Tech company adds to leadership team


Garth Stidolph. Courtesy Tech Defenders

A growing Grand Rapids tech company has expanded its leadership team.

Tech Defenders, having recently expanded into a new 73,000-square-foot facility at 601 Maryland Ave. NE, has added four new leadership positions.

The company has appointed Garth Stidolph as director of K-12 solutions, Joshua Verhulst as director of business development, Allie Miller as director of marketing and communications and Mark Hudson as director of ITAD sales.

Additionally, Tech Defenders promoted Cullin McGrath to director of systems and Connor Sweeney to chief operating officer.

“Having a dedicated leadership team is important to us, because we believe it will help us remain dynamic and continue to make Tech Defenders a great place to work,” said Gary VonMyhr, CEO, Tech Defenders.

Stidolph has over 20 years experience in the technology industry, including several positions of leadership, the most recent of which was at Apple, where he worked directly with K-12 school districts.

Verhulst has served as director of development and innovation at Hope Network. In his new role, he will create and support partnership programs that will help the company procure devices from key partners around the U.S.

Miller, previously the strategy lead at Lyft in Silicon Valley, was recruited to join the Grand Rapids company as marketing manager last year. Her new director role will focus on delivering Tech Defenders’ message and mission internally and externally.

Hudson was previously Tech Defenders’ sales manager, where he developed personnel systems, and processes, which played a vital role in the company’s growth plans.

McGrath started with Tech Defenders as a repair technician while finishing college in 2014.

Sweeney, previously the company’s chief revenue officer, started with a sister company of Tech Defenders, Mobile Defenders, in 2013, where he helped develop a similar fast-paced, high-growth trajectory, culture and team.

Tech Defenders provides IT asset disposition and electronics repair services to high-volume education and enterprise customers.

The company offers end-to-end lifecycle services designed to minimize maintenance costs and maximize the recovery value of aging and obsolete technology.

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