Meet Us

Scott Fogle

Scott Fogle

Co-Founder/President

Scott Fogle gained his insider knowledge of products, sales and professional services at leading companies like NCR, AT&T and Scientific-Atlanta. He met Tim Wise at RapidLink Telecommunications in 1998, as they began their entrepreneurial pursuits. In 2000, Scott started Dantis, a web hosting company, and was Chief Operating Officer. In 2001, Tim Wise and Scott Fogle founded Advocate to help enterprises create a clear strategy for structuring their growing internet-connected systems. The firm would soon emerge as a leader in TEM … and then network optimization … and ultimately become a premier TBM consulting and services company. After working with IT leaders at over 600 enterprises to assess over $50 Billion in spend, Advocate knows how to uncover more savings to invest, enable more business outcomes and create more influence overall to do what matters more.

Scott has been recognized on the Inc. 500/5000 with two separate companies – Rapidlink and Advocate (11 consecutive years). He graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1987 and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with Honors. Scott is a member of the Board of Directors at Pinnacle Bank and lives with his wife, Donna, outside of Atlanta, Georgia.

Tim Wise

Tim Wise

Co-Founder/President

Tim Wise is the co-founder and CEO of Advocate, The Premier TBM Services Company, that provides enterprise clients with Technology Business Management (TBM) consultation and services to reduce IT costs and connect new demands with real-world IT savings.

He has 20 years of experience in the domestic and international telecommunications industry specializing in financial and business case modeling, procurement and contract negotiations and strategic planning.

Before co-founding Advocate Consulting in 2001, Tim was the co-founder and COO of Rapid Link Communications, an international telecom service provider, where he led the growth from inception to over $55M with offices globally in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

He has also been recognized by Inc. 500/5000, with three different companies – Rapid Link Communications (1999), Avoxi Communications (2004) and Advocate Consulting (2006-2015 for 10 consecutive years).

He is an investor and serves on the Board of Directors of Social123, a leading social data aggregation company.

He practiced law in the area of corporate litigation from 1994-1997.

Tim holds a Juris Doctorate from The University of South Carolina Law School and a degree in Finance, magna cum laude, from The University of South Carolina. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina with his family.

Chad Doiron

Chad Doiron

Chief Marketing Officer

Chad Doiron is a consultant with 25+ years of experience in Information Technology management and consulting. Chad spent the first part of his career in various corporate roles with a range of responsibilities including team leadership of application development, infrastructure design, database architecture and administration, and IT operations. Over the last 15+ years, he has been serving in various consulting roles including most recently as the executive lead for a national CIO Services consulting practice. During his consulting career, he has designed and launched multiple categories of service offerings including Interactive Retailing, IT Strategy, Performance Excellence, and Program Management Office. He is considered an expert in several technology-centric areas within the retail industry and is a published author in IT and consulting trade publications. Chad graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1989 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering.

Brett Fleischman

Brett Fleischman

Chief Financial Officer

Brett Fleischman serves as Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Brett oversees the Enablement team which consists of accounting, finance, HR, IT, legal and office administration.  Brett joined Advocate in 2019. His previous 25+ years of experience has spanned telecom, dot coms and start-ups, and, over the last decade, within the software industry. His most recent experience was with a private-equity owned software company co-owned by two of the largest PE firms in the US. The software industry has given Brett significant exposure and experience with the professional services and consulting arena that he will leverage at Advocate. Brett has a Master of Business Admiration degree from Kennesaw State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Florida. In his spare time, Brett enjoys hiking, fitness, and spending time with his family and two dogs. Brett resides in Suwanee, Georgia with his family.
Angela Saldana

Angela Saldana

Senior Vice President, Practice Leader of Managed Services

Angela Saldana brings over 15 years of telecom industry and audit experience to Advocate. From telco, to cloud, to IT, she has led and built audit teams to ensure billing compliance to negotiated contracts and industry tariffs. She has successfully grown and scaled audit groups with expanding client bases through thought leadership and change management – focused on client satisfaction and team efficiencies. Angela graduated from the University of Georgia in 2001 Magna Cum Laude and with High Honors. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business and minored in Spanish. In 2009, she graduated from Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business with a M.B.A. focused on management and leadership. She is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and a Leadership Academy fellow with Emory University.

