Management Team

Thiru Thangarathinam
Thiru Thangarathinam
Founder & CEO

Thiru is responsible for setting the strategy, vision, and execution for the company.

Thiru’s goal is to become a trusted partner for the clients of MST Solutions by providing unmatched quality and service in building and deploying IT solutions to our customers.

Thiru is passionate about leveraging technology to solve real business problems. Thiru is excited about leveraging CRM, Mobile and Big Data technologies to transform the clients’ business processes.

As a Chief Architect/Senior Director in Apollo Group, Thiru designed and Implemented large scale ERP implementations and Salesforce deployments for Intel and Apollo. Thiru has authored books on .NET and Service Oriented Architecture related technologies and is frequent speaker in industry events such as Gartner AADI, SAP TechEd, Open Group, Data Management, and Semantic Technology conferences.

Gerard Sample
Gerard Sample
Chief Revenue Officer

Gerard is responsible for developing strategic relationships through sales and marketing initiatives that deliver customer value. A thought leader devoted to sales team performance, Gerard is passionate about building sales process efficiency and customer relationship management solutions. Further, he enjoys sharing his perspective as a speaker at both client and industry events.

Prior to joining MST Solutions, he spent over fifteen years in sales and marketing roles at enterprise software, information technology and cloud services companies such as CA Technologies, LivePerson, and Sun Microsystems. Also, Gerard founded Third Wave, a company dedicated to serving clients with B2B sales enablement solutions.

Gerard earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University and serves on the Board of Directors at the Military Assistance Mission. He currently lives with his family in Cave Creek, Arizona where he spends time as a volunteer coach for his kids’ mountain bike team.

Srikanth Balusani
Srikanth Balusani
Chief Technology Officer

Srikanth leads Client Engagement and Product Development functions at MST Solutions. He brings 15 years of experience developing and delivering enterprise software. He is a Senior IT leader with proven background in Business and Technology Strategy, Technology Transformation, Innovation and Execution. He is passionate about using technology to improve Business Outcomes and solve real business problems to accelerate growth.

He has extensive background in Enterprise Architecture, SaaS, CRM, Business Process Optimization, Cloud Computing, Hybrid Clouds, Enterprise Integration, Agile Application Development, Service Oriented Architecture and highly scalable Application design. He was able to build strong architecture and development teams from ground up by institutionalizing architecture and development frameworks. Srikanth and his teams were able to build various innovative solutions to improve Operational Efficiency and Customer Experience in addition to being a catalyst for generating new Revenue Streams.

Suresh Murugesan
Suresh Murugesan
IT Director, Software Development

Suresh Murugesan is a Visionary Technologist and a proven Leader in software development. As a Director of Software Development, Suresh plays a vital role in managing the software delivery practice including Microsoft.Net, Java/J2EE, and Open Source platforms at MST Solutions. He is responsible for delivering high-quality solutions to MST’s clients on time and under budget.

Suresh has a diverse technical background on Java/J2EE, Microsoft.Net, CMS, SharePoint, Core JavaScript, Hadoop, Salesforce, and AWS Cloud technologies. Suresh's diverse skill allows him to successfully deliver business-driven solutions while managing the process, architecture standard, and friendly development environment. Suresh is a dynamic, natural leader who thrives in fast-paced Agile environments that help him to quickly envision how his team’s work fits into the productivity and overall success of the organization.

Prior to joining MST Solutions, Suresh worked at Apollo Education Group for about 10 years as Sr. Technical Program Manager, where he managed multiple technical teams to build world-class education products (PeTs, Online Discussion/Forum, Student Attendance) for University of Phoenix, Online education platform. His cumulative projects' budget crosses over 15 million dollars and has assessed multiple 3rd party vendors for technology solutions at Apollo.

Suresh holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from REC-Trichy, India and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix, Arizona. Suresh is currently pursuing his Doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership (IT) at University of Phoenix, Arizona.

Ramesh Ramamurthy
Ramesh Ramamurthy
Director of Technology

As a Director of Technology, Ramesh Ramamurthy plays a key role in design and execution of CRM and .NET projects. Ramesh has 17 years of professional IT experience with Masters degree in Computer applications. Ramesh has strong background in architecture, design, enterprise infrastructure, disaster recovery and development methodologies such as Agile and SCRUM. Ramesh has in-depth business process expertise in the healthcare vertical and has designed targeted solutions in the health care space.

