STEP Solutions Group LLC is an affiliate of the Dillon Kane Group LLC based in Chicago, Illinois. DKG is an advisory firm and business incubator with a successful track record building leading edge technology businesses. With almost 300 staff working across its businesses, DKG provides strategic, financial and operating support to STEP. DKG acquired STEP from Milliman Inc. in 2008.
STEP consists of insurance, technical and financial professionals who possess deep talent and expertise in managing large-scale transformation projects for Fortune 50 insurance carriers. Our leadership team includes the following professionals:
David has more than 20 years of experience in the application of advanced technology concepts and solutions for the financial services industry. As the CIO at CRT (a leading Chicago-based derivatives firm sold to Nations Bank), David led a global technology organization that built and supported real-time pricing, trade execution, and risk management capabilities that were instrumental in CRT’s success and ultimate sale. At Nations Bank and then Bank of America, David was a leader in the Global Corporate and Investment Bank in finding innovative technology solutions for complex corporate banking problems. David then ran the New Ventures Group for Citadel Investment Group in Chicago before forming the Dillon Kane Group in 2001.
Don provides unique insight into the financial services industry and capital markets, with over 20 years experience in investment banking, venture capital and entrepreneurial endeavors. Don was a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs & Co from 1985 to 1999. During his 15 year tenure at Goldman, Don helped build the firm’s Midwest Financial Institutions Investment Banking practice and founded its Financial Institutions Technology Group. Don partnered with David Dillon to form the Dillon Kane Group in November, 2001.
Shesh is an accomplished, innovative managing enterprise architect and an IT strategist with extensive experience in defining and executing strategic initiatives that drive technological innovation, process / cost efficiencies and rapid growth strategies. Shesh has a successful track record implementing strategic initiatives for the enterprise. He has 25+ years experience in IT Strategy and Application development with a focus in the Insurance, Healthcare, Retail and Financial Services industries. With his deep technical expertise and a strategic vision, Shesh has designed and delivered successful, cost-effective solutions for Fortune 100 enterprises, as well as start up companies. Shesh has envisioned long-term IT road maps that have enabled business applications to leverage disruptive technologies of the future.
Ralph Pranckus is a highly experienced administrator, project manager, and software developer. Over 28 years of hands-on exposure to all aspects of information systems primarily within the insurance/financial services space. Extensive qualifications in all facets of software development life cycle most recently focusing on web development in agile environment. Ralph has worked with large multi-national firms (Aon, Marsh & MacLennan), smaller specialty operations (Carvill London) as well as the Acord Reinsurance Committee. Ralph has a Masters Degree in Computer Science and currently resides in the Chicago area.