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BREAKING NEWS: MNJ Technologies Introduced New Digital Transformation Brand - Ignyte.
BREAKING NEWS: MNJ Technologies Introduced New Digital Transformation Brand - Ignyte.

About us

Our Story

Paul and Sue Kozak founded MNJ Technologies in 2002 with a vision; to make an extraordinary difference in the lives of their stakeholders.

With decades of IT experience, they embarked on an extreme adventure to become a leading Technology Solutions Provider.

Defining success at the intersection of their three primary stakeholders: Customers, Team Members, and Strategic Partners, it became apparent that MNJ was destined to be unstoppable.

Since its inception, family values have been at the center of MNJ. The company name is inspired by the names of Paul and Sue’s children: Max, Nick, and Jake.

The strength of the Kozak family reflects in MNJ’s passion to see customers succeed.

"Relationships and trust are earned over time. MNJ has earned my respect and our business because of the way they treat us. They truly care and are interested in our needs and concerns. They listen and don't attempt to steer the conversation towards their own or a vendor's agenda."
Todd Bandauski
Todd Bandauski
Chief Information Officer, Crew Carwash Inc.
Digital Transformation Leader
43 locations, 600 employees, 10% Growth Annually
MNJ Strategic Pillars
MNJ Team

The company’s culture is best represented through its vision, mission, and values:

Vision

Making an extraordinary difference
in the lives of our customers,
team, and partners

Mission

To be a leading IT/Digital
Transformation Provider that
powers customer success

Values

  • Trust
  • Excellence
  • Accountability
  • Momentum
MNJ Technologies Leadership

MNJ began as a robust Value Added Reseller (VAR), working diligently to supply its customers with cost-effective hardware and software. Taking a customer-driven approach, MNJ grew through acquisition and professional services expansion. MNJ is known for having one of the best sales forces in the industry.

Hard work and a commitment to excellence has resulted in over 2,800 active customers.

With an eye on the future, Paul and Sue appointed Ben Niernberg to their executive leadership team. Ben’s character and business acumen are helping to fuel the company’s new strategic plan and growth. Ben now serves as MNJ’s Chief Operating Officer.

MNJ is pleased to announce Ignyte. Ignyte is MNJ’s Digital Transformation Unit (DXU) dedicated to orchestrating modernized talent and technology on behalf of its customers.

MNJ’s success is defined by meeting and exceeding our customer’s present and future needs. We are grateful for the opportunity to help our customers navigate their journey.

Ignyte Logo

MNJ Technologies, the leading provider of IT solutions and digital transformation for the midmarket, has launched Ignyte. This consultancy advises mid-market clients on achieving digital transformation and solving real business problems through technology adoption.

Ignyte’s engineering team provides customized solutions that address each customer’s most pressing business needs by cost-effectively aligning strategic technologies. The IT experts at MNJ work closely with clients on consulting engagements to drive digital transformation through a mix of best-of-breed software, hardware, cloud-based solutions, managed services, and comprehensive security protections.

Ignyte engagements provide a new type of consulting partnership to help midmarket companies identify which of their business processes to prioritize for digital transformation initiatives. Then the team collaborates with the customer to develop the most practical and cost-effective solutions through cutting-edge technologies.

Meet our leadership team

We’re a company that solves business problems. We do this by listening to each other and to our clients.

Sue Kozak

CEO And Co-Founder

Sue Kozak is MNJ’s chief executive officer and co-founder. In conjunction with the president and COO, Sue is responsible for corporate growth, customer delight, employee engagement, and strategic initiatives.

Paul Kozak

President And Co-Founder

Paul Kozak is MNJ’s president and co-founder. Paul’s priorities are to cast vision, allocate resources, and maintain accountability. He also leads strategic initiatives involving systems modernization and key relationship management.

Ben Niernberg

Chief Operating Officer

Ben Niernberg is MNJ’s chief operating officer. Ben leads all MNJ operations while driving the company’s strategic roadmap.

Rick Sbrocca

Chief Marketing Officer

Rick Sbrocca is MNJ’s chief marketing officer. Rick is accountable for helping lead MNJ’s culture growth, strategic planning/execution, brand building, and modernized marketing.

Jeremy Netzel

Chief Financial Officer

Jeremy Netzel is MNJ’s chief financial officer. Jeremy has a fiduciary responsibility to MNJ for the professional leadership of all accounting and finance activities.

