Seasoned and Accessible Leadership
Dr. Patricia Connolly, CEO
Founding Partner, CEO
Patricia Connolly, PhD, draws on nearly three decades of executive, IT and academic leadership to create and implement SMC Squared’s strategy, vision and mission. With cross-industry experience building and leading high-performing IT teams, leveraging global talent, and mitigating corporate risk enables her to understand intimately the unique challenges faced by SMC Squared clients and to develop solutions that provide immediate results and long-term flexibility and innovation. Her functional expertise includes IT strategy, risk management, LEAN operations, systems development and vendor management, but she is particularly passionate about people—recruiting, mentoring, building and retaining highly skilled and engaged teams. This unique combination of skill and passion helps fuel SMC Squared’s employee-based, insource methodology.
Jim Steeb leverages more than three decades of executive and entrepreneurial experience to translate SMC Squared’s strategy and vision into specific plans and policies that facilitate its rapid growth. His background leading multiple organizations—from startups to large corporate divisions—enables him to build the corporate infrastructure necessary to serve clients seeking to increase their IT talent. His functional expertise includes strategy, marketing, decision support services and high-achieving organizational development. Through his experience in the B2C and eCommerce sectors, he has deep knowledge of venture capital and funding practices and corporate board management. He is a National Association of Corporate Directors Governance Fellow and is CyberSecurity Accredited (CERT).
SVP Global Services
With over 25 years of experience, Steven Stephan has successfully led Fortune 50 technology teams both in India and US. As an entrepreneur, he drove a global IT start -up, maturing an industry recognized global delivery model bringing unprecedented bottom-line value to US brand clients. With extensive understanding of the US/India synergies, including his two years in Bangalore, he brings unparalleled passion, engineering discipline, and cultural intelligence to US firms.
Mary Michel, CMA and CPA, uses her more than two decades of senior financial leadership, with both public and private companies, to ensure SMC Squared’s financial operations align with and support its strategy and vision. She has worked in such varied industries as travel services, consumer food products, telecom, financial services and energy. This cross-industry experience has provided financial best-practice expertise that enables her to support SMC Squared’s rapid growth, as well as to understand the financial challenges faced by SMC Squared clients. Her functional experience includes private equity, initial public offerings, public debt, acquisitions and divestitures, SOX compliance and SEC reporting.
SVP Client Enablement
Gary Michel uses his more than 25 years of executive, technical and project management expertise to shepherd the efficient and effective rollout of talent solutions for SMC Squared clients. His award-winning, cross-industry experience managing large systems integration and development practices, building global teams, and keeping projects on time and in budget, provides Michel with the expertise necessary to deliver the unique benefits of SMC Squared’s insource methodology. From working with organizations both large and small, he has a unique perspective on client requirements, whether they are augmenting an existing team or an entire facility staffed with more than 500 engineers.