LEADERSHIP TEAM

Jim Steinlage

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jim Steinlage is an innovative thought leader who has been involved with the technology industry since 1970. His strong work ethic led him to become a principal at what is now one of the Big Four accounting firms. In 1985, Jim ventured away from his accounting and consulting career to start what is now Choice Solutions. Choice Solutions is a technology company with a consultative foundation. Its primary focus is to provide its customers with Choices when solving their complex business challenges. As CEO, Jim has grown Choice Solutions into an elite organization through his servant leadership style and passion for technology. The company currently serves over 500 companies across 23 states.

Jim has a unique ability for recognizing new, game-changing technologies. Success with early adoption has earned Jim the privilege of invitation to and participation in partner Advisory Councils with the likes of Citrix, VMware, Veeam Software, Nutanix, RES (Ivanti) Software, Unitrends, Cohesity, Pillar Data (Oracle), and EqualLogic (Dell), to name a few. Jim established an early partnership with Citrix in 1993 that is still going strong. Due to this long-term partnership, Choice Solutions was recognized at the 2017 Citrix Summit as a Citrix All-Star. Choice Solutions has also earned the RES (Ivanti) Software 2016 Excellence Award and was honored to be on the Tech Elite 250 list in 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018.

Awards and Accolades:

Technology Headlines magazine listed Choice Solutions as one of the top 10 fastest growing managed services providers for 2018. Ivanti named Choice Solutions as a 2018 Platinum Expert Solutions Provider. CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Choice Solutions to its 2018 Tech Elite 250 list and to their 2018 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Elite 150 category.

Shane Steinlage

Partner, Chief Operations Officer

Shane Steinlage is a results-oriented leader with 20 years of experience.  He began his career in sales, fresh out of college, as an Account Manager at Choice Solutions.  Shane became the Chief Operations Officer when the Steinlage family gained majority ownership of the company in 2009.  His attention to detail, compassion, and constant focus on conquering challenges prepared Shane for his role as COO and has made him a successful business leader.

Shane oversees all company departments and directly manages accounting, sales operations, marketing, and the service delivery teams. He is a proven leader in delivering organizational transformation while managing cost and improving the speed of delivery and production quality in a technology-driven business. Experienced in multiple disciplines, with stewardship for corporate strategy, product management and development, IT operations, business operations, sales, partnerships, and customer care.

Outside of the office, Shane spends time with his family, hits the slopes when time allows, and cheers for the Kansas State Wildcats.

Dana Steinlage

Partner, Chief Sales Executive

Partner, Chief Sales Executive KS / MO / NE / IA

Dana Steinlage is primarily responsible for business development and sales in the Nebraska and Iowa offices as well as aspects of Kansas and Missouri.  Additionally, Dana is co-leader of the overall sales organization including developing and building a team of trusted professionals. He enjoys the process of engaging in business, technology, and people discussions with organizations while introducing new ideas, solutions and services to solve challenges and align with business strategies and goals.

Dana started at Choice Solutions in June of 2000 after graduating from the Kansas State University School of Business with a degree in Marketing.  Early on he was involved with operational roles as a service coordinator and inside sales support.  These positions were opportunities to learn the industry, business, and understand the value Choice Solutions provides to organizations which led to serving customers as a Senior Account Manager.  Dana has been a Partner since 2009.  He is a steadfast leader with a strong work ethic striving for excellence and integrity in all matters.

Outside the office, Dana is married with four children.  His family enjoys being active in their church and school.  Additional hobbies include coaching youth basketball, playing sports with his kids, watching their activities, and rooting for area sports teams.

Brad Horsley

Partner, Chief Technology Officer

Brad Horsley is an entrepreneurial technology professional. He has been involved in the industry since 1982, in companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500 corporations.  In 2009, he made the leap onto a new path, joining Choice Solutions as a Partner and Chief Technology Officer alongside his longtime friend, Jim Steinlage.  Choice Solutions is a technology company with a consultative foundation. Its primary focus is to provide its customers with Choices when solving their complex business challenges.  Brad has propelled Choice Solutions into an elite organization through his extensive knowledge and technical skillset. The company currently serves over 500 companies across 23 states.

As a Partner and CTO, Brad develops mid- to long-term technology roadmaps in line with the overall corporate strategy to reflect emerging technology trends. He builds trusted vendor partnerships to enable Choice Solutions to provide its customers with choices. He has developed a partner ecosystem to ensure that innovation is seamlessly incorporated into the company’s strategy and future.  Brad’s technical vision for Choice Solutions, and the industry, has earned him the right to be a part of multiple advisory boards including: VMware Partner Technology Advisory Board, ConnectWise Partner Innovation Network, and the LabTech Partner Innovation Network.

Outside of the office Brad can be found riding his motorcycle, golfing, and traveling to Cocoa Beach with his family.

