Jeff Scheper \ Chairman
As Chairman, Scheper charts the course and manages the continued strategic development of Prescient Solutions, as the organization continues its third decade of success.
Scheper began his career as a programmer and project manager for a start-up software company that provided custom applications to the consumer package goods industry. His early experience working directly with top executives at Fortune 500 companies combined with his strategic role in the software start-up provided valuable insights into large and small business management at a young age. Scheper leveraged his experience and entrepreneurial energy to found Better Software Design and at the age of 26 was delivering custom applications to large corporations. It didn’t take long for him to see that there was great potential to expand his sole proprietorship, and in 1996, Scheper founded Prescient Solutions with his mentor and friend Jim Lagattuta.
James E. Lagattuta \ CEO
CEO Lagattuta oversees the financial, operational and strategic direction of the company. He focuses on building and maintaining a strong company presence in the business community and ensures an open company culture.
Lagattuta started his career in sales in the consumer package goods industry. He later gained valuable IT and entrepreneurial experience and played a major role in the creation of a start-up software company. Lagattuta moved into health care, accepting a role as director of marketing for a leading Chicago-area health care system. He was involved in practice development and imaging for physicians and the health system. Lagattuta was recruited by his former software business colleague and friend, Prescient chairman Jeff Scheper, to build Prescient from the ground up. Lagattuta holds an undergraduate degree from DePaul’s Driehaus College of Business & an MBA from DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.
Jerry Irvine \ CIO and Partner
CISSP, CHISSP, GICSP, CISM, CISA, CGEIT, CRISC, CBCP, CASP, CIPT, ITIL, MCSE, CCNA, CCNP, CCDA, CCDP, CeH
CIO Irvine provides strategic direction for all clients, overseeing product innovation and implementation of the highest quality of service. His expertise is an indispensable resource for our clients developing IT plans.
Irvine has been deeply involved with the IT industry since 1987. As a result of his early experience, he became an expert in network communications and protocols when others in the industry were just learning how to use their first computer. Armed with this expertise, Irvine entered the consulting world working for companies like Network General and Advantis, performing detailed network analysis, design and troubleshooting. Since then, Irvine has filled MIS and CIO positions at multiple facilities and has managed more than 100 technicians and thousands of devices. He has led multiple project teams, such as the largest Microsoft Directory migration project ever. In 2008, Irvine was selected to join the National Cyber Security Task Force, a joint operation between the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This task force is responsible for advising federal decision-makers on cyber security policy and sharing best practices related to this urgent and ongoing need. His expertise on cyber security has been featured in a number of national and industry publications, including The New York Times, WGN Radio and Wired magazine.
Tom Pettenon \ President and COO
President and COO Pettenon supports our ever-expanding client base, develops and executes long- and short-term business strategies and oversees the management team, service delivery and internal business operations.
Pettenon brings more than 20 years of multi-industry experience to Prescient in a wide range of industries, including transportation, publishing, education, finance and IT professional services. He has held leadership positions in product development, client relations management, IT operations, service management and customer service for industry-leading companies such as Rand McNally, Forsythe Solutions, Comdisco, Aon Corporation and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). Pettenon joined Prescient as VP of client services in 2007 and has functioned as COO since 2009, instituting tighter business processes and procedures for client and for Prescient operations.
Phil Greco \ Chief Financial Officer
Philip Greco is Chief Financial Officer for Prescient Solutions. As CFO, Mr. Greco is responsible for general accounting activities including financial statement preparation, budgeting, cash-flow forecasting, cost accounting and tax return preparation. Mr. Greco also oversees all of Prescient’s contractual and other legal relationships. His experience spans several fields including accounting, legal, human resource management, taxation, real estate and law enforcement.
Phil is a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago with a degree in Accounting and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1988. He has been practicing in the accounting and tax field for over 30 years. Mr. Greco also had a long career in public safety. While with the City of Chicago, Mr. Greco attended John Marshall Law School and has been a practicing attorney for over 20 years. Mr. Greco is a member of the AICPA, ILCPA, ISBA, CBA, Loyal Order of the Moose and the Police Benevolent & Protective Association. When not looking at spreadsheets and contracts, Mr. Greco can often be found on the golf course or running 5K races.
