Professional, talented, knowledgeable, energetic, and bursting with ideas, it’s the efforts of our people that make OCG the forward-thinking, award-winning company it is today.

We are level-headed, logical, straight-talking, and together we share a passion for helping our clients navigate a way through their business challenges with best-of-breed technical solutions.

We thrive on life at the leading-edge of technology. We love learning and teaching, and we’re absolutely committed to pleasing our customers.

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Identity Parade: Meet the team!

Steve Brugger

Steve Brugger

President

Steve Brugger is the president of Oxford Computer Group North America and has been in the Microsoft Partner program since its inception in 1992 and is a charter member of the MCSE certification program. He was president of SQLSoft, a Microsoft Learning partner, for 18 years and has served in senior management capacity in three other organizations who have been in the Microsoft Partner program.

Steve is a long time board member of Zeno (www.zenomath.org), a non-profit that teaches parents & caregivers in at risk communities how to engage their kids in fun ways around math to help ready them for STEM careers. He lives in Seattle, Washington with his family and loves to hike, ski, sail and fly when the weather is something other than gray and rainy.

Hugh Simpson-Wells of Oxford Computer Group
Hugh Simpson-Wells

Hugh Simpson-Wells

Founder, CEO and trainer

Hugh, who founded Oxford Computer Group in Oxford, England, in 1983, has lived and breathed IT for more than 30 years in technical, management and board level roles. In 2002 Hugh decided to focus OCG’s activities entirely on identity and access management. He can communicate effectively in the classroom and conference hall, as he can in the boardroom or one-to-one. Hugh has been described as “a guy that everyone just wants to be around.” The loyalty of his staff and colleagues over three decades bears this out.

Brian Reed

Brian Reed

Senior Director of Delivery

Brian is a highly successful change agent and risk taker with a proven track record of driving global IT initiatives during his 25+ years in technology. He has extensive experience in structuring programs across a global landscape while managing costs, schedules, and cultural relationships. As the Senior Director of Delivery at OCG, Brian ensures all programs are executed on time, on budget, and stay focused on delivering great results for customers. While working at Intel, Brian oversaw the production line for the first gigahertz server platforms. At Microsoft, he helped roll out data center infrastructure and services for what is now known as Azure. 

Brian spent 6 years on active duty in the USMC as an Operational Communication Specialist. He first handled, then managed a communication center for 4.5 years in California, then for 1.5 years attached to a deployed Marine unit in Asia.

When not working on technology, Brian owns a small pottery where he produces a line of handmade items which he sells through several distributors.

Frank Drewes

Frank Drewes

Senior Architect

Frank’s 21 years of IT experience spans Data Networking, Telecom, Messaging, Application Development, Data Center Operations and more. Frank’s current position as Senior Architect has him overseeing the technical direction of OCG’s pool of expert Microsoft identity consultants. Frank’s more recent work has been with customers expanding from on-premises to cloud-based and hybrid identity architectures and solutions.

Mark Riley

Mark Riley

Principal Architect

Mark has been in IT so long, he can remember when it was called MIS. From a developer and DBA to technical instructor for Microsoft server products, Mark has been in Seattle since 1993 working closely with Microsoft, delivering solutions to customers large and small. Since the early days of Windows Mobile, Mark has been involved in the expanding role of mobility in the enterprise, working in-depth with MDM tools from EAS to dedicated Device Management solutions from various vendors.

Andy Shell

Andy Shell

Vice President, West Region

Andy is focused on helping clients solve difficult identity and mobility challenges with Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite. He has extensive experience in leadership roles in both large and small consultancies including Accenture and KPMG Consulting.

Andy knows all about attack, defense and security. During his career in the U.S. Army he worked on cyber threat analysis and computer network defense. He is a veteran of Operations Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).  He is a former Director of the U.S Army Computer Emergency Response Team, and Cyber Threat Analysis Center.

Chris Lloyd

Chris Lloyd

Identity and Mobility Architect

Chris is an Identity Management and Enterprise Mobility architect at OCG. Chris has a long history of deploying large scale IDM solutions, including Role-Based Access Control for large healthcare systems. In his career he’s brought automated provisioning to more than 120 different hospitals in the US. Chris specializes in Microsoft Identity Manager and Rights Management technologies.

Chris is also a bit of a board game fanatic having traveled to several board game conventions across the country.

Phil Patterson

Phil Patterson

Sales Manager, East Region

Phil has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry and has experience with hardware, software, leasing, and complex services. During his career he has been employed with both large companies such as Dell Inc. as well as early stage IT firms.

Phil lives in Michigan and enjoys playing golf in the summer and sporting clays (golf with a shotgun) in the winter.

Nathan Mertz

Nathan Mertz

Senior Consultant

Currently an OCG Senior Consultant, Nathan’s experience in the IT and identity and Access Management space is broad. He has been the technical manager or lead on multiple Office 365 migration and Active Directory migration/consolidation projects.

In his time in the IAM space, Nathan has developed custom identity connectors to Active Directory for identity management vendors. He has also consulted at Microsoft Mobile identifying and designing application solutions to migrate authentication to Azure Active Directory and internal Microsoft Active Directory domains.