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Executive Team

Sam Sandusky | CEO

A graduate of Valdosta State University, Sandusky has worked in the technology industry for over 25 years, gaining industry experience through regional and global stalwarts that include The Waldec Group, CompuCom Systems and IBM. Sam plays an active role in the company through the development of his management team, overseeing operations, and generating new business through team sales efforts, and merger & acquisition. Under Sam’s leadership, Big Sur has won coveted industry awards that include Novell Partner of the Year for North America in 2003 & 2005, and Microsoft’s Rookie of the Year in 2007.

In 2016 Sandusky has led his team through a transformational process to better align his company’s vision and day to day operations in response to the complex demands of a growing Managed IT and Cloud Services Provider.  The rapid increase of threats to data and network security, the mobilization of a diverse client base, and the exponential growth & demands of record revenue growth has required the Big Sur Executive Team to revamp internal operations to support a higher transaction volume.  Big Sur Technologies makes the brand promise to its clients: “We Make IT Easy,” which requires our internal operations to run at its absolute most efficient level possible so Big Sur can deliver on this promise.

John Gessman | General Manager

Before joining Big Sur, John served our country for 10 years in the United States Navy as an Avionics Technician then worked for 10 years with the Walt Disney World company as a Project Manager.

John came to Big Sur as a part of a complex merger in 2009, by successfully transitioning over a large percentage of the prior company’s customer base to Big Sur he became a major factor in one of the best service revenue years for our company in 2010. John’s leadership was essential in bringing key Network Engineers over to Big Sur, and assimilating them along with these clients into the new company culture at Big Sur Technologies.

As General Manager, John’s ongoing leadership and experience has become a firm foundation for our Services Team. Under John’s leadership Service Revenues have sky rocketed in 2012, 2013, and into 2016, posting record results in Managed Services, Professional Services and Cloud Computing. In recent years, John has taken part in workshops at Big Sur that have transformed the way Big Sur delivers services to our clients, working hard to stay ahead of technical challenges such as Network and Data Security, Electronic Communications, HIPPA Guidelines for our Health Care clients, and PCI Financial Compliance for our clients across the board.

As a small business enthusiast John enjoys discovering and supporting locally owned restaurants. His favorite eatery in the bay area is Johnny’s Italian Restaurant in Clearwater, FL., other passions include wine tasting and swimming regularly. John is most happy at home enjoying a good glass of Pinot Noir and spending time with his two daughters, and grandson. Similar to most New York natives, John is a diehard Yankees fan, but we have seen him in a Rays’ jersey (TWICE!!).

Bryan Schneider | Lead Services Engineer

Bryan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Big Sur Technologies. He joined Big Sur in years past to strengthen our Sr. Systems Engineers with the complex delivery of high level solutions.  He has brought a wealth of knowledge to Big Sur in the areas of systems design, network deployment, network security, virtualization, cloud provider delivery methods, and much more.

It’s a lot for anyone to take on, and his ability to work in a dynamic environment is an elixir for our success.

Kristin Johnson | Business Development Manager

In a first for Big Sur, former client Kristin Johnson joined us after the company she was directing for many years was sold. As a curious learner, Kristin has always had a passion for learning new industries and IT became one of those in 2018 when she became our Business Development Manager. Being a former “non-techie” herself, Kristin has a unique perspective and works hard to make sure our services are easy to understand for all users. Her follow-up, attention to detail and warmth make her the perfect complement to our team.

When she’s not teaching herself new back-up strategies & configurations, Kristin enjoys biking, the beach and trying Tampa’s great cuisine with her daughter, Peyton and son Brady.