Meet Our Staff

Richard Panek, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA, MCP, MCT

Owner of East Bay IT

Richard started working on computers in 1985 as a hobby. He then found himself working on Vehicle Maintenance databases in the military and earned his first MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) in Windows NT 4.0. He then, through self-study, earned his MCSE in Windows Server 2000. He then became an MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer) in 2001. Richard then earned an MCSE and MCSA (Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator) Windows Server 2003 in 2004. Most recently, he earned the most coveted MCITP: Enterprise Administrator (Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional) in 2010. He is also an MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) in Windows 7 Configuration, Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration, Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration, and Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure Configuration. He worked for the US State Department servicing computers for the National Passport Agency and for a technology company in the Tampa Bay Area. Richard has a passion for computers and opened East Bay IT to show computer users that they do not have to settle for substandard service. There is a better way and he has shown hundreds of clients and countless walk-ins what the difference good technology service makes.

Regena Panek, CFO

Regena has over 25 years of experience in Accounts Receivable, Payable, Payroll, and Collections.

She began her career back in 1984 working for a drywall construction company where she was part owner.  In her time there, she helped build that business to be one of the most successful small companies in the Bay Area.

In 2009, Regena took on the challenge of working part time for East Bay IT while also working full time for a group of psychiatrists in Tampa.  A year later, she left that full time job in Tampa and began working full time for East Bay IT.   “My goal is to develop and maintain an honest working relationship with our clients and assist East Bay IT to become an even more successful business.”

Regena’s personal interests include running, martial arts, and photography.

Alexander Houston

Alexander Houston

Alexander first started working with computers professionally back in 2012, when he started as a technician for a small computer repair shop. Since then, he’s worked help desk and Tier One tech positions for large multinational corporations, and most recently as a System Administrator for hospitals and clinics in the Tampa Bay area. Alexander recently finished his degree in Comp Sci at the University of South Florida, and currently serves in the US Marine Corps Reserves. In his spare time he enjoys painting and practicing guitar.

Keith Johnson

Keith Johnson

Keith received his degree in Computer Science and Information Systems in 2005.  He then went on to get technical diploma in Computer Networking and Security shortly after.  He has been working in the IT field since 2006 and has worked in industries such as accounting, entertainment, healthcare, a medical college, and a consulting firm.  He also has a vast repository of hilarious dad jokes.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his daughter, volunteering, checking out awesome movies, flying, and local attractions.  He gets tremendous satisfaction out of making clients understand PCs better and being patient with them.  He also enjoys making them laugh, but usually they just humor him so his feelings are not hurt.

Nicholas Harrington

Learning about computers at a young age from his father, Nic has a lifelong interest in the IT realm. Nic began professionally working with computers and networks in 2013 during his service in the USAF as a Network Administrator. He then translated his skills to work for a local startup tech company as their Digital Media Intern. Using his skills gained during the 8 month internship, he was offered a position at a global tech distributor as a Tier 1 Help Desk Associate. Currently, he is studying to earn his degree at HCC for Network Administration with a focus on security. Full of integrity and patience, he takes joy in making connections with clients; Nic is always happy to assist others and strives for outstanding client satisfaction. Outside the technology world, Nic spends most of his time acting at local community theaters in Tampa or being part of short films across Florida.