Meet Our Team
At Badged, it’s our mission to help businesses and technology firms succeed in the partner economy. Businesses need trusted partners to help them adapt quickly to the rapid pace of technology change. For many, their future depends on it. IT service firms are continuously challenged to extend their offerings and effectively market their unique services.
With several decades of experience building and managing IT services practices and digital agencies, Badged is growing an online marketplace to connect businesses with technology services partners, to connect technology firms with subcontractors, and efficiently manage these relationships as an extension of their teams.
Founder & CEO
An advocate for the partner economy, Eric is the founder and CEO of Badged, an online marketplace and platform for IT services firms.
With 20 years in IT services, Eric is using his practice leadership and CTO experience to direct IT projects for enterprise, government and education clients. He has the services leadership experience and deep technical background in enterprise architecture and network engineering to lead his clients’ most complex initiatives. His early career in software development is now an advantage in addressing today’s software-defined infrastructure.
He is a veteran of the IT services industry and has led teams to build a series of successful IT practices from the ground up — networking, hybrid cloud, managed services, and security. He was previously the CTO and Director of Technology for MSN Communications, a top regional IT firm serving the western US (acquired by TDS Telecom).
Personal experience building practices showed him the need for a platform like Badged. He and his peers found that technology was changing too fast to support every new product for his clients.
Eric is based in Denver, Colorado. He holds a Computer Science BS degree and Cisco CCIE Emeritus certification.
Melodie is the CEO and owner of Crazy Good Marketing (CGM). CGM is a national, full service offline and online marketing agency that delivers crazy good results. We are a team of seasoned employees, free agents and partners that enable CGM to bring together all the right talent, seasoned in all the right ways, to quickly deliver on your marketing needs. We become your marketing team. With your flexibility and genius talent, we always keep it fresh and cutting-edge, and you can count on high performance.
Benita Samuels Sr. Marketing Specialist
Vlad Shlyahovoy SEO/SEM Specialist
Kathy Kosta Sr. Web Developer
Andrew Groustra Social Marketing Specialist
Alia Einstein-Diez Sr. Content Creator
Liz McAteer Web & Graphic Designer
Joel Georgia Videographer & Photographer