Alex Funkhouser helped create SherlockTech Staffing, opening up international recruitment call centers across the world to help companies around the globe. Funkhouser is a headlining speaker throughout South Florida and has moderated international forums such as the Staffing Industry Executive Forum. His companies have consulted with many top international companies, including local heavy weights Carnival Corp., Office Depot and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. From university to present, Funkhouser has consistently won awards for his entrepreneurial leanings, including “Entrepreneur of the Year, State of Missouri”. He was awarded the “Beauty and the Beast award by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for contributions to the community and the foundation. He serves as Chairman of Business Advisory Board of the Academy of Information Technology in Miami-Dade County school system Academy of Information Technology, part of the National Academy Foundation. Mr. Funkhouser earned an International MBA from Nyenrode University, The Netherlands School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington University.
A graduate of Lancaster University England, with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics together with a Masters Degree in Semiconductor Technology, Mr. Purkiss invested almost 20 years with IBM rising through the sales ranks to become Branch Manager and later General Business Unit Manager of IBM UK. Subsequent positions included Director of Logica UK, Executive Vice President of Level 8 Systems, and SPSS. Joined MCI with responsibility for the set up and operation of National Strategic Channels. Appointed Chairman of SherlockTech Staffing in 2005, Director of CarrierHouse in 2008 and a Principal of The Silverlight Group in 2010.
From the very beginning, David Silverlight has been a thought leader in the advancement of tools and technologies to enhance and accelerate the design and deployment of web applications. His philosophy has always been to bring technologies that he loves to the rest of the world. After all, why should only the die hard computer geeks have all the fun? For technologies as powerful (and downright fun) as WordPress, why not share them with everybody who wants their own amazing websites? Technology and Knowledge is for sharing!
After a successful career in the arts, I got my start in the IT Staffing industry some 16 years ago when I opened the South Florida branch of a prominent New York City staffing agency. I joined forces with Alex Funkhouser, right after 9/11 when hiring was at a stand-still. It was here that I became involved with the organizations and networking activities that established SherlockTech Staffing as a leader in the industry. A native of New York, I received my BS in Sociology from Stony Brook University. I serve on the WITI South Florida Leadership Council, MDGLCC, and actively participate in many local user group including the Miami User Group, PMI and SFTA.
Why I love working at SherlockTech: “As employee number two with SherlockTech, I’ve loved being part of the growth of the company, knowing all our clients, meeting so many in the community and seeing how our newsletter has become the industry standard for events. I take great pride in getting to know both my candidates and clients and it is very fulfilling knowing that my efforts have benefited so many.”
In 2010 I joined the SherlockTech Staffing team as an IT Talent Agent. By working closely with my candidates and utilizing my knowledge in Information Technologies, I am able to help people reach and exceed their IT career goals. I started my IT career at the Volgograd State University working in the Department of Economics and Innovation as a Jr. Business Analyst while also studying Information Technology and Mathematics.
Why I love working at SherlockTech: “Working at SherlockTech gives me the opportunity to deliver the highest levels of service to my clients, this includes screening my candidates to facilitate a great match. I work in a wonderful environment with great people. We are deeply involved in the South Florida IT Community, we participate in and sponsor many IT Events and User Group Meetings, which allows me to constantly expand my professional IT network.”
Moving to SherlockTech Staffing is the latest step in a long and successful IT and eCommerce career. Early in my career I worked as a Quality Assurance Analyst, with a Global Software development company. Later I helped launched Marsmusic.com and there was no looking back. I quickly became immersed in website design, functionality, user experience, content management systems, email marketing systems, SEO, PPC, Social Media and all technology related to interactive marketing. I received my BSBA from American University, and my MBA from George Washington University. I have completed multiple post graduate courses on Sales/Leadership/Project Management/Business Analysis. I serve on the Board of Directors of the South Florida Marketing Association.
Why I love working at SherlockTech: “I love working at SherlockTech because I serve dual roles as an Account Director, as well as a Talent Agent. I love to meet with clients and understand their initiatives as much as I love getting to know the talent and making perfect “matches”. Being part of a Boutique Staffing Firm gives me the ability to collaborate on placements and to structure my deals for the good of the client and talent.”
Joining SherlockTech has been an incredible experience both personally and professionally. I am a goal oriented and success driven person who is very motivated and my personable skills allow me to interact well with others. My previous experience in Hospitality, Luxury Retail and the Military has enabled me to become a well-rounded asset. As an IT Recruiter for SherlockTech, I have been able to experience and appreciate a different side of the tech community that many take for granted; the People factor… SherlockTech prides itself on being more than just a staffing company, we strive to create more than just a connection – we create lifelong relationships. I’ve always had a passion for technology and now that I’m surrounded by developers, programmers, architects, business analysts, project managers and other IT Professionals, I have a greater appreciation for their professions. I’m looking forward to a long and prosperous career in the staffing community!
Why I love working at SherlockTech: “The Team. The team at SherlockTech is like no other. I have worked in many different places but none compare to SherlockTech.”
At SherlockTech I leverage my experience in agency leadership as a digital strategy evangelist focused on building winning teams. My marketing and business acumen transcends internet marketing; at heart I’m a “serial” entrepreneur using my adroit mind to solve problems, build client businesses and empower social change. First and foremost I’m constantly motivated to make a difference in the world and that overarching goal drives everything I do.
Before SherlockTech, in my 8+ years developing Exults a South Florida based internet marketing agency I served a number of professional businesses as well as national brands such as Kaplan Education, Sun International Hotels and University of Miami. I’m a native of South Florida with a passion for boating, scuba diving and spear fishing, a seafood lover who prefers to dive in and chase my dinner. Favorite pastime? Spearfishing, it reflects my general attitude in life, to dive in and go after what I want.
My extracurricular activities include participation of the board of the South Florida Interactive Marketing Association (SFIMA), TEDxMiami and South Florida’s start-up scene as a regular at The LAB Miami and various tech entrepreneur events like RefreshMiami.
I love working at SherlockTech because I’m able to stand in the intersection of the interactive marketing industry, matching the right talent to agencies and in-house team helping these organizations evolve in the aggressive digital landscape. My role demands that I stay on top of the trends while being the sociable guy that I naturally am.