ConnectWise conferences.

Curt has also been featured in Beatrice Mulzer's book "Making it Big in Small Business 2006" where he is recognized as one of the top 15 SMB consultantsresellers in the world.

Curt lives in Macomb, MI with Carol, his wife of 30 years, and their two daughters. He enjoys skiing, family time, Red Wings hockey and Michigan State University football.


John Bamberger

John Bamberger

VP of Sales & Partner

John Bamberger heads the company's Sale's Department. He joined CCR in April 2010 and brings with him over 30 years of sales experience.

His past experience includes serving as CCO with gloStream where he managed a Physician consultant sales force and was responsible for growing and maintaining gloStream's Partner network. He spent much of his time working alongside sales team members with Partners and with Doctors to keep the sales process moving while simultaneously working with the client support team to ensure client satisfaction remains high.

Recognizing significant market potential in reselling vendor products to small and midsized companies, John founded SequoiaNET.com in 1991. The company specialized in designing, installing and maintaining e-commerce infrastructures and Web-based applications. Under his leadership SequoiaNET.com grew from a one-man entity to a 600-consultant organization in just nine years, and was named Microsoft's Partner of the Year. John also was named Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year for his efforts.

In 2000, John sold SequoiaNET.com to Analysts International, a leading publicly-traded e business application developer and network solutions provider. He first served as the company's senior vice president of sales and operations before becoming its chief operating officer and senior vice president. In these roles, John developed and managed a dynamic sales force whose efforts brought fast and profitable growth to Analyst's bottom line.

John is very active with local Southeastern Michigan charities and philanthropic institutions. John holds a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University. Aside from work, John enjoys spending time with friends and family including the newest additions to his family, his three grandchildren.


Jim Gatt

Jim Gatt

Partner

Jim Gatt was the first generation in his family to be born in the United States. In 1959 his parents, Mary and Felix, traveled across the Atlantic from Malta with $50 in their pocket and their wedding trunk. Born in Detroit in 1961, Jim started his first job selling Detroit Free Press subscriptions door-to-door. After his first paycheck he was hooked on the rewards earned by hard work.

His next job was working as a stock clerk for the local Farmer Jack grocery chain for seven years. By the age of 22 he was able to save up enough money to buy his first house and pay for his college tuition. He earned his Bachelor of Business and Marketing degree from Oakland University while working at Business Communication Systems, Inc. (BCS) as a sales representative where he worked for 37 years. In 1995 he and his business partner bought BCS and moved the headquarters from Rochester Hills to Sterling Heights, Michigan. Together they formed an additional company which specialized in internet and voice services, BCS Telecom Services, LLC, headquartered in Naples, Florida

Jim brought his wealth of data and voice communications experience as well as his leadership abilities to the now merged Centaris, a combined partnership of BCS and Center for Computer Resources (CCR). His current responsibilities include sales and marketing.

Jim’s greatest strengths are his perseverance of maintaining excellence in customer relations with thousands of clients both locally and nationally. He’s been married for 32 years to Pauline and has two grown children, James and Natalie. His hobbies include travelling, long walks, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and reading non-fiction books and enjoying movies. He also has the uncanny ability to identify phone systems by the sound of their ringtone.


Jeff Newson

Jeff Newson

Partner

Jeff Newson started in sales at an early age of 12 with the Advisor newspaper route and then Detroit Free Press route. Jeff’s father, Bill Newson, started Business Communication Systems, Inc. in 1975 and would bring Jeff into the office on weekends at the age 14. This then progressed to Jeff working in the service department throughout high school as a co-op job. He learned everything thing from cabling, splicing, selling light bulb kits for phones, prepping system installations and taking customer service calls. During his college summers he went door to door prospecting sales leads for the sales team.

After graduating from Northwood University in 1990, he began his career in sales at BCS and in 1995 purchased BCS from Bill Newson with his business partner. Jeff and his business partner propelled BCS from a small business technology and service provider to one of the top Siemens resellers in the SMB market. In 2008, they transitioned their products/solutions to NEC, to provide a better solution for their clients. Within a year BCS became one of NEC’s top 10 channel partners in the country which has continued to date. In addition to making the switch to NEC in 2008, they also decided to make a transition from reselling carrier voice & internet services through an agent to becoming a direct agent for all the carriers they choose. As a direct agent reseller, BCS grew their carrier service division to over 30+ carriers providing clients with the best voice, data, fiber and internet service options.

