Our Experts

Susan Ward, PhD, President and Founder, is a performance-oriented executive with over 20 years experience in business and technology development. While in industry, Susan held a variety of positions in technology management and has created and led organizations in North America, Europe, and China that supported businesses ranging in size from $33 million to over $5 billion. In 2001, Susan founded ITECS. Since then, Susan and her team have secured more than $100 million in government funding and assisted in more than $500 million in successful technology product introductions for for-profit companies, universities, and non-profit companies. Susan has a PhD in physical organic chemistry from New York University and is the president of ITECS.

Michelle Tack is the Vice President of Business Development for ITECS. Tack is an industry veteran with a 20-year track record of success with start-ups and high growth technology companies, combining technology, marketing and sales expertise with a strong sense of finding solid solutions to specific business problems. A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Ms. Tack’s experience combines national and international assignments, covering a variety of technology disciplines.

Brendan Ward is the Director of Marketing for ITECS. Ward graduated with honors with a dual degree in communication and psychology from the University of Miami. He worked on various marketing jobs with Village Voice Media and was a digital media consultant for Coconut Grove Art Festival, helping improve web presence as well as search engine visability. Over the last two years Brendan held a variety of management roles with Abercrombie and Fitch, where he set up systems, managed the flagship store, and recruited and trained associates. Brendan joined ITECS in July 2009 as director of marketing. In this role he focuses on developing marketing campaigns, implementing social networking, improving marketing collateral, setting up virtual systems, and generating sales leads.

Tom Eppich is the chief financial officer (CFO) for ITECS. He has over 35 years of accounting, finance, CPA, and CFO experience. Tom currently provides CFO services to over a dozen companies in the central Florida area. Previously, he was an audit partner with Ernst & Young, a CFO of over six different companies, including one with annual revenues exceeding a billion dollars; co-owned his own office furniture dealership, which was profitable each year of ownership; and was a vice president of a turnaround restructuring consulting company for over 10 years. Tom has a BS degree in business administration from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan

Deidre Torre is Director of Client Services for ITECS. Torre has a BA in environmental science from the University of Virginia. She has five years of experience performing a wide range of consulting tasks including report preparation and field research relating to projects falling under NEPA, CWA, ESA, RCRA, CERCLA, and other state and local governances. Her experience includes working on large municipal projects including airport expansions, roadway construction, and educational facility improvements. Deidre has a proven record of establishing good rapport with both clients and agencies to achieve conflict resolution and obtain project objectives.