Our team

Executive Team


Michael Biase

CEO / Managing Partner

Michael Biase is the CEO and Managing Partner of Five Star Technology Group. Mike founded the company in 2016 and has over 13 years in the telecommunications industry working with AT&T.

Prior to forming Five Star Technology Group Michael had various roles within the AT&T organization ranging from Enterprise Sales to Sales Management. Michael was a sales leader with a successful track record achieving Diamond Club, multiple Sell to Excel trips and top ranked among his peers through out the country. Michael has a mobility background with experience in Voice & Data services, Mobile Applications, Telecom Expense Management, IoT, development of industry specific strategic partnerships, Professional Services and much of the mobility portfolio within AT&T.

Michael’s most important focus has and will always be client satisfaction. “I stress to my team that Quality, Efficiency and Transparency are most important to meet and exceed expectations”


Jim Byrne

COO / Managing Partner

As the COO and Managing Partner, Jim oversees Sales Operations, New Business Development, Strategic Partnerships Engagement and Client Services. Jim brings to Five Star Technology Group more than 20 years of extensive leadership experience in the Communications and Technology Industry within Mobility Solutions, Project Management, and Service Management.

Prior to joining Five Star Technology Group, Jim spent most of his professional career with AT&T where he built and led various Teams of Sales Professionals delivering exemplary results for AT&T and the Enterprise clients they served.

Management Team


Silvia Fernandes-Barros

Director Client Experience & Support

Silvia has been serving Director of Client Experience and Support at Five Star Technology Group since it was founded in 2016. She is responsible for managing the Service Management and Processing Teams as well as for driving Five Star Technology Group’s vision of delivering a seamless and consistent client experience.

In addition, Silva provide Leadership, Operational guidance and direction to the entire Support Team. From a tactical perspective, Silvia assist the Sales Team on large projects & deployments ensuring continuity to meet and exceed the high standards we set as an organization. Wearing many hats may be impossible for some managers but Silvia makes it look effortless. Prior to working at Five Star she worked at AT&T as a sales associate. She spent the next 16 years working as a service manager serving AT&T’s Premier Client Group. Silvia priority was building solid relationships with all her clients and creating an outstanding relationship between her client and AT&T. She always had a successful track record of providing 100 % customer satisfaction from all her clients. Her award -winning client management combined with her stellar knowledge of Mobility voice and data services led to her being chosen as Manager of her team.

Silvia’s favorite role is as a wife and mother. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and their daughter.

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Dana Grusse

Director of Sales

Dana Grusse is a Director of Sales for Five Star Technology Group based in Boston, MA area. Prior to Five Star Technology Group, Dana has spent the past 20+ years of his career consulting with clients and driving successful relationships.

He started working with the NFL and after achieving his MBA degree; he has spent the past 14 years immersed in the mobility industry with AT&T, specifically focused in the enterprise mobility space.

Rich Lawson

Vice President of Sales

As Vice President of Sales, Rich is responsible for driving new revenues across AT&T’s wireline, applications, and mobility solutions portfolio.

Prior to joining Five Star Technology Group, Rich held a diverse mix of leadership and technical consulting positions with AT&T during his 13 years of service.

Kim Jones

HR/Office Operation Manager

Kim became the Human Resource/Office Operations Manager in 2018 handling employee relations, regulatory compliance and employee related services such as payroll, training and benefits.

In her operations role, she is responsible for analyzing and improving organizational processes as she works to ensure company productivity and efficiency. Prior to working at Five Star Technology Group, Kim spent 25 years working for senior leadership within corporate sales at AT&T.

When she is not at work, Kim enjoys spending time with her husband and son.

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Inez Rodriguez

Support Manager

Inez has been with Five Star Technology Group since it was founded in 2016. Prior to Five Star Technology Group, she spent 5 years with AT&T where she acted as team leader for the processing team. Inez worked with various AT&T ordering systems over the years, and brings that expertise to Five Star Technology Group.

She has helped create workflow processes and improve efficiencies in our back office ensuring a positive client experience. Inez is extremely dedicated and takes a tremendous amount of pride in her work. She will always be a strong asset to the company.

