Steve Jaffe, Principal

Steve is responsible for overseeing all the financial aspects of eDot Holdings and its companies. Steve is the primary contact for all Acquisitions, Analysis and Due Diligence. His background includes over 25 years of hands-on Executive, Management and Consulting experience with companies in a variety of industries and sizes.

His eclectic variety of businesses, experiences and clients has allowed Steve to work with companies during both good and challenging times to increase revenue, improve the bottom line, streamline operations, solidify internal technology and reorganize human capital to best achieve corporate goals.

Primary Industry Experience:

  • Technology
  • Marketing & Branding
  • Insurance
  • Distribution
  • Real Estate

Company Size Experience:

  • Employee Count: 10 to 125
  • Revenue: $2 Million to $100 Million


Steve is also a Board Member of Somercor 504 a non-profit company certified by the SBA to provide 504 loans in Illinois.

Melvin Thoede, Principal

Melvin Thoede has over 20 years of hands-on Executive, Management and Consulting experience focused on delivering practical solutions. His down-to-earth and rolled up sleeves approach allows Melvin to work with businesses ranging from startup operations to established companies during both good and challenging times. He designs implements solutions which increase employee production while fully utilizing and leveraging current and future technology. The effect of his approach helps businesses improve their bottom line, streamline their operations and reinforce reorganized human capital to best achieve corporate goals. Simply put, the greatest value Melvin brings to businesses is his ability to deliver plain-speak technical advice to address whatever real-life challenges they face. He will not consult for the sake of consulting. Rather than offering broad-based recommendations based on a preset agenda, Melvin focuses on the immediate client challenge. This can be as simple as replacing the part and not the machine, or rebuilding rather than purchasing new equipment. His reputation for integrity and innovation is not based on technology. It comes from his willingness to always place the needs of his clients before his own.

Melvin’s combination of traditional and nontraditional consulting approach with his clients enables him to be extremely effective with his solutions. His unique blend of Strategic, Internal Operations, and Technology expertise is the direct result of good old fashion hard work and his ability to listen to his clients. Leveraging the team of experts he has assembled, Melvin is able to support or augment the technology, design, sales, and disaster planning needs for any client he serves. His ability to adapt his approach to different operating environments comes from his extensive experience serving a variety of industries, including insurance, education, technology, and distribution.


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Glenn Baruck, Chief Marketing Officer

Glenn is responsible for the strategic planning, design, and implementation of all marketing activities for The eDot Family of Companies and works closely with Family company leaders on their marketing campaigns.

Glenn enjoys a diverse background of business experience making the journey from Retail Management to Marketing/Sales VP to President at a successful manufacturing and distribution company. Following the sale of his company, Glenn joined The eDot Family as a consultant and soon took on the position of CMO.


An active member in TAC Glenn has also served on several board of directors including The Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre, The World Jazz Dance Congress, and Dance Spirit Magazine. When he is not working, Glenn enjoys spending time with his family (including his two dogs) and engages his passion for sports and music.