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The leadership team at Proven IT has a broad and diverse array of experiences in building and delivering workplace productivity-based solutions, all with one important commonality: a dedication to providing the highest level of service to our customers, people and community.
Our executive group leads the vision and direction of the company to achieve its overall ambitions.
John Cosich is a founding member of Proven IT. Cosich is no rookie to the industry. He graduated from Valparaiso University in 1973 with a business degree, and landed his first job with Xerox Corporation in 1974. It was here where he gained significant industry experience and excelled as one of the top producers in the country.
After many years of toiling with the idea of starting his own company, Cosich opened Distinctive Business Products in 1982 with three employees, operating out of a garage. With a strong focus on sales and customer service, the company grew to over 130 employees with nine Chicagoland locations, topping the charts of Inc. 500 at #42 for America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies within 10 short years.
In 1998, after 16 years, Global Imaging Systems bought Distinctive Business Products. John entered retirement, however his time off was short lived. With two sons having graduated from college, he thought it might be a perfect time start over again. In March 2003, Proven Business Systems was “born” with six employees and no customers.
In 2017, the company changed its name to Proven IT to reflect more than a decade of proven business solutions and success.
Jeff Johnson is a founding forefather of Proven Business Systems alongside business partner John Cosich Sr.
Today, Johnson brings more than 20 years of experience in the industry to customers.
Johnson was born and raised in Freeport, Illinois, where he later enrolled at Southern Illinois University with a major in Justice Administration. His desired path was to go into Criminal Justice, but after meeting Cosich Sr. and starting as a salesman at his business solutions venture, Johnson broke the company sales record within one year.
Johnson continued for five years until he was promoted to management, and in 2003, launched Proven with Cosich Sr. Together with Cosich Sr., he grew the company to where it is today, and hopes to one day see Proven as the country’s largest technology company.
Brett Cosich has helped steer what was once an office equipment dealership into a next level electronic document integration and workflow automation company. In his role as COO, Cosich has developed a successful strategy that has allowed for accelerated growth exceeding 25% each year, and assembled a fast growing department of IT personnel.
Cosich currently oversees all day-to-day operations, as well as the Accounting, Solution Sales and IT departments. Cosich is one of three sons that makes Proven IT the family-run, business solutions company that prides itself on professional services and round-the-clock IT help.
Cosich is a graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business with a bachelor’s degree in Business, Computer Information Systems (BIS). He was a consultant with Pricewaterhouse Coopers after college, where he was certified as a PeopleSoft system consultant and received extensive training as a JAVA developer. Cosich received his MBA through the executive program at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. Cosich is currently enrolled in the weekend JD program at Loyola University Chicago’s Law School.
As Managing Director of Sales, Tory Cosich contributes significantly to the company’s overall success. In 2003, Cosich graduated from DePaul University with a business marketing degree. Right out of school, he succeeded in sales and customer service relations at Proven IT. Tory received a Chicago Booth MBA from the University of Chicago before he helped open the company’s first office in the Loop. There he assisted his team in prospecting for new clients, contract negotiations and quarterbacking installations with project management teams.
In 2014, Proven IT was named Crain’s Chicago Business Fast Fifty for the 41st fastest growing company in Illinois, and made the Crain’s list again in 2015 as the 32nd fastest growing.
Cosich currently sits on the Foundation Board for Sertoma Centre, Inc., an organization that provides services to more than 725 individuals with developmental, physical, emotional disabilities, and/or mental illness. Cosich is most proud that Proven IT helped raise over $50,000 for Sertoma’s Big Event fundraiser in 2014.
John Ross Cosich has been around the copier business since he was little, and knew it was his future career path at a young age. In high school and summers in college, Cosich worked for the family business solutions company and learned the ropes from his father, who prepared him for when he entered the working world.
In 2004, Cosich graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor or Commerce degree. He then went on to work for his father and after 10 years, worked his way up to be a Senior Account Manager. Cosich currently manages the largest account Proven IT has and oversees customers throughout Illinois and Indiana.
Phil joins our leadership team as VP of Business Development working out of our Tinley Park HQ. Phil joins Proven IT to support the growth of our business throughout the other locations across the country.
Phil attended United States Air Force Academy 1975 to 1977 and graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology with a BA in Accounting in May of 1980. Phil passed the CPA in 1981 before beginning his career in business solutions. Phil joins Proven with leadership experience serving as the President and COO of a national managed print service.
Alrene Dubois has worked together with John Cosich (CEO, Founder/Proven IT) throughout his career. 2018 marked Arlene’s 10th year with Proven IT. Arlene utilizes her leadership skills and experience to oversee Proven IT’s administration team.
Emir Husic is one of Proven IT’s original IT team member. Husic has driven Proven IT into a proactive IT platform and developed the core service offerings. He has grown his team faster than any other department at Proven IT, while ensuring Proven IT offers elite service and support.
Kelly Schweet reunited with John Cosich at Proven IT in 2016. Kelly started in the industry with his former company, Distinctive Business Products. Kelly plays an integral role at Proven IT to develop leaders and advance the education of all employees to improve business results.
