Our management team is innovative, flexible, and motivated for results. Our leaders care about their employees and we strive to provide a fun and exciting atmosphere. We give our employees room to think outside the box and always challenge them for better results.
Chief Executive Officer
An adventure seeker at heart, Mitch always enjoys a challenge. So, whether it’s in the office, race track, cockpit, or navigating the depths of the Canadian wilderness, he is prepared to meet every situation head on.
Mitch brings the same full-throttle attitude to his role as CEO for Works Computing. He continually focuses on the big picture – turning new products, technologies and trends into successful customer-centric solutions. 30 years in the IT industry, combined with the ability to envision what practical and effective business solutions look like, provides customers with an honest and balanced approach to their challenges.
After working on avionics in the U.S. Air Force, and a Control Data Institute computing degree, Mitch spent 14 years with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), starting off in field service as a disk and tape specialist. He then moved into technical sales support, and became one of the original team members of Digital’s Storage works division. In that role, Mitch helped grow the Storage works’ product set into one of the most significant hardware platforms in computing history. It was that wealth of IT experience and customer interaction that Mitch leveraged to become co-owner of Works Computing in 1997.
Outside the office, Mitch has a number of hobbies including lifelong passions in motorcycling, competitive shooting and photography, as well as newer interests in flying, diving, and high-performance cars. He is just as active around the house, where he and his wife Lisa enjoy participating in the activities and lives of their five children.
To Pat, being a leader is not about personal rewards or gain. It’s all about the business, employees and quality services. Not your typical leader. But then Pat has never been about the status quo.
As president and founder of Works Computing, Pat likes to keep it simple – empowering others to do their best and treating people how he’d like to be treated. His hands-on, down-to-earth approach keeps the business focused, his team relaxed and customers happy.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Minnesota, Pat sharpened his sales skills at Coca Cola. He joined IBM in 1987 and quickly established himself in the technology field. It was this experience that Pat leveraged to launch Works Computing in 1994. Since then, he’s helped grow the start-up venture into a $50 million annual business – making it one of the leading enterprise IT solutions providers in the Midwest.
When not in the office, Pat enjoys spending time with friends, his wife and three kids – who keep him very busy with their active lives.
Chief Operating Officer
What do you get when you mix Speed Racer, a never-give-up mentality and 20+ years of IT expertise? A versatile techno wizard named Mitch Prust.
Advanced technology and innovation come naturally to Mitch. In the past two decades, he has crafted numerous technology, product, and marketing strategies for IT and communications organizations around the country. During that time, he has also built an impressive intellectual property portfolio that includes several “Cloud Computing” related patents.
Mitch has a master’s degree in Computer Engineering with a Major in information assurance (Computer Security) from Iowa State and a bachelor’s degree in IT management from Concordia University. Mitch serves on the board of directors for Defending the Blue Line / United Heroes League – a non profit organization created by soldiers with the spirit of keeping hockey alive for the children of our nations military. In his spare time, Mitch enjoys researching technology, adventure, hockey and spending time with his wife and their dogs.
Chief Financial Officer
Crossing a sports nut, family man and someone with a passion for the numbers can sometimes be very dangerous. In this case, you don’t get your typical bean counter, but you do get a fun loving 20+ year finance and accounting veteran.
As Chief Financial Officer, Greg brings his financial management experience and expertise to Works Computing. In this role, Greg directs all financial aspects of the business including budgeting, financial planning & analysis, and monitoring the financial performance of the Company.
Prior to joining Works Computing, Greg held various challenging positions including Controller at consumer fulfillment and call center services provider, Skybridge Marketing Group, in Greenfield, Minnesota. Assistant Controller for fulfillment services provider, Archway, in Rogers, Minnesota.
While at home, Greg and Lisa, his wife, are very active and busy with their four children. Greg, having played collegiate baseball and basketball, is an avid sports fan. He also enjoys coaching his children in the various sports programs to help him stay young at heart. Having grown up in South Dakota he thoroughly enjoys hunting and fishing too.
Greg holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Always committed to driving business change and developing new sales and marketing strategies that deliver business improvement. By delivering real value to key audiences, Joan’s unique marketing perspective, derived from numerous years in the sales trenches, helps establish trust and leads to building stronger relationships that matter with employees, customers, vendors and partners. Working in highly distributed organizations, where working across departments is required to make things happen, is where she thrives. In particular, seeking alignment between engineering, sales, and marketing to streamline workflows, sales cycles and buyers’ journeys, has led to enhanced results and company revenue growth. Free time is spent cycling, hiking, and spending quality time with her husband and two awesome daughters.
Angela is responsible for Works Computing’s strategic partner relationships & company sales operations. With a strong industry background in Cisco, overall industry knowledge & solid relationships, Angela is a dynamic leader for Works. Angela has a bachelor’s degree in Women Studies and Creative Writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Customer Engagement Manager
Youa’s IT career began on the Application side while working for a local mortgage loan-auditing software company. She continued her search for knowledge in Sales Training, Business Operations and Administration, and today manages our Professional Services Department. No matter what role she finds herself in, Youa strives to put her customers at the heart of everything she does. She is an avid foodie, whether dining at Michelin Star restaurants out of town or grabbing a casual bite out of a local food truck, she is constantly looking forward her next dining experience.
Director of Business Development
Justin’s role is comprised of part Cisco Solutions Architect and Cyber Security Business Development Manager. Justin came to Works Computing from the customer side of the business and has a vast understanding of all components for ultimate customer-success.
In his spare time, you can find Justin hanging out with his wife and twin kids or on his motorcycle at the racetrack. He’s the guy to beat at company racing events.
Bob is driven by endless curiosity and a “how the heck does that work?” genome, Bob has a mad-scientist approach to life that has helped customers endure countless technology life cycles over a 20+ year career in Engineering and Information Technology.
Jan de Beer
Jan has 20+ years of experience in the technology arena focusing primarily on core data center infrastructure including data storage, data protection and replication technologies. Currently he serves as a Solution Architect for Works Computing as part of the infrastructure architecture team helping customers design and implement the best technology solution for their environment and address ever changing business requirements.
Director of Sales
On the weekends you will find Jim golfing or spending time with his beautiful fiancée Marah and furry companion Roxanne. Jim specializes in cheesy joke telling, driving sales and comes with an impressive portfolio of industry experience.
Jim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in General Business Administration – Pre Law from Michigan State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Information Technology from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.