About Our Team

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A Dynamic and Dedicated Team

AVIO is committed to a diverse culture, an inclusive environment, and continuous innovation. We know diversity increases innovation and we gain strength by investing in our people. As such we continuously cross-train to enhance our expertise and utilize a team-based approach to ensure seamless collaboration.

We have onshore and nearshore team members in eight states and six countries. In 2021, we worked with about 30 unique companies, including nine first-time customers.

We are proud of the fact that 100% of our team is MuleSoft certified! On staff we have MuleSoft Mentors, Community Ambassadors, and Champions. Our talented MuleSoft professionals have also contributed several open-source accelerators to provide immediate access to best practices to further help the MuleSoft community. 

AVIO team members also serve as sponsors, partners, and leaders for MuleSoft Meetups in Oklahoma City, Dallas, and Jacksonville, Florida.

MuleSoft Community Ambassadors are a group of MuleSoft experts who help developers and business users connect data, devices, and apps. They serve as mentors and speakers.

AVIO’s Community Ambassadors help train other developers by hosting webinars and lunch and learn events. They present topics such as AVIO’s tried and true structured approach to implementing the MuleSoft Anypoint Platform.

MuleSoft Mentors are AVIO team members who guide other developers by answering questions on the MuleSoft forum, leading or speaking at MuleSoft Meetups, writing content, and more. 

AVIO’s MuleSoft Mentors possess the technical knowledge and communication skills needed to help their protégés meet their MuleSoft goals.

MuleSoft Meetups are a group for anyone using or interested in MuleSoft's technologies. Many members of AVIO’s team participate in meetups, as presenters and participants.

The MuleSoft Meetup is a great way to share information and stay connected with the MuleSoft community.

A MuleSoft Champion is a team member who successfully completes a MuleSoft program course and passes the final assessment. The designations include: Go to Market Champions (GTM Champions), Delivery Champion, Industry Champions, and Industry Accelerator Champions.

Members of the AVIO team put in extensive work to be named Champions.  Their efforts are just part of our investment to make our customers’ digital evolution a success.


Meet the Executive Team

As an executive team, our primary objectives are to find opportunities for our resources to grow via challenging and engaging projects, provide continuing education, and create a corporate culture that fosters collaboration and knowledge sharing. Through our diligent focus on hiring and retaining the best resources combined with our customer first philosophy we have established AVIO.

Brandon Dean

Brandon Dean


Brandon Dean is president of AVIO and focuses his time on nurturing client relationships and directing sales, marketing, and strategic initiatives for AVIO. Prior to joining AVIO in 2008, Brandon spent time in various positions at Oracle, BEA Systems, and Fuego where he built a reputation as a thought leader in digital transformation strategy and implementation advisory services.

After graduating Cum Laude from Baylor University with a degree in Management Information Systems, Brandon joined Arthur Andersen Business Consulting in their Dallas office. After developing an interest in process-based solutions, Brandon joined Fuego in 2001. Since 1998, Brandon has worked with clients around the globe to apply a top-down, business-centric philosophy to complex business problems and has led successful implementations with clients such as Credit Suisse, Citigroup, Sallie Mae, Enterprise Products, and A.P. Moeller/Maersk.

Adam Desjardin

Adam Desjardin

Chief Technology Officer

Adam DesJardin is the Chief Technology Officer for AVIO Consulting.  Adam focuses on technical strategy, standards and delivery both within AVIO and for our customers.  Prior to joining AVIO in 2007, Adam held various consulting and architecture positions at Fuego and BEA Systems where he developed and delivered process and service driven solutions.

Adam graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering.  He resides in Dallas, TX and in his spare time, enjoys traveling and photography.

Gary Buffington

Gary Buffington

Executive Vice President

Gary Buffington is an Executive Vice President of AVIO Consulting. Gary focuses on the sales leadership and implementation methodology of the company, as well as the Appian line of business. Gary started his career in semiconductor manufacturing but quickly learned that the allure of consulting fit his personality better. His first foray into consulting was with Ernst & Young in their SAP practice. Gary has held various consulting, sales, business development and leadership positions at Ernst & Young, Kana Communications, Fuego, BEA Systems, and Oracle. Gary's clients include many Fortune 500 customers, including Citigroup, Shell Oil, Motorola, Monsanto, and American Express. He has helped them to implement and realize the value of enterprise-scale technology solutions including ERP, eCRM, BPM, SOA, predictive analytics, and Portal related technologies.

Gary graduated twice from Texas A&M University, first with a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering and then a Master's in Management Information Systems. Gary has two wonderful sons and enjoys coaching their basketball and soccer teams. He also enjoys playing late afternoon golf with them during the long summer days in Texas.

Mike Slack

Mike Slack

VP of Sales and Marketing

As the VP of Sales and Marketing at AVIO Consulting, Mike Slack leads the strategic direction for all marketing and sales initiatives to support client retention and drive new client acquisition. Before joining AVIO Consulting, Mike was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Clevyr – a custom software development company based in Oklahoma City.

Mike is passionate about helping startups succeed as well as supporting the nonprofit sector. His passion for tech inspired him to co-found StarSpace46, a coworking space in Oklahoma City serving the tech community. Before entering the world of enterprise IT sales and leadership, Mike was a nonprofit fundraiser and adjunct faculty for the nonprofit leadership graduate program at Oklahoma City University. Mike graduated summa cum laude from both his bachelor's and master's programs at Oklahoma City University.

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