COMPANY

Since our founding in 1998, RKON has driven IT transformation for the Fortune 2000. Our core mission is to address IT challenges through customized, hands-on IT advisory services and relentless technical support. While gaining practical experience as IT managed service providers, our experts at RKON recognized an incredibly underserved market in Private Equity. Our solution was to contribute our resources and thought leadership to this market, where we now deliver cost-effective, high-performing IT solutions from beginning to end.

- Jeff Mullarkey

CEO, RKON

RKON has grown to become one of the nation’s leading IT advisory practices. In 2014, RKON was featured in Inc.  Magazine’s list of 500 fastest-growing private companies. Today, we continue to foster our culture of innovation with an elite team of M&A experts. Our comprehensive understanding of advisory and execution practices, technology, business processes, operations analytics, risk and compliance, and planning and integration supports hundreds of mid-market organizations. In this fast-changing world of technology, our private equity consultants are committed to optimizing management dynamics and delivering valuable IT solutions for our customers. 

RKON’s business relationships are grounded in our passion, integrity, and commitment to finding the best-possible solutions for our clients. By leveraging our execution experience in transactions, post-merger integrations, carve-outs and divestitures, cybersecurity, digital transformation, and more, we are fueled by our goal to understand and target key ways to maximize your growth potential, ensuring tremendous value creation with each and every merger and acquisition. Our team of private equity consultants know the outcome of early decision-making because of our operational experience, giving you high-performing, scalable solutions to fit your needs. RKON's early insight delivers exceptional, low-cost end results. 

With services that span due diligence, carve-outs, cybersecurity, and IT management, we are a rare tech company that bridges the gap between private equity and technology sectors, putting even the most complex IT tools into business terms. Our outcome accountable model guarantees hands-on execution and direction until project completion. Unlike others, we make sure the results meet and even exceed your standards by being present throughout the life-cycle of your digital transformation strategy, helping you arrive at much quicker value creation with quiet IT. This is the RKON difference.

Our outcome accountable approach sets us apart from competitors and gives you all the benefits of technology without the headaches. 

Early Insight

RKON offers early, trustworthy estimates to help you determine your investment thesis.

Shared Risk

We align our goals and objectives with our PE partners, making us accountable for each phase of your digital transformation strategy.

Quiet IT

RKON's operational experience ensures effective & efficient IT plans with right-sized solutions for your business.

Value Creation

Our upfront estimates lead to faster value creation for mid-market companies through optimized digital transformation.​

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

MEET THE TEAM

CIO, HIGH-GROWTH

CARVE- OUT

Our organization was bought by a Private Equity Firm as a carve-out from our parent company. RKON was able to seamlessly execute a migration plan well in advance of the TSA and with zero downtime and business disruption. The RKON team even took ownership for things outside their scope to ensure success.

DIRECTOR, ENTERPRISE INFRASTRUCTURE

[We] want to take this moment to recognize that you guys continue to come through, and your perseverance and high level of customer service has been noted and mentioned to me on several occasions both here and at the bakeries.  Both teams are working well together, and I believe we are in good hands with [our] team and the RKON team working in concert!

PRESIDENT,

SCIENGISTICS, INC.

With RKON, we are buying peace of mind…knowing that our applications are always up and running and we have disaster recovery from our off-site location as well as our main site.  Overall, we were so impressed with RKON's dedication and commitment to our business.

JEFF MULLARKEY

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CEO RKON PE

Under Jeff’s executive leadership, RKON has grown to become one of the nation’s premier IT Transformation service providers. Jeff brings his background in cloud computing, security, managed services, disaster recovery, and IT to solve the toughest technology challenges for a broad range of Fortune 2000 companies. Since founding RKON in 1998, Jeff has ensured the delivery of managed cloud solutions that empower enterprises with complete access, control, security, and scalability. Today, Jeff continues to work with clients to achieve best-in-class, technology-enabled solutions to solve IT challenges, from Hosted Virtual Desktops, to Managed Security, and Managed Virtualization.

MARC MALIZIA

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Co-Founder and CTO RKON PE

Marc is responsible for the company’s overall technical vision and strategy. Since co-founding the company in 1998, he has played a key role in creating many of RKON Technologies’ products and professional service offerings, as well as building the company’s internal computing platform, which serves as the basis for our cloud and managed services portfolio. Prior to forming RKON, Marc was director of engineering at LAN Systems, where he was also responsible for launching a professional services practice at WorkGroup Productivity. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in telecommunications from DePaul University.

GEORGE FLOREA

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Managing Director RKON PE

George has over 23 years of experience in IT strategy and Operations for start-ups, the private sector, public sector, and Fortune 100. As the Managing Director, George is responsible for overseeing internal teams in all phases of project and engagement management for multiple private equity clients. His award-winning “Quiet IT” model largely benefits mid-market Private Equity Firms when fulfilling their investment expectations. His areas of specialty include services in diligence, carve-outs, buy and build strategies, M&A, turnaround, divestiture, and exit-oriented activities. Prior to joining RKON, George was a Sr. Manager of Network Operations for the State of Illinois. 

CHRIS DEMICHAEL

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Managing Director PE Services, RKON Advisory

Chris leads RKON’s team of consultants and engineers who architect, deliver, and manage security, network infrastructure, and virtualization solutions for 100’s of mid-market Private Equity backed firms. His unique blend of knowledge in benchmark costs and IT strategy has allowed him to simplify effective decision-making in an ever-changing IT world. Chris has successfully institutionalized his theories into repeatable strategies that have empowered his Private Equity clients into being bold in their investment strategies while taking the fear out of IT. An IT thought leader, Chris sits on many IT Advisory Boards and has spoken at many tech conferences.

MUSTAFA SARAMA

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Senior Associate of Transactional Advisory Services

Mustafa leverages his background to help convert technology into actionable financial decisions for RKON’s client base. He brings a structured financial discipline to the IT due diligence and cap-ex/op-ex planning process while creating IT financials for our clients where there was none before. Mustafa is responsible for data collection and interpretation on our diligence projects, as well as putting together a comprehensive analysis of IT financial health and industry benchmarks. Prior to joining RKON, he worked at Northern Trust’s Asset Servicing division performing portfolio monitoring and management on the Large Corporate ERISA team.

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