Meet the Exelaration Team
Founder & CEO
With over 30 years’ experience in technology consulting, Steve Cooper has founded three successful companies whose clients include Fortune 100 companies, leading federal agencies, and world-class non-profit organizations. Starting his career as one of the first relational database experts, Steve’s focus is helping individuals achieve exceptional careers, and helping leaders build organizations around them. He founded NextUp Solutions to focus on transformative learning for teams and individuals. Steve is a vocal leader in the effort to invite more diverse and abundant participants to the technology workplace through internships and experiential learning.
VP, Client Engagement & Delivery
Allen Tuggle is an Agile-enthusiast and software development mentor. He has more than 20 years of experience in the software industry, and as the VP of Client Engagement & Delivery at Exelaration, he coaches young professionals in the art of dazzling clients by producing and delivering high-quality software.
VP, Mentoring & Growth
Matt is an experienced developer with a passion for software development and Agile best practices. For the last 10 years, he has been sharing that passion with others as a trainer and mentor, working with developers of all skill levels. By day, he’s working to train the next generation of enthusiastic software developers at Exelaration, and by night he’s building Legos or playing Minecraft with his son. In his free time, Matt is an avid singer, instrumentalist, golfer, and runner.
Senior Software Development Mentor
Andrew has ten years of experience in software development and loves every opportunity to teach people new things. He has spent the last 3 years working as a software development mentor and has relished learning new technology together with his apprentices as well as helping them navigate the transition from student to professional. He is a Python, Linux and Open Source enthusiast.
Senior Data Science Mentor
Matthew Ratliff is a Senior Data Science Mentor at Exelaration, working with businesses to build data solutions and growing the next generation of data scientists. He is a certified Scrum Master, Scrum Product Owner, and Microsoft Professional. Matthew has been working in the technology industry for over 20 years, and brings more than 8 years of teaching experience having worked as the IT Interim department chair for Miller-motte in Wilmington, NC.
Alliances & Promotions Ambassador
Amy Baldwin brings over 10 years of creating connections and partnerships in the startup sphere to Exelaration. She is the person who will chat you up in the elevator about rescue dogs, music, and science trivia (or possibly the cool socks you have on). Amy also believes that the art of tech is the people and success is measured in quality relationships and service.