Chris Watkins \ Director of IT and Professional Services
Chris Watkins is the Director of Information Technology and the Professional Services division of Prescient. He provides both strategic and tactical direction for Prescient and their clients information technology needs. Chris joined Prescient in 2007 as a IT engineer and has functioned as the Director since 2016.
Chris brings more than 15 years of experience in the IT field and over 20 years of business management experience. Prior to joining Prescient Chris worked for several Fortune 500 companies such as Pennzoil, AT&T and FTD. He held management and leadership positions in each of these organizations focusing on process improvement and staff development.
Matt Szeghy \ Director of Sales
Matthew Szeghy is the Director of Sales for Prescient Solutions. He guides the strategic market positioning of the company and the implementation of its national sales program. His responsibilities include identifying, marketing, and securing business opportunities to support new revenue growth for Prescient Solutions’ products and services on a local and national level. Matthew has worked for Prescient for 6 years providing expertise in new business development, marketing, and sales management.
Prior to joining Prescient, Matthew was a Major Market Account Manager with Paycor, Inc. and a Sales Manager with Cintas Corporation. Matthew provides strategic value as an active member of the Western Suburban CFO Leadership Group, Illinois/County and Managers Association, Technology and Manufacturing Aligned, Valley Industrial Association, and the President’s Council of Almost Home for Kids Foundation. Szeghy holds a BSBA degree in Marketing from Youngstown State University.
Colleen Klehr \ Director of Human Resources
Colleen Klehr is the Director of Human Resources for Prescient Solutions. She provides strategic and practical guidance for the business owners, management team and employees at Prescient in all HR areas. Klehr has over 15 years of HR generalist experience including providing training and professional development, identifying strategic HR best practices that support risk management, designing performance management systems and managing daily HR operations.
Prior to joining Prescient, Colleen was a strategy and human capital consultant at RSM McGladrey for 10 years providing HR consulting services to middle-market organizations across all industry sectors. She also has experience working as a Human Resources Director for a Chicago based non-profit organization and was an HR generalist for Cooper Industries, an international Fortune 500 manufacturing company.
Steven Mikrut \ Director, Managed Technology Services
As Director of Managed Technology Services (“MTS”), Steven is responsible for overseeing Prescient’s virtual help desk. He recently oversaw the expansion of MTS to provide 24×7 coverage to our clients nationwide. Steven also co-leads Prescient Solutions University, our professional development initiative.
Steven has extensive experience managing large and small, internal as well as external, IT helpdesk / support services. His experience spans many industries including finance, telecommunications, software design and legal. Specifically, Steven built MCI Wireless’ Technical Assistance Group from a small regional center with just a handful of technicians, into their national center, with over 350 technicians. TAG, as it was known, went on to win several awards for service and performance. Additionally, Steven successfully reworked FTD’s Mercury Technology Center, supporting four different product lines and over 18,000 members in the western hemisphere. Next, Steven moved on to supporting global IT efforts for a premier private trading firm and most recently re-engineered the American Bar Association’s IT helpdesk services before joining Prescient Solutions.
Gemma Mulvaney \ Manager, Recruiting and Talent Planning
Gemma Mulvaney is responsible for all Recruiting and Talent Planning functions within Prescient. In addition to sourcing, interviewing and negotiating with candidates, she is responsible for proactively ensuring that all of Prescient’s client accounts are optimally staffed. Furthermore, she supports the HR Director with Onboarding, Training and Development, and Employee Relations.
Mulvaney has over 15 years of I.T. recruiting experience, having founded and operated her own boutique Recruiting Services firm. Her technical recruiting experience spans outsourcing services to ERP, including SAP and Oracle. Earlier in her career, Mulvaney was a Project Manager for a database marketing company as well as a Management Consultant. She lives in Winnetka with her twin teenage sons.