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The Right Engagement....

At NGI we are focused on deploying the most qualified resources on each engagement because we understand that not every organization is the same and that every deployment is unique. Gone are the days of a cookie-cutter approach and a one-size-fits-all relationship. At NGI we strive to treat you as a unique organization with unique needs and that is how we staff, implement and support each of our clients.

Our Mission

Our mission is to implement proven HCM technologies that streamline your HR business processes and transform HR into a vital strategic partner for your organization.

Our Vision

To be a strategic partner for our clients and assist in their HCM transformation journey to improve employee experience and align business strategies and goals

NGI History & Leadership

Next Generation Inc. (NGI) is a Chicago-based Technology Management and Consulting firm with additional offices in New York and Washington DC. For over 20 years, NGI has focused on helping our public and commercial clients achieve their digital and process transformation initiatives through the use of enabling technologies. We specialize in providing Program Management, HCM and ERP Implementation, Workforce Management and Systems Integration services.


Our team is composed of forward-thinking Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and Technology Consultants with extensive business and industry experience that are ready to integrate into your team to deliver solutions that meet and exceed your goals.

Darrell Higueros


Darrell Higueros is the President & CEO of Next Generation, Inc. (NGI). Mr. Higueros has 20 years of experience serving a broad range of clients that include Fortune 500 companies and public sector organizations.

Darrell in his role as CEO of NGI is responsible for the growth strategy, partner development and client engagement of the company. Darrell is also a hand-on technical and business leader. For the past 15 years, Darrell has provided management consulting services to private sector, state and local public sector clients across a broad range of solution areas. His illustrative projects include: Shared Services; ERP design and implementation; PMO; and RFP development and vendor selection.

Darrell is an active member of a number of different societies and serves on the board of HITEC and the Mayor of Chicago’s advisory board for technology.

Anoop Kumar

VP of Operations

Anoop is an experienced technology executive with more than 20 years of experience in all facets of Information Technology development and delivery, in both private and public sector organizations. Anoop’s experience includes IT strategy development, technology and service delivery, product innovation and strategic IT procurement. Anoop has partnered with public sector executives in developing business cases, ROI and TCO analysis for new investments. Anoop also has served as an Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) expert on ERP implementations and has guided Tier one contractors in their implementations. Anoop is a published author and has presented in ERP conferences. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Anoop, in his role as Chief Operating Officer of NGI, is responsible for overall delivery of services to our customers and serves as an escalation point of contact for our customers. Anoop is also responsible for managing the day to day operations of NGI with responsibilities for Staffing, Contracting and Internal Operations.

Cynthia Feder

VP of HR Operations

Cynthia Feder serves as the VP of HR Operations for NGI bringing over 15 years of experience to the firm.  Cynthia graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Management and a minor in Human Resources.  Prior to becoming a VP of HR Operations, Cynthia had excelled in multiple NGI roles working as an Implementation Consultant, Project Manager, and Director of Delivery.  She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Cynthia is an accomplished HR leader and strategic business partner with a proven background and passion for transformation, building relationships, problem solving, training and development while understanding the business needs creating strategies that yield the best results. In her current role, Cynthia is responsible for designing and implementing strategies that attract and retain top talent, while implementing initiatives that increase workplace productivity and engagement, employee/labor relations, organizational development, diversity and inclusion, conflict resolution, compensation, benefits, change management, employee retention strategies, policy creation, and HR compliance.

Kanon Lefief

VP of Sales

Kanon Lefief is the VP of Sales and Marketing at Next Generation, Inc. As a graduate of the University of Michigan, Mr. Lefief is an accomplished enterprise software sales executive with a proven track record of over 25 years of new business development and successful software and solutions selling both in the public and private sectors. He has participated in the growth of several start-up companies with roles including leadership, direct sales, technical sales, marketing, and strategic planning. He has successfully carried multi-million dollar quotas and consistently has met and exceeded performance expectations year over year. In his role at NGI, Kanon is responsible for software and services sales revenue growth as well as marketing and business alliance initiatives.

His specialties include sales leadership, contract negotiation, new business development, talent management and on-boarding, mentoring and coaching, strategic planning and Cloud solutions.

Adrian Molato

Practice Director

Mr. Molato is an experienced project and program manager with over 10 years of success in leading all phases of diverse public and private sector technology projects.  His experience encompasses projects in Workforce management, Human Resources, Procurement, Revenue and Finance.  He has provided consulting services in Government, Public Health, Higher Education and Aviation.  Adrian has presented at industry conferences and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

In his role as Practice Director of NGI, Adrian is responsible for managing the professional services team, which consists of project managers, applications leads and functional analysts.

Alan Bernier

Delivery Director

Alan has more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry, servicing a broad range of public and private sector companies. Alan’s experience includes Project Management, Unix System administration, WAN design and administration, and physical fiber infrastructure design and installation. Alan has extensive years of experience as a software implementer leading large scale clients in requirements gathering, configuration, and project management. Alan has been recognized for consistently exceeding target goals, driving operational efficiency, focusing on customer needs, and exceeding expectations on the release of high-quality software.

Alan’s role as Director of Delivery is responsible for the development and expansion into other software markets. He is actively engaged as a member of the new business pursuit teams by partnering with the sales organization in RFP response creation and site visit delivery. Alan oversees creating and maintaining a delivery methodology that can be utilized across multiple software platforms while cultivating and creating a dedicated team through competitive analysis.

Corporate Social Responsibility

At NGI, we are strongly committed to maintaining and promoting the highest standards of corporate social responsibility. We have a long history of supporting the community that we serve. In order to uphold our commitment to CSR in an ever-changing world, we continuously focus on the following initiatives:

  • Community and virtual volunteering
  • Promoting employee well-being and health
  • Creating our own philanthropy that we are passionate about
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Fostering and developing relations with our local schools

Proudly Certified

NGI is a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and maintains the following certifications:


HITEC is a premier global executive leadership organization of senior business and technology executives who have built outstanding careers in technology. HITEC’s premiere network spans the Americas and is focused on building stronger technology and executive leaders, leadership teams, corporations, and role models in a rapidly changing, flatter, and technology centric world. These global leaders include executives leading Global 1000 corporations while others lead some of the largest Hispanic-owned technology firms across the Americas.


HITEC’s mission is to provide a forum for the career development and advancement of technology executives. Provide exposure to accomplished leaders and the broader technology community. Create opportunities to connect member organizations across different business segments and share technology trends. Mentor and sponsor emerging executives. Give back to the Hispanic community through philanthropic efforts.  Maintain a non-profit and non-partisan status.

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