Nishit Patel

Senior Engineer I

Versatile Cisco Certified Network Professional who has experience in designing, deploying and managing Routing & Switching, SD-WAN, and Wireless technologies. Nishit enjoys learning new technologies and diversifying his skillset. He is currently focused on advancing his networking skills in pursuit of CCIE Enterprise certification.


  • Aruba Certified Mobility Professional (ACMP)
  • Aruba Certified ClearPass Professional (ACCP)
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) - Enterprise
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)


I most appreciate the management for making NetCraftsmen the best place to work. NetCraftsmen provides very supportive and appreciative work environment for the engineers to strengthen their technical skills.


I enjoy working with various clients from number of different industries, this provides the best opportunities to learn and solve problems unique to each client.


My wife and I like spending time with family and socializing with friends during the weekend. I enjoy traveling to different countries, beaches, and mountains.


Nick Kelly

Cybersecurity Engineer, Cisco

Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.


Virgilio “BONG” dela Cruz Jr.

CCDP, CCNA V, CCNP, Cisco IPS Express Security for AM/EE
Field Solutions Architect, Tech Data

Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.


John Cavanaugh

CCIE #1066, CCDE #20070002, CCAr
Chief Technology Officer, Practice Lead Security Services, NetCraftsmen

John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services.  Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.

He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.