Sacramento Consultant Experts

Our consultants all have high level executive experience in the State of Calfornia and have been involved in some of the most critical IT initiatives in the state's history. They provide personalized service and a level of experience that you simply won't get with other companies.

Ron Hughes

Ron Hughes

Ron Hughes, has over 35 years experience in designing, managing and operating data centers. He spent 12 years as the President of California Data Center Design Group, a worldwide data center design and consulting company. He also spent 25 years working in IT in the State of California. Appointed by Governor Brown to Executive level positions on two occasions, he managed the State of California's two primary data centers as the Director of the Office of Technology Services and then as the Chief Deputy State CIO. During this time, he oversaw data center, network and email consolidation, managed the State's open data initiative, wrote the state's policy on cloud services and Software as a service (SAAS) and was responsible for bringing cloud services into the State of California.

Internationally, Ron has worked in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. He has been the principal designer for two worldwide data center rollouts, Telegis Networks 2000 - 2002 and KIO Networks 2002 - 2015. Both of these projects gave him the opportunity to be involved not only in the design, but in creating the business model as well. Ron has a great understanding of not only how data centers provide services, but the financial recovery models required to continue providing those services as well.


Paul Benedetto

Paul Benedetto

In September 2011, Paul Benedetto was Appointed by Governor Brown to the position of Undersecretary for the California Technology Agency. As the Undersecretary Paul was responsible for the State’s Data Center, Public Safety Communications Office, Vendor negotiations, the Mobility and Geospatial program, the Office of Professional Development and the Digital Literacy, Education, and broadband programs. Paul also served as a member of Governor Brown’s Cabinet and was an advisor to the Governors Office, the Secretary and the State on policy and programmatic technology issues and opportunities. Served as a key executive and advisor on major technology initiatives and vendor partnership agreements.

n 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger’s administration appointed Paul to Director of the Office of Systems Integration and AIO for the Health and Human Services Agency. Paul was responsible for a six plus billion-dollar IT project portfolio, the largest public sector IT portfolio in the Nation. As Director he was responsible for developing and collaborating with Counties, State and Federal Government Agencies ensuring the successful implementation and operation of the most complicated and costly IT projects in the nation. As AIO for the Health and Human Services Agency, he was also responsible for driving collaboration in technology across the various departments within the the Health and Human Services Agency. He has played key roles in some of the state’s largest and most complex technology initiatives and is active in building IT leaders for the State of California.

In Paul 30 plus years of State Government he was fortunate to work for eight State Departments and Constitutional Offices, he was part of numerous committees and councils, including:

  • Information Technology Executive Committee
  • IT leadership Program – Focuses on the leadership development of mid level and CIO
  • Federal Data Center Governance Board
  • Executive Sponsor on numerous IT Boards and IT Leadership Development
  • Technology Services Board
  • CIO Academy Advisory Board
  • California Performance Review – Lead on Procurement Reform

Joe Panora

Joe Panora

Joe Panora served over 34 years of state public service with fourteen (14) years in the Correctional Safety/Public Safety Law Enforcement as IT Director/Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations (CDCR).

Joe Panora was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger and Governor Brown to serve as Director of the Enterprise Information Services (EIS) for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, since January 2008. During his career, Joe has also served for the following departments: Caltrans, Franchise Tax Board, Employment Development Department, State Controller’s Office and California Youth Authority. Joe retired from state service as the Director of EIS for CDCR in December 2014.

Over his tenure, Joe implemented an IT project portfolio worth over $800 million, which resulted in both a business and IT transformation for CDCR. Significant program and cost efficiencies were achieved as well as enhanced delivery of services. Joe’s successes included the implementation of a financial management (ERP- SAP) system solution that streamlined all financial, human resources, and business processes; implementation of a statewide automated online inmate visitation appointment scheduling system; and the implementation of a single integrated Strategic Offender Management System that reduced the number of IT systems and consolidated numerous databases, and aging systems.

Joe holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and Telecommunications, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).


Jeff Uyeda

Jeff Uyeda

Jeff Uyeda has over 35 years experience as an executive with the State of California at various agencies including Fiscal, CHP, Department of Technology and the Secretary of State. In that time, he worked on some of the most critical projects in the state including:

  • Chief Executive Officer for the Fiscal Project — One of the largest projects in the state with critical impacts on the state’s ability to function from a financial and accounting perspective. This project touches every state department and agency and brings the state financial systems into the 21st century.
  • Chief Deputy Director for the Office of Technology Services — Jeff was responsible for implementing some of the largest IT initiatives undertaken including the consolidation of the state’s data centers, email consolidation, network consolidation and the implementation of cloud services.
  • Assistant Secretary of State — Jeff was responsible for modernizing and automating the registration and voting process.
  • Chief Deputy CHP — Jeff was the Chief Deputy over Administrative Services and was responsible for some of the largest procurements including the procurement of new motorcycles for the CHP.

Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Mike Smith has over 35 years of sales leadership experience in the state/local government and education marketplaces in the state of California. His knowledge and expertise in industry can assist companies with establishing appropriate government contract vehicles for their products and services, as well as develop strategic plans and accurate revenue forecasts. Mike has established strong relationships in the industry with both private and public sectors leaders.

He has a documented record of success and proven expertise in developing, planning, implementing and managing technology solutions for public sector organizations, including the following:

  • Deploying and managing cloud based contact center solutions for key government/education customers including the State of California DMV, Child Support Services, EDD, California Lottery, and Department of Justice as well as Orange County and UCLA.
  • Managing the process of obtaining CALNET, CALNET 2 and CALNET 3 contract vehicles, resulting in significant growth in revenue and market share.
  • Building the financial model, including profit margin, cash flow and ROI for entry into the network based systems integrations business at MCI Communications.
  • Implementing strategies while adhering to government compliance standards that achieved record results during the FCC’s E-rate funding program.

Contact SAC

Feel free to email us at rhughes@sacassociation.com.