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AHEAD Overview

Chicago, IL
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Information Technology
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
AHEAD is a consulting company that helps enterprises transform how and where they run applications and infrastructure.

From strategy, to implementation, to ongoing managed services, AHEAD creates tailored cloud solutions for enterprises at all stages of the ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Get ready for the fourth annual Looking AHEAD!

    Top 10 Reasons to Attend Looking AHEAD 2017 - AHEAD

    If you haven't already heard, Looking AHEAD 2017 is fast approaching! This year marks our fourth annual technology summit and it's going to be bigger and better than ever. In the past, this event has been described as "game-changing" by attendees who continue to come back year after year.

  • AHEAD's CEO, Dan Adamany, says the secret to building a transformative company culture is finding people who are able to “be disruptive in a positive way.”

    158: The Elements of a Performance Culture: Collaborate, Innovate, Drive

    It's no secret that the IT infrastructure and applications business is experiencing hypergrowth these days. And few technology business leaders are more focused on making the appropriate investments to scale their businesses than those who compete inside the managed services realm.

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AHEAD – Why Work For Us?


Daniel Adamany is the founder and CEO of AHEAD. In this role, he is responsible for company vision, strategy, and execution, engaging directly with clients and partners to ensure that AHEAD continues to meet and exceed expectations. Daniel started AHEAD with the goal of creating a company that could provide true, comprehensive technology solutions to enterprise clients. He is very passionate about AHEAD’s core values: collaborate, innovate, drive.










Eric Kaplan joined AHEAD in 2010 as the Chief Technology Officer managing AHEAD’s consulting and service delivery organizations. In this capacity, Eric guides his team in evaluating clients’ business and technological requirements in a rapidly evolving landscape. In turn, his team develops and delivers solutions for enterprise organizations looking to drive adoption and accelerate the move to agile and cost-efficient platforms within their own data centers and the cloud.











Tim Frank joined AHEAD in 2008 to help build the company’s sales organization. As the Executive Vice President of Sales, Tim is responsible for AHEAD’s revenue growth and execution, partnerships, and most importantly, customer satisfaction. Prior to joining AHEAD, Tim spent 7+ years with EMC, a technology industry market-leader, in both sales management and account management positions leading sales and engineering teams all across the United States. In these roles, he received several national awards for leadership and achievement as a top performer year after year.


Andrew Szafran joined AHEAD in 2016 as the CFO overseeing finance and operations. He has over 25 years of financial management experience and has acted as a CFO for both privately-held and public companies since 2002.

Andrew brings a wealth of experience from a variety of industries; most notably, business services, value-added distribution, telecommunications, and private education.

He has a strong track record helping enterprises grow successfully while delivering the highest levels of service and value to their customers.


Who We Look For

Attitude comes first for us. When we look for talented individuals to join our team, we want to make sure they embody our core attributes of collaborate, innovate, and drive. As much as deep, specialized skills are critical for us, the only successful working relationships we’ve had over the years have been with people who are focused, self-disciplined, and leave their egos at the door. You won’t find innovation-killing org charts, technology biases, or dull co-workers here. Instead, you’ll find some of the most talented, hard-working, and fun-loving people in the industry, and we’re proud of that.


A Great Place to Grow

Our team is world-class, and this commitment to excellence and innovation make AHEAD an environment that will help you sharpen your skills. Our approach has worked well – since starting in 2007 we’ve grown to $280 million in revenue, and we’ve doubled our employees in the last two years alone. These employees aren’t just working day jobs, they are building careers and being challenged to grow everyday. Join us.

As AHEAD continues to add new team members at a rapid pace, we’re thrilled that those who work here love what they do and that it’s exemplified in the quality work they produce. Hear from them firsthand as they tell you about their individual experiences at AHEAD, what they love about working here, and what makes them thrive.

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    Having worked for two other companies in the same space as Ahead, I came onboard with high expectations. Everything about AHEAD lives up to its namesake and the effort and thought that the founders and senior management put into every aspect of this organization trickle down and are reflected in the work ethic and demeanor of each person I have encountered in my short time since coming onboard. I've always believed that the work people do says everything you will ever need to know about the people themselves and the support system they have in their employers.

    Everyone here seems to love what they do and has fun doing it. which has been a refreshing switch from my previous decade of experience. I couldn't be happier with my decision to join this team and I am excited to be a part of what comes next.


    The Chicago office is moving farther from the train stations but change is good and walking a little extra is generally good for everybody, right?

    Advice to Management

    It's obvious to me that you already know this but focus on preserving what made Ahead a great company for its customers and its employees as you achieve your growth targets and you will remain AHEAD of the pack.

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at AHEAD (Chicago, IL) in August 2016.


    I was originally reached out to by an AHEAD internal Recruiter via email who explained the AHEAD team is growing aggressively. I agreed to meet for a causal cup of coffee to get introduced to the company, talk through growth plans and discuss my career goals. Shortly after, I was invited into their Chicago Headquarters to see the very cool, tech-savvy office and meet the team I would be working with. I had a series of one-on-one conversations so I never was thrown into an intimidating environment that an on-site interview can warrant. The following week, I was invited back for a second and final on-site interview to meet the Executive team in a similar format. I ended up meeting a large handful of employees at various tenures/seniority levels. Everyone I spoke with asked different probing questions but was attentive, engaging, familiar with my background and excited about what was happening at AHEAD. Because I was able to sit down with everyone for 30 minute time slots I was able to get personal with the people I would be working with. The first time I walked into the office, the AHEAD culture was obvious: collaborative, innovative, hard-working and welcoming. Throughout the whole process, everyone was cautious of my time and the whole process took less than two weeks. In the end, I received an offer at the salary that was discussed in my very meeting. From the very beginning, it was obvious AHEAD was a great place to work, making it very easy to accept the offer.

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AHEAD Awards & Accolades

  • Rubrik 2016 Partner of the Year, Rubrik, 2016
  • Architectural Excellence - Data Center Partner of the Year, CISCO, 2016
  • Americas Solution Provider Partner of the Year, VMWare, 2016
  • Fast Fifty, Crain's Chicago Business, 2015
  • Fastest Growing Private Companies in America (#3413), Inc. Magazine, 2015
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