Leadership

Steve Wilsher

Chief Executive Officer

Staff Ouderkirk

President

Mike Rhodes

Executive Vice President—Operations

Joe Nizolak

Executive Vice PresidentFederal Business Development

Rick Bowen

Chief Financial Officer

John Sletto

Vice President—Federal Operations

Kim Kanaday

Senior Advisor—Board of Directors

Meet our Leadership Team

Steve Wilsher

Chief Executive Officer

Steve Wilsher started Teksouth Corporation in late 1982 providing specialty distributed printing to large commercial networks.  In 1986, he received Teksouth’s first contract to provide systems development and office applications to the U.S. Air Force.  As the Company developed a reputation for strong performance, contracts were also received from the Army, Navy, and Joint Commands providing business intelligence, systems development, data warehousing, desktop analytics and training support services for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Today, Teksouth continues its work with the DoD and also supports customers in a variety of other industries including medicine, financial services and manufacturing.  The Company is headquartered in Gardendale, Alabama but operates systems worldwide as well as in the cloud.  Mr. Wilsher resides in Fultondale, Alabama with his wife of 43 years, Marsha.  They have two married daughters and four grandchildren.  Steve serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Florida College, which he attended, and as an elder at his church.  He currently serves as Teksouth’s CEO.

A message from Steve

A Message from Steve

At Teksouth we’ve created an environment where people want to work, to grow, and to develop professionally. It’s a plan that works well, as evidenced by our excellent retention rates. We’re blessed that our employees like working at Teksouth so much, they are telling others about Teksouth – what it’s like to work here – and people are coming to us.

We’ve noticed that in the software development industry there is as much effort put into recruiting as there is into taking care of customers and operating a business. At Teksouth we’ve been fortunate to have great people working for us, without having to recruit 24/7. And when people come to work at Teksouth, they tend to stay. Our retention rate in our technical department is nearly 95 percent annually, which is just phenomenal for this industry. Our customers notice. Such retention is extremely valuable to them, because they know we’re not putting “rookies” on projects, or trying to gain on-the-job experience at their expense. Our people know what they’re doing, and they’re doing what they know.

Even with our exceptional staff, at Teksouth we’re always looking for more good people – people who are eager to work, to learn, and to grow. We’ve found that those kind of people fit our wonderful working environment and enhance the experience for everyone – clients and coworkers alike.

Steve Wilsher CEO, Teksouth Corporation

Staff Ouderkirk

President

“Know your customer, their mission and what they need. Dedicate your resources to professionally fulfilling that need and success will follow through the accomplishments of your clients.”

As President of Teksouth since 2004, Staff Ouderkirk oversees all aspects of the company’s strategy and corporate operational support for both our domestic customers and clients outside the United States. His responsibility includes developing growth and productivity initiatives within the federal and commercial markets and providing the leadership to grow new business partnerships.  Staff pursues business opportunities that allow Teksouth to do what they do best—provide professional services and decision capability that most effectively accomplish the client’s critical mission.

Staff started with Teksouth in 2002. Prior to assuming the role as Teksouth President, he served as a program manager in the National Capital Region.  As a former military officer, with 30 years in uniform, Staff joined Teksouth to continue promoting the core values of Integrity, Honor and Excellence in all that Teksouth does. By leading and serving alongside the nearly 160 employees, Staff employs a simple but effective principle that combines knowledge, experience and responsiveness to foster the concept of “people supporting people”.  Staff’s goal is to continually deliver service excellence on a global scale to set Teksouth apart from others in the support and service industry.

Staff is Married to the former Carole Millar and both live in Miamisburg, Ohio.

A message from Staff

A Message from Staff

We appreciate you visiting our web site and trust you’ll find helpful information about Teksouth. Your interest in who we are and what we do is important to us.

Since 1982 the Teksouth commitment has been to serve our Federal and Commercial clients by providing people and IT solutions that bring efficiency and success to their mission and business. It is a simple but effective idea that combines knowledge, experience, and responsiveness to facilitate the concept of “people supporting people.” When I left the military after 30 years, I joined Teksouth because they represented the values and performance that were important to me. Back then, besides knowledge, capability and experience, I needed a contractor who was dedicated to my mission, worked collaboratively as member of my team, showed flexibility in adapting to a changing environment, and honestly involved me and my people in everything that was important… a true value need! While a lot of contractors say they do these things, I found these values at the center of Teksouth’s operations and management. It is who they are, their “unique selling proposition,” setting them apart from others in industry. When asked, I answer… “ it’s the reason I came to Teksouth.”

