The people at Oxford Computer Group are professional, talented, knowledgeable, energetic, and bursting with ideas. It’s their efforts that make OCG the forward-thinking, award-winning company it is today.

OCG consists of 35 employees, including 15 full-time architects and consultants. 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 committed to delighting our customers.

Organizations must choose the right technology partner; we hope very much you’ll choose us. Meet some of our senior team.

Identity Parade: Meet our senior team!

Steve Brugger - President

Steve Brugger - President

Steve Brugger is the president of Oxford Computer Group North America. He 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 - Founder, CEO and trainer

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.

 

James Cowling - Chief Technical Officer

James Cowling - Chief Technical Officer

James has more than 25 years’ experience in IT consulting and management. He has a deep knowledge of the Microsoft identity and access stack as it has evloved over time, and a passion for all new technology. A co-founder of OCG, James co-wrote the training courses for MIIS, ILM and FIM. He has been involved in many complex implementations of these products, some involving more than 150,000 users. He lives in Germany with his wife, three sons and an office full of hardware that he can’t bring himself to part with.

Brian Reed - Senior Director of Delivery

Brian Reed - Senior Director of Delivery

Brian is the Director of Delivery for Oxford Computer Group (OCG) in the United States. He is responsible for the successful execution of programs and projects that enable our clients to conquer their business challenges. He drives new and existing partnerships and enables the OCG delivery team to continue to add value to client’s organizations. Brian works to balance staffing exposure and execution excellence for the OCG. 

Brian spent more than 20 years in large enterprise IT operations and cloud infrastructure engineering. He held leadership positions at both Intel Corporation and Microsoft Corporation, and specialized in improving operational programs and maturing the IT procurement process for many initiatives. Brian is an Operation Desert Storm/Shield veteran, having spent six years in the United States Marine Corps as a communications operator.

Brian has a B.S. in Business Administration from Capella University. When not working on technology, Brian owns a small pottery where he produces a line of handmade items which he sells through local galleries and national distributors.

 

Mark Riley - Principal Architect

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.

Chris Lloyd - Principal Architect

Chris Lloyd - Principal Architect

Chris is the Principal Architect for Oxford Computer Group’s Identity Access and Governance practice and a member of the management team. He is responsible for helping enterprise clients architect and implement businessfocused identity management infrastructure. His clients range from large healthcare institutions, financial institutions, and universities. 

He is a recognized expert on Microsoft’s identity and security offerings, including Azure Active Directory, Microsoft Intune, Azure Rights Management Services (Azure RMS), and Microsoft Identity Manager (MIM). Chris frequently advises Chief Security Officers on the best way to leverage their investments in Microsoft identity and security offerings. He is also a frequent public speaker on identity and security-related topics.

Chris is also a bit of a board game fanatic having traveled to several board game conventions across the country. He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife and is a former Marine and veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

Frank Urena
Frank Urena - Principal Architect

Frank Urena - Principal Architect

Frank is an identity management and enterprise mobility Principal Architect at OCG. Based out of the New York Metro/Northeast Region, Frank has over 23 years of industry experience, after starting his career at a Big 4 (then Big 6) professional services firm. His core skills centered around infrastructure services (computer/network/storage), virtualization, and data center technologies.

Frank joined Oxford Computer Group in 2016 and brought his knowledge as a technology buyer and manager, which allow him to  understand a client’s business needs and how to properly implement the right technology to solve specific problems. His focus is on mobility, IDaaS, and security solutions.

Frank is an avid cyclist and enjoys playing guitar in his downtime.

Andy Shell
Andy Shell - Vice President, West Region

Andy Shell - Vice President, West Region

Andy is Vice President, West Region and a member of the executive management team at Oxford Computer Group. He is responsible for client relationships in the western half of the United States and leads OCG’s Identity Governance and Privileged Identity Management practices. He is a frequent public speaker on cyber security and identity management-related topics.

He has over 20 years of consulting experience with large enterprise clients. Prior to joining OCG, he held senior leadership roles in both large and small consultancies including Accenture and KPMG Consulting. Andy is a retired Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel;  during his Army career, he specialized in nation-state cyber threat analysis. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm (Saudi Arabia), Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). He is a former Director of the U.S. Army Computer Emergency Response Team, the Cyber Threat Analysis Center, and is a Bronze Star recipient.

Andy has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington and an MBA from Arizona State University with a focus on Finance and Accounting. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Phil Patterson - Sales Manager, East Region

Phil Patterson - Sales Manager, East Region

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 - Senior Architect

Nathan Mertz - Senior Architect

Senior Architect

Currently an OCG Senior Architect, 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.