About EPIC Connections

Contact Center Operations Experts

We are contact center operations experts across a variety of industries. And we know the functional aspects, too (sales, service, collections, tech support). But most of all, we’ve earned our stripes in hundreds of customer engagements where we’ve honed our best practices from real-world experience.

We’ve seen and done it all. Unlike other consulting firms that charge a bundle to develop just a plan, EPIC takes each project all the way to the finish line.

Meet the Team

Bill Pieper, President

Bill is a 30+ year BPO industry veteran and contact center strategist helping companies transform their customer experience and leverage new technologies for digital transformation. His experience in senior executive roles at ADP, First Data, and Sitel has helped him establish one of the most prolific and well-recognized partner and executive networks in the industry. During his 15+ year tenure at EPIC, Bill has worked directly supporting clients, including Fortune 500 companies, regional organizations, and SMBs. As an active participant in many trade associations, he was honored as a Partner in Progress by the Professional Association for Customer Engagement (PACE). Bill is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a BSBA in Marketing and also a U.S. Army veteran who remains active supporting service veterans.

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Dan Dineen, Vice President, Professional Services

As a seasoned BPO executive with over 30 years leading IT teams supporting contact centers, voice and data networking, and infrastructure technologies, Dan’s expertise is invaluable to EPIC clients. His extensive experience crosses all types of call center technologies and includes designing, implementing, and managing platforms and operations, as well as vendor management programs. Previously, Dan served at Convergys, Zenta, and West Corporation, directing large teams and maximizing service value while driving down costs. He is a graduate of Creighton University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

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John Glantz, Vice President, Consulting Services

A true veteran of the contact center industry, John Glantz has held nearly every call center position from agent to President. His previous work includes senior leadership positions with Optum (UnitedHealth Group), Cox Communications and Mutual of Omaha, among others. With expertise managing large and complex services and relationships across numerous Fortune 500 companies in the financial services, communications and healthcare industries, John is a proven leader in developing and implementing strategies that deliver results. His responsibilities have included contract negotiation and oversight as well as relationship management and growth, distribution channel management, and M&A due diligence. John is a graduate of Creighton University with a BSBA in Marketing and Management.

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Mary Kay Halpin, Vice President, Finance & Administration

With almost 20 years of financial management and accounting experience, Mary Kay directs the maintenance and development of EPIC’s financial planning functions, assuring fiscal responsibility and sound decision making at all levels. With an eye for detail and a keen sense of business management, she is critical in driving future success at EPIC. Previously, Mary Kay held positions with the First National Bank of Omaha and Amoco Oil Company (now BP). She holds a master’s degree in finance and marketing from the Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University and a bachelor’s in finance from the University of Notre Dame.

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Justin Gregory, Director, Implementations

Justin is a 12+ year project management leader and senior manager overseeing contact center professional services that include implementation support, account relationship, and customer experience initiatives. His motto to “help others win” is key to his success. As a former Manager of Professional Services for NICE inContact, he has a proven history of growing partner programs as well as delivering technology implementations and process improvements that drive measurable success. Prior to joining NICE, he was with American Express for nearly 15 years managing contact centers and project portfolios. Justin is a student of Utah Valley University, pursuing a bachelor’s in emergency management.

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Daneen Pieper, Director, Sales Operations

With 15+ years of experience in sales, marketing, customer service, and technical support, Daneen is a well-rounded and tenured business professional leading EPIC’s sales activities. As a tech-savvy master of sales enablement and efficiency, she ensures EPIC is both responsive and on-point when it comes to building valuable relationships and growing the business. Formerly, Daneen worked 10 years at ADP and 12 years at Creighton Prep High School in Omaha, where she led online fundraising efforts. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from the University of Dayton.

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Chris Weaver, Senior Implementation Manager

Chris is a well-rounded contact center operations professional. Prior to joining EPIC, he was an Operations Systems and Reporting Analyst at Ameritas, where he was responsible for helping partners leverage telephony solutions to maximize operational performance and the customer experience. At the AAA Life Insurance Member Services Call Center, Chris led the Application Management division, handling call forecasting and developing short and long-term staffing models. While with the Omaha Housing Authority, his technical expertise played a vital role in the implementation of a new network provider and software upgrades. Chris is a U.S. Air Force veteran and a graduate of Bellevue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in management information systems.

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Ian Apperson, Senior Implementation Engineer

A skilled data management expert, Ian Apperson is a proven professional at analyzing and resolving complex problems. With more than five years serving as Implementation Manager at inContact, Ian understands how to effectively bridge technical and operational gaps to achieve strategic and tactical goals. Having served as a business analyst in the financial services industry for more than 15 years, Ian is also versed at needs assessment, cost/benefit analysis, and reporting dashboards that optimize productivity and business outcomes. He holds two Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration and in Management of Information Systems and Management, both from Columbia College.

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Clark Lawlor, Senior Implementation Engineer

Clark is a software engineering whiz, and an expert implementation consultant with a passion for the user experience. Before joining EPIC as an Implementation Specialist, he developed and customized CRM solutions as an Implementation Engineer for IVINEX. Previous to this, Clark worked as Software Engineer and Business Analyst for InContact, where he held multiple roles from project management to front-end development. He also managed and built data integration for call center IVRs using SOAP, ReST, APIs, SQL and HTML. Furthermore, Clark is a proud University of Utah alumnus, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Science Degree in Information Systems. Clark also enrolled in the university’s music program and is a talented composer and pianist. He currently resides in Bountiful, Utah, with his wife and four children.

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TJ O’Brien, Implementation Manager

TJ has been in the customer service and BPO industry since 2007, working his way up from customer service representative to client solutions manager and certified partner implementation manager. In addition to providing technical and programming expertise to EPIC clients, TJ has a proven history in building compliant solutions that leverage industry and product knowledge for technology transformation. He works daily to ensure client satisfaction and retention through timely solution delivery and performance excellence. Prior to EPIC, TJ held implementation leadership roles at ADP, Inc., and InContact, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Western Governors University and is a Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist.

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