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Our Team

Our Methodology

Axis understands that businesses want to work with professionals who understand their business, long-term goals and short-term needs and will develop solutions that will achieve both. This is why we have developed a team of professional business and technical consultants who possess the necessary qualities to get the job done right the first time. Our tenured consultants have the requisite amount of business acumen, technical experience and capability to provide your organization with clear, concise and immediate results.

In order to better serve our clients at a time that benefits their schedule, Axis has created various “best-shoring” teams through its offices in the United States and India, which service our clients 24/7. Our multi-faceted international teams offer unmatched technical and business expertise at any time, seven days a week

Our Leadership Team

Michael Valdes – Founder and CEO

Michael ValdesMr. Valdes has more than 25 years of sales and leadership experience in the technology and retail industries.  Mr. Valdes is a hands-on executive with an extremely successful career in building teams plus creating and directing several organizations from small start-ups to large corporations.

He founded Axis back in 2002, since then it has been listed as one of Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing companies in 2007 and 2008. Axis ranked number 77 for the IT industry in its entirety on the first-ever Inc. 5,000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country, in addition to ranking number 40 in Southern California.

Mr. Valdes is the driving force behind the company’s more than 100 clients. His portfolio of patrons includes well know brand names like Alcoa, Boston Scientific, Canon USA, City National Bank, First American Corporation, Lending Tree and Yamaha just to name a few.

Prior to forming the Axis Technical Group, Mr. Valdes served as Business Development Manager for Computer Dynamics. His strategic approach to building successful teams is reflected throughout his career and in his work at Computer Dynamics. While there his model of relationship-based sales and a resilient focus on quality customer service quickly propelled him to being one of the company’s top performers.

His responsibilities at Axis include identifying and diagnosing sales and growth opportunities, working with the Axis team to refine our organizational structure, product lines, sourcing, sales channels, market position, logistics, and operations. As president he continues to lead the organization forward with new technology and market opportunities in the Real Estate, Financial, and Healthcare industries.

Drumil Khambete – EVP, India Operations

Drumil KhambeteFounded Axis’s India division and heads India operations from Axis’s Pune office.

Mr. Khambete has 15 years of diverse experience across multiple software delivery disciplines and extensive technology leadership experience in strategic planning, project/program management, IT governance, enterprise architecture, process design, and process re-engineering. As a part of the offshore operations management  he looks after financial management, cost management, talent acquisition and team building as well as ensures a strong track record of successful project delivery, client satisfaction, team retention and project profitability.

At Axis Technical Mr. Khambete is focused on bringing technology leadership and strategic alignment to complex business and technology initiatives in geographically distributed research, development and support operations of the company. Having conceptualized the Axis AI product, Mr. Khambete was responsible for identifying the specific business need for the underlying technology and has been leading the integration and development of the Axis AI technology stack.

Mr. Khambete also serves a board member of multiple NGOs and Charity organizations working for the betterment of underprivileged children.

Kenneth Tu – VP, Strategic Consulting Services

Ken Bio picMr. Tu is a seasoned leader, architect, and software engineer with 20+ years of success delivering complex enterprise level systems. As a team oriented professional who takes pride in leading and developing software solutions to solve today’s real-world business and technology challenges, he also enjoys collaborating with stakeholders to provide transparency and successfully deliver on strategy, feasibility, and requirements of software initiatives.

Prior to Axis, Mr. Tu consulted for many years with disparate clients ranging from large corporations to startups. He has experience with all aspects of the Software Development Life Cycle, from requirements gathering, business analysis, design, development, integration, delivery and maintenance. Mr. Tu has also successfully worked with geo-distributed development teams on multi-million dollar project implementations and with a start-up from incubation to company sale.

Ken is responsible for the architecture and implementation of the Axis AI product line. He also leads the development team to deliver the Axis AI product line by using leading technologies to address the technical challenges.

Mark Werner – SVP, Product Management and R&D

Mark WernerMr. Werner leads the product strategy across various disciplines and is responsible for commercializing and enhancing the Axis AI platform, as well as supporting the real estate and financial verticals.

He has spent close to 25 years of “C” and “VP”-level software and product development leadership experience in the real estate information and technology industries. Mark is somewhat of a real estate technology icon in that he designed, developed, and maintained the largest public land records imaging and title plant system in the real estate industry.

Prior to joining the Axis Technical Group, Mr. Werner was Division Information Officer (DIO) for both First American Data Tree LLC, a national provider of property data and document images to the mortgage and real estate industry, and Data Trace Information Services LLC, a national title technology and title plant provider. While at First American Data Tree LLC, Mr. Werner architected and led the development of the world’s largest real property document image database and delivery system consisting of over 5.5 billion document images covering over 85 percent of the U.S. population.

Mr. Werner has also served as Senior Software Development Manager for Control Systems Analysis (CSA), a privately owned engineering firm providing modeling and simulation tools to perform systems engineering, systems and safety analysis, eLearning, and fault isolation for mission critical control systems. He designed, architected, and developed the Interlocks simulation and modeling tool set that were used as the basis for the organization.

Michael Dutton – Senior Director, Business Development

Mr. Dutton comes to us from a long line of success at business technology companies and has over 15 years’ experience Michael Dutton 2across various industries and disciplines. Most notably, his expertise lies within Enterprise Sales, Business Technology Consulting, IT Services and Software Solutions, Mobile Apps/Cloud, BI/Analytics and Revenue & Profit Improvement.

