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Management Team

Sandy Syx, President
Ron Perkins, Vice President
Heath Wade, Director of Business Development
Barry Sykes, Co-Founder

sandy syxSandy Syx

President

After earning his BSEE in 1984 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Sandy Syx spent nearly 20 years mastering the intricacies of systems engineering.

Devoting the early part of his career to Southern Company, Sandy then joined Mantissa, where he developed commercial data center automation software that was sold internationally.

Realizing that he was meant for a long-term future in software development, Sandy co-founded Doozer Software in 1997 with longtime colleague Barry Sykes. Shortly thereafter, Sandy hatched a new business venture, The Coding Center, an outsourcing company that delivers high-quality medical coding solutions to hospitals and specialty physicians.

Sandy believes in technical excellence backed by a common sense business approach. Today, this principle remains a key distinguishing factor between Doozer and other software development firms.

When he's not helping clients troubleshoot their most vexing technical conundrums, Sandy can usually be found on the golf course or at a local road or cross country race.

A Birmingham native, Sandy resides in Inverness with his wife Dori, and children, Kelsey and Tanner.

 

ronperkinsRon Perkins

Vice President

Ron joined Doozer Software, Inc. in 1999 as the company's fourth employee. Under Ron's leadership, Doozer Software more than doubled its size within a year.

One of Ron's passions is teaching and developing others. His passion has helped him build a reputation in the IT community for assembling teams with exceptional analysis and software delivery capabilities.

These outcomes have helped position Doozer Software as a firm that walks it talk, providing both measurable results and value.

Prior to joining Doozer Software, Ron worked for several major companies including Harris Corporation, BellSouth and Southern Company as an analyst, software developer, technical team lead, project manager, program manager, delivery and product manager. Every position required oversight and delivery of mission critical, 24x7 software.

Ron is a graduate of Auburn University, where he earned his Bachelor of Computer Engineering degree. He lives in Alabaster with his wife Kena and two girls Meg and Reid.

Ron is active in numerous civic groups throughout Birmingham, including Habitat for Humanity, The Pine Level Horseman's Association and Special Equestrians, where he sits on the Board of Directors.

 

heathsmall2Heath Wade

Director of Business Development

Heath Wade is the Director of Business Development for Doozer Software.  In this role he introduces Doozer Software’s custom software solutions and staff augmentation services to companies in the Birmingham MSA and surrounding markets.  

Heath has built a 13-year career delivering IT software solutions and technical talent to start-ups and Fortune 500s throughout the Southeastern United States.

After successfully running the IT and engineering talent firm Technical Staffing Solutions, Heath merged the firm with Doozer Software, Inc. in 2009, to help create a custom software development company backed by the services of top area IT and engineering talent.

Heath holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from The University of Alabama.  He has served on the Board of TechBirmingham, the Birmingham Society of Human Resource Management, and the Birmingham Chamber Board of Trustees.  He also leads a community outreach group at Church of the Highlands. When he can find the time, Heath enjoys participating in barbeque competitions.

Heath resides in Vestavia Hills with his wife Dedra, twin boys, Ben and Dylan, and their new little brother Charlie James.

 

barrysykesBarry Sykes

Co-Founder

Barry co-founded Doozer Software in 1997 with Sandy. Prior to that he worked with Alabama Cable (now Charter), Telvue Pagers, Southern Company, and Mantissa.

Barry's passion for software "that just works right" is a driving focus for Doozer Software. His uncompromising take on this philosophy is one of the tenets that Doozer holds to. His experience spans the insurance (Health and elective), big data, electric utility, and trading domains. With software that has been running in some cases for over 20 years he proves that he knows how to make things just work and are built to last. 

Barry is also premier problem solver. If there is something amiss, he'll dig it out. 

Barry resides in Hoover with his wife Jennifer, two daughters, Shannon and Katie, and Katie's two boys, Brandon and Jackson.

Barry is very active in his church Riverchase Baptist and helps them with their technology needs. His hobby of mixing music has been very beneficial for their CD's of special programs.