Sparking Constant Acceleration

Since our inception in 1999, we’ve helped companies introduce emerging technologies to accelerate business velocity and drive growth. From re-imagining approaches to customer experience to leveraging the latest in AI and machine learning to fueling product velocity and speed to market, we help our clients chose iterative momentum and immediate impact every single day.

At SQA Group, we are comprised of a team of technicians, engineers, data mavericks, and business strategists who delight in introducing the technology solutions and services that enable our clients to be among the early innovative adopters. In partnership, we team with the pacesetters in your organization, introducing our technical and consultative hyper-specialization skills, to help you leverage technology as a catalyst to business gain.

Vision

Pave access to innovation for the communities we serve

Core Values

Our core values deeply inform who we are, how we think and how we choose to show up:

Walk in Their Shoes

Lead from a place of empathy and true understanding

Celebrate Authenticity

We believe everyone should get to show up as their most whole version of self

Infinite Possibility

We balance dreaming of what could be, continually raising the bar of what’s possible with pragmatic steps needed to make progress forward

Be the Pioneers

Choosing to be among the Early Adopters, we take the path not yet traveled

Choose Growth

Try new things, challenge assumptions, and excitedly stretch

Meet Our Senior Leadership Team

Learn more about members of our team below! Click their pictures to view their bios.

Rob Lanza CEO

Rob, an established and reputable veteran of the technology services industry, has been the chief catalyst behind SQA Group’s growth from a startup quality engineering firm established in 1999 to a holistic technology and advisory services firm. As Chief Executive Officer of SQA Group, Rob steers our overall vision, growth strategy and service offerings, ensuring our firm remains agile and futuristic to best serve the needs of our clients. An empathetic and human-centric leader, Rob believes in assembling dynamic, empowered teams that share in his personal passion for continuous transformation. From connecting with our clients daily to dedicating the time to get to know each team member, Rob brings a people at the core mentality to SQA Group.

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Mark McPhillips CFO

Mark, who has been with SQA Group since 2000, brings more than 20 years of experience in financial management, accounting, and leadership strategy to our firm. As our Chief Financial Officer, Mark works in partnership with our executive team on pinpointing growth opportunities, driving financial planning, and leveraging intelligence to drive our expansion decisions. His passion for building great things with great people has sparked SQA Group’s continued growth trajectory. Deeply believing that trusting relationships sit at the core of business success, Mark brings an incredible level of humility, care and compassion to everyone he encounters.

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Walter McAdams Chief Engineer

Walter has built a career helping organizations leverage technology to derive stronger business outcomes—integrating it in a way that fulfills on its promise. As Chief Engineer, Walter leads our team of engineers, developers, testers and strategists to ensure we deliver solutions that accelerate capability, spark innovation and build cultural resiliency. From working for the Department of Defense as an intelligence officer to leading full-scale development and test automation frameworks at large enterprises like Microsoft and Boeing, he brings more than three decades of hyper-specialization across disciplines such as quality engineering, robotics, embedded systems and emerging technology. Walter illuminates pathways forward for organizations to fuse together technology and culture.

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Carrie Majewski VP of Marketing

An experienced go-to-market, product development, and communications leader, Carrie has a proven record of helping companies identify innovative offerings, strategies and service expansions to drive growth and market viability. As our head of Strategy and Marketing, Carrie helps steer our portfolio evolution, corporate initiatives and branding approaches. She has more than 10 years experience growing technology and advisory services firms, launching start-ups, activating new business units, and creating differentiated brand experiences. Carrie is the Founder of the Women in Leadership Nexus, a national movement uniting game-changing leaders who want to positively shift the business landscape. Whether she is brainstorming product ideas, speaking on leadership principles, or supporting non-profits through Board service, Carrie is fueled to activate new thoughts within the communities she serves.

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Christian Palombo VP of Sales

Christian is an experienced growth expert with a proven track record of building, scaling and leading high performing go to market teams. As our VP of Sales, Christian is responsible for leading our sales organization and playing an integral role in building and leading our firm’s growth plans. He brings more than 15 years of experience in building, developing and nurturing high-performing sales teams, rooted against the value of ultimate client experience. Whether he is coaching rugby at Roger Williams University, helping our clients identify how they can use emerging technologies to drive business outcomes, or originating high impact sales initiatives, Christian brings a people-first, collaborative approach to every interaction.

