Our Team

Ready to Serve Your Needs

At AOA Technology Partners, our teams are English proficient, optimized across 21 competency areas to meet your company's specific objectives. Our experience includes a variety of industries ranging from Aerospace, Energy, and Finance, to Healthcare, Education, Insurance, Manufacturing, and Agriculture.

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Meet Our Leadership

With over 100 years of combined professional experience, our Leadership stands ready to provide you with the technical oversight and business acumen necessary to maximize your results.

Aaron de Zafra
CEO / Founding Principal

With over 29 years in the tech sector and 10 years as a Global Partner for EY and KPMG respectively, Aaron de Zafra has extensive experience in technology strategy, mobile and cloud software development, digital design, and process automation. He has served as the CEO of three companies and knows first-hand the importance and impact of quality product development for emerging and mature companies alike.

Wesley Akio
Founding Principal / AOA Brazil Operations Lead

Wesley has spent over 15 years in industry as a lead technologist and systems architect and currently serves as a "hired-gun" CTO for multiple companies. His extensive experience in end-to-end digital platform design and product development enables him to quickly and effectively engage with companies to transform conceptual ideas into tangible product. Wesley has considerable infrastructure and application architecture expertise and understands how to streamline development and production operations for maximum efficiency. Residing in Curitiba, Wesley leads AOA's operations in Brazil.

Locke Berkebile
Founding Principal

With a technical and product creation career spanning 30 years, Locke has extensive experience building teams that delivery exceptional internet, cloud, and mobile products for startups, enterprises, and institutions across a number of industries including education, transportation, finance, and real estate. He has served in numerous senior leadership positions for global companies and has successfully founded multiple start-ups, bringing this business and technical acumen to the table for companies regardless of size.

Rick Bennett
Founding Principal

Rick provides considerable expertise related to corporate growth, consumer engagement, behavior analytics, and sales operations. With a 28 year career that includes leadership roles in marketing, sales, and business development, he is able to provide unique insights to companies that focus on brand/product alignment as adoption strategies to accelerate product usage.