Our Team

DJ Dorff

 | Chief Executive Officer

DJ grew up in central Indiana near Indianapolis but has recently come to call Utah his home. If you asked DJ when he was fifteen what he wanted to be when he grew up, his answer would be the same as it is today; he wanted to create jobs for people. DJ has let that vision drive him through his life and career. DJ graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from BYU and went on to Stanford to earn his MBA and JD.  

DJ’s first passion is for people and relationships, but he also loves technology. Some of his past positions have been business operations manager for Adobe and founder of an employee analytics company he started while in graduate school. DJ now leads operations at Executech and has brought an increased focus on accountability and data, while still staying true to his vision of building relationships and helping people in their careers. DJ loves spending time with his family, sports and running. DJ was also an actual DJ in high school.  

Chris Nokes

 | Chief Technical Officer

Chris was born in West Valley City, UT, and loves to call it his home to this day. Chris’s first encounter with a computer was a Christmas present. He initially wasn’t thrilled about the gift, but he soon became proficient in early computers through a lot of reading and self-teaching. He eventually learned to write his own computer game. Chris earned his Bachelor’s degree from Baker College in Computer Science. His first job in IT was working in tech support for a phone company. Later, he worked as a system installation manager for ADP and then a small IT services firm.

Chris now works as the Chief Technology Officer for Executech. After some time at a previous IT firm, Chris was looking for a change and was called in for an interview at Executech. He was impressed with how clean and organized the company was, and he found himself at home with the growing team. Today, Chris is admired for his great depth of understanding in IT and his problem-solving abilities. He is an essential part of the team and is the go-to technology man for every technical need at Executech. Chris enjoys basketball and time with family and the occasional street-legal muscle car race.

Sandra Smith

 | Sr. Vice President of Business Operations

Sandra is originally from South Carolina but her family moved all over the country. Today she calls Idaho her childhood home. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in marketing from Westminster College, Sandra started her professional career as a graphic designer for Mountain America Credit Union. She advanced quickly and oversaw all marketing for the credit union for many years. When her husband was deployed in Afghanistan, Sandra stayed at home with her two children. She later returned to work for a small company called Totib that was a technology contractor and developer for Microsoft. While at Totib, Sandra learned many of the ins and outs of the IT world and sharpened her skills as an administrator and finance manager.

Looking for a change of pace, Sandra applied for a bookkeeper position at Executech. Eric knew a good employee when he saw one and hired Sandra on the spot. She was brought on to handle all of the back-office operations of Executech and as the company has grown, so have Sandra’s responsibilities. Sandra now oversees all accounting, payroll, human resources and marketing departments at Executech. Sandra loves to travel, is an avid foodie and loves spending time with her kids and family.

Brandon Barnedt

 | Sr. Vice President, Pacific Region

Brandon was born and raised in Kaysville, Utah. At age 10, Brandon got his first computer. He says it was love at first sight. Breaking and fixing that computer over a dozen times lead Brandon to work at a local computer repair shop during high school. During high school, he had an internship and got work release from school to help perform maintenance on computers. Brandon worked as an IT contractor for the Air Force and also for Sony PlayStation as a network administrator. He has appeared in the credits of two PlayStation 3 games, “Warhawk” and “Calling All Cars.” Brandon later completed his Bachelor’s degree from Weber State University.

Brandon has been with Executech for over six years. He was originally drawn to this company after years of working in outsourced IT and being frustrated by the fact that much of IT service didn’t have a human touch. In the middle of trying to start his own IT company to do IT the “right” way, Brandon applied for an open position at Executech. After his first interview, he knew he had “finally found a company that does IT the way I would do IT”. Brandon now oversees all of the technician force for northern Utah. Brandon enjoys the outdoors, sports and hunting.

James Fair

 | Sr. Vice President of Technical Operations

James grew up all over the country, but Texas, California and Utah are the states closest to his heart. As a child, James was naturally curious and often took apart and reassembled watches and other gadgets. He got hooked on computers when he was given an early computer and learned the basic programming language. When his family got an upgraded computer, he immersed himself in mastering DOS and learning the Intel 8088 series hardware. During high school, he took programming classes, which got him his first job as a system administrator.

While looking for a new job opportunity, James found Executech. It seemed like it would be the perfect place for him to work. He was drawn to the “Best Places to Work in Utah” awards and other recognition the company had received. While being interviewed for a job, James was impressed with the culture that Eric had created and the employees that supported him. Today James provides guidance and training to Executech’s growing technical team. He is a valuable resource of knowledge and wisdom to the team leaders of our technical teams. James loves volunteering, traveling, hiking and photography.

Hank Hathaway

 | VP of Sales & Marketing

Hank was born in Southern California but has come to call Utah his home. Hank attended the University of Utah and competed as a member of the baseball team and still loves to attend and support the Utah athletic program in his spare time. Hank has also been active in coaching youth sports, spending almost 20 years coaching high school baseball players in the Salt Lake Valley.
Over the past 25 years, Hank has held various sales, account management, and sales management positions. Hank views sales management as similar to coaching a baseball team and enjoys helping his professional team succeed just like his sports teams. Hank joined Executech after learning more about the award-winning and people-first company culture. As Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Hank leads a large team spread across wide geographies to help Executech grow and expand.
Hank, his wife, and four children love to travel to almost any tropical destination and are always looking for their next family experience wearing flip flops in the sun!

Chris Gibbons

 | VP of Client Success

Chris, aka ‘G’ within the Executech family, grew up throughout the western United States, including Utah, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and California. Through many moves, attending 3 high schools over 3 years in 3 different states, and serving a humanitarian mission in Canada for 2 years, he learned the value of resiliency, adaptability, and building relationships. Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Brigham Young University in preparation for the workforceExperience has taught him that discipline and hard work leads to success, as is summed up ithe one word found on his license plate – GRIT. 

Chris has a passion for people and helping them get to a better place. This life philosophy has driven him as a sales and service leader throughout his professional career, developing and managing client relations and business affairs in multiple industries. Chris joined Executech in 2014 as a Senior Sales Executive and now leads the organizational development and efforts of Client SuccessWhat gets him and his team out of bed every day? Their genuine pursuit to provide the best client experience in IT by not just meeting, but exceeding client expectations. 

Chris has called Utah home since 1990 and loves spending time with his wife, 5 children, and grandchildren and enjoys traveling, sports, movies, and music!