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Leadership

Ralph Melian - President / CEO

Ralph is a results-oriented senior executive who brings to Antares over twenty – five years of experience in all areas of operations. Personable and professional, Ralph always has a smile on his face accompanied by a hearty laugh that some say can be heard all the way from our New Orleans office. As President, Ralph is involved with business development activities as well as company management, project management, along with hands-on work with clients providing systems analysis and developing design specifications.

I love talking to clients and potential clients about their business challenges, and brainstorming options on how to fix them.

What's an interesting fact, that people might not know about you?

I used to be a SCCA Pro Rally race car driver. My wife Terri & I founded Red Stick Racing, and shared a great bonding experience together as she helped me navigate forest trails at 100+ MPH!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Eating, drinking & listening to music.

What's your dream vacation?

Island hopping on a sailboat.

What's your favorite fortune cookie saying?

Give more than you take and it will make you happier.

Laura P. Thomas - SVP / Chief Client Officer


Laura has over twenty - five years of experience in sales forecasting, software market and sales analysis, new product and services introduction, and corporate account sales. However, what you really need to know is she's been with Antares from the start. Her passion is to work with clients to understand their business needs and then provide our Antares team with the insight to design and develop the right solution. Laura has worked with all types of clients including government, corporate, small to mid-size businesses and start-ups and entrepreneurs. She knows the industry, she knows our company, and she's ready to get to know you. With Laura as our driving force in sales and marketing management, our clients know they are in good hands.

I enjoy working with our clients to help solve their business challenges & software needs. There's always a new technology to learn about, or a client project we can help with.

What's an interesting fact, that people might not know about you?

I was an extra in Jaws 2. I played a member of the "Amity High School Band" & I got to pet the "shark."

What's your dream vacation?

I'd really like to travel and sight see all the great historic places in Europe - Italy, Greece, France, England, Ireland, Scotland...

What's your favorite fortune cookie saying?

To whom much is given, much is required.

What's your favorite genre of music?

Pop or classic rock. Any "happy music" really.

Cheryl Hambacher - VP / Software Development

Cheryl works with developers as a Project Manager and Senior Business Analyst. She has over twenty-five years of experience in systems analysis, software design and development, project management and business intelligence consulting. She has worked on various client projects from healthcare, major retail, state government and the energy sector.

Learning about different industries and the business problem they face is very exciting and challenging. When you are able to collaborate with clients and develop solutions to solve those business needs, it’s extremely satisfying.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Relaxing and bike riding! I also love using my loppers to trim my trees and bushes. It’s so satisfying and gets my frustrations out.

What's your dream vacation?

Anything relaxing, serene and unplugged.

What’s your favorite genre of music?

Pop. My favorite song is “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran.

What’s your favorite saying?

“Always look at the dessert menu. You can get dessert to go.”

Daniel Sauer - Chief Architect

Daniel is a software designer and developer with over 20 years of experience. His primary responsibilities include architecting technical solutions, developing programming specifications, writing software programs, testing, debugging, program installation, documentation, and user interface design. As a Microsoft Certified Professional, he is skilled in working with SQL Server, MS Visual Basic, MS.NET, C#, VB.NET, MS Access, and MS Active Server Pages.

I have always liked the challenge of implementing newer technologies to solve real-world problems. Engaging with clients and using our expertise to help conquer their issues is priceless – especially when they smile.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Sprint racing a Lamborghini Huracán is hard to beat.

What's your dream vacation?

A vacation bucket list item for sure is to stay at each Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the world.

What’s an interesting fact, that people might not know about you?

My first public recognition for system design and programming was when I won a National Navy Award in the 1980s. I proved it was possible to create a spectrophotometer using common materials that could be as efficient and precise when compared with certified systems costing tens of thousands of dollars.

My son asks me this all the time and it’s easy to answer: “Why not?”

How many years of experience do you have?

My first paying client was the State of Louisiana in 1995. However, personal experience was much earlier as I tried to figure out how my Dad’s HP-9100A calculator really worked.

What is your education? What certifications do you have?

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) with certifications as an MCP with a focus in SQL Server and Software Development

What is your favorite programming language?

The rules have changed here. Before cross-platform application design was a thing, whatever the native device would recognize and run was a winner. Today, there is a lot of promise around the framework provided by ASP.NET Core and building an array of systems, regardless of their platform. Using this modular framework, I currently like to use C# for system processes and rely on JavaScript to handle all the user interaction components.

Kyle Manuel - Chief Technology Officer

Kyle has 15 years of programming experience and 17 years of general IT support and administration experience. He is well versed in SQL and database, web technologies, and system automation background. Kyle also has 7+ years of management experience, including a lead role in hardware and software project design and development.

I enjoy using technology to help our clients overcome business challenges. I love when they get excited about proposed efficiencies they didn’t think were possible.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy outdoor activities, woodworking and side projects.

What's your dream vacation?

Sufficient time and no agenda. Just travel and see what happens.

What’s your favorite genre of music?

I mostly enjoy rock, grunge and EBM.

Why did you become a software developer?

I would write automation scripts, utilities, and small applications to assist in my former role as a system admin, and I found that I enjoyed software development more.

What certifications do you have?

Certifications: Net+, MCSA, MCSE, MCDST, MCDBA

What is your favorite programming language?

JavaScript

Terry Verigan - Executive Vice President

Terry Verigan has served the Louisiana and national business communities for more than thirty-five years. His experience with technology-driven enterprises includes over twenty years with such firms as Xerox Corporation, AT&T, and Windstream (formerly US LEC). He is expert at developing client requirements and uncovering hidden roadblocks within those organizations. He focuses on building agile and capable project teams that seamlessly integrate into client departments and their processes.

Terry has a reputation for delivering on time, on budget, and with high marks for client satisfaction.

Do it, fix it, try it. The most important and observable result of an action bias in excellent companies is their willingness to try things out, to experiment.

What's an interesting fact that people might not know about you?

Growing up in Santa Clara, California, I spent summers surfing along the coast. I was especially fond of the waves in Huntington Beach. Shooting the 1,800 foot pier was a thrill that never left me even after slamming into it one summer.

What's your proudest professional moment?

Delivering the keynote speech to 200 FAA executives and major prime contractors in April 2014 at the Orville Wright Federal Building Headquarters of the FAA on Independence Avenue in Washington, D.C.

What's your dream vacation?

A beach vacation with Kathy letting the waves wash through me. A close second would be exploring Cornwall in Great Britain and walking the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon.

What's your favorite saying?

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
- Albert Einstein