Blazing a Trail
We were founded in 2002 by a group of savvy entrepreneurs. Led by CEO Michael Berkman, our founders sought to build a different type of consultancy. One that helps leaders quickly achieve breakthrough success in competitive markets. Every day each one of us at Celerity works towards this goal.
Founder & CEO
Michael leads Celerity with entrepreneurial spirit and a collaborative approach that challenges each employee to innovate in order to find success. He encourages autonomy, creativity, opportunistic vigilance and independent thinking across the board. It was his own independent thinking that led him to start Celerity in 2002, during a time of economic uncertainty.
Determined not to be a “look-alike” company, Michael built Celerity using a lean, outside-the-mold business model. Together with his leadership partners, Michael has successfully grown Celerity to a $90M company by fusing the strengths of a strategic consulting firm with the power and depth of a top-notch recruiting organization.
Prior to starting Celerity, Michael was a founding partner of Acuity Technology Services, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1996 until 2000. He was instrumental in the company’s growth to a 450-person operation with $55M+ in revenue over four years. Michael has more than 25 years of diverse entrepreneurial experience. He has founded four companies, helped to establish a bank in organization and has advised and accepted leadership positions in numerous ventures.
Michael’s philanthropic involvement is equally impressive. He currently serves as the treasurer and executive board member for Refugees International―a charitable organization that provides life-saving advocacy and protection for displaced people around the world. Michael puts his entrepreneurial savvy to use by providing financial guidance and insight for running the $4M organization.
Michael lives in Bethesda, MD, with his wife and two children.
Founder & COO/CFO
As Celerity's Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Lewis leads the finance and accounting, human resource,marketing and IT departments at Celerity. His strong commitment to the fundamentals of healthy profit margins and sound investment decisions has been a key factor in Celerity’s financial growth and stability.
An original founding partner, Lewis has confidently guided Celerity from its humble beginnings through growth curves to its current $100M in revenue―without the aid of equity infusions. He works closely with the partnership team to set the strategic direction for the company, making smart decisions for Celerity’s long-term viability and market competitiveness.
Lewis has more than 20 years of experience providing financial, operational and management expertise to entrepreneurial companies. Prior to founding Celerity with his partners in 2002, Lewis was the CFO for Acuity Technology Services. He was instrumental in adding layers of increasing sophistication, responsiveness and productive capacity to Acuity’s financial and operational needs during its rapid growth and highly successful sale.
Lewis holds a BS in Accounting from James Madison University and an MBA from Virginia Tech. He lives with his wife and three daughters in Northern Virginia.
President, Strategic Accounts
Jim Bailoni is a senior leader with more than 20 years of experience in IT consulting, account management, business development, and project-based outsourcing.
Since becoming a Celerity partner in 2004, Jim has been instrumental in shaping the company's marketing, sales, service delivery, and customer retention programs. Jim’s leadership has enabled Celerity to achieve consistent, sustainable year-over-year growth and healthy profit margins. He excels in helping companies implement agile and scrum methodologies to drive business value, using cross-functional teams that can accelerate business results across the digital value stream.
As the original founding partner of Celerity’s PA operations, Jim previously served as our PA President, managing and growing PA operations across four offices and several marquee client accounts. During his tenure as PA PresidentCelerity IT of Pennsylvania was named a “Best Place to Work in PA” for two consecutive years and was nominated for Business of the Year in 2011. Jim was also nominated for CEO of the Year by the Central Penn Business Journal in 2009.
Prior to joining Celerity, he was a Managing Director at Keane, Inc. (previously Metro Information Systems and STI) where he was instrumental in building their project-based and outsourced technology portfolio across Pennsylvania.
Jim is an avid skier and fisher and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.
EVP, Strategic Accounts
Roger runs Celerity’s consulting services for the secondary mortgage market. In this crucial role, he is responsible for leading several of Celerity’s largest and most valued accounts. Since joining the firm in 2005, he has been instrumental in building the consulting business organically to a $30M segment of the business. He has extensive experience in service delivery roles across a number of industry verticals and has held key leadership roles within many technology disciplines.
Prior to joining Celerity, he held executive positions at MCI/WorldCom, Manor Care Health Services and Hechinger.
Roger received a BBA from James Madison University and resides in Leesburg, Virginia, with his family. He enjoys golfing and skiing.