Jimmy Kramp has been with Proven IT from day one. Kramp worked with John Cosich in 1991 with Distinctive Business Products. He followed Cosich to Proven IT, where he was responsible for shipping packages and working in the warehouse. Kramp worked his way up to driver and technician, and today runs the warehouse as Director of Facilities.
Proven’s Director of Service since day 1. Dave’s “Customer First” mentality as the service director has earned Proven a great reputation as a service provider. His dedication to achieve elite status as a service provider paid off when Dave was named the Service Executive of the year by PROS ELITE 100 in 2016. He has grown his department at a tremendous rate all while maintaining elite performance throughout the departments incredible growth.
As Executive Vice President of Sales, Eric Kennedy’s responsibilities include recruiting, hiring, training and motivating sales professionals, to help targeted businesses improve the effectiveness and efficiencies of their document workflow. During his business career, Kennedy has helped two family-owned businesses more than double in size.
Bob Endre joined Proven IT in 2016 as the Senior Vice President of Sales, based out of the company’s Schaumberg office. Endre brings over 30 years of industry experience with him to Proven IT. Bob’s addition has fueled major growth throughout the Northern Chicagoland Area, with the growth playing a major role in keeping Proven IT on the Crain’s Fast 50 list for 4 straight years.
Weinberg brings over 30+ years of experience in telecommunications, with his long-term management of ACI, Inc. In 2017, ACI was acquired by Proven IT to create a Proven IT Telecom Division. Weinberg’s goal is to make Proven IT the premier telecommunications company in service, building on the history and expertise that was established as ACI, Inc.
John Chapman joins Proven IT as virtual CIO, a consulting specialist that helps clients plan and develop their technology with a long-term vision for efficiency. Proven IT acquired John’s company, Resolve Technology Group, in 2018. John specialized in the K-12 Educational Field, helping build schools’ technical infrastructure and ensuring proper virus and security protection was in place on their networks.
Proven IT expanded into the Chicago Market in 2012, launching the Proven IT Chicago team from their office in the loop. The team was founded by managing partners Chris Sandner and Tory Cosich. As an established industry veteran and a graduate of Notre Dame; Chris’s experience and degree in business development propelled the Chicago team to a successful launch. Chris has been an integral part in winning business and building relationships at major organizations headquartered in Chicago. Chris focuses on expanding and improving Proven IT’s services. Chris lives in Lake Forest, IL with his wife and daughter. He volunteers on the auxiliary board of the Shedd Aquarium and the Big Shoulders Fund, an education NPO.
Chrissy St. Michael has been with Proven IT since 2013, leading the leasing department to record-breaking revenue totals, year after year. St. Michael leads the contracts department, and identifies and nurtures business processes with the goal of greater efficiency for both clients and administrative team. She collaborates with all departments at Proven IT, and streamlines processes and offers information up to the director and C level.
As Director of Marketing, Gregory Bruno is responsible for managing, maintaining, and implementation of all creative branding for Proven IT. Bruno joined Proven IT in July 2018 with 10 years of industry experience in graphic/video design, social media management, and vendor relationships. Bruno is a graduate of Illinois State University (2006) with a B.A. in Philosophy and Governor’s State University (2009) with a Master’s in Communication.
A Culture of Care
Just as Proven IT helps empower our customers, we seek to enrich each and every employee, along with the communities that we work in. Proven IT employees share a commitment to Proven IT as a family and as a team, working together in an entrepreneurial environment with one goal in mind—to help transform our customers’ workplace productivity.
Equally important, we believe in giving back to our neighbors and proudly support many non-profit and charitable organizations. It’s no wonder Proven IT has proven to be both an exceptional business solutions partner, while also being a wonderful place to work.
We take great pride in our proven systems and in our ability to give back to our community—because Proven IT is all about serving others.
Some of the organizations we support include:
An accredited not-for-profit agency, serves nearly 1,700 individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities and those living with mental illness from Chicago and 45 south and southwest suburbs.
Tory Cosich, Director of Sales at Proven IT, currently sits on the Foundation Board for Sertoma Centre, and helped raise over $50,000 for Sertoma’s Big Event fundraiser in 2014.LEARN MORE >
A non-profit organization in Illinois, offers a variety of programs and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Park Lawn’s mission is to provide services that promote independence, choice and access to community living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.LEARN MORE >
Shares life with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with a full continuum of care. By serving society’s most vulnerable citizens, Misericordia also serves the families who want the best for them, yet cannot provide it at home.LEARN MORE >
A non-profit organization provides educational, vocational and residential services for children and adults with developmental disabilities.LEARN MORE >
The foundation provides quality-of-life grants through tax-deductible donations for Illinois families that care for children with developmental disabilities, especially Hydrocephalus. The grants provide stipends for families who don’t qualify for Charity Care, DSCC, Medicaid and other financial assistance programs. The stipends may be used for a wide variety of support and programs that assist their family member with special needs.
This Cameron Can Foundation is near and dear to our hearts as one of our employee’s sons is battling chronic, long-term hydrocephalus. The foundation originally directly supported his son, but due to his success, it has grown to support several children in the Chicagoland area.LEARN MORE >