Leadership

Our Team

Eric Montague

 | Chief Executive Officer

While working IT support during college, Eric Montague realized two things: people hate their computers when something goes wrong, but they hate calling IT even more. Eric envisioned a model that would provide a human touch on IT and provide the customer amazing service and professionalism. And Eric knew he had what it would take to make it happen. This vision and self-trust led to the founding of Executech in 1999—now the largest and most awarded IT outsourcing company in the Intermountain West.

From humble beginnings, Eric made many sacrifices to make his dream of putting a human touch on IT services a reality. What began in an unheated garage and putting over 350,000 miles on one car to service clients has grown into a workforce of over 87 employees. Eric has donated, served and been involved with many charitable and volunteer efforts including the BSA, Hale Center Theater and more. Over the past 20 years, Eric has made great things happen for him, his partners, his employees, and he is happy to be able to give back to the community that has helped him succeed.

Chris Nokes

 | Chief Technical Officer

Chris was born in West Valley 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 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. 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 asset to 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

 | Vice President of Finance and Administration

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, she 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 has her 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.

Lex Watterson

 | Vice President of Business Development

Lex was born and raised in Magna, Utah. As a youth, he started working early and developed a love for business and hard work. To put himself through college at BYU Lex sold video packages door to door. He developed his sales and training skills during that time and becoming the top-selling salesman. He completed his Bachelors in Finance and MBA in organizational behavior from BYU. Lex went on to work for the Covey Leadership Center and pioneered new products and leadership development seminars.

Lex first encountered Executech as a client. As President of the Mountain West Capital Network Lex met Eric Montague and asked for a new server implementation. He was impressed with Eric’s passion and confidence and when the time came to look for a new opportunity he immediately turned to Executech. Since 2010 Lex has led the sales team as the VP of Business Development and has been instrumental in the growth and success of Executech.

Brandon Barnedt

 | VP of Technical Operations for North Division

Brandon was born and raised in Kaysville, Utah. At age ten, Brandon got his first computer. He says it was love at first sight from that moment on. Breaking and fixing that computer over a dozen times lead him to work with a local computer repair shop during high school. During high school, he would intern and get work release from school to help perform maintenance on computers. Brandon also worked as an IT contractor for the Air Force and for Sony PlayStation as a network admin. 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 6 years. He was originally drawn to this company after years of working in outsourced IT and being frustrated that much of IT serviced didn’t have a human touch. In the midst 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 of northern Utah. He enjoys the outdoors, sports and hunting.

James Fair

 | VP of Technical Operations for South Division

James grew up all over the country but Texas, California and Utah are 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 the 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 that got him his first job as a system administrator.

When James was looking for a new job opportunity he 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 he 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 tech teams. James loves volunteering, traveling, hiking and photography.

Edwin Mendoza

 | Vice President of Quality Assurance

Edwin was born in San Jose, Costa Rica but grew up in Miami, Florida. Edwin’s first computer was a gaming computer he built himself at age 15. Edwin completed his degree at Miami Dade College in Information Systems. Although he had an affinity for technology, his career path began in sales. For many years he worked as a seller of computer parts and accessories for an electronics store. He later moved to B2B sales and purchasing. He eventually moved to Utah and worked for Goldman Sachs as a tech support operator and a Blackberry server administrator.

After many years Edwin wanted to get out of the large corporate world. He applied around and encountered Executech. He had a great feeling about the company, which at the time only had 8 employees. Today Edwin is the head of technical quality assurance. He ensures that all client’s needs are being met and that proper techniques and technology is being used by Executech’s entire technical staff. Edwin loves spending time with his family, enjoying good music and he is an avid golfer.

Jeff Scheurman

 | Vice President of Employee Development

Jeff spent his childhood in the woods of Washington State. His family provided many opportunities to travel and move around. Upon receiving a BS in Telecommunications from DeVry University, Jeff gained experience in security technology, low voltage cabling, business ownership and management. After returning from a deployment to Afghanistan with the Army National Guard, he was looking for someplace that would allow him flexibility and a wide range of opportunities. Executech provided that and much more. 

As VP of Employee Development, Jeff ensures that Executech has the expertise and discipline to accomplish our commitments to clients in an efficient and timely manner. Jeff spent the last 4 years helping Executech continue to grow and expand as a Team Lead, VP, and most importantly an IT Consultant. He has worked in various aspects of the IT industry for over 17 years. Jeff enjoys running his small family farm with his wife and 7 children. When time permits, Jeff can be found playing competitive volleyball, rock climbing, and getting up into the mountains.