He has successfully structured, negotiated and closed numerous multi-million dollar deals for several fortune 500 companies such as Oracle, Sony, HealthNet, Warner Brothers, Disney, Kaiser, DIRECTV, US Army, Marriott, Chase Bank, Intel, SAP and many others. Michael says one of his greatest accomplishments was, after finishing graduate school, his business partner and he took a company from $0 in revenue to $40 million in sales in less than five years.

Prior to joining Axis, Mr. Dutton was the Director of Regional Sales for Atos North America, where he developed and executed sales strategies and solutions for multiple clients. He has also worked with Nisum Technologies, Send Word Now and Everbridge. His professional experience has been accentuated by his education, which includes a Bachelors Degree in Telecommunications and an Executive MBA Degree from Pepperdine University.

Mr. Dutton will serve as our Senior Director of Business Development for the Professional Services Division and is responsible for the overall management and execution of the company’s business development.

Cary DeShon – Director of Accounts and Recruiting

Cary DeShonMrs. DeShon has worked with Axis since its inception in 2002.  Over her tenure, she has facilitated the placement of hundreds of staffing positions for our clients.  The types of positions include Architects, Sr. Net Developers, Informatica/ETL Developers, SQL DBA’s, SQL Developers, Project Managers, Business Analysts, and QA Analysts.

Mrs. DeShon played an integral role in helping one of our largest clients, First American, with their massive legacy migration project, to ensure that all staffing objectives were met, and our service levels exceeded expectations.  In addition, Mrs. DeShon has filled various IT positions for the vast majority of Axis’s clients such as Alcoa, Canon USA, City National Bank, CoreLogic, Pacific Dental Services, Transamerica, Scantron, Loan Depot, Lending Tree, CCI Valve, Yamaha, Viewtech Financial Services, TK Carsites, Qualcomm, and Standard Pacific Homes.

Prior to joining Axis Mrs. DeShon worked in the mortgage loan, commercial lending and financing industry for a number of employers including Unicor Funding and Brokers Acceptance.  During that time, she won numerous achievements including “Sales of Excellence.”   Her extensive background in the financial and lending market empowers Axis to identify world-class talent to service our clients.

Chad Kocher – Director of Marketing & Business Development

Mr. Kocher has over 10 years’ experience in strategic business and marketing development, audience engagement, client relationship management and digital multimedia. Chad aims to deliver exceptional return on marketing investment by developing and executing impactful and memorable client-facing programs and campaigns that will leverage the product, services and expertise that Axis Technical has to offer.

Prior to joining Axis, Mr. Kocher held the position of Field Marketing Manager for Neudesic, a national systems integrator and product developer. He was responsible for numerous large-scale, marketing initiatives that yielded increased profits and sustainable growth for the company. He is a well-rounded creative professional with product and services marketing experience for various clients and industries, including healthcare companies, IT consulting partners, product manufacturers, advertising agencies, architecture firms and non-profit organizations.

His responsibilities include the overall management and execution of the company’s strategic marketing and brand management initiatives.

Samantha Marriott – Director of Operations

Ms. Marriott has been with Axis since 2004 when she was attending Cal State Fullerton. Since there, Sam_squareshe has taken on various ascending roles in both the services and product divisions, culminating in her current position.

Her well rounded background and ability to pivot where needed to lend insight and provide quantifiable results has allowed her to work directly with onshore & offshore project teams as well as client stake holders spanning several industries, including Scantron, Ricoh, US Bank, Opus Capital Markets and CNO Financial Group. Ms. Marriott has demonstrated exceptional communication skills, which has allowed Axis to strengthen its relationship with key clients and partner affiliates.

In her current role, she oversees the day-to-day activities, provides operational oversight, and counsels on the most efficient ways to run the business in order to facilitate accelerating development and long-term success.

Clients Testimonials

  • I have been waiting twenty-five years for this technology to arrive! This is really going to drive down our operational costs by allowing us to use fewer people at the data entry level and ultimately at the verification level too. In addition to the benefits going forward, the system also has the ability to take stale data and have it converted into the new system. We had a plant that we capped a few years ago but continued to buy the electronic images from the County….

    Meridian Title Corporation
  • “We now offer an innovative and high-tech solution to our clients. The system is faster and more efficient than our previous solution. It results in faster responses from the customers and quicker responses to their inquiries. The result: our portal moves the process along faster, and everyone wins. We are delighted with the quality of the work Axis had delivered; their implementation has indeed performed on the vision we had for our solution.”

    Kilowatt Financial
  • Working with your company, we have been able to maintain an extremely high level of talent within the group. The resources you have provided us with have given us some key technical skills in specific areas and have made it quite affordable to provide quality support to our business. The Axis resources have blended well into our existing teams and have allowed us to augment our staffing with a variable cost structure.

    CIO – Lending Tree Loans
  • Our team spent several years looking for the right technology solution that would provide our customers with the most robust, accurate, easily searchable data. Axis proved that they could do what they said they would do. They are knowledgeable, competent and understand our needs as a customer.

    President CourthouseDirect.com
  • It doesn’t have to take a big army to get something done. By engaging Axis’ technical resources, we were able to fast-track our project. With Axis, we have IT staff on demand.

    Senior IT Manager, Alcoa Certificate System