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Philip Sears VP of QE Solutions

Philip brings to our team more than 20 years experience as an IT professional, from full stack software engineer to QE practice director and technology leader. As our VP of Quality Engineering Solutions, Philip leads our Quality Engineering practice, providing solutions and delivery fulfillment to our customers as well as cultivating a community of practice across our consultants. Philip plays a critical role in bridging between executive leadership and hands-on technical consulting. He started his career as an application developer, progressing to technical lead and director of application development and QA. Philip has had the opportunity to work for numerous companies, including several Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies. He earned his BS in Computer Science and MBA from Kansas State University and, as active alumni, serves as executive mentor and advisory board member.

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Brendan Akashian VP, Business Develpment, AI/Data

Brendan is an experienced leader from the financial services industry who has used emerging technologies to drive optimal business outcomes throughout his career. As VP of Business Development for our AI/Advanced Analytics practice, Brendan plays a pivotal role in the growth and acceleration of our  practice, helping our clients leverage the latest in data, machine learning and intelligence to hit sizable milestones. Brendan has spearheaded efforts during his career to embrace cutting-edge technologies to help drive revenue creation and scale operational capability across numerous teams within his past roles. He is passionate about helping companies solve complex business challenges using the latest solutions available in emerging technology. Brendan earned his BA in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross and an MBA from Suffolk University.

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Marco Barrera Senior Director, Sales Operations

A seasoned sales leader and client advisor for 15-plus years, Marco partners with companies to identify disruptive technologies, new capability acceleration and innovation pathways to support our client’s with their transformation initiatives. As our Senior Director, Sales Operations, Marco works in collaboration with our Sales team to ensure we build trusted, unbreakable relationships with our clients. Marco fundamentally believes businesses are just steps away from their next great shift and that a unique blend of technology solutions — integrated from a business-first vantage point — can accelerate the momentum they most desire. Whether he is coaching team members or uncovering a client’s “why” for disruption, Marco believes in bringing sincerity, humanness, and teamwork to every interaction.

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Marie SaoBento Director, Client Success

Marie’s passion for the ultimate client experience can be traced back to owning her own business where she developed a full set of value-added services designed to make clients feel extraordinary while increasing business revenue at the same time. Fast forward and you will see this passion has carried through her entire career and continues to drive her.As our Director of Client Success, Marie partners with C-level executives, managers, and engineers to bring success to every interaction. With 8+ years of experience in client success, she succeeds in handling multiple clients simultaneously, all with varying degrees of complexity. Marie believes in maintaining a positive approach while focusing on collaboration, teamwork and problem solving to successfully bring teams together. With a degree in business management, PMP certification and her dedication to mentoring high-school students, she has established herself as a respected, successful business professional.

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A Look Back, A Look Forward

1999-2005

  • Open doors in RI, offering niche quality test and automation services
  • Rob Lanza first hire; Mark McPhillips joins as acting controller
  • In 18 months, grow to $10 million
  • Land national accounts including Disney, CVS, Pfizer and Bayer
  • Listed on Fastest Growing and Best Places to Work lists, including Inc 500
  • Expand breadth of capabilities by adding Solutions Team
  • Grow geographically from Boston to Florida

2006-2010

  • Rob Lanza is promoted to Head of Client Services
  • Walter McAdams joins team, specific focus on engineering, test automation and application performance management
  • Acquisition of household brands: Geico, Bed Bath & Beyond and Pitney Bowes
  • Perform largest software development lifecycle evaluation to date with TIAA-CREF
  • Company enters hyper-growth mode, fueled by expansion into Advisory Services

2011-2015

  • Ownership transition to Rob Lanza, COO, and Mark McPhillips, CFO
  • Growth swell of business in New England
  • Expansion into insurance, financial services, healthcare and retail
  • Shift in services to offer organizational-wide transformational work through the applicator of emerging tech
  • Incorporation of Agile techniques internally and with clients

2016-2020

  • Rob Lanza takes over as CEO
  • Launch of Emerging Tech and Data/Advanced Analytics business units
  • SQA moves into new office in Providence, RI
  • Introduce our rebrand as SQA Group

2021-Present

  • Formation of Client Success Management department to further strengthen client relationships
  • Growth of data and AI team through hire of top data scientists and AI engineers
  • Increased client work/projects leveraging emerging tech, from IoT to cloud to hyper-automation
  • Internal tech team regularly tapped for media industry predictions around ML, AI and cloud
  • Continued growth of Go-To-Market team

An Eye Towards the Future

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