Executive Team

Meet SJ Technologies' Executive Team

Karen Lawton - CEO & Founder

Karen Lawton, President & Founder of SJ TechnologiesKaren Lawton, CEO and Founder of SJ Technologies, has worked in information technology for over 18 years. She started her career by co-founding an Oracle-centric software company in 1997, during the dot com era. Karen was quick to learn critical aspects of running a  business and rose to every challenge she faced, like raising the $12 million needed to grow the business through three rounds of venture capital.

Early in her career, Karen was fortunate to be mentored by experienced industry executives whose guidance helped her successfully obtain strategic accounts with organizations like GE, Fidelity Investments and the LA County Sheriffs’ Department. Since then, her focus has been on business development and account management in the areas of software solutions, platform and system architecture, and business systems.

Prior to launching SJ Technologies in 2009, Karen held leadership roles at several technology companies spanning many different industry segments and corporate cultures. Those experiences provided her with the network, experience and industry knowledge required to deliver outstanding service and technological solutions to her customers.

As someone who experienced entrepreneurship at an early age, Karen is passionate about mentoring young adults in her community and helping them find their paths to success. She is actively involved with organizations like Women in Technology and WBENC, through which she promotes a balance of business and family life to the women she mentors. As a mother of three, Karen intimately understands the demands working mothers face and serves as a role model to young women striving for success both at work and at home.

Marty Glantz - President

Marty Glantz, VP of StrategyMarty Glantz, President, SJ Technologies, is an experienced, multidisciplinary senior executive focused on successfully executing world-class business solutions. As the company’s business strategist, Marty’s primary focus is managing all phases of the business life cycle to achieve desired results and the highest client satisfaction possible. He is responsible for performing business opportunity research, proposal development, contract negotiations, program and project planning, resource management, and profit/loss control.

When working with clients to tackle complex business initiatives, Marty employs a methodical approach to achieve their desired results. He evaluates the current state of each client’s systems and applies the tools and processes needed to effectively optimize and/or modernize those systems. Marty’s expert guidance helps clients reduce their costs, improve efficiency, and provide greater value to their stakeholders while meeting legislative and competitive pressures.

Prior to joining SJ Technologies, Marty was a Management Consultant with Deloitte Consulting’s Technology Strategy and Architecture federal practice.  His detailed assessments and strategic recommendations have also helped numerous commercial organizations transform their businesses, improve their customer experiences, increase revenue, and grow exponentially. Marty’s recommendations are always driven by a careful analysis of an organization’s business strategies, processes, people, technology, performance metrics, and stakeholder relations. By understanding every aspect of an organization, Marty is able to implement impactful, strategic changes that increase value, revenue or both while improving efficiency and reducing costs.

Chris Lawton - CTO & Vice President

Chris Lawton,CTO and Vice PresidentChris Lawton, CTO and Vice President at SJ Technologies, has over 30 years of experience in technology and business leadership. Earlier in his career, Chris managed the technology and business systems for a multinational interior furnishings company in Europe. After moving to the U.S. in 1996, he was promoted to Director of IT, and he later became the architect for the company’s corporate Y2K business systems strategy.

Prior to joining SJ Technologies, Chris served as Associate Vice President of Managed Services for a publicly-owned managed services organization, where he supported the infrastructure and systems for ~160 customers within owned data centers and on customer premises. Throughout his tenure there, Chris demonstrated strong management and process skills that were critical factors in his ability to maintain customer satisfaction and achieve growth for the company.

As CTO and VP of Service Delivery for SJ Technologies, Chris manages all aspects of service delivery from inception to project management and budget control. Chris’ broad technical and business acumen consistently ensures that the company’s engagements are completed on-time, on-budget and to customer expectations.

John Willis - Vice President of Devops and Digital Practices

John Willis</b> is Vice President of Devops and Digital PracticesJohn Willis, Vice President of Devops and Digital Practices at SJ Technologies.  Prior to SJ Technologies, John was Director of Ecosystem Development for Docker, he joined Docker when the company he co-founded (SocketPlane, which focused on SDN for containers) was acquired in March 2015.  Previous to founding SocketPlane in Fall 2014, John was the Chief DevOps Evangelist at Dell, which he joined following the Enstratius acquisition in May 2013. He has also held past executive roles at Opscode/Chef and Canonical/Ubuntu. John is the author of 7 IBM Redbooks and is co-author of the “Devops Handbook” along with authors Gene Kim, Patrick Dubois and Jez Humble.   The best way to reach John is through his Twitter handle @botchagalupe.