Arturo “Jake” Sanchez
Arturo “Jake” Sanchez was appointed CEO in February 2016. Jake is a seasoned executive with extensive skills in operations, technology, P&L oversight, direct and non-direct channel sales and marketing working with both startups and growth organizations. He is a results oriented leader with proven accomplishments in strategic positioning using process driven approach to manage and scale organizations. He comes with a track record of increasing revenue, driving down costs, growing the bottom line while driving up productivity. He has worked extensively in disruptive market opportunities where technology, regulations, and laws create havoc and change in existing markets allowing new players to enter the marketplace.
Mr. Sanchez was founder and Chairman/ CEO of Planning Technologies, Inc. where he developed leadership tactics focused on growth and revenue. PTI was recognized as one of the nation’s premier leading providers of consulting and engineering services. The company grew under Mr. Sanchez’s leadership to include more than 200 employees serving a worldwide client base of Fortune 100 companies and U.S. government agencies. While working with the Veterans Administration Mr. Sanchez and his company designed, developed, integrated, and installed one of the first tele medicine applications for remote heart monitoring and diagnostics.
While at Sunrise Computer Systems in Atlanta, GA., he designed corporate data networks for large hospital systems most notably Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. He also worked with Wellstar, Georgia Baptist, Emory, and Northside Hospital
Mr. Sanchez has been recognized as one of the nation’s top entrepreneurs. Planning Technologies, Inc. won distinction as the Atlanta Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Hispanic Business of the Year, The Small Business Administration (SBA) Minority/Supplier of the year, the fastest growing Hispanic firm of the year, and The Department of Agriculture Minority Firm of the year. Mr. Sanchez has been recognized as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and as a member of various High Tech 50 awards for Hispanic Magazine and various other technology publications.
He has served on the boards of the Red Cross, Georgia State Mack Robinson College of Business, Kennesaw State University Foundation executive committee, Charter Bank, One Georgia Bank (advisor) and was governor-appointed to serve on the Georgia Port Authority Board where he became chair of trade development. Mr. Sanchez was also recognized as a Kennesaw State University Fellow and was awarded the prestigious Erwin Zaban Entrepreneurial award by the Foundation.
Mr. Sanchez received his undergraduate degree in Finance and was a four-year letterman in wrestling at Marshall University. He has two sons and enjoys golf and staying healthy.