Michael Snyder

Michael Snyder

Senior Vice President, Advisory Services

As Senior Vice President, Advisory Services at Advocate, Michael manages Advocate’s Optimization, Transformation, Strategy, and Insider Marketplace practices.  These practices consist of seasoned consultants and solution architects that work with enterprises to drive the efficient use of technology and enable business outcomes utilizing Advocate’s proven methodologies and the Technology Business Management framework. Prior to joining the Advocate team, Michael spent five years at Amazon Web Services (AWS) where he built a global business focused on assisting private equity firms leverage the cloud to drive value within their portfolio companies. In addition to his work at AWS, Michael spent five years at Booz & Company (now Strategy&) in their Digital and Business Transformation practice where he completed projects across various industries focused on IT strategy, digital transformation, and digital product development. He also spent six years at BB&T leading a team focused on IT process improvement. Michael has a MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Clemson University. He resides in Atlanta with his wife Mary Alise and his daughter Lily.
Devin Mizell

Devin Mizell

SVP of Sales

Devin Mizell brings over 15 years of sales leadership within business consulting and technology. He built numerous sales functions and teams that produced year over year growth for a variety of technology and consulting firms. Devin brings a holistic and client-centric approach to sales teams through data-driven and process-oriented decision making. As Senior Vice President – Sales at Advocate, Devin has matured the sales organization through established and proven sales methodologies, best practices, and a consultative partnership approach with our clients. Previously, Devin worked with an established multi-national business consulting firm growing strategic accounts and improving go-to-market strategies. Prior to that, he worked at an Oracle Platinum services consultancy where a strategic deals team he developed led to record and exponential growth. Devin is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in International Affairs and is a born native of Atlanta, Georgia.
Michael  Salas

Michael Salas

Senior Vice President & Chief Information and Digital Officer

    Michael Salas serves as chief information and digital officer for SUEZ North America, a subsidiary of SUEZ. In this position, he is responsible for all aspects of the company’s IT, innovation and digital strategy and governance. In addition, he is accountable for transformation and project delivery, systems development and maintenance, infrastructure and IT service delivery. Michael has over 20 years of experience and a proven ability to lead major technology-enabling business transformation programs while consistently delivering great customer and employee experience.

    Michael first joined the SUEZ group as chief information officer for Australia and New Zealand, in which he successfully managed the technology strategy, project delivery and IT service delivery of both the waste and water businesses in Australia and New Zealand. In 2015, he was named a finalist in the iTnews Benchmark Awards for leading the business transformation of the core business systems and Finance, Procurement and Human Resources processes onto a single enterprise platform.

    Prior to joining SUEZ, he worked for some of Australia’s most prominent companies in entertainment ticketing and financial services, acting in various roles related to technology planning and strategy, client management, IT operations and service delivery. He has also worked abroad leading technology teams delivering projects for clients in Hong Kong, Germany, the Netherlands and Puerto Rico.

    In 2018, 2019 and 2020, Michael and his team were the recipients of IDG’s CIO 100 award, which recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology. In addition, Michael was recognized with a 2019 Technology Executive to Watch Award from HMG Strategy, the world’s largest independent and most trusted provider of executive networking events and thought leadership needs of technology leaders.

    In recognition of SUEZ North America's Business Technology Services’ team work during the pandemic to ensure all SUEZ systems continued to operate and provide a safe, reliable water supply, the ORBIE Awards, the premier technology executive recognition program in the U.S., chose Michael as the 2020 New York CIO of the year.

    The recognition honored the team’s work in adapting to the "new norm" for essential workers on-site, operating our plants and fixing any issues (i.e. main breaks) in areas of New York and New Jersey that were worst hit by COVID-19. Plus the addition of all support and customer service staff remotely working from home.

