Team

Our 200 + engineers work hand in hand with our team to deliver
custom integrated solutions.

Leadership

Craig Huffman

Managing Partner

Mr. Huffman has over two decades of experience as an entrepreneur.  Most recently, he was a Co-Founder and Principal of Ascendance Partners. Ascendance Partners is a Chicago-based real estate private equity firm, established in 2006, focused on commercial real estate investment in metropolitan Chicago.  Ascendance has sponsored institutional real estate funds for foundations, endowments, pension funds, family offices and high net worth individuals. Prior to Ascendance, Mr. Huffman worked in diverse senior management roles in the sectors of entrepreneurship, education, non-profit and politics. Notably, Mr. Huffman served as the Assistant Treasurer for two re-election campaigns of Illinois State Senator Barack Obama and he was also a fellow in the 2000 class of Leadership Greater Chicago.  Mr. Huffman holds a B.A. from Morehouse College, a master’s degree and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Vance Kenney

Managing Partner

Mr. Kenney is an established entrepreneur, business builder, and economic development expert in the Northern Indiana area. He is the owner and Founder of 504 Redevelopment, LLC, a real estate development firm committed to advancing the urban landscape, a Managing Partner of Advance Energy, LLC , a multi-million dollar fuel supply business that supplies fuel to Midway and O’Hare airports in Chicago. He is considered one of the pioneers in the ongoing redevelopment of Gary, Indiana. Vance is an active speaker and influential business leader. Mr. Kenney holds a B.A. from Northeastern Oklahoma State College.

Jeremy Diamond

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Diamond has over 2 decades of experience launching and leading technology companies. He has been instrumental building and scaling several technology businesses on a global scale, specifically companies with recurring revenue models. Notably, he was a founding team member of Capital IQ in New York City, scaling from pre-revenue, now generating in excess of $1B in annual recurring revenue. Mr. Diamond has held executive leadership roles at Morningstar, managing a global division with +500 full time employees, while driving exponential growth. Mr. Diamond is an active advisor and board member to many private technology firms in the Europe and the U.S. and holds a B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College.

Micaela Vargas

Vice President

Ms. Vargas brings over seven years of experience in politics, education and business. A native of the South Side of Chicago, Ms. Vargas recently served as Chief of Staff to Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer. In this role, she managed Commissioner Gainer’s office and she served as the lead on legislation that impacted thousands of individuals and families in Illinois. Legislation drafted by Ms. Vargas was featured in the Chicago TribuneCrain’s Chicago Business and the New York Times. In addition to Commissioner Gainer’s office, Ms. Vargas’ professional experience includes work for the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement and work as an independent political consultant.  She currently serves on the board of directors for the non-profits Mujeres Latinas En Accion, in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, and the National Diversity Advisory Council for the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. Ms. Vargas received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies and Business Administration from DePaul University in Chicago.

Advisory Board

Ken Porrello

Technology Investor

Mr. Porrello brings over 40 years of experience in technology strategy, technology implementation and cyber security.  Ken currently serves on the board of SteelCloud, LLC, a leading provider of cyber security solutions to the Federal sector.  Ken chairs the Board of Advisors of the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University and serves as Executive Director of the CEO Perspectives program, a pre-eminent leadership development experience for senior executives of Fortune 500 and equivalent companies.  Previously, Ken served for 30 years as a member of Deloitte Consulting, where he served in a number of executive roles in the US and India.

Chad Smith

Advisor

Chad, a founding partner at Liberty, has over 25 years of international consulting experience with an emphasis on implementing business-technology convergence strategies and facilitating program execution to drive enterprise growth and profits. Chad’s extensive industry knowledge enables him to efficiently lead projects that deliver value-based outcomes. His ability to break down complex programs into manageable, coordinated sectors provides visibility and risk management capabilities that put his clients in control. His persistent focus in advanced analytics initiatives has earned millions of dollars in enterprise value for his clients.

Chad Smith

Advisor

Mike is Chief Technology Officer for Liberty Advisor Group, a consultancy firm advising the Fortune 500 in how to adapt to a changing technology and data driven marketplace. Mike has a 25 year history of success in management consulting and industry. Skilled in integration and divestiture planning/ execution, Enterprise Architecture design, implementation, and IT Strategy. Mike has B.S. in computer Science from Purdue University.