Mr. Eric Kroeger started his career in banking in Northern Indiana in 1986. After recognizing a need in the market, he formed a consulting company designed to help community banks implement personal computer networks across their organizations. After 20 years of focusing on building secure and reliable networks, Mr. Kroeger helped to form a new company that blended information security experience with the use of virtual technology. The new company, Virtual Innovation, uses technology solutions combined with innovative strategies to solve security, availability and recovery challenges for its clients. In addition to his numerous relationships within the financial services community, Mr. Kroeger is a regular contributor to industry groups on bank technology and security. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Vice President and Senior Consultant
Mr. Jason McDaniel is Vice President of Consulting Services and a Senior Consultant with Virtual Innovation. He has been working in the financial services industry since 1995. After graduating from Indiana University with a Bachelors degree in Business, Jason spent the first part of his career as a trust and investment professional with a bank in Northern Indiana. Jason later graduated from the Keller Graduate School of Management with a Masters degree in Information Systems Management. Jason has been providing IT Consulting services for nearly 15 years, and specializes in virtual datacenter design and desktop solutions. He has vast experience with Vmware and Microsoft server, desktop and infrastructure products and implements highly available and recoverable systems for financial institutions.
Mr. Daniel Bruss is a Senior Consultant with more than 15 years of experience in information technology and banking. Prior to joining Virtual Innovation, Dan spent seven years with an IT company in Northwest Indiana specializing in banking and dental applications. Dan also worked for many years in a community bank in the IT and Operations areas. Dan holds a Bachelors degree from Purdue University, and has several technical certifications from Cisco, Microsoft and VMware.
Mr. Jason Mikolanis is Vice President of Security Services and a Senior Consultant. Since 2000, Jason has been working as a security specialist in and around the banking industry. Jason has several years of direct experience in banking including two years as the Director of IT for an Illinois bank holding company, and four years as the Technology Security Officer (TSO) for a Chicago-area trust company. In addition to managing security at these organizations, his responsibilities included managing audits, working with state and federal regulators, and directing the information security programs. Jason joined Virtual Innovation in 2013, to help develop the security practice. Jason graduated in 1999 from Robert Morris University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology, and a minor in Business. Jason recently recieved the widely recognized CISSP certification from the International Information System Security Certification Consortium.
Ben Van Drunen
Information Security Specialist
Mr. Benjamin Van Drunen joined Virtual Innovation as a consultant in 2012. Ben graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelors degree in Business-Finance, and a minor in Information Systems. Ben has formal training on technology offerings from VMware, Veeam, Microsoft and Dell Security. Ben has developed significant expertise in the areas of information security and forensics, and helps clients improve the security and availability of their systems. Ben has received formal certifications from Comptia, Secure Banking Solutions, Vmware, and Dell Security.
IT/IS Monitoring Consultant
Mr. Jei Wilson joined Virtual Innovation in May of 2018 and brings more than 20 years of technical experience to the Company. Jei graduated from Robert Morris University and holds an Associates degree in Business Administration. Jei holds several technical certifications including the A+ Certification from Comptia. Jei also provides technical services for Timothy Christian Academy in Elmhurst, and also a successful preacher across the Chicago area. Jei lives in the Western Suburbs with his wife Lynn and 3 children.
Santos "Omar" Jimenez
IT/IS Specialist and Consultant
Mr. Omar Jimenez joined Virtual Innovation in 2018 and brings close to 20 years of experience across the financial and medical industries. Omar graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. Omar started his career working for an electronic medical records developer before making his way into banking. He spent 10 years as the IT Manager for a community bank in Ohio, and then served for five years as the VP of IT for an Indiana financial institution. Omar loves spending time with his wife and 4 children, and serves his community by teaching Sunday school, facilitating a Jr. High life group and volunteer-tutoring every Thursday night at his local Church.