About Us


Nick Colyer

Twitter: @vnickc
LinkedIn: nickcolyer

Nick Colyer, has over 16 years of experience in the IT Industry and currently leads the Cloud Management and Automation Practice at Ahead LLC. At Ahead, Nick focuses on emerging technologies and methodologies for helping customers intelligently manage their workloads On-Premises and in the Public Cloud. This includes spending a great deal of time working on Automation techniques to help customers truly realize the potential of their IT investments. Nick, also works with vendors to help them created pre-packaged automated workflows and code for customers to utilize. In addition, Nick often speaks at conferences including VMWorld, the Looking Ahead Tech Summit, VMware User Groups, as well as tailored briefings for large Fortune 500 companies across the United States. Nick has been selected regularly as a vExpert since 2014 and holds many certifications from VMware, Microsoft, and 3rd parties.


Other Accomplishments:

Ahead – Julian Rebolledo Excellence Award
VMUG – Chicago VMUG 2013 – MVP
TransUnion – CEO Award of Excellence 2013



Amy Manley

Twitter: @wyrdgirl
LinkedIn: amanley

Amy Manley, is a Systems Engineer Specialist for the University of Chicago Medical Center with over a decade of experience in IT and crossing platforms such as networking, data center, telephony, web design, virtualization, and automation. As she came up through the ranks, she was on a team that won the SIM/AITP Most Effective IT Team award two years in a row. For the past five years, her focal point has been virtualization and automation. Amy is a three-time vExpert and has presented at Chicago and Wisconsin VMUGs. She has also been a Virtualization Field Day 4 and 5 delegate, and has been featured on VMware’s PowerCLI user spotlight. She enjoys bridging the gap between business needs and IT’s capabilities to enhance a company’s chance for success.