Andy Ballema

Vice President Of Sales

Andy Ballema is MNJ’s vice president of sales. Andy is responsible for ensuring that MNJ’s customers are served with the utmost professionalism.

Jamie Porter

Senior Director Of Marketing

Jamie Porter is MNJ’s senior director of marketing. Jamie’s priority focus is on meeting the needs of MNJ’s customers and partners.

Kristy Malatia

Senior Director Of Human Resources

Kristy Malatia is MNJ’s senior director of human resources. She is responsible for talent acquisition, employee development, and career growth, as well as implementing employee recognition programs designed to boost employee success.

Kevin Cowan

Director Of Sales

Kevin Cowan is MNJ’s director of sales. Kevin is responsible for developing sales strategies and tactics designed to profitably drive customer success.

Diane Reid

Director Of Strategic Sourcing

Diane Reid is MNJ’s director of strategic sourcing. Diane is responsible for growing the relationships with MNJ’s most strategic distributors and vendors.

Dasha Stepp

Director Of Services Delivery

Dasha Stepp is MNJ’s director of services delivery. Dasha is responsible for leading MNJ’s in-house professional services team to deliver customer success.

Vince Yarmoska

Director Of Information Technology

Vince Yarmoska is MNJ’s director of information technology. Vince is responsible for maintaining the security, uptime, and smooth operations of MNJ’s IT systems.

Headquarters locations

1025 Busch Pkwy
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

(800) 870-4340

20 S. Clark, Suite 2200
Chicago, IL 60603

(800) 870-4340

Sue Kozak

CEO And Co-Founder

Sue Kozak is MNJ’s chief executive officer and co-founder. In conjunction with the president and COO, Sue is responsible for corporate growth, customer delight, employee engagement, and strategic initiatives. Sue plays a vital role in the culture development of MNJ. Sue passionately supports the advancement of women in the IT industry.

Prior to founding MNJ, Sue invested nine years at AB Distributing, with her last position being Director of Operations.

Sue holds a master’s degree in Leadership in Education from Roosevelt University as well as a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Iowa. Sue loves spending time with her family and is a passionate Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes fan.

Paul Kozak

President And Co-Founder

Paul Kozak is MNJ’s president and co-founder. Paul’s priorities are to cast vision, allocate resources, and maintain accountability. He also leads strategic initiatives involving systems modernization and key relationship management.

Prior to founding MNJ, Paul served as executive vice president of operations for CDW. Paul is a force multiplier that co-led CDW’s growth from $25M to $4B. Paul Kozak is highly regarded as an icon in the IT distribution industry.

Paul is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Accounting. Paul enjoys spending time with his family, supporting Chicago athletic teams and the University of Iowa Hawkeyes.

Ben Niernberg

Chief Operating Officer

Ben Niernberg is MNJ’s chief operating officer. Ben leads all MNJ operations while driving the company’s strategic roadmap. His objectives and key results are corporate growth, customer delight, and employee engagement. In addition, Ben is accountable for assembling an elite team of leaders to secure MNJ’s future.

Ben has a proven track record of leading companies and people to extraordinary levels of success. Prior to joining MNJ, Ben enjoyed a successful career in executive leadership roles at companies including Canon Business Solutions and Proper Title.

Ben is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree in Political Science. Ben loves spending time with his family, traveling, and exploring new wines.

Rick Sbrocca

Chief Marketing Officer

Rick Sbrocca is MNJ’s chief marketing officer. Rick is accountable for helping lead MNJ’s culture growth, strategic planning/execution, brand building, and modernized marketing.

Prior to joining MNJ, Rick successfully consulted on new growth initiatives for companies such as Google Cloud and Cloud Factory. Rick has extensive industry experience and has held executive leadership roles with companies such as NComputing and Ingram Micro.

Rick’s education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from CSUC as well as Digital Transformation studies through UC Berkeley Executive Education. Rick enjoys time with his family and engaging in athletic adventures.

Jeremy Netzel

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Jeremy’s primary responsibilities include oversight of the MNJ’s strategic planning and execution, managing the accounting, finance and purchasing functions, and supporting the company’s investments in growth.  Jeremy is also responsible for the company’s financial and operational reporting.

Prior to joining MNJ, Jeremy was CFO of @properties where he supported the company’s rapid organic growth, several acquisitions, and investment by a private equity firm.  Jeremy’s early career involved various finance and accounting roles with Motorola and Orbitz Worldwide.

