Executive Team

Danielle M Mizia, President/Owner

AEC Group, LLC was formed to facilitate the purchase of the Technology Solutions Division of AEC Group, Inc. Ms. Mizia played an integral role in formulating a plan and negotiating the purchase with the owners of AEC Group, Inc. Her role as President of the new organization is to leverage her business management experience, and to provide regular operational and financial guidance, control, and support to the various teams within the newly formed company.

Ms. Mizia is active in her local church, and has performed in a managerial role for the Ringgold Elementary School North Blessings in a Backpack program. She also runs a boutique floral business in her spare time.

Jim Mizia

Jim Mizia, Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Mizia has a 20+ year history with AEC. Jim is responsible for the entirety of sales and operational activities within AEC Group, LLC, and serves under the direction of the President and Board of Managers. Jim’s goal for the division is to deliver services and solutions that meet or exceed customer expectations in areas that include consulting, project delivery, material procurement, and issue remediation.

Creating a work environment that is conducive to learning and professional development is of particular importance to Jim in his role. Through ensuring that all of the members of the Sales and Operational Teams are successful, the highest possible levels of customer satisfaction can be attained.

In addition to being a member of American Mensa, James is a Pennsylvania registered Engineer in Training (PA EIT), and holds technologies certifications from Microsoft, VMware, EMC, Citrix, and Cisco.
Jim serves as a member of the Noah’s Ark Pre-School Board of Directors.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a Mathematics minor from Pennsylvania State University.

Marty Connelly, Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Connelly is responsible for all of the financial facets of AEC Group’s business. Drawing from 17+ years of experience with AEC, Marty’s current duties include oversight of sales, marketing, finance, contract development, staff management, engagement management/delivery, and customer service and support.

A highly motivated, creative, and resourceful executive with years of experience in IT project management, operations, and business development, Marty joined AEC Group in 2002 after co-founding the management consulting company Structure Solutions, LP. Prior to joining AEC, Marty held leadership positions with a leading IT service provider, Stargate Industries and the management consulting firm Deloitte. His experience with leading system development and infrastructure/data center initiatives for Fortune 500 clients helped to hone his skills regarding the management of people, process, and technology. His combination of skills and entrepreneurial spirit quickly helped establish AEC as one of the region’s foremost Technology Solutions Provider year in and year out.

Outside of AEC, Marty serves on the Board of Directors for the Humane Society of Western PA and is involved with the Pittsburgh Triathlon Club.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Washington and Jefferson College as well as an MBA from Duquesne University.

Brian Lesniakowski

BRIAN M Lesniakowski, Chief Information Officer

Serving as Chief Information Officer, Mr. Lesniakowski provides expertise in translating customer system requirements into solution designs and is ultimately tasked with developing and directing AEC Group’s overall technology strategy. Brian is responsible for the long-term direction of AEC’s technical adoption roadmap and solution development as well as identifying and assessing new technologies that serve to augment or replace existing solution sets. In his role as CIO, Brian also supports the Technical Architect team, provides pre-sales support, and issues information necessary for marketing and sales activities.

During his 20+ years with AEC and his tenure as Chief Information Officer, Brian has found that the continual challenges associated with maintaining a strong awareness and understanding of technology maturation and evolution is the catalyst that makes his position with AEC Group so rewarding. The combination of clients, employees, and OEM partners provides such a unique work environment that never stagnates and offers Brian and his co-workers a wealth of opportunities for professional and personal achievement.

A member of Citrix Partner Technical Expert Council, Brian holds certifications in technologies including those from EMC, Microsoft, VMware, Citrix, and Cisco.

Brian serves as a youth hockey coach (Development-Bantam) in his time outside of AEC.

He holds a degree in Computer Science from Pennsylvania State University.

Ken Rindt, Executive Vice President

Having been with AEC Group, LLC for the past 17+ years, Ken Rindt’s ultimate responsibility as Executive Vice President is to oversee all sales and marketing efforts in addition to fostering and managing relationships and business planning with AEC’s strategic partners.

Mr. Rindt joined AEC in 2002 via an acquisition of his company, Structure Solutions, which was a boutique consulting firm focused on IT Project Management. Prior to Structure Solutions, Mr. Rindt co-founded Plus Consulting, a consulting firm focused on the deployment of ERP and CRM solutions. Prior to Plus Consulting, Mr. Rindt worked as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Coopers and Lybrand as a project manager for application development initiatives and ERP deployments.

Mr. Rindt is currently on the Ingram Micro Data Center Advisory Board, the Citrix Platinum Council, and the Cisco SMB Advisory Board. He has also held positions on the Pittsburgh Technology Council Network Advisory Board, EMC’s Partner Advisory Council, and EMC’s Partner Advisory Board.

Ken received a BS in Management Science & Information Systems from the Smeal College of Business at the Pennsylvania State University. Ken also proudly served as a non-commissioned officer in the United States Army.