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Brandon Hubbard

National Account Executive

Brandon Hubbard is a National Account Executive for Five Star Technology Group based in Dallas, TX. Prior to joining Five Star Technology Group in August 2018, Brandon served as a Mobility Client Solutions Executive for AT&T Enterprise Business Solutions, and a Client Director for Sprint Business Strategic Accounts.

Brandon has more than 12 years of mobility sales experience, predominantly spent with AT&T working with large enterprise customers. In his role, Brandon takes a consultative approach to identify key areas impacting his customers business and goals, providing thought leadership, and strategically positioning AT&T’s comprehensive portfolio of business solutions to solve business challenges. Brandon maintains a history of success, receiving numerous Sell-to-Excel, Circle of Excellence, and Diamond Club awards throughout his tenue at AT&T.

Brandon lives with his wife and two young children in Plano, TX. He is a graduate of Texas Tech, an avid golfer, hunter, and enjoys spending time with his family.


Henry (Hank) Deraney

National Account Executive

Hank Deraney, National Account Executive based in the New York area; and was a top performer at AT&T for over eight years. His knowledge and skill set of the products and services is in the industry has always made him a leader in the organization.

Hank built a tremendous amount of respect from his peers and clients simply by his professionalism. He’s truly a trusted partner who goes above and beyond at all times for anyone.

Hank keeps very active on his personal time and spends as much quality time with family as possible.


Konstantinos (Dino) Kaltasis

Technical Sales Executive

Dino is a Technical Sales Executive responsible for wireline sales, specializing in Voice, Data Networking, Cloud and Cybersecurity solutions.

Dino has over 19 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, and came to Five Star from AT&T, where he served as an Application Sales Consultant for over 5 years. He comes with a proven track record of success in the industry, with multiple President’s Club and Diamond Club award recognitions. Dino lives in central Connecticut with his wife, daughter and two dogs. He enjoys a round of golf whenever the opportunity presents itself.

James (Jimmy) Ansell

National Account Executive

James (Jimmy) Ansell is a National Account Executive for Five Star Technology Group based in Florida area. Prior to joining Five Star Technology Group, Jimmy had extensive leadership experience in Mobility within AT&T.

He supported multiple large enterprise accounts as well as retail teams in and around New York City and Long Island. Most recently Jimmy served the wireline market in Florida as an Account Executive winning new business from Green and Whitespace customers.

Pablo Rodriguez

Inside Sales Executive

Pablo Rodriguez is an Inside Sales Executive at Five Star Technology Group, he is based in the New York area and has an extensive product and service knowledge gained from his seven years with AT&T.

His desire to always deliver the best results for his clients set him apart in his various roles within the organization. This desire led to numerous awards and market recognition during his tenure with AT&T. Pablo has always taken pride in his work and willingness to assist others succeed in their projects. Pablo is a proud father of his newborn daughter and is an avid sports fan.

Corey LaBar

National Account Executive

Corey LaBar is a National Account Executive for Five Star Technology Group based in Northeast Region. Prior to joining Five Star Technology Group, Corey had worked multiple roles within AT&T from Retail to Business sales.

After AT&T, Corey moved to a smaller Solution Provider and supported AT&T Business customers from small to enterprise up and down the East Coast. When not working, Corey enjoys spending as much time as he can with his 2 young sons and wife.
He loves fishing, golfing, hunting and the martial arts.

John Pitti

Technical Sales Executive

John is a Technical Sales Executive responsible for wireline sales, specializing in Voice, Data Networking, Cloud and Cybersecurity solutions.

John has over 20 years of technical sales experience as both an AT&T employee and Alliance Channel partner. John lives in Connecticut with his wife and daughter and enjoys traveling with his family in his free time.

Operations Team

Our Dedicated Service and Order Fulfillment team has over 140 years of combined AT&T experience. Our team will provide you with a dedicated and personalized Service Manager to address your needs, not limited to: Project Management, Account Reporting, Account Updates, New Line Activations, Upgrades, Feature changes and many more of the day to day client requests. Our team is here to help strengthen the client relationship providing white glove service.


Mark Barros

Dedicated Service / Account Manager

Mark joined Five Star as an Account Manager in April 2018. In addition to providing order consultation and service management to his customers, he also manages the equipment buyback and accessory pricing processes. Prior to Five Star he spent 18 years at AT&T serving customers in many roles such as sales support, program manager, service manager and contracts manager.

