Our Team 2017-12-06T21:39:05+00:00

Meet Our Leadership Team

David Buggy, President and CEO
David J Buggy
President & CEO

David is the founder, President & CEO, and brings more than 25 years of experience in the IT services and CRM. When launching Sträva his mission was clear “I saw a lot of customers struggle with IT/CRM providers. If you think about it, the customer and service provider are misaligned from the get-go, the one item the provider wants to sell you more of is the item you want less of… billable hours. We align to a solution and to success. Sträva will bring a different, refreshing go-to-market strategy to this space.”

Before founding Sträva, David spent the last 20 years as Vice President/Partner at a NJ-based MSP. He built successful Managed IT Services and Microsoft Dynamics 365 (CRM) practices growing the business to a multi-million dollar business.

David has over 14 years experience with Microsoft Dynamics CRM (365). He is a Microsoft Certified CRM professional and a certified Microsoft Customer Immersion Experience (CIE) facilitator.

David has been featured in several national publications including Business Solutions Magazine, Industrial Distribution Magazine, Progressive Distributor Magazine and others. He is an active member of the Philadelphia chapter of the CRM Users Group (CRMUG) and regularly presents on a wide range of CRM related topics. In 2016, he was invited to present on the topic of CRM implementation best practices at the national CRMUG Summit.

David is available to clients virtually any time. He stays very close to customers and projects offering executive engagement, best practice guidance, and strategic oversight.

He is inspired when he helps businesses leverage technology to accomplish transformative change. He regularly speaks on a range of technology and business related topics.

Paula Brainard, Vice President & Partner
Paula Brainard
Vice President & Partner

Paula has been in the Information Technology field for over 20 years. Prior to joining Sträva Technology Group she spent 15 years at a NJ based Microsoft Dynamics CRM provider holding positions including CRM Pre Sales Solutions Specialist, Project Manager and Director of CRM Services. From 1997 to 2002 Paula was Systems Manager for a Delaware based wholesale distributor of textiles. In her role as Systems Manager she was responsible for administration of their ERP system (Prophet 21 by Epicor), Local & Wide area networks, CRM and telephone systems. She also managed a full eCommerce initiative and was an internal auditor for ISO 9000.

Paula is a Microsoft CRM & Dynamics 365 expert with over 14 years of experience on the platform. She is a senior level Business Analyst with deep expertise in business requirements analysis, project management and solution design.

Paula is certified in Microsoft CRM Applications, Sales & Pre-sales  as well as Microsoft’s Sure Step Implementation Methodology. Her expertise spans the entire Dynamics 365 platform including configuration, customization, data integration/migration, user adoption management and training.

Paula holds a BA from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Client Server Technology Certification from Penn State University, Great Valley.

Marty Mlay, Vice President & Partner
Marty Mlay
Vice President & Partner

Marty brings 25 years of IT & CRM experience to Sträva. Prior to joining Sträva Technology Group he served as Lead CRM Implementation Specialist at a NJ based Dynamics CRM service provider. In this role he was responsible for estimating projects, managing SOW’s, project plans & resources and performing advanced customizations / configurations in Dynamics CRM. His past positions include Director of CRM Services for Harte Hanks; a Marketing firm in NJ and a Support Analyst & Web Developer at KepnerTregoe.

Marty’s expertise span the entire Dynamics 365 platform including customization, configuration, custom development, data integration/migration and workflow development. Marty is also a Microsoft SQL Server DBA & architect.

Marty is a certified expert in Microsoft Dynamics CRM Customizations and Configurations, Managing Microsoft Dynamics Implementations & Microsoft Dynamics CRM Applications.

Matthey Donegan
Senior Technical Architect

Matthew is our Senior Technical Architect. In this role Matt will be working with clients to help them evaluate Dynamics 365, define requirements, manage projects, perform configurations/customizations, perform training and support clients.

Matthew is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert in Productivity and SharePoint and a Microsoft Certified Specialist in Dynamics CRM and Office 365. He has architected, developed, deployed, and supported many successful Microsoft on premises and cloud implementations for clients of all sizes and industries.

During his career, Matt has developed his executive and technical experience and coupled those skills with trusted client relationships providing them newfound efficiencies and productivity through the successful adoption of Microsoft business applications. Prior to coming to Strava, Matt was responsible for the management and leadership of a Dynamics CRM andSharePoint practice. During that time, his company was awarded Microsoft’s prestigious Partner of the Year.

Professional affiliations and credentials
• Microsoft Certified Solution Expert – Productivity
• Microsoft Certified Solution Expert – SharePoint
• Microsoft Certified Solution Advisor – Office 365
• Scrum Master I (Scrum.org)
• Microsoft Dynamics Customizations and Configurations 2013
• Managing Microsoft Dynamics Implementations
• Microsoft Dynamics CRM Applications
• Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Deployment
• Core and Advanced Solutions of SharePoint Server 2013
• Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements
• Enabling Office 365 Services
• Certified Trainer Microsoft Customer Immersion Experience
• Microsoft Dynamics CRM Customization and Configuration

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science. Virginia Tech

Fun facts: In the 80’s Matt loved to breakdance. The first CD he ever bought was Whitney Houston’s debut.

Gary W Styc, Client Cheif Information Officer
Gary W Styc
Client Cheif Information Officer (vCIO)

Gary brings over 19 years experience in the Information Technology field to Sträva. His experience includes technical roles as well as sales/business development. Prior to joining Sträva, Gary invested in himself and his future by studying at the Network Learning Institute where he achieved both Microsoft Certified Solutions Advisor (MCSA) and Cisco Network Associate (CCNA). Gary’s prior positions include Business Development Manager at a NJ based IT Services & CRM provider and Senior Technology Advisor at Miles Technologies, both are NJ-based MSP’s.

Gary’s expertise and experience include Account Management, Managed Network Services, CRM/Microsoft Dynamics 365, VoIP and project management/service delivery.

In his role as Client CIO Gary will be providing Chief Information Officer services to SMB businesses. These services include formulating strategic IT goals, planning and managing a client’s annual IT budget and consultative guidance on their entire IT infrastructure.

Gary holds degrees in Information Technology from Trinity University and Biology from the University of Arkansas in addition to the above-mentioned certifications from the Network Learning Institute.