Meet the Team
The quality and customer focus of our team has allowed TAZ Networks to continue to grow year after year since its inception. We believe that technology without customer service is useless. Our company philosophy is to provide great service first and technology second. Going the extra mile is what we are all about.
Tavis Patterson — Owner, President, and Founder. Contrary to popular belief, Tavis is not the “TAZ” in TAZ Networks. Instead, he named the business in honor of his children. Originally working from his basement in Howell, Tavis started the business in 2003 to provide enterprise-level computer network support to small and medium sized businesses in the metro Detroit and Southeast Michigan area. Tavis has over 20 years of consulting experience for businesses from enterprise Fortune 100 companies to local, small companies. Prior to starting TAZ Networks, he did IT consulting for Compuware out of Detroit for 4 years. Today, Tavis focuses on running and building up TAZ Networks with new client relationships. He also manages the service desk, and still jumps in on the occasional emergency ticket. His door is always open for staff questions and support.
Matthew Vincent — Account Manager. A big part of Matt’s role at TAZ Networks is client liaison, working to be sure our clients’ overall needs and “big picture” issues are anticipated and addressed. He has held a number of sales and account manager positions in his career, most recently in digital sales for YP Marketing Solutions. He has current sales-related technical certifications with several providers, including Webroot, Hubspot, and StorageCraft. Outside of work, Matt enjoys camping with his family and watching Formula One Races. When you meet him, be sure to ask about his watch collection.
Aaron Finch — Senior Network Consultant. Aaron is TAZ Networks’ very first employee, starting out next to Tavis in the basement. Aaron first became interested in technology around age 11. While watching his dad attempt to install a printer on their home computer, he decided he wanted to be someone who knew how to manage technology. Before joining TAZ Networks, Aaron worked as a Technology Specialist for FireDog Tech at Circuit City for nearly 6 years, installing hardware, software, for home and small business networks. Today, Aaron is the most-certified member of our team, with qualifications from Microsoft, Citrix, SonicWall®, StorageCraft, and more. Besides exploring new network technology, Aaron also enjoys restoring and playing vintage guitars.
Steve Cress — Network Field Consultant. Like many of our consultants, Steve started tinkering with computers from a young age. This eventually grew into managing a consumer‑focused computer repair shop, where he gained real-world troubleshooting experience. Steve has worked hard to qualify for several technical certifications, including including MTA: Server Administration Fundamentals, Parallels RAS, SonicWall CSSA, and Veeam VMTSP. Steve also loves to cook and bake, occasionally surprising the office with tasty treats.
Zach Thurlow — Network Field Consultant. Zach has a strong background in addressing the specific technology concerns that small businesses have. He formerly ran his own small business doing computer repair for home users and microbusinesses. He has worked with a variety of people, technologies, and network environments over the years. Zach currently holds Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST), MTA Windows Server Administration, and StorageCraft Engineer certifications. Zach enjoys volunteering, outdoor sports, and visiting friends he and his wife have made over the years.
Grant Thomson — Network Field Consultant. Grant was another young techie, who started writing software code on his home computer at age 14. His professional path into IT started with an accounting course in college where he ended up writing accounting software instead of doing actual accounting. Now, his varied experience includes working with Windows, UNIX, and proprietary operating systems. He is a 3CX certified engineer and holds a Parallels RAS technical certification. Grant is diplomatic and cool under pressure, but tenacious with projects. His favorite kinds of projects are proof of concept projects (the kind everyone wants), as well as the “hot potato” projects (the kind no one else wants). His quiet, professional demeanor puts him in direct competition with Tavis for the coveted title of “Calmest Person in the Office.”
Dylan Kazich — Network Field Consultant. Dylan joined TAZ Networks after serving with the United States Marine Corps as a Lead Network Systems Engineer. During his four years in the Marines, he installed and configured network systems and maintained Windows Server services while seeing more countries than he can count on one hand. He also studied Computer Information Systems at Western Michigan University. Dylan holds current certifications from Cisco (CCENT), CompTIA (Network+, Security+), and Webroot (WSAB Endpoint Technical). In his free time, Dylan loves to hit the gym and take long walks with his dog, Harley.
Jesse Goudeseune — Network Field Consultant. Jesse had over three years of experience as a managed services server administrator and support supervisor before joining TAZ Networks. His past focus has been on high-level server, switch, and firewall management. He particularly enjoys working on the wide range of technology that managed services offers. Jesse is currently a StorageCraft Certified Engineer, holds a Parallels RAS technical certification, and has computer science educational background with Saginaw Valley State University. Jesse enjoys riding his motorcycle and camping with his family.
Stacie Studer — Service Desk Consultant/Dispatcher. Born and raised in Iron Mountain, Stacie lived in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula her entire life through college. After graduating from Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management of Information Systems, she joined us here at TAZ Networks. Stacie spent two years at Michigan Tech in the IT department, assisting with procurement and installation of computer hardware and other electronics. A variety of retail jobs in high school and college gave Stacie extensive experience with and customer service, a core skill at TAZ Networks. Stacie is certified in Microsoft Windows Server Administration Fundamentals and is a certified StorageCraft Engineer. She loves cooking, playing video games, and cheering for the Detroit Pistons.
Heather Toll — Marketing Assistant. Heather coordinates our marketing efforts with print and email newsletters and campaigns, active social media, and managing our web site. Her varied background makes her well-suited to her role at TAZ Networks. After working at administrative and assistant-level work in the graphic design and marketing fields, Heather joined TAZ Networks part-time as our second employee in 2007, in our first office on Grand River Avenue in Brighton. Since then, she has graduated from the Specs Howard School of Media Arts program for Graphic Design. She’s very interested in analytics, streamlining processes, and continuous improvement. In her spare time, Heather can be found making things or walking her mountain bike up the hills on local trails.
Laurel McConnell — Administrative Assistant. Laurel greets visitors, handles our bookkeeping, manages order fulfillment, and takes care of other behind-the-scenes tasks that keep our Brighton office running smoothly. She joined us with an extensive accounting background and a Bachelors of Science in Public Accounting from Cleary University. As the only grandparent at TAZ Networks, her days off are busy with family and creative pursuits.