As a Salesforce architect, Ramesh published the reference architecture, standards and best practices and process guidelines for Salesforce development, configuration and deployment in his previous organization. Ramesh also mentored and led a team of architects and developers to implement highly scalable, high performing multi-tier enterprise customer care solution in .NET using WCF Web Services, Entity Framework (EF), Caching, and MSMQ.

Ramesh is well versed in learning and adopting new tools and technologies and has excellent hands-on development skills on Salesforce, .Net and SQL technologies. Prior to joining MST, Ramesh worked in Pacific Pulmonary Services for 10 years and Kumaran Systems for 7 years.

Asif Khan
Asif Khan
Director, Global Delivery

Asif is a results-driven IT Leader with proven experience establishing Centers of Excellence, implementing methodology and developing teams through industry standard processes, training and mentoring. He is skilled at leveraging technology to develop and deliver high performance customer focused business solutions.

A Scrum certified, solution-oriented IT Professional with an proven record of successful test management and delivery including extensive experience in leading onsite, near-shore and offshore teams.

His areas of significant strength and experience also includes :

  • Developing roadmaps for QA maturity
  • Developing skills of QA professionals
  • Providing testing through leadership
  • Measuring IT effectiveness
  • Ensuring successful Project Delivery.
Krishnadoss Parthasarathy
Krishnadoss Parthasarathy
Director of Salesforce Development

Krishnadoss Parthasarathy (Krishna) has more than 25 years of experience in IT industry and held various positions from Senior Software Developer to Software Development Manager to IT Director.

In his previous employment at Apollo Education Group for 13 years, he managed about 50 onsite employees and 60 offshore employees, and played a key role in building 50+ mission-critical, Java & .NET-based, Internet and Intranet web applications (Marketing, Enrollment, Academics, Finance, Scheduling, Financial Aid, and etc.) used by 350,000 students and 15,000 internal staff.

Krishna is a result-oriented, innovative technology leader with primary focus on improving operational efficiency, cost avoidance, revenue growth, and automating software development processes and business processes. Krishna has certifications in Sun certified Java Developer, Java Architect, Salesforce Administrator, Salesforce Developer, Service Cloud Consultant and Sales Cloud Consultant.

Ryan Smith
Ryan Smith
Practice Lead, Public Sector

Ryan Smith is the Practice Lead for the public sector at MST. Through this role and with a core focus on customer success, Ryan develops project delivery strategy and best practices for public sector clients to guide Salesforce implementations and deliver a cost-effective transformation.

Ryan believes the key ingredient to a successful transformation is to uncover the measurable pain points and focus on those that directly impact customers, constituents and employees. Through this concentration, organizations have the best chance at increasing customer and employee satisfaction while reducing operational and technology costs. He also attests to the implementation of cloud computing platforms as a key capability that enables business transformation.

Ryan has a decade plus experience leading teams across the private and public sector where he led transformation projects in higher education. While at public and private 4-year and doctoral universities he was devoted to leading programs that resulted in massive cost savings, increased student retention and new university accreditations. Ryan’s career has been shaped by his passion for delivering technology in the pursuit of exciting, customer-centric business outcomes while using lean and six sigma methodologies to reduce waste and enhance quality.

Jessica Hipskind
Jessica Hipskind
Public Sector Account Manager

Jessica has 14+ years of creating and maintaining client relationships. Her passion is found in helping others identify their areas of focus and working alongside of them to create a solution that will better fit their needs. As the Public Sector Account Manager, she has the opportunity to do this with local and state government agencies increasing the overall operational efficiencies for staff and constituents. Being a customer advocate and ensuring that top-notch service is consistently delivered, has assisted with creating optimal client experiences.

Prior to MST Solutions, Jessica worked for Apollo Education Group leading a team of individuals that heavily supported students who were in need of assistance. It was here where Jessica found a true desire to not only help external customers, but to help employees grow personally and professionally through introducing them to networking events, conferences, and a variety of ways to improve their well-being. She has carried her best practices and encouragement to continually grow to the MST family.