Managing Director, Merge IT
Hugo Perez is a high-spirited entrepreneur and business professional with 30 years of experience in Information Technology. His areas of strength include business leadership and relationship management with a strong technical aptitude across advanced data center infrastructure, “Cloud” enablement, business continuity/disaster recovery, and Cybersecurity.
During his career, Mr. Perez has represented IBM, Sungard, Microsoft, Cisco, Citrix, and Oracle. In addition, he has served as CEO of two South Florida I.T. consulting firms. As a native, his philanthropic commitment to the local community has been all about making a difference in small doses.
Hugo has served prestigious organizations including the Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA), the South Florida Technology Alliance Forum (SFTA), Autism Speaks, YearUp, the South Florida Digital Alliance (SFDA), and is the Co-Founder/Past-President of the International Association for Microsoft Certified Partners (IAMCP) South Florida Chapter. He chaired the Miami-Dade Beacon Council’s 2016-2017 Technology Committee and is a past board member of the Council.
Mr. Perez co-hosted a monthly radio show for almost 3 years where he spotlighted charitable organizations to increase awareness and visibility. In addition, he sponsored a “Comedy Cures” event that raised $30,000 for the Children’s Cancer Caring Center. Hugo has regular speaking engagements at a variety of venues on motivating subjects like “Securing a Job during an Economic Hurricane”, “How to Network in a Social Media Generation” and “How to Get a Greater Return on Relationships (RoR) through LinkedIN”. He was also the keynote speaker at the Miami-Dade Youth Coop Graduation Ceremony in 2012.
Mr. Perez graduated with a High Honors Computer Engineering degree from the University of Florida in 1987. He was featured on the cover of eWeek’s April 30, 2007 edition, received a prestigious award from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce in April 2008 as Infrastructure Resource Manager of the Year. He was recognized as “Entrepreneur of 2009”, “Business Leader in Technology, 2010 and 2011”, and South Florida Power Player” by Business Leader Media. In addition, Mr. Perez was the Keynote Speaker at CBT College’s Class of 2015 Graduation Ceremony and a finalist in the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s “Man/Woman of the Year” 2016.
Today, Mr. Perez is the Managing Director for Merge IT Solutions based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is responsible for the firm’s Cybersecurity line of offerings and expertise.