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. Rick is an expert instructor and speaker at numerous conferences, webinars and seminars. 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.
 
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 20 years of data warehousing and business intelligence consulting experience across multiple industries. His experience includes solution delivery for BI and data quality initiatives. His core strengths include managing global projects involving teams across multiple locations. Prior to Athena IT Solutions Alex was responsible for BI solutions at Pitney Bowes and was Director of Business Intelligence and Data Quality at Monster.com. 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.

Manasa Singhekar

BI Co-op


Manasa Singhekar is from India and currently working as Data warehousing and Business Intelligence Co-op with Athena IT solutions. She has worked extensively in the data analytics and machine learning space for over two years and has three years of experience working with data. She helps develop ETL jobs and is focused on building data models for datawarehousing. In her spare time, she is an avid long form reader and a firm believer in art of prioritization.

Nilesh Nerkar

BI Co-op


Nilesh Nerkar is a graduate student at Northeastern University and currently working as a co-op at Athena IT Solutions. He worked as a Senior Software Engineer at Capgemini for a little over 2 years where he fostered an understanding and passion for all things pertaining to databases and analytical platforms. At Athena IT Solutions, he is responsible for developing ETL workflows for data warehousing and creating BI Dashboards while also ensuring their share-ability through cloud. He believes that a strong work ethic coupled with a systematic approach to all his endeavors will ensure a prolonged success.

Abhinav Yogesh Tiwari

BI Co-op


Abhinav Tiwari is an adaptable problem solver with competent knowledge in the data analytics and machine learning space. Abhinav is currently working as a co-op with the core team at Athena IT Solutions to design ETL workflows that support data warehousing and business intelligence reporting while also implementing dev-ops strategies. Abhinav believes in exhibiting patience, creativity and a systematic engineering approach to solve the need for complicated business questions.

Eklavya Saxena

BI Co-op


Eklavya Saxena is a co-op at Athena IT Solutions who works with the core team to develop data warehousing ETL jobs and supplement business intelligence dashboards. Eklavya believes in specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based (SMART) goals. Eklavya has over three years of experience in data analytics and management.

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.