Jeremy is a Certified Public Accountant, a Chartered Financial Analyst, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University.  Outside of work, Jeremy enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, reading and volunteering as a board member of FEI Chicago.

Andy Ballema

Vice President Of Sales

Andy Ballema is MNJ’s vice president of sales. Andy is responsible for ensuring that MNJ’s customers are served with the utmost professionalism. Andy is also responsible for supporting MNJ’s sales talent and achieving the desired sales objectives.

Prior to joining MNJ, Andy successfully led the Aggregation, Infrastructure & Managed Services team at CDW. He was responsible for delivering consistent growth in agency brokerage services, cloud, colocation, and managed services sales.

Andy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University. Andy enjoys spending time with his family, horticulture, woodworking, golf, and boating.

Jamie Porter

Senior Director Of Marketing

Jamie Porter is MNJ’s senior director of marketing. Jamie’s priority focus is on meeting the needs of MNJ’s customers and partners. Jamie is responsible for the development of comprehensive marketing programs including events, social marketing, account-based marketing, and customer satisfaction research.

Prior to joining MNJ, Jamie served in various channel roles at Hewlett Packard for 14 years.

Jamie holds an MBA from Roosevelt University as well as a bachelor’s degree in Education from Elmhurst University. Jamie loves going on adventures with her husband and two daughters, reading, and embracing all that nature has to offer.

Kristy Malatia​

Senior Director Of Human Resources

Kristy Malatia is MNJ’s senior director of human resources. She is responsible for talent acquisition, employee development, and career growth, as well as implementing employee recognition programs designed to boost employee success. Kristy is a thought leader on the future of work. She has been with MNJ for over 13 years.

Prior to joining MNJ, Kristy served as director of human resources at Brentwood North Healthcare.

Kristy holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Western Michigan University. She is a mother of three, including twins and lives a very active lifestyle. Kristy loves her Peloton!

Kevin Cowan

Director Of Sales

Kevin Cowan is MNJ’s director of sales. Kevin is responsible for developing sales strategies and tactics designed to profitably drive customer success. Kevin is also responsible for supporting MNJ’s sales team in a manner that helps them achieve total success. Kevin has been with MNJ for 14 years.

Prior to joining MNJ, Kevin managed a successful career as an account manager at CDW. Kevin has a wealth of experience in managing relationships with customers, sales teams, and technology vendors.

Kevin is a graduate of Purdue University. He enjoys spending time with his family, staying fit, and is an avid movie buff and aspiring reviewer.

Diane Reid

Director Of Strategic Sourcing

Diane Reid is MNJ’s director of strategic sourcing. Diane is responsible for growing the relationships with MNJ’s most strategic distributors and vendors. On a daily basis, she drives MNJ’s technology sourcing machine.

Prior to joining MNJ, Diane worked as Director of Finance and Administration at Equivoice, which MNJ acquired in 2016. Additionally, Diane has gained extensive leadership experience at companies such as Trustmark and Accenture.

Diane holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resources from Loyola University, Chicago as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois. Diane loves to laugh and enjoys time with her family. She owns a pumpkin patch in the Chicagoland area with her husband, generating crowds each autumn.

Dasha Stepp​

Director Of Services Delivery

Dasha Stepp is MNJ’s director of services delivery. Dasha is responsible for leading MNJ’s in-house professional services team to deliver customer success. She is also accountable for continuous business process improvement.

Prior to joining MNJ, Dasha served as manager of routing and switching at Equivoice which was acquired by MNJ in 2016. Her experience in the IT field spans over 13 years, with a successful background in technical support and engineering.

Dasha holds an MBA as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from National Louis University. Dasha is a true global citizen having traveled from Belarus to America to begin her journey as a first-generation immigrant. Dasha loves spending time with her husband and daughter.

Vince Yarmoska

Director Of Information Technology

Vince Yarmoska is MNJ’s director of information technology. Vince is responsible for maintaining the security, uptime, and smooth operations of MNJ’s IT systems. Vince also plays a key role in identifying new technologies to keep MNJ ahead of the curve.

Prior to MNJ, Vince held a series of technical positions at LOGS Network and Aon Hewitt. He has over 14 years of experience in the IT field.

Vince holds an associate degree in Electronic Information Technology from the College of Lake County. Vince enjoys his growing family and has taught Kung-Fu for the past decade.