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.

Dave Gunther, MCITP

Dave started his professional IT career in 2006 with a clip on tie and badge from Geek Squad at Best Buy. After getting a great base of experience for the home computer user mishaps, he hung up his clip on tie and set his sights on the world of business IT. For almost 4 years working a help desk environment and broadening his skills with large corporate networks, Dave set his sights on fulfilling his dreams of becoming a pilot. Eventually Dave will convince Rich to expand his area of coverage, and allow for a helicopter in the budget. Until then, we will work together giving our customers a great experience that will not only bring them back, but also refer us to future clientele.

McKenzie Hamlett

McKenzie will have her A.A degree in Business Administration and Management from HCC at the end of the spring 2017 semester. Through college, McKenzie got a part-time job as a bagger at Publix until she decided on a career path. After several months with the company and seeing all that they had to offer, she made the decision to make Publix a career, and now 3 years later she is on track for management. McKenzie also spends her free time away from Publix as an It Works distributor and Social Media Expert for East Bay IT, Inc. “Spending time on social media isn’t just a waste of time to me. It is a way to share the things that I love and care about with others.” This experience has given her lots of training and experience with all kinds of social media sites. McKenzie’s goal in all of her endeavors is to provide the best customer relations and experiences possible face-to-face and online.

Norbert Nahoczki

Norbert has had a fascination with computers since he got his first computer back at age 5. Since then, he has worked with his college’s IT department to maintain over 3,000 computers on his college campus. After studying Information Technology at State College of Florida, he decided to move to Tampa to gain more working experience at an established IT company. His goal is to gain as much knowledge under Rich and Dave’s tutelage to dethrone King Dave so he can take his crown. In his free time, he likes to lift weights, read Sci-fi novels, and to experience new things.