In December of 2020, BCS (VoIP company) merged with CCR (IT company) to form Centaris. The merger brought the opportunity to not only become one Michigan’s largest IT Technology Solution providers but also provide BCS clients IT products and services and provide VoIP hardware and carrier services to CCR clients. “This has been a very exciting time for our newly formed company Centaris, and we look forward to providing our 77+ years of combined technology experience to your company,” said Newson, Partner of Centaris.

Jeff lives in Rochester Hills, MI with his wife Dawn, 7 kids combined and 3 Pomeranian fur babies. He enjoys skiing, golf, pickleball, beach time, Florida travel and spending time with family & friends.


Joe Moore

Joe Moore

CTO

As a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and an A+ Certified technician, Joe Moore brings 22 years of technical and SMB experience to the team at Center for Computer Resources. Joe currently manages the field support team at CCR, and joins the team in the field for escalated incidents.

Joe holds an AA in Systems Analysis from Oakland Community College, and over the years has worked for renowned technology companies in quality assurance, programming, network analysis and network engineering.

Joe has a passion for keeping up with the latest technology that CCR provides, as well as home entertainment integrations, and enjoys extensive reading of online technical articles and blogs.

When he's not at the office or reading up on the latest and greatest technology, Joe enjoys spending time with his wife, two college-aged children and close group of "beer snob" friends, who regularly participate in beer and wine tastings around town.


Craig Yanos

Craig Yanos

CFO

As Center for Computer Resources CFO, Craig Yanos brings almost 30 years of financial experience to the team. Graduating from Wayne State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and later going on to complete his MBA in finance at Eastern Michigan University, he was gaining work experience before he was even done with school.

Starting at North Detroit General Hospital as their Director of Fiscal Services, Craig continued his career working in the medical field. He worked at several other hospitals in positions ranging from director of financial service, administrator and even president, until 1998 when he started his own financial and strategic consulting company, Elite Services/CFO 2 GO. Through his company he became familiar with CCR and was hired on as the company’s part time CFO consultant in 2005 and joined the team full time in 2012.

Outside of work, Craig enjoys spending time with his wife and their six children. He says the kids many sports activities keeps him busy, whether it’s coaching or just spectating but when he gets the chance, he enjoys golfing. He also enjoys exploring new technology and playing around with the newest gadgets he can get his hands on.


Del Ingalls

Del Ingalls

VP of North Territory/Sales/Partner

Del joined the CCR team in May of 2013 with the acquisition of Power IT, LLC, a successful Northern Michigan IT Service provider firm. Del founded Power IT in 2000 and under his leadership the company grew to 11 employees serving northern Michigan businesses from offices in Petoskey and Traverse City. Leveraging Del’s 25+ years of experience delivering systems and technology solutions to both enterprise and small business, Power IT rapidly evolved with the fast-changing times to offer leading Managed and Cloud services. To stay abreast of industry thought leadership, Del participated in HTG Peer Groups, a national IT Service provider peer group focused on industry education and Board of Director peering. With strong alignment of vision and culture to CCR, the merged organization is broader, deeper, and uniquely positioned to deliver technology expertise to all of North and Southeastern Michigan.

Del began his career with top-notch educational experiences, receiving BS in Physics and MS Electrical Engineering degrees from Alma College and the University of Michigan, respectively. Del then started his work career as an Avionics Systems Engineer with San Diego-based General Dynamics, Space Systems Division. This amazing professional experience taught Del to think critically and systematically to ensure successful NASA and US Air Force launch and mission objectives were achieved on $100M+ Atlas-Centaur space booster launches.

In 1992, Del decided to return to his roots in Northern Michigan and subsequently started the Boyne USA Resorts IT Department. As CIO, Del managed the explosive growth of technology at Boyne through the dawn of the internet and email age. Del successfully designed and implemented an enterprise-grade voice and data communications network for Boyne across all US locations. During this time and since, Boyne has been recognized as a pioneer and leader in the hospitality vertical for effective use and leveraging of technology for business success.

In 2000, seeking to follow entrepreneurial passions and to leverage business technology expertise gained at Boyne and General Dynamics , Del founded Power IT. With hard work, determination, vision and character, Power IT grew organically to a position of leadership in technology services delivery. In 2003, Del also began a dual career position as National Accounts Executive with Cross Telecom, an enterprise-focused Avaya Communications Partner. Leveraging systems architect expertise, Del delivered trusted and strategic account management services to many large businesses in Michigan and regionally during his 8 years at Cross.

Del resides in Petoskey Michigan with his wife and 3 children. He is actively involved in the community and his church and passionately enjoys coaching and teaching area youth the skills and life lessons learned through athletics and sports.

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