About Our Team

CloudStrategies is proud to be among the highest ranked members of Microsoft’s exclusive Cloud Champions Club

A little about us

When you first started hearing about cloud computing, CloudStrategies was already assembling our team of experienced technology experts with the sole objective of providing you with the guidance, the thought leadership, and the strategic support needed to make the best decisions about how to incorporate these new services into your information technology infrastructure.

Over the past several decades, members of our team have designed and delivered top IT solutions to customers large and small.  Along the way we’ve developed extraordinary relationships within Microsoft and other major technology providers.  Today, these relationships and our experience translate into your best choice of partner to bring you the best cloud computing has to offer.

Our Qualifications

Beyond being a Microsoft Gold Partner, CloudStrategies is proud to be among the highest ranked members of Microsoft’s exclusive Cloud Champions Club.  Every cloud solution we deliver leverages our extensive knowledge of Microsoft products, services, best practices, and future direction in the cloud.

There are many technology firms who will talk to you about the cloud.  We focus you on the strategies that will bring these new resources to bear for your enterprise most effectively, most efficiently, and most productively.

Pete Zarras

Pete Zarras

Founder and President

Pete is the chief catalyst behind CloudStrategies and plays a key role managing the day-to-day operations and growth of the firm. In addition to these responsibilities, he works directly with clients on assignments where bridging business and technical issues are essential to maximizing value. He brings over 20 years of hands-on experience solving technology challenges for some of the world’s largest enterprises and fastest moving small businesses to the work he performs. Before founding CloudStrategies, Pete worked in sales / service roles for Microsoft Corporation in their NY Metro District, as well as several business and technology consulting firms.

Stefan Schuele

Stefan Schuele

Managed Services Director

As MS Director, he oversees technology deployments and strategic IT engagements across the company. Working closely with customers, he positions them effectively in the midst of the digital cloud transformation. An industry expert who has lived in Europe, Asia and South America, he holds IT certifications with Novell, Altiris and Microsoft. Ever one to appreciate a non-permanently-connected world, he strives to make technology transparent and useful, and having fun while doing so. When not working, you can find him volunteering as an EMT first responder, as a Boy Scouts leader, and at the beach building sandcastles with his kids.

Dean Murray

Dean Murray

Cloud Solutions Architect

Over the last 6 years, Dean Murray has led or actively consulted on over 100 customer migrations  from on-premises or hosted email platforms to Microsoft’s cloud messaging services. Previous employment before working as a cloud solutions architect included technical consulting on SharePoint and SharePoint Online and a 14-year stint working as an employee of Microsoft in Redmond, WA. During his 14 years at Microsoft, Dean held various positions including Senior Director of training development in Microsoft Learning, Group Manager, Product Technical Lead, Program Manager, and Microsoft Enterprise Trainer. Outside of work Dean loves spending time with his family, playing and watching sports, collecting rare and eclectic books, and staying involved in his church and community.

Traci Blowers

Traci Blowers

Director of Operations

With 20 years of business development experience within IT channels, Traci pursues optimization of people, process, and technology as CloudStrategies’ Director of Operations. Traci’s skills span the continuum from ecosystem creation to partner onboarding to pipeline development to programmatic operations to project management. She’s thankful for having experienced the channel from the vantage point of distribution, ISVs and business partners, while navigating the ecosystems of IBM, Microsoft and Google. When not herding cats, she is most likely eating chocolate, seeking a quiet place to read and making to-do lists.

Peter Abbondanzo

Peter Abbondanzo

Marketing/Web Intern

Peter has over 6 years of design experience under his belt and as our “Cloud Intern”, he is our social media presence. Peter works on design and behind-the-scenes development, building a new interface for CloudStrategies. Peter has previous experience working with clients all around the globe to provide website and UI designs and has been developing since 2012. When he’s not working, Peter is active in the Whippany Park Marching Band. Peter is also a participant in the mock trial team as well as the Boy Scout Troop 155, where he earned his Eagle Scout rank in 2013.

Lauren Hansch

Lauren Hansch

Marketing Manager

Lauren has been in the Marketing field for 6 years.  She has worked with local agencies to advertise and market their services, and is now doing the same for CloudStrategies.  Lauren is helping to create a service for our current customers to help them get their name out there using tools such as social media and web design. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys volunteering for many different organizations such as Gift of Life, NJ and The Whippany Fire Department.  Lauren is also a member of The Whippany Rotary Club where she helps with web design and social media. Lauren was recently voted in as the 2015-2016 president of the club.

Emily Maniquis

Emily Maniquis

Accounting and Finance Manager

Emily Maniquis comes to CloudStrategies with more than 20 years of Accounting/Finance work experience.  Before joining Cloud Strategies, she held various managerial accounting positions such as  Senior Financial Analyst, Controller, Accounting Manager and Finance Manager for a multi-national computer software company and a global fragrance and food ingredient manufacturing company. At CloudStrategies she works closely with Pete Zarras, CEO on the accounting/finance operations, financial and budget reporting and HR matters.  When not working, she enjoys listening to music, watching sports, spending time with friends and family and traveling.

Matt Federici

Matt Federici

Cloud Solutions Consultant

Matt has 10 years of IT experience ranging from small business to large enterprise companies. As a field administrator for 8 years he has worked closely in the technical realm with clients to provide new solutions as well as maintaining old ones. His expertise is working in the MSP industry where supporting servers, networks, backup solutions, cloud solutions, antivirus and meeting client needs is paramount. He has worked for companies in the NJ/NY area such as Matthijssen Inc. , Olmec Systems Inc, and Sanofi Aventis. Matt has a Network Security Degree from The Chubb Institute and is also self-taught through his passion for technology. Outside of the office he enjoys spending much of his time with his daughter and wife, and researching new technology.

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Established: 2009

Headquarters: New Jersey
Market Coverage:
NY, NJ, MA, CT
IN, MI, IL, OH
CA, OR, WA, CO

Market Segments

Small Enterprise
Mid-Market
SMB
Clients: 300+

Our Values:

Quality Cloud Solutions
Great Client Care
Honesty and Integrity

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Every cloud solution we deliver leverages our extensive knowledge of Microsoft products, services, best practices, and future direction in the cloud.

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There are many technology firms who will talk to you about the cloud.  We focus you on the strategies that will bring these new resources to bear for your enterprise most effectively, most efficiently, and most productively.

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