When you work with Coyote Creek, you get more than a team of great engineers, you get the benefit of our experience. Each of our engineers has earned industry-leading certifications and has completed dozens of projects. Collectively, we bring decades of IT experience across dozens of technologies and hundreds of unique client projects to your project. Even better, all of us are located here. We’re real people, collaborating in real time, and when we show up for you, it is literally on your doorstep.
Michael R. Faster
Mike Faster is the founder and president of Coyote Creek with more than 25 years of experience in building and leading complex technology organizations. Among other numerous high-visibility projects, Faster has served as interim chief information officer for Ariba, SpinCircuit.com, and Chemdex. Prior to founding Coyote Creek in 1998, Faster served in numerous director and management positions for leading technology companies including Apple Computer, Palm Computing, Cadence Design Systems, and Komag. Faster has a B.S. degree in management from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Co-founder and Director Technical Services
Kevin Szady co-founded Coyote Creek in 1998 and is director of technical services, responsible for all technical leadership and project management. Before co-founding the company, he served as network services manager for Komag, where he oversaw a 3500-node network with 50+ servers located domestically and overseas. He carried project responsibility for all major projects that involved Microsoft Exchange email. Prior to Komag, Mr. Szady worked as a systems administrator for Westinghouse Security Electronics. He earned a B.A. in music from San Jose State University, and holds numerous MCSE certifications.
Director of Managed Services
Anthony Coral joined Coyote Creek in 2000, and today is responsible for all managed services delivery. He has worked on numerous Coyote Creek projects for a wide range of clients. Prior to joining Coyote Creek, Coral was a senior installation engineer for Franklin-Templeton, where he designed and maintained all OS builds for the company’s desktops and laptops, in addition to creating an inventory tracking method and assisting the company’s Y2K team. He also has extensive experience in the retail market. He has also completed networking, Novell administration, telecommunications, aeronautics, MCSE, MCSA, MCP, HP, and IBM courses.
Contract Services Manager
Nathan Lundberg joined Coyote Creek Consulting in 1999 and today manages a wide range of engineering projects and ongoing managed services implementations. Lundberg has worked on major Windows Exchange migration projects and provides Exchange administration support for leading companies’ executive staff. He also has extensive expertise with Cisco Unity solutions. Prior to Coyote Creek, Lundberg served as a network systems engineer for Inacom/Vanstar Corporation, and as a systems engineer for Modis. He graduated from Chabot College and has also earned Microsoft Certified System Engineer, MCP, and Citrix Certified Administrator certifications.
Sr. Account Executive
James Areias began his sales career in 1999 as a fundraiser at Cal Poly. After graduation, he worked as a residential Loan Officer for both a direct lender and a brokerage firm. Jimmy joined Coyote Creek in 2007 with a focus on building new relationships and managing existing accounts to ensure Coyote Creek meets customer needs and expectations. This includes being the first point of contact for clients, working with the Engineering team throughout the project scoping, proposal process, and monitoring the status of each project until completion. Jimmy has a B.S. degree in Agricultural Business from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Sr. Account Executive
Nick Howser began his sales career in 2003, where he worked for Morning Star, Co. and Northwestern Mutual. In 2006, Nick transitioned his sales career to the IT Staffing and Recruiting Services industry when he joined Bayside Solutions. From 2009 to 2011, Nick spearheaded the sales effort for the Silicon Valley, venture-backed, recruiting start-up, called Readyforce – cultivating over 100 new clients in the Bay Area, New York, and Phoenix markets. Nick joined Coyote Creek in 2012 as an Account Executive with the intent to deliver an added value to his clients in the Bay Area, by providing Contracting Services, Managed Services, and Project Services. Nick has a B.S. Degree in Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis.
Sr. Technical Recruiter
Professional and results-driven Senior Technical Recruiter with extensive experience in full lifecycle recruiting, including: developing recruiting strategies, candidate sourcing and generation, relationship-building, customer service and problem solving abilities, identification of top talent for hard-to-fill and niche positions, offering interview preparation, negotiations, reference checks, optimization of recruitment pipeline, applicant tracking system (ATS) building and maintenance. I am a competitive “Hunter and Closer,” utilizing advanced sourcing techniques in virtually all technical and functional-related positions.
I’ve been a part of Coyote Creek Consulting for over 3 years now, helping to build our Contract Services offerings from ground up; as well as finding talented candidates to join our organization internally in multiple departments including: Professional Services team (specializing in Linux, Microsoft and Atlassian technologies) and Remote Monitoring/Management Services team.
Sr. Technical Recruiter
Nikki Motas got her start in recruiting in 1997 with a small niche staffing company that was looking for an Administrative Assistant who had experience using the Unix command line. Having just finished up a contract with Xerox Parc as a Computer Registrar – she thought “WOW” this could be a great opportunity – and she was right. Once she was hired on, it didn’t take her anytime at all to go from Admin Assistant, to Staffing Coordinator, to sourcing and recruiting full time. and she LOVED IT!
Nikki is Airs Certified, and has experience sourcing and recruiting for IT Infrastructure Engineers, DevOps, UI/UX, Front End Developers, Software Engineers and many other talents. She believes in building and maintaining relationships that are based on honesty and integrity. She is a true candidate advocate and she will always give her candidates feedback!
Just recently joining Coyote Creek Consulting Courtney is eager to learn everything there is to know about the growing IT Industry. Graduating from Washington State University with a Sport Management Degree she has the drive and determination to learn new information every day. Courtney’s competitive and “go-to” personality will help spear head a variety of Marketing initiatives.