Proud to be employee-owned
You can search high and you can search low, but you will never find a bunch of nerds this dedicated to making things work right for your business. We have spent almost half a decade sifting through and hiring the right core team of professionals committed and passionate about being the best in the business, without forgetting what's important in life - we work hard, we play hard, we enjoy family.
Although Makios was founded by Nils Desmet back in 2006, his intent was never to go at it alone, as he loves joining with others and sharing the success with those that contribute. In 2010, Doede Zijlstra joined the team and together with Nils they hired Ivan Flores who is currently holding the position of IT Director.
Doede (pronounced "Do Duh" or simply "Dodie" or “Dude”, he doesn’t mind) keeps Makios running full steam ahead with his leadership and in-depth organization skills. El “Dude” sees to it that we implement the very best practices for our internal and external operations and that we follow the processes he helped design and create.
Doede has 20 years of management experience, and before moving to El Paso with his wife and children, Doede worked in both Mexico and the Netherlands where he served as a managing director and managed a production team for a manufacturing facility.
Makios is proud to have the “Dude” on our team, he guides us in all the right direction.
Ivan Flores, one of our Network Technicians who joined us in 2010, is a hero.
While Ivan doesn’t arrive at Makios headquarters in a Batmobile, and we’re pretty sure he doesn’t leap tall buildings in a single bound, we are excited about his vast knowledge of all things IT. With over 8 years of professional experience in network systems and solutions, Ivan is a pro with servers and communication devices, an expert with point of sale systems, and an absolute wizard in network troubleshooting.
Mr. Flores is happily married to a woman who understands his love of technology and together they are the proud parents of 3 dogs. A little known fact about Ivan… he is a huge fan of Adam Sandler and sometimes, just for fun, he’ll treat us to an impersonation of the Waterboy hero Bobby Boucher.
Makios is proud to have Ivan on our team, he definitely makes us shine!
Nils Desmet has been known to wear his wooden shoes from the Netherlands to work on casual Fridays. “The shoes are a symbol of my Dutch heritage and besides, they are super comfortable,” says the CEO/President of Makios IT Services. Not really, Nils does indeed hail from the Netherlands, but we’re a little disappointed because we’ve never seen him wear the wooden shoes.
Nils continued his IT career in the U.S. as a consultant for the Holland Group, which later merged with Stanton Street Technology Group. In 2006, with six years of managing the Network Services division under his belt, Nils decided it was time to strike out on his own. He made a deal with Stanton Street and was able to take the Network Services clients with him.
As President of Makios IT, Nils provides the team and clients with drive, knowledge, experience, and smart solutions.
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