Founded in 1998 by a team of former corporate IT professionals, Coyote Creek understands the issues and complexities that are part of large-scale and high-growth IT environments. Pragmatic and vendor neutral, Coyote Creek brings deep expertise to help customers manage technology and project risk, inspiring confidence and creating peace of mind.
Information Technology & Engineering Services
Founder & President
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 the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Co-Founder & Director of 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, Kevin 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, created an inventory tracking method and assisted the company’s Y2K team. He also has extensive experience in the retail market. Coral has 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 our growing IT staffing practice. Prior to joining 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 the following certifications: Microsoft Certified System Engineer, MCP and Citrix Certified Administrator. Lundberg has also worked on many Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange projects for leading companies’ executive staff. He has years of proven experience in the design and engineering of IT solutions for mid to enterprise sized customers.
Sr. Account Executive
Jimmy 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. Areias 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, managing the proposal process and monitoring the status of each project until completion. Areias 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, working for Morning Star, Co. and Northwestern Mutual. In 2006, Howser transitioned his sales career to the IT Staffing and Recruiting Services industry when he joined Bayside Solutions. From 2009 to 2011, Howser 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. He 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. Howser has a B.S. Degree in Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis.
Sr. Account Executive
Jay Baltazar started his decent into sales by graduating at San Jose State University with a BA in Marketing. After graduation he worked in procurement for TDK for 8 years. Being a buyer provided the insight needed to switch gears into the sales world. The next 9 years Jay worked in business development for a managed service IT firm selling hardware, manage services, and staffing. Jay’s experience as a buyer and seller gives him the best of both worlds; which allows him to excel as an account executive for Coyote Creek.
Sr. Technical Recruiter
Mike Dobrev has been a part of Coyote Creek Consulting since 2012, helping to build the Contract Services offerings from the ground up. He has been responsible for finding talented candidates to join Coyote Creek’s organization internally in multiple departments, including the Professional Services Team (specializing in Linux, Microsoft and Atlassian technologies) and Remote Monitoring/Management Services Team. Dobrev is a professional and results-driven Senior Technical Recruiter with extensive experience in full life cycle recruiting.
Sr. Technical Recruiter
Nikki got her start in recruiting in 1997 as an Administrative Assistant for a small, Silicon Valley based, technical staffing company. Having just finished up a contract with Xerox Parc as a Computer Registrar – she thought this could be a great opportunity to try something different. 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. 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 whether it is good, bad or otherwise!
Madilyn Rossi started at Coyote Creek in April of 2016. Before then, she graduated Cum Laude from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, CA where she majored in Political Science. After graduating Madilyn went back to her hometown of Napa and began working in the wine industry. She progressed from hospitality to sales, and then transitioned into providing staffing resources to wineries and affiliated companies in the area. After being awarded “Rookie of the Year”, she began to focus on technology staffing, primarily focusing on infrastructure and IT support contract services.
Jessica started her career at Coyote Creek Consulting as an Inside Sales Associate in May of 2016. Her focus has now shifted from Atlassian Licensing to finding the right solution for Coyote Creek’s clients. She is committed to getting work done right the first time for your team. Jessica graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business: Management, Fall 2015.