Behind every fivestar* project is a team of dedicated experts who love what they do and where they do it.
At fivestar*, we’re about helping your business get ahead. We combine visionary thinking and seasoned expertise in design, development and project management to deliver successful software solutions for our diverse range of clients. Get to know our team below, and find out why we all love working at fivestar*.
The fivestar* Team
PRESIDENT / CO-FOUNDER
"My favorite thing about fivestar* is that no one in the company is more than one degree of separation from our clients"
As fivestar*s President, Lou seems to effortlessly drive company performance and lead business development and client retention efforts. He is involved in higher education and workforce projects and impressively serves on multiple non-profit boards, including the Pittsburgh Entrepreneur’s Forum, Social Venture Partners Pittsburgh, Red Chair Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Community Television. He is also a mock interviewer for the Semper Fi Wounded Warriors program. Lou holds a bachelor’s from SUNY at Oswego and in his spare time, likes to spend time with friends and family, volunteer, mentor, read fiction, and is learning to play guitar.
VICE PRESIDENT, RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY SERVICES
"1.) My work has offered me the ability to wear a whole office full of hats over the years, which has made my job more fulfilling than I could have ever hoped for.
2.) Fivestar* treats its employees like family."
Cory came on board the fivestar* team with extensive software development expertise and is closely involved in the development and execution of client projects. His VP role is only one of the hats he wears - from design to implementation, he oversees our internal infrastructure, research, and tech services and continuously researches the high-tech industry to stay informed of best technologies available. A hands-on problem-solver, Cory is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) and a graduate of Houghton College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Nick Ankrom, PMP
"I've felt like a valued employee from day #1."
Nick’s background, rich with experience in IT Project Management, is the perfect recipe for results. At fivestar*, he is focused on identifying and implementing new technologies and business strategies that help streamline business processes. In addition to being PMP and black belt certified, Nick holds a BS in Business Administration and an MS of Information Systems from Drexel University. In his spare time, he likes to spend time outdoors hiking and kayaking, as well as watching Pittsburgh Sports Teams and UNC Basketball.
MANAGER, QUALITY ASSURANCE
"Our opinions are valued with supportive management and a family environment."
Swapna joined us as a seasoned Quality Manager with extensive experience in conceptualizing and implementing outsourced delivery organization. She has strong orientation toward teamwork and motivating co-workers to create solutions and problem solve creatively. Her well-rounded, positive attitude and her keen attention to detail will quickly earn your confidence. In her spare time, she likes to cook up a great meal, spread culture in spiritual path, and spend time watching movies with her 14-year-old.
"Great people doing interesting work for a variety of clients with a culture of support and respect."
Blake brings a lifetime of experience to the table having worked in technology in one form or another for 20 years - first as an electronics technician in the US Navy, a workstation and network administrator, multimedia developer and UX/UI designer. Blake holds a bachelor’s degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in Web Design and Interactive Media. When he's not designing, Blake likes to spend his spare time with family and friends, outdoors, fly fishing and dabbling in photography.
"Being a part of a supportive, encouraging, and strong team of professionals."
"Team breakfast on Fridays and 'agile' is more than just a buzzword."
"Learning new skills while working on fulfilling projects."
Everyone on the team is extremely supportive and the culture cultivates learning and professional growth!
"Everyone has a team approach to bring the best solutions to our clients."
"Working with fresh technologies and a dedicated team motivates us to strive to be the best."
"The fun and interesting projects we get to work on."