Board Members

Sam Haffar Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Computex

Sam Haffar

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman

Sam Haffar is Executive Chairman for Computex Technology Solutions. As a co-founder of the company, he provides over three decades of experience in the technology industry and insightful leadership that keeps the company on the forefront. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and serves on multiple vendor advisory boards.

ason Haffar Co-Founder & Board Member for Computex

Jason Haffar

Co-Founder & Board Member

Jason Haffar is a Board Member for Computex Technology Solutions and a co-founder of the company.  Previously Jason served as President & CEO for Computex.  He now serves as a strategic advisor to the Computex Executive team.  He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and is a certified PE.

Frank Vitagliano - President & Chief Executive Officer of Computex - Alternate Image

Frank Vitagliano

President & Chief Executive Officer

Frank Vitagliano is President & Chief Executive Officer for Computex Technology Solutions.  Frank is responsible for providing vision, strategic direction, and managing day-to-day operations of the company. Frank comes to Computex with more than three decades of experience in the IT industry working for  IBM, Juniper and most recently Dell.  Frank was also a recipient of VAR Business Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award for ongoing accomplishments in the U.S. Information Technology Marketplace. In addition, he is the co-chair of the Board of Directors for CompTIA.

Lawrence Mock

Managing Partner, Co-Founder

Larry Mock is a managing partner and co-founder of Navigation Capital Partners. Larry is a board director of Atlanta-based Brown Integrated Logistics, a transportation and logistics services provider; Dallas-based specialty auto finance company Exeter Finance; Atlanta-based interactive marketing and eCommerce agency Definition 6; Atlanta-based payments solutions provider, Brightwell Payments; and Texas-based Computex Technology Solutions, a provider of IT solutions and managed services focused on hybrid IT environments. Larry was also a director of Chattanooga, Tenn.-based vending and food service provider, Five Star Food Service and Houston-based Quantapoint, a provider of 3D digital facilities to improve asset lifecycle decision making, prior to its sale. Larry was previously president and CEO of Mellon Ventures, which he founded in partnership with Mellon Financial Corporation. Under Larry’s leadership, the firm invested $1.4 billion in 140 operating companies and 70 private equity partnerships. In 1983, he co-founded and led River Capital, which invested approximately $200 million in debt and equity into successful operating companies throughout the Southeast. Its return on investment over its first ten years placed it near the top of the private equity industry.

Prior to River Capital, Larry was chief operating officer of Hangar One, a $100 million aviation sales, service, and distribution company with more than 1,000 employees in 15 locations. The company was sold to a Raytheon subsidiary in 1983 for a record industry multiple. Early in his career, he was a senior manager of Fuqua Industries, a diversified Fortune 500 company, and an associate with Booz, Allen & Hamilton. Larry has served as an officer and director of many nonprofit business and community organizations, including the Society of International Business Fellows and the Young Presidents Organization. He chaired the Board of the Atlanta International School and the Society of International Business Fellows, and has served on five foundation and endowment investment committees. Larry also served as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations, and as a White House Fellow. He is a combat-decorated Marine Corps veteran, having commanded a rifle platoon in Southeast Asia. Larry received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College, a Masters of Science in systems planning from Florida State University, and completed his postgraduate education at the London School of Economics. Born in Louisville, he has lived in Atlanta since the mid-1960s. He has a wife, two daughters and a stepson.

Eerik Giles

Partner, Co-Founder

Eerik Giles is a partner and co-founder of Navigation Capital Partners. Eerik is a director of Harleysville, Pa.-based Pecora Corporation, a manufacturer of adhesives, sealants and waterproofing products; and Texas-based Computex Technology Solutions, a provider of IT solutions and managed services focused on hybrid IT environments. Eerik was also a director of Norcross, Ga. – based Technical Innovation, an audio-visual systems integrator, prior to its sale. Eerik was previously a vice president at Mellon Ventures, a $1.4 billion private equity firm affiliated with Mellon Financial Corporation. While at Mellon Ventures, Eerik focused on growth capital investments and buyouts in a variety of industries. Eerik served as a board member of numerous Mellon Ventures portfolio companies, including L.E. Technologies, Leeann Chin, Physicians Endoscopy and Security Services of America.

Before joining Mellon Ventures, Eerik worked in investment banking at Legg Mason, where he focused on sell-side merger and acquisition transactions and private financings for lower middle-market and emerging growth companies, and at Merrill Lynch, where he worked on mergers and acquisitions primarily involving non-depository financial institutions. Eerik’s previous experience also includes working within the managed care division of Mercy Health Corporation of Southeastern Pennsylvania, where he concentrated on strategic planning and medical cost analysis. Eerik graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and a minor in business administration.

O.G. Greene

Operating Partner

O.G. Greene serves on the boards of Atlanta-based interactive marketing and eCommerce agency Definition 6; Texas-based Computex Technology Solutions, a provider of IT solutions and managed services focused on hybrid IT environments; and Atlanta-based Brown Integrated Logistics, a transportation and logistics services provider. He also served on the board of Atlanta-based Technical Innovation, an audio-visual systems intergrator, prior to its sale and Atlanta-based Brightwell payments, a payments solution provider. In his career, O.G. has gained more than 30 years of leadership and operating experience in the financial services, banking and telecommunications industries. O.G. spent 25 years with Burroughs Corporation (now Unisys), where he rose from sales representative to president of the $5.5 billion U.S. operations. He also served as COO of First Financial Management, a $2.7 billion payment systems provider to the credit card, health care and checking industries, and CEO of National Data Corporation, a $320 million payment system provider to the credit card and healthcare industries. Most recently, O.G. led Skylight Financial as chairman and CEO.

