Meet the Key People Behind AkkenCloud™
AkkenCloud™ has built their platform & reputation around the hard work, positive attitude and easy going and fun approach to the every day workplace. They refuse to adhere to a dress code. A comfortable team is a productive team. Every team member has goals that are set and when these goals are met, they receive unlimited vacation time. Every Friday afternoon they enjoy a cocktail hour in the office. Once a month they make it a point to check out a different restaurant or pub together and have a company social. All of these amenities and team-building activities make the working environment highly desirable, but these are the team members who are the “Key Pillars” or “Foundation” who have built the AkkenCloud™ into the revolutionary, multitenant, hybrid cloud force, (created specifically for the staffing & recruiting industry) that it has evolved into and helped customers to be more efficient and successful.
Giridhar Akkineni is a staffing industry entrepreneur. Prior to founding Akken, Akkineni used to own interWorldnet, an IT Staffing Firm based in Rocky Hill, CT. Prior to that he owned businesses in Information Technology, Transport, Manufacturing and Retail industries.
Foreseeing the potential of cloud computing and an opportunity to unify on one platform the fragmented software point solutions available to staffing and recruitment firms, he created Akken in 2005. Akkineni has taken AkkenCloud™ from an innovative concept to a leadership position within the staffing and recruitment software industry.
Akkineni enjoys spending his free time, after what usual are 80 hour weeks, with his family, company social events, Formula 1 Racing (he is a Ferrari superfan) and NFL Football. He never misses a NE Patriots game!
Akkineni holds Masters in Computer Science from the University of Bridgeport.
Jeff brings almost two decades of experience in recruiting and sales management in high-tech industries to Akken. Having worked for Oxford Global, one of the largest Staffing and Recruiting firms, Jeff has a strong understanding of the industry. This experience helps him enable the sales force, strategic partners and critical support functions, to continually drive demand and exceed customer expectations while helping Akken clients achieve greater efficiency and increased revenues.
Prior to joining Akken, he held various sales leadership roles with one of the largest global Unified Communications providers, Aspect Software. As an early adopter of SaaS technologies, he worked with large enterprise customers in developing cloud based business models and growth strategy.
Jeff enjoys playing competitive mens league baseball and passes most of his time outside of work by dedicating himself to the development of Youth Sports in Nashua. He coaches 2 baseball teams, 1 soccer team and 2 basketball teams, while sitting on the board for the Nashua Soccer Club, and is a former board member and clinic coordinator of Nashua Cal Ripken baseball. His positive, fun, energetic and encouraging attitude is an asset to not only the countless sports & activities he volunteers his time to in the community, but shines through in the overall working atmosphere of AkkenCloud™.
Joeby Connell is an innovative and driven accounting professional with over a decade of experience. She strives to learn new ways of doing things and takes on challenges that are sometimes out of her comfort zone. Joeby has strong interpersonal skills and has a wealth of experience acting as a liaison between various levels of management, employees, and outside partners. She leads by example and is one that rolls up her sleeve to get the job done by finding solutions to what keeps the CEO and other executive members up at night.
It is Joeby’s ability to effectively determine what needs to be accomplished and align those needs with organizational goals that makes her stand out above the rest when it comes to her leadership and abilities. She has managed organizations through significant changes such as reorganization, implementation of new accounting systems, aligning operations with finance, resulting in cohesiveness within the organization. Joeby refuses to give up on a challenging task and constantly thinks out-of-the-box.
Joeby currently holds a Associates Degree in Accounting and a Bachelors degree in Business Studies with a concentration in accounting and finance. She is also pursuing her Global MBA including certificates in Organizational Leadership and Accounting.
Typically her spare time is most enjoyed with family and friends on various outings. She & her whole family love anything & everything associated with the great outdoors!
Prakash Akkineni has more than two decades of experience in software development, Information Technology and engineering management. Prakash joined Akken from Videojet, a Danaher corporation company that is known to unlock the potential of bleeding and loss companies and turn them around to be profitable using technology solutions. As a technology expert he was responsible to consolidate numerous systems to improve efficiencies of companies and help them to be profitable. He brings this same experience to Akken to help its customers improve efficiencies.
Prakash loves to play cricket whenever he can. The erratic New England weather doesn’t always allows it, but he loves to ride his motorcycle when it does. On days where the weather is not as outdoor activity friendly, he enjoys spending his spare time watching movies. His friends, family & co-workers all unanimously agree that whenever Prakash is around, he lights up the room and is the life of the party!
Akkineni holds Masters in Computer Science from Wayne State University.