Diverse Experience and a History of Success
CPI Solutions came to life in September 1984 with a total of 3 employees (then Computer Products, Inc.). Since then, the company has grown to more than 60 employees, with a management team that represents some of the most experienced and dedicated technology professionals in the region.
President & CEO
Arnie Friedman brings over 38 years of management experience in the technology industry to his role as President and CEO of CPI Solutions. Arnie’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for technology has been leading CPI’s growth since it was founded in 1984 as Computer Products, Inc.
Prior to the acquisition of CPI Solutions in April of 1990, Arnie spent 5 years as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for CMC – a leading design technology company in the Ethernet and TCP-IP segment of the networking industry. Preceding his position with CMC, Arnie was Vice President of Sales for United Technologies Communications. Post deregulation, UTCC manufactured and marketed advanced voice and data PBX’s for midsize businesses; Arnie guided the organization to becoming an industry-leader within a very competitive field.
In 1976, Arnie began his career as an Account Executive for Xerox in Toronto, Canada. Based on his new business development success, he was recognized as a President’s Club member each year.
Sherri Friedman is the CFO of CPI Solutions. Before the acquisition of the company in 1990, Sherri had more than 10 years of finance management experience in the technology industry. Prior to assuming her position as Chief Financial Officer, Sherri spent 10 years as a real estate agent, where she successfully conducted several significant transactions in the millions of dollars.
Sherri began her successful career in financial management as a legal secretary in Toronto, Canada in 1976.
Vice President of Sales / Partner
As the Vice President of Sales for CPI Solutions, Tony Laiewski has more than 15 years of experience as a successful sales team leader. At the beginning of his career, Tony began building his first sales team in the field of technical recruitment. That initial exposure to companies like Microsoft, Cisco and Citrix, later led him to pursue a consulting opportunity with CPI Solutions (then Computer Products, Inc.).
Tony continues to steadily master his craft, and he consistently applies the same principles to educate, maintain and strengthen his sales organization. His expertise is grounded in constant listening, study and practice. As an integral member of CPI’s senior management team, he assists in the development of financial, strategic and tactical goals for the company business plan, while also assisting to achieve those objectives. Tony is very active in the community by volunteering with the YMCA, coaching and refereeing AYSO Soccer. He is also a member of Toast Masters and a variety of local networking groups.
Vice President of Application Development / Partner
Scott O’Malley has nearly two decades of executive leadership and management experience in both start-ups and IT consulting organizations. Prior to Scott joining CPI Solutions in 2005, he managed eDistrict – a Web development firm that he started in 1997 and ran for over 8 years. At eDistrict, Scott was responsible for strategy, business development and the approach that drove the successful 15-person team. While there, he helped deliver over 250 successful projects, including custom database applications, payroll and HR management software, dynamic social e-communities, as well as performance management solutions.
Scott brings his deep business, marketing and custom development experience to CPI Solutions. From development operations to sales team support, Scott has the unique ability to bridge his clients’ needs with solutions that meet and exceed expectations. Beyond his passion for business information technology and application development, Scott is active in the community, enjoys spending time with his family and golfing at the many beautiful courses across Southern California.
Vice President of Technology Consulting
Marty Sarkisian brings more than 17 years of industry experience to his current position as Vice President of Technology Consulting, and has been involved with both the technical and the sales side within CPI. Marty is one of less than 2,000 Cisco Voice CCIE’s worldwide.
Marty graduated from UCSD with a BA in Economics and went on to receive his MBA from California Lutheran University. He is also a trustee of the Literacy Mission Center; the LMC is a Christian organization dedicated to teaching literacy in remote villages in southern India. In 2011, Marty and his wife led a team of Americans to set up several medical camps in villages where the LMC has presence.
Vice President of Managed Services
James Oberhaus has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry and currently serves as the Vice President of Managed Services for CPI Solutions. James has previously held roles in both the Technology Consulting and Sales organizations within CPI Solutions.
James graduated from California Lutheran University with a BS in Computer Information System while working in the K-12 industry. James has been published in a number of case studies by Cisco, as well as other business leaders. Eager to build his skills outside of technology, James later went on to receive his MBA from California Lutheran University.
Vice President of Audio Visual Systems
Jamie Friedman graduated from the Art Institute of Santa Monica with a Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia/Web Design. More than 10 years ago, Jamie began his career at CPI Solutions on the Sales team where he ran Inside Sales and eventually transitioned to Account Executive.
With a passion for design and technology, Jamie has always had an innate interest in audio visual technology. In 2011, CPI Solutions launched an Audio Visual Systems division. Jamie’s focus and dedication to the AVS division has helped many clients improve their company image, productivity and communications.