    Michael is a big believer in a growth mindset and lifelong learning, obtaining many industry certificates and has studied at some of the world’s most prominent education institutions including Stanford University, MIT, University of Technology Sydney and the Australian Graduate School of Management. Michael has taken an active role in bolstering Women in Technology at SUEZ and has previously chaired the of the Diversity and Inclusion Council for three years.
    Mark Benaquista

    Mark Benaquista

    Managing Director of Thomas H. Lee Partners

    Mark is a champion of technology’s transformative power to provide the services and solutions that support business strategies and drive key decisions. He is a charismatic, results-driven leader and an agent of change with decades of business intelligence gained at Thomas H. Lee firms (Ten-X/Auction.com, inVentiv Health, iHeartMedia, Health Staffing Services, Systems Maintenance Services), Warner Music Group, Merck & Co., and JP Morgan. As a member of THL’s Strategic Resource Group, Mark leads a cross-portfolio technology program. He collaborates with THL’s portfolio C-Suite members to drive value creation opportunities. He and his extended team have generated tens of millions in enterprise value through the program. Recently, he partnered with HSS management to transform the business from legacy paper-driven processes to a digital workflow enterprise.
    Scott Crowder

    Scott Crowder

    SVP & CIO of BMC Software

    Scott Crowder is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for BMC Software, Inc. He is responsible for the company’s Information Services and Technology group, which provides business applications, end user support, production and R&D cloud infrastructure, unified communications, information security and service governance.

    The IS&T group serves as “Customer Zero” for BMC’s full line of IT operations management software. As Customer Zero, the IS&T group runs all current versions in production and works closely with the company’s R&D teams to provide feedback on product roadmaps and test new versions in development.

    Scott has more than 30 years of experience in product development, service delivery and assurance for information technology organizations. Prior to joining BMC, Scott was vice president of data center operations at Blackbaud where he was responsible for delivering managed services, SaaS CRM, CMS and eCommerce services for approximately 12,000 customers. Previously, he held IT leadership positions in high technology companies that included Sprint, Akamai, Inktomi, MIH (Entriq) and Kintera.

    Scott holds two patents related to digital media. He is a veteran of the U.S Air Force.

    Greg Ogle

    Greg Ogle

    Vice President of Global IT Infrastructure of Equinix

    Greg is a senior IT leader with over 20 years of experience leading and participating on functionally diverse teams in challenging environments at esteemed companies like Oracle and VeriSign, and for nearly 10 years at Equinix, a global leader in data center and platform communications. As a senior IT leader at Equinix, he currently manages the Global IT Infrastructure organization and previously managed the Front Office IT Applications teams. Greg's specialties include creating, communicating and measuring business focused IT strategies; designing, developing and scaling IT technologies and operations; and executing domestic and international acquisitions and divestitures.
    Todd Lant

    Todd Lant

    CIO of Blackbaud

    Leveraging his 20 years of experience in providing competitive advantage through front and back office solutions, Todd Lant is Blackbaud’s Chief Information Officer. In this role, he is responsible for all applications and infrastructure supporting global IT operations, including M&A, software development, business intelligence, security, project management, cloud computing, infrastructure, telecommunications and service desk functions. Since joining Blackbaud, he has led the company through significant growth, both organically and through acquisitions, and helped develop subscription and cloud-based solution offerings and supporting platforms. Prior to Blackbaud, Todd held various commercial software and telecommunications IT leadership positions.

    As an accomplished leader in technology and business, Todd speaks on technology trends focused on strategic decision making at industry and customer events. He has been a contributing member of regional technology development activities and hosts occasional MBA sessions; as well as an avid support of local non-profits and educational institutions. He currently serves on the board of the Charleston YMCA, The Cathedral Church of St. Luke’s and St. Paul’s, The Citadel’s Department of Engineering Leadership & Program Management program, and Charleston Southern University’s Computer Science department. Todd has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration with an Economic focus from Georgia State University.

    David Guthrie

    David Guthrie

    CIO/CISO of Sharecare

    David Guthrie is chief information officer and chief information security officer at Sharecare, the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place. In these dual roles, Guthrie brings a balance of technical understanding and leadership communication to his oversight of security, IT, and M&A assessments for the company. Throughout his 30-year career, Guthrie has driven technology and product strategies with an interest and deep understanding of converging internet, communications, web, and software technologies. Prior to joining Sharecare, he held leadership roles with various private and public companies including chief technology officer (CTO) of MedCast/WebMD, CTO of PGi, chief product officer of PatientPoint, partner at Fuqua Ventures, and multiple board and advisory positions for healthcare IT and communication services companies. His responsibilities have included technology strategy, product management, research and development, technical operations, graphic design, and security.   In 2019, Guthrie was recognized for excellence in technological innovation by PM360 and DTC Perspectives, earning both a PM360 ELITE 100 Award and a DTC Perspectives Innovator Award. Guthrie holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and information systems from the University of Tennessee.