Now that I am on the industry side of the equation, it is a pleasure to be working at Teksouth, serving our clients alongside 140 professionals who globally practice the same core values, and who measure personal success through the accomplishments of clients… that’s how we operate! In this limited space I have only touched on a small number of important elements that make Teksouth unique and set us apart from others in the industry. Our depth and breadth of experience, and our technical capability go far beyond my description above. We trust as you navigate our web site, you will discover that our technical diversity, performance values, and quality standards are a good match for your needs.

If these things are important to you, too, we want your business. And we promise you success when we have the opportunity to serve. Thank you for your interest in our company and the people who make up our team. We encourage you to continue exploring so you can learn more about our company and how we can help your business meet its mission.

Staff Ouderkirk President, Teksouth Corporation

Mike Rhodes

Executive Vice President—Operations

Michael Rhodes joined Teksouth as a software developer in 1998. Since then, Michael has filled progressively challenging roles and now serves as Executive Vice President of Operations responsible for the strategic vision and direction for the corporate operations.

Michael’s wide-ranging duties include the oversight and management of all client project activities, internal operations, IT infrastructure, CMMI processes and certifications and the allocation of technical resources.  Among other things, Michael is responsible for ensuring overall client satisfaction and loyalty by driving a culture of continuous improvement and by implementing proven best-practices, processes and methods.

Joe Nizolak

Executive Vice President—Federal Business Development

Joe Nizolak is the Executive Vice President, Federal Business Development for Teksouth Corporation. Joe joined Teksouth as the VP in May, 2011. In November 2013, he was also made a shareholder and member of the Teksouth Board of Directors.

Joe joined the Defense Industry in September 2003 as a Program Manager for Northrop Grumman where he managed the development of Predictive Analysis Exercise Support Module (PAESM), a USTRANSCOM system providing accurate cargo arrival dates for deployed units. Prior to Teksouth, Joe held Director of Business Development positions at Doyon Government Group (an Alaskan Native Corporation) and TKCC (also an Alaskan Native Corporation) where he successfully closed IT services contracts with the Department of Defense.

Joe served 24-years in the US Army as a Field Artilleryman and System Automation Officer. He served with the 9th Infantry Division, 3rd Infantry Division, 25th Infantry Division and the 75th Artillery Brigade in Europe, Asia, and CONUS locations. Joe retired as a Colonel while serving as the Deputy J6/CIO for USTRANSCOM, Scott AFB, IL.

Joe and his wife Ruth-Marie live in Williamsburg, VA. They have three sons – Stephen a city planner in Seattle, WA; Michael a Captain in the Army stationed in South Korea; and Patrick a graphic designer in Hood River, OR.

Rick Bowen

Chief Financial Officer

Rick Bowen is now Senior Vice President, with oversight of policy and execution for the accounting, human resources, contract and administrative staffs. He has served as VP of administration and contracts. Rick’s accomplishments include nearly 25 years of demonstrated commitment to the company, our mission, and the professionals who make Teksouth successful.

John Sletto

Vice President—Federal Operations

John Sletto is the Vice President of Federal Operations at Teksouth Corporation. John joined Teksouth in September 1991 as an applications developer working on contract for the Air Force Reserve Command at Robins AFB in support of their Financial Management Applications. In October 1994, John was promoted to Project Lead of one of the major AFRC/FM systems known as PBAS. In August of 1999, John was promoted to Project Manager for the AFRC/FM contract and remained in that position until the contract ended in October 2008. After the AFRC/FM contract ended, John remained with Teksouth and was promoted to Program Manager. In this role, John managed a number of different projects for both Commercial and Federal Teksouth customers. In November 2013, John was promoted to Director of Federal Operations and two years later was promoted to Vice President of Federal Operations. John is now responsible for all Teksouth’s Federal accounts.

John was raised in Warner Robins, GA and has lived there since 1970. He attended Macon State College and became a Teksouth employee at the age of 23. John currently lives in Warner Robins, GA with his son Chris.

Kim Kanaday

Senior Advisor—Board of Directors

Kim started with Teksouth in 1996 as a receptionist but soon moved into the accounting department. She worked as an accounting administrator doing accounts payable and payroll then transitioned to more advanced cost accounting management, eventually reaching her current position as Accounting Manager. She was pivotal in helping Teksouth receive DCAA accounting system approval which is critical for Teksouth receiving cost-based federal contracts.

As a Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors, Kim’s primary focus is on the financial well-being of Teksouth. In addition to managing the Administrative, Accounting, and Human Resources Departments, she is responsible for financial reporting, planning and budgeting, system of internal controls, and DCAA compliance.  She enjoys working with her team to ensure that they grow professionally and learn skills that are useful for Teksouth and personal development.

Kim lives in Warrior, Alabama with her husband, Steve, and daughter, Alexandria.  They are actively involved in their church and community. In her spare time she loves to hear her daughter sing and play guitar.