AGJ Leadership

Leadership

AGJ Systems & Networks, Inc. is a locally owned and operated, Service-Disabled Veteran-owned small business. At AGJ our leaders bring a client-focused approach to innovation, while driving our managed service offerings forward. Together, and as individuals, our passion drives every idea, concept, and IT program we create. Take a few minutes to get to know our leadership team and see why we do IT better!

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Brian Alford

CEO

Brian Alford serves as the Chief Executive Officer for and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the business.

Brian attended Mississippi State University where he majored in Computer Science. After a few years of college Brian enlisted in the United States Air Force for 9 years and then worked as a GS-11 overseeing the Air Force Network Operations Center at Keesler for 5 more. Past work experience includes duties as the lead engineer for Hartsfield International Airport Y2K project, Senior Consultant for KPMG’s Cisco Practice “Bearing Point” and Senior Manager for InfraStream Technologies in Atlanta, Georgia. Brian currently holds many industry certifications from Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Novell, CJIS and Sophos.

In 2002, Brian and partners Arthur Jones and Ryan Giles formed AGJ Systems & Networks and opened an office in the Gulf Coast Business Technology Center (now the Innovation Center).

In 2019 Brian was recognized by the Mississippi Business journal for “Top in Tech” for dedication and service to the state of Mississippi. Today AGJ has over 1000 clients throughout the Gulf Coast, United States, Europe, and Australia. AGJ has been named one of the Top 501 Managed Service Providers globally for 6 straight years and was recognized as a Top Technology Providers Pioneer 250 by CRN for 2019 & 2020.

Brian is married to GraceAnne and currently spends most of his off-work time shuffling children from place to place. He is a board member for Biloxi High Baseball Booster Club, former Biloxi Youth Baseball Board member and coach, an active traveling baseball team coach, former soccer coach and now a cheer dad most weekends. Brian is also an active member of the Reserve Bank of Atlanta where he assists other IT Professionals across the country grow their small businesses.

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Jenny Schlegel

Chief Operating Officer

As COO, Jenny manages the day-to-day operations, guiding and leading the extraordinary problem-solvers within our team. Part of the AGJ Systems & Networks formula for success is to know our machines, and to value our people; she gets to value the people who know the machines.

Jenny’s early career path started in medical coding. She began work at AGJ in 2010 as a bookkeeper and knew quickly this was a company she wanted to invest in and retire from. While a coder and bookkeeper may seem very different from being a COO for a leading IT company, there is one crucial aspect that remains the same; the quality of her work directly effects the people we are working for. Doing her job well results directly in our clients doing well, and every detail matters. 

When not at work, you can find Jenny at church leading praise and worship, at home leading the kids, or at Hobby Lobby finding treasures to decorate her church or home.

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Nikki Johns

Chief Business Development Officer

Nikki joined AGJ Systems & Networks in 2015 as the Business Development Manager after a lengthy career in banking. Through her leadership and knowledge of the technology industry, Nikki has consistently grown bookings year over year. As a native of Ocean Springs and life-long resident of the Gulf Coast, she is able to understand and meet area businesses’ technology needs.

Nikki graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration having a concentration on Small Business Management. She is also a graduate of the Mississippi School of Banking at Ole Miss.

Today, Nikki serves the Gulf Coast community as the Chair of the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce and on the board of directors for United Way of South MS. She is a graduate of Leadership Gulf Coast and Leadership Jackson County. Nikki also completed the Gulf Coast Business Council’s Masters Leadership Program. Her past leadership experience and recognition includes President of the Biloxi Main Street Association, 2013 Class of 50 Leading Business Women by the Mississippi Business Journal and Treasurer of Junior Auxiliary of Biloxi-Ocean Springs, where she is now life member. In 2018, she was recognized as a one of the Gulf Coast’s Top 10 under 40.

Nikki resides in Ocean Springs with her husband, Michael, and two children – Blaine and Isabelle. In her spare time, she loves boating, fishing, spending time with family and friends and watching SEC football.

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Billy Suthoff

Director of Service

AGJ Systems & Networks, Billy manages our team of professionals, from security, service desk, professional services, and customer service. It is his responsibility to make sure that not only AGJ is successful, but to also ensure the success of our customers. He works under the premise that AGJ, is not an IT company, they are a customer service company that just so happens to know IT.

Billy is a certified Project Manager and Service Manager. He has extensive experience in both commercial and government environments and has managed teams of professionals from software developers to construction crews.

His certifications include:

  • Project Management Professional from Project Management Institute
  • Service Manager Certified from Bering McKinley Institute
  • Several CompTia certifications (A+, Network+, Security +)
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Capella University
  • Currently Enrolled in Master of Science in Project Management (Graduation 12/21)

Billy’s community involvement highlights include:

  • Member of Project Management Institute

Billy enjoys hunting and fishing with his wife and children. Two fun facts about Billy: He went to a performing arts school as a kid to become a clown, and used to dress out in clown costumes, paint his face, and make balloon animals for kids’ vacation Bible schools. He also used to be the lead singer of a band called Fort Rocks.

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