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Kalpana Patel – CEO & President
Kalpana Patel is President and Chief Executive officer of Unique Comp. Inc. Kalpana holds an MBA degree from Adelphi University, Garden city, New York. Over the course of two decades of working in Wall Street and the Information Technology Industry, Kalpana has "hands on" experience in virtually every aspect of the business, including sales, marketing, financé and operations. Because of her extensive background working for large corporate firms such as Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and MHT, she has carried over the same sound business principals and corporate savvy to her own company. She managed to build her organization in to one of the most successful "Minority Woman Owned Small businesses" in the Tri-state area, providing Technology Solutions and consulting to an impressive number of agencies within the public sector as well as several corporate 100 companies. Because of her dedication and hard work and strong leadership, in 2005 Kalpana Patel proudly received Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's "NYC Small Business Award of Distinction" as well as being named one of "Top Owned 50 Asian Minority Businesses" in New York and has been distinguished as one of the top entrepreneurs in the country by DiversityBusiness.com. From the very beginning, Kalpana's first priority has always been commitment to her clients and by strongly believing in achieving "Excellence Through Teamwork".

Gary Rado – Chief Technology Officer
Gary Rado is UCI’s Chief Technology Officer, a position that has proven to be strategically critical to the organization. As an accomplished senior level Information Technology Contributor with over 30 years of experience in the financial sector, Gary provides strong leadership and has delivered innovative solutions to some of the largest Wall Street firms, globally. His job profile include companies such as; JP Morgan Chase, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, The Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank and Mizuho Corporate Bank. He brings to UCI, seasoned strategic planning experience with an impeccable track record for getting the job done. He selects and manages all products, services and IT solutions that UCI offers as part of its core model as well as designing our roadmap that provides vision and direction for product and client development that contains specific recommendations addressing current, near-term, mid-term and long-term strategies and proposed actions for continued growth. It is his strategic planning and industry experience that drives the organizations enhanced business performance.

Gautam Tooley – Senior Vice President – Public Sector
Gautam Tooley is Sr Vice President – Public Sector at UCI with over 18 years in business development, staffing, and client relationship management. He has served as account manager for number of UCI engagement in areas of Oracle applications, middleware and custom software development projects. His focus is on strategic planning, client management, project management, cost control and risk management while supporting full project lifecycle. Gautam has extensive experience in supporting customers in Health and Human Services, Federal, State and Local agencies, Utilities, and Transportation agencies. He also maintains strong working relationships with key 1st Tier implementation providers such as Accenture, First Data, Deloitte, KPMG, CGI, CSC, Xerox, Oracle and IBM. He has excellent oral

Kirti Shah – Chief Finance Officer
Kirti Shah has been with UCI from when the firm was established. As CFO of the company he coordinates and directs the financial planning, budgeting, procurement, or investment activities for the organization. He manages UCI's internal control policies and procedures for activities such as budget administration, cash and credit management, and accounting. Most importantly, because of his extensive background in accounting Kirti advises management on short-term and long-term financial objectives, policies, and actions and analyzes the financial details of past, present, and expected operations in order to identify development opportunities for the firm.

Kaushal Thakore – Vice President – Operations & Projects
Kaushal Thakore is Certified Scrum Master and Bachelors of Engineering with UCI for over 17 years excelling in experience collaborating with business unit and program leads He has provided cross-functional support and researching across the Product Solutions, Communications and possess sound knowledge of Program Management and reporting on projects with Agile/SCRUM Methodology, and supporting pre-sales activities. He is effective Technical analyst, problem solver and communicator able to forge solid relationships with upper level executive leaders and build consensus across multiple organizational levels. Proficient in back Office Setup and management including budgets, delivery schedules, monitoring project standards for all deliverables, creating strategies, documentation and maintenance of quality. Well conversant in supporting of projects/program office on Healthcare; Public Sector; and Finance domains. Also actively involved for internal development and maintenance of projects on Microsoft as well as Opensource COTS stacks.

Meeta Walia – Director – Human Resources
Meeta Walia is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of Human Resource experience. She serves as a link between management and UCI employees. Providing specialized services to staff members, Mrs. Walia's role is to foster positive relationships, to increase job satisfaction, and to make sure all customer needs are met. Specific responsibilities include: administration, recruitment, company compensation and benefits, training and development, health and safety, community services and employee relations. She works with the UCI management team in the planning of company goals and assists in recognizing and evaluating industry trends as it relates to recruiting and staffing. She is responsible for attracting qualified employees and matching them to jobs internally and externally and performs the screening, interviewing and testing of applicants.

Diana Tacuri – Director – Resource Management
Over 12 years of experience working with UCI as Director - Resource Manager. Diana has extensive experience of the entire recruitment process from research, sourcing, resume pre-screening, interviewing, technical assessment, client and candidate development, reference checking, pre-close, negotiations, closing skills and post offer follow-up. Her experience comprise full life-cycle recruiting expertise in government contracting, telecommunications, software, commercial industries. Staffing of hard-to-find candidates and those with unique qualifications include IT professionals with TS/SCI Full Scope Polys. Diana has experience in driving end-to-end Recruitment life-cycle process in a time sensitive and high-volume environment. She also has experience in developing winning proposals for public sector contracts. Developed management processes for inclusion in the proposal. Served as the owner of the master proposal, inputting, editing and formatting proposal content to ensure that it is compliant with the request for proposal (RFP) requirements, is mechanically correct, has flow and is written in plain language.

Narayan Katdhare – Solutions Architect – Application Development
Narayan is UCI’s Solution Architect with over 20 years of experience in the IT Industry in various capacities. Narayan completed Masters in Computers and has been involved in various technology initiatives mainly revolving around Microsoft Technologies. Over the period of his career, he has delivered projects in various capacities starting as developer, as project manager as well as in the role of Program Manager. Narayan is a certified Scrum Master well versed with various methodologies of project management and has delivered highly complex solutions involving a variety of stakeholders including C - level executives to external clients. Narayan has a diverse background in terms of the projects he has been involved in which include custom development, product development, in-house development and COTS implementations. He has worked at various large Enterprises such as Prudential, Citigroup, Verizon and Collabera to name a few.

Naresh Upperpalli – Solutions Architect – ERP
Naresh is a Business Management as well as Science Bachelors and ITIL certified PeopleSoft professional specializing in PeopleSoft Human Capital Management, Financials, Enterprise Learning Management, and Campus Solutions product lines. He has over 15 years of experience with PeopleSoft products, managing projects, consulting, development, support and industry experience, both domestically and internationally. As a product expert, functional lead, and technical lead, he has experience in all phases of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems life cycle, primarily PeopleSoft, using structured ERP-proven methodologies and best practices. Naresh possess experience in all aspects of the engagement lifecycle, from developing strong business cases through post-implementation support. He has superior experience in understanding the system/product issues and performing root causes analysis methodically, drawing conclusions and preparing action plan to resolve complex issues. In addition to strong technical skills, Naresh possess excellent time management, organizational, networking, documentation, presentation and prioritization skills.

   
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