Cindy Olson

Chief Human Capital Transformation Strategist | Founder, Choice Strategic Alliance

Cindy’s life changing career at Enron has fueled her devotion to building cultures where solid values do not just exist on the walls of the corporate office, but are embedded in the “Hearts and Minds” of the people that work there. She believes that corporate culture is the primary driver of a company’s performance, yet is often over looked as a key business strategy.

The need for an innovative culture is more important than ever and through Cindy’s experience at Enron she played a key role in helping shape that innovative culture, becoming the first company to ever top Fortunes Most Innovative List for 6 years running. Through her actual experience, Cindy advises other organizations on what must happen to have that kind of disruptive innovation occur in an organization. With Cindy’s background and knowledge of technology she recognizes the criticality of an employee experience being delivered in a digital world and the necessity for HR and IT to partner to create Business Transformation. Cindy is adamant that engaged talent not only delivers on corporate objectives but creates better lives for the employees that work there. Because of Cindy’s passion for helping people love what they do and the effect it has on a companies ability to stay relevant and competitive, she has established the Choice Strategic Alliance.

Brian Pauls

Director of Managed Services

Brian Pauls has spent more than 20 years in the tech­nology industry. His focus the last 15 years has been delivering technology solutions that solve customers’ individualized business challenges. He owned and operated a Managed Service business for 13 years before joining Choice Solutions in 2017 where he applies his operational prowess to further strengthen and grow the Managed Services team and its offerings. He leads a three-shift depart­ment of talented and diverse team members who provide the Choice Experience 24/7/365 through proven process. efficiency. and profession­alism. Process and efficiency come naturally to Brian and he enjoys seeing the team and our customers reap the benefits of ever improving efficiencies. His focus on fun and team building have created a strong and cohesive team. His proven processes. disciplined vision. and drive have garnered trust and enable him to do what he enjoys- educating organizations to drive change that will deliver results that matter.

Jess Brain

Director of Human Resources

Jess Brain is the Director of Human Resources at Choice Solutions.  She joined the team in 2007 and is passionate about the company and its mission.  She has a proven track record of operational leadership, building strong teams, and the ability to work cross-functionally across departments.  Jess is a loyal, dedicated and passionate team player.  Soon after joining the company, she developed the Service Delivery Department, which includes service coordination and project management.  As the Director of Service Delivery (2007-2016), she placed priority on providing the Choice Experience through proactive communication, process improvement, and operating with the highest degree of integrity and empathy. As the Director of Human Resources (2009-present), all of the former applies as well as overseeing leadership development, employee development, benefits, employee relations, ethics and compliance, recruiting, Brand buy-in, and HR strategies.

Jess is a member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Human Resources Association of the Treasure Valley (HRATV), and the Project Management Institute (PMI).  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services Management.

Outside of work Jess applies her professional knowledge and experience to small non-profits and religious organizations.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and their Labrador retriever, Schmuppy.  She also enjoys traveling, most of the outdoor activities Idaho has to offer, boxing, and artistic expression through creative writing, music, and interior design.  She is a dedicated aunt, to seven nephews and one niece, and Safta to two grandsons.

Ellie Mansour

Marketing Manager

Ellie joined Choice Solutions in May 2014 as the Marketing Intern. After graduating from college in May 2015, she accepted the full-time position of Digital Marketing Specialist. In 2017, she took on the role of Marketing Manager.  As Marketing Manager, Ellie is responsible for the marketing, communication, and culture development efforts of the organization. In addition to strategic marketing efforts, she directs digital marketing, branding, thought leadership content and website development. She manages and oversees the technology partner programs, marketing events, employee engagement, sales enablement and more.

Ellie is extremely well-organized and is a meticulous planner.  She is excellent in establishing open dialog with various team members to understand their ideas and input that might benefit from the marketing team’s assistance.  She thrives on inspiring others to bet against the law of averages and is an advocate for her team’s strengths. As she moves off the beaten path she is fully aware that she will meet obstacles, but, these obstacles are part of the fun, a sure sign that she is going where few have gone before.

She attended Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS where she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in 2015. Ellie also has a love for locally brewed coffee, an appreciation for the craftsmanship of Napa’s vineyards and enjoys snowboarding in the Rockies.

Jeff Tauscher

General Counsel

Jeff Tauscher joined Choice Solutions as General Counsel in 2018. As General Counsel, he is responsible for managing and supporting all legal functions and matters for Choice Solutions.

Jeff previously practiced law with the law firm of Seigfreid, Bingham, Levy, Selzer & Gee in Kansas City, Missouri and with the law firm of Gelt & Grassgreen in Denver, Colorado. While in private practice, his areas of practice focused primarily on general corporate and business law and taxation matters. Jeff graduated from Kansas State University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and earned his law degree from the University of Kansas in 1998. He also received an LLM in taxation from Denver University in 2003.

Jeff is married with two daughters. He enjoys spending time with his family, attending his daughters’ activities, and traveling when time allows. He is active with his church and enjoys watching the Royals, Chiefs, Sporting KC, and Wildcats