The Team

Rick Sherman

Founder and President


Rick Sherman is the founder of Athena IT Solutions. Rick has over 30 years of BI, data integration and data warehousing experience.
 
Complete bio for Rick Sherman

Rick Sherman is the founder of Athena IT Solutions. Rick has 30 years of business intelligence (BI), data integration and data warehousing (DW) experience. He has worked on over 100 BI and DW projects and has also provided guidance through assessments and in an advisory role for dozens of other enterprises. These projects have spanned many industries, a wide variety of business applications as source systems and different database technologies as either sources or targets. Rick’s roles have included strategic advice, architectural design, database design, project management and even hands-on data integration and BI development.

Rick is an expert instructor and speaker at numerous conferences, webinars and seminars. He teaches business and IT people BI and DW concepts, design, architectures and project management through onsite and online training. He has also taught BI courses for the last decade at Northeastern University's Graduate School of Engineering.

His book "Business Intelligence Guidebook - From Data Integration to Analytics" (Morgan Kaufmann 2014) is used by practitioners and as a textbook in colleges and universities across the globe. Rick has written more than 200 articles, which have been published in various industry publications including Information Management, searchBusinessAnalytics and searchDataManagement.

Rick also performs marketing, industry and competitive analysis for various high tech firms that sell BI, data warehousing and data integration software.

Prior to starting Athena IT Solutions, Rick was a director at Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Previous employers include Digital Equipment Corporation, Project Software and Development (MRO Software/IBM), Norton, and Bristol Meyers Squibb. He has an MBA and a BA in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has completed most of the course work for a Master of Science in Computer Science.

Alex Kangoun

Senior Consultant


Alex has over 17 years of data warehousing consulting experience across multiple industries.
 
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Alex has over 17 years of data warehousing consulting experience across multiple industries. His experience includes solution delivery for BI and data quality initiatives. His core strengths include managing global projects involving resources across multiple locations: onsite, outsourced and offshore teams. Prior to joining Athena IT Solution Alex was responsible for BI solutions at Pitney Bowes. At Monster.com as Director of Business Intelligence and Data Quality he built a solid team and established a foundation for successful BI implementation. His other clients included Price Waterhouse Coopers, PTC, Fidelity, Teradyne, EMC, Citizens Bank, and others. Alex has MBA from Boston College and MS from Kiev National University of Construction and Architecture. Alex is certified Project Manager Professional (PMP) from PMI.

Tom Fox

Senior Consultant


Tom has more than ten years of hands-on experience designing and developing business intelligence and data integrations solutions.
 
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Tom has more than ten years of hands-on experience designing and developing business intelligence and data integrations solutions. He has successfully completed dozens of projects with fortune 500 companies and government agencies with a proven track record of designing and building scalable database applications. Tom’s previous roles include Software Development Director at Cengage Learning and Solutions Architect at Cisco. He has also taught courses at Northeastern University Graduate School of Engineering and has received numerous honors and certifications.

Andrea Harris


Andrea Harris is responsible for marketing at Athena IT Solutions. Her background includes marketing and communications roles at Compaq, Digital, and Honeywell. She has a BA in Management and Communications from Simmons College.