Leadership

Seasoned veterans guide Loft9.

It was President John Quincy Adams who said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” Those words are an apt description of our founding partners, both of whom consider a day a success if they have provided this type of inspiration. It is this unique brand of leadership that enables us to consistently deliver exceptional business results for our clients.

Edward Beals

Edward Beals

Founding Partner

Never satisfied with the status quo, Ed’s role at Loft9 is to explore ways the firm can improve and grow while maintaining its unique collaborative culture. He’s always working to find new and better methods to support Loft9 clients. An inveterate traveler, he’s living proof that there’s more than one way to arrive at a destination – or a solution. Before co-founding Loft9, Ed worked at Point B, CGI (formerly American Management Systems), AT&T and Qwest. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the University of Phoenix and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He spends his free time with his family, traveling, hiking and attempting to cook dishes from around the world.

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Mark Birzell

Mark Birzell

Founding Partner

Mark epitomizes the Loft9 ideal of lifelong learning. His innate curiosity drives him to find out what makes things work – and how to make them work better. From building effective teams to maintaining harmony across Loft9?s brand, strategy and culture, Mark is focused on getting the best results possible. His work in a wide variety of industries and disciplines has enabled his broad-view leadership style. Prior to co-founding Loft9, Mark worked at Fifth Third Bank, General Electric, Accenture and Point B. He holds a degree in Finance from Miami University (Ohio) and is Six Sigma Black Belt certified. In addition to competing in marathons, he enjoys skiing and spending time with his family.

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Ronan Walsh

Ronan Walsh

Partner

Originally from Ireland, Ronan came to the US 15 years ago with Microsoft. He has a passion for analyzing and improving business models across both early stage and mature businesses. Combining his leadership and team building skills with his experience working across international organizations in technical, operations, product management, marketing and finance teams, Ronan leads a portfolio as well as supporting HR and account operations within Loft9.

Prior to joining Loft9, Ronan worked at Point B, Microsoft, Corel and ICL/Fujitsu and was also a co-founder of a number of small firms including WebSoft. He holds a B.Sc in Computer Applications from Dublin City University and is both a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Six Sigma Green Belt. In addition to spending time with his family, Ronan likes to mountain bike, run and spend time on the lake. He has completed four Ironman triathlons.

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