As an entrepreneur, O.G. was co-founder and CEO of GridNet International, a telecommunications network provider (which he grew from a start-up to $40 million in revenues) and co-founder and CEO of Speer Communications (now DSM Networks), an information and media services provider to the broadcast and network industries. O.G. grew Speer Communications to over $65 million in revenue and sold the company to Qwest Communications, generating a substantial return for Speer’s investors. O.G. has served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards, including PreSolutions, Digital Fusion, Mellon Ventures portfolio company Princeton eCom, and the Research Board of Auburn University. O.G. earned Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry and economics from Auburn University and graduated from the continuing education program at the University of Southern California.

Mark Downs

Partner, Co-Founder

Mark Downs is a partner and co-founder of Navigation Capital Partners. Mark serves on the board of directors of the following two companies: Atlanta-based Brightwell Payments, a payments solution provider and Atlanta-based interactive marketing and eCommerce agency Definition 6. Mark was a former director of A. H. Harris, a distributor of specialty construction products, Chattanooga, Tenn.-based vending and food service provider, Five Star Food Service ;and Quantapoint, a provider of 3D digital facilities to improve asset lifecycle decision making, prior to their sale.

Mark spent seven years as a senior vice president of Mellon Ventures, a $1.4 billion private equity firm affiliated with Mellon Financial Corporation, where he focused on industrial growth and buyout investments. Prior to Mellon Ventures, Mark managed Mellon’s Leveraged Finance Group and served in various assignments for Mellon’s Corporate Banking and Middle Market Departments in Chicago and Philadelphia, respectively. Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.B.A from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Mark is a member of the Society of International Business Fellows and is the former President of the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association. Raised in York, Pa., he resides in Atlanta with his wife, daughter and son.

John Richardson

Managing Partner, Co-Founder

John Richardson is a managing partner and co-founder of Navigation Capital Partners. His current board memberships include: Atlanta-based Brown Integrated Logistics, a transportation and logistics services provider; Harleysville, Pa.-based Pecora Corporation, a manufacturer of adhesives, sealants and waterproofing products; and pressure sensitive label producer WS Packaging in Green Bay, Wis. John was also a director of Norcross, Ga. – based Technical Innovation, an audio-visual systems integrator, and A. H. Harris, a distributor of specialty construction products, prior to their sale. Previously, John was a managing director of Mellon Ventures, a $1.4 billion private equity firm affiliated with Mellon Financial Corporation. While at Mellon Ventures, he headed the firm’s Growth and Buyout Practice Group and its Atlanta office. He has led investments in manufacturing, distribution, business services and medical services companies, and has diverse experience in many industries.

Prior to joining Mellon Ventures, John ran a private investment company targeting small and middle market companies. John was also previously part of the senior management team for two portfolio companies of a major private equity investor. One was an early stage technology company, of which he was CFO, while the other was soft drink bottling company, Unibev Inc. He began as CFO of Unibev, becoming COO as it grew rapidly through acquisition and consolidation, and then ultimately sold the company at a substantial gain for its investors. John has also worked as a Vice President and Manager of Corporate Finance for PNC Bank in Pittsburgh.
John has served on the boards of numerous companies, including Technical Innovation, Packaging Plus, Continental Structural Plastics, Leeann Chin, L.E. Technologies, Physicians Endoscopy, Security Services of America and USI Energy Services. John received a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and an M.B.A from the University of Pittsburgh. John has been affiliated with several nonprofit and industry organizations, including the Young Presidents Organization and the Atlanta Venture Forum.

Craig Kirsch

Operating Partner

Craig Kirsch was chairman of the board of Chattanooga, Tenn.-based vending and food service provider Five Star Food Service, and also served on the board of Houston-based Quantapoint, a laser scanning technology and service provider. Craig has more than 30 years of leadership, operating and financial experience in manufacturing, distribution and services businesses. Prior to joining NCP, Craig was involved in several successful company turnarounds. He helped grow revenues as CFO of Thousand Trails, a $110 million campground lifestyle resort company. During his tenure as chairman and CEO of Action Industries, a publicly-traded company facing liquidation, Craig reduced debt by 85 percent and operating costs by 75 percent. He also grew revenues by more than 150 percent in less than two years as CEO of Sears Dental, a $65 million in-store chain.

Additionally, Craig was CFO of General Nutrition Company, a $600 million specialty retailer sold to Thomas Lee. Craig has led several private equity-backed turnarounds, including Kinko’s, where he was CFO, and as CEO and chairman of the board of Princeton eCom. Earlier in his career, Craig served as executive vice president of operations in Hong Kong for Brittania Sportswear, an apparel manufacturer now owned by Levi Strauss. Here he had overall responsibility for international and domestic manufacturing operations. Additionally, Craig has worked as a CPA for Peat Marwick (now KPMG). Craig is a former lieutenant in the United States Navy. Craig received a Bachelor of Arts in business and an M.B.A. from the University of Washington. He lives in Sewickley, Pa., with his wife.