He is a strong subject matter expert in all wireless products and solutions and always provides top notch problem solving for both corporate telecom managers and end users. Mark’s dedication to the promotion of mobility services and customer service led him to win multiple AT&T awards.
Mark earned a Master of Art’s degree in Public and Organizational Relations from Montclair State University in 2012, aiming to become more of a strategic asset in business development and customer communications. Mark’s passion and relentless work ethic allow him to continue to be a true ambassador of Five Star Technology Group. Mark lives in New Jersey with his wife and daughter. He loves watching his beloved New York Mets. Mark is also a self -described “fiction junkie” and enjoys reading all sorts of mystery and thriller novels.

Daphne Jordan

Service Manager

Daphne Jordan is a Service Manager with Five Star Technology Group. Daphne joined the company in 2018. Daphne is retired from United States Air Force and brings over 15 years’ experience with AT&T.

Daphne filled many roles while working at AT&T, but the majority of her time was spent as a service executive. Her reputation is second to none as both sales personnel and customers alike know her as being committed, dedicated and willing to go the extra mile to resolve issues. Daphne resides in Las Vegas, NV with her husband, who is also retired from the Air Force. They have one adult son.

Marisa Volino

Service Manager

Marisa joined Five Star Technology Group in January 2018 as a Service Manager. Prior to joining Five Star, she worked for 8 years with AT&T in their mobility division, having roles in both sales and service management.

Marisa joined Five Star Technology Group in January 2018 as a Service Manager. Prior to joining Five Star, she worked for 8 years with AT&T in their mobility division, having roles in both sales and service management. Within service management, she was responsible for supporting various Fortune 1000 companies in their telecommunication strategy. Her background includes voice and data services, telecom expense management, and account analysis. She has a passion for fostering positive client relationships and enjoys helping clients solve their business needs.

Elison Rozo

Fulfillment Specialist

Elison Rozo has joined Five Star Technology Group in 2019 as Mobility Order Processor after spending over ten years with AT&T in their mobility division.

He accumulated over his tenure, extensive experience in both sales and order processing. Elison through outstanding in customer relationships helped him to consistently lead his organization in sales and service management objectives.
Elison attributes his success to always maintaining an “I can help you” mentality. He always strives to treat his clients with the highest level of customer service.
Elison enjoys dedicating quality time to his two beautiful daughters and loving wife.

Cecelia Casey

Service Manager

Cecelia Casey (CeCe) joined Five Star Technology Group as a Service Manager in 2017. She’s an expert with providing knowledge of all Mobility systems along with performing analysis, service delivery, account reviews and advocating escalations on our clients’ behalf with a smile.

CeCe brings with her 20+ years of accomplished and effective Customer/Sales Support, strong relationship building, diversity facilitation and project management expertise which was acquired from her tenure with AT&T Communications. While successfully hosting a plethora of roles during her career span, her passion lies in effective team building and motivation along with treating all customer’s both internal and external as “Paramount.”
CeCe enjoys traveling with her husband – best friend Marlon along with spending rich quality time with family and friends. Her favorite quote is…”If you don’t have a smile, I’ll give you one of mine.”

Donald Alexander

Service Manager

Donald Alexander onboarded with the Five Star Technology Team as a Service Manager/Order Processor in 2018. Donald is a seasoned customer success professional with a proven track record of managing customer relationships and engagement.

Prior to working at Five Star Technology Group, Donald has over 20 years of expertise in the telecommunications industry with AT&T Mobility. Donald brings a passion for excellence in customer service to his role. Donald focuses on product and service adoption and utilization through proactive customer interactions, leading to increased retention and renewals. Donald’s high degree of personal accountability and integrity allows him to own the overall relationship with assigned customers, becoming a trusted and strategic advisor. Donald is a strong team player with a demonstrated ability to seek solutions and to solve problems.

Shaugna Sundquist

Fulfillment Specialist

Shaughna has been with Five Star Technology Group since September of 2018 and had a previous 9 years’ experience with AT&T. During her time with AT&T she has worked in several capacities, with a focus on ordering and customer care requests.

Shaughna looks forward to the opportunity to use her previous experience to provide great service to the clients of Five Star Technology Group.