Our Team

Sue Kozak, President

Before Susan Kozak founded MNJ Technologies Direct, Inc. with her husband, Paul Kozak, in January 2002, she graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and continued on to earn her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Roosevelt University. Susan was a Kindergarten teacher from June 1986 to August 1988. She then continued on her career with AB Distributing from 1988-1997 with her last position being Director of Operations. Susan has 3 sons, Max, Nick and Jake creating the name MNJ from each one of their initials.

Sue is the Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes number 1 fan!

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Paul Kozak, Chief Operating Officer

Alongside his wife, Susan, Paul Kozak co-founded MNJ Technologies Direct, Inc. in January 2002. At MNJ, his main responsibilities focus on designing and implementing IT infrastructure, accounting systems and business operations, promoting the family culture that was established when the doors first opened and overseeing daily operations. Prior to MNJ, Paul was employed by CDW Corp. He started as a Sales Account Manager in 1987 and worked his way up the leadership ladder when he eventually left the company in 2001 as the Executive Vice President of Operations. Kozak is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Paul enjoys RV’ing and attending Iowa Hawkeye football games.

“People do business with people they like.” – Unknown

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Ben Niernberg, Sr. VP of Sales and Services

Ben currently oversees all sales, marketing, services and vendor management relations for MNJ Technologies. Before joining MNJ, he spent a decade at Canon Solutions America, a subsidiary of Canon USA Company, where he was in a variety of management and executive roles. At MNJ, Ben remains focused on working with new and existing customers to solve their technology and services business issues that they deal with every day. Ben is thrilled about the future of MNJ Technologies and the exciting growth that has already been realized.

Ben is an avid wine connoisseur and is working toward Sommelier status.

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” — Winston Churchill

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Diane Bierman, VP of Strategic Partnerships and Sourcing

Diane has worked in the technology industry since 1991, including 16 years at CDW where she held inside and outside sales positions as well as product and partner management roles. She joined MNJ in 2013 in a services sales position, was named VP of Sales in 2015, and most recently helped drive strong 2018 revenue growth that included a 20% increase in the company’s monthly services business as well as a 500% increase in SD-WAN products and services. Diane was promoted to VP Strategic Partnerships and Sourcing to enhance strategic relationships with MNJ vendor partner community to advance MNJ’s consultative expertise and ability to develop solutions that will help MNJ valued customers streamline operations and increase bottom line performance.

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” — Joshua J. Marine

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Albany Zeno, VP of Services

Albany Zeno has a strong technical and business qualifications with an impressive track record of more than 20 years of hands-on experience in Network, Wireless and Transport communications, strategic planning, business unit development, project and product management, and system engineering strategies. Prior to joining to MNJ, Albany spent over a decade at AT&T and also is a Veteran of the U.S. Army. He received his MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. At MNJ, his main responsibilities include providing a highly reliable infrastructure for all end user and computing environments and supporting operation growth.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” – Albert Einstein

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Jamie Porter, Director of Marketing

Jamie has been a well-respected member of the channel community since 2000. She started her career at HP working her way up through various channel roles, including a Partner Business Manager in Chicago for 14 years, where she collaborated with dozens of VAR’s on their sales and marketing growth initiatives. Jamie joined MNJ in 2015 where she heads up the Marketing department and is heavily focused on increasing brand awareness, aligning sales and marketing efforts, evolving company culture and enabling double digit growth. She earned her MBA from Roosevelt University and is honored to be on CRN’s Women of the Channel Elite Power 30 List.

Jamie loves going on adventures with her husband and two daughters, reading, and anything to do with nature.

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” – Amelia Earhart

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