Leadership Team

Meet the people who make Sora work.

Jerad Trout


Business Technology Advisor

Photo of Jerad Trout, President and Business Technology Advisor of Sora Technologies

Jerad sets himself apart with his ability to communicate with novice IT users and seasoned IT professionals alike. Jerad does not overwhelm novice users with tech jargon. Instead, he makes the technical side of IT accessible and understandable to all level of users. He excels at understanding a customer’s needs, providing solutions that fit, and explaining complex systems in simple terms.

Jerad has a broad background in IT and a sincere passion for customer service. While he brings extensive technical knowledge to his position at Sora, Jerad truly understands the personal side of the IT world and the needs of the individual user. It is Jerad’s focus on the personal satisfaction of each customer that makes him a true asset to his clients and the Sora team.

Andrew Ritschel

Operations Lead


Andrew Ritschel, Operations Lead and virtual chief information officer

Andrew has always had a passion for technology and what it could do. He began working with computers in his early teens with Windows 95, and has had hands on experience in every major Windows operating system release since. He has over 12 years of leadership experience managing teams ranging from 7 to 21 people. Andrew’s leadership style is best described as flexible and focused, allowing him to easily prioritize and refocus his team’s efforts whenever there is a change in plans.


The passion for technology that Andrew had as a young boy is still present today. He is always reading up on the latest trends and teaching himself new technology to better server his clients. He is CompTIA A+ certified and recognized as a Microsoft Certified Professional.

Russell L. Adams


Photo of Russell L. Adams, Chief Executive Officer of Sora Technologies

Russell Adams was always told he could accomplish anything he put his mind and effort into. When he bought his first business (a moving company from his father-in-law), it was nothing more than one truck and a few employees. Through his unwavering dedication (and some long hours), that business has grown into one of the largest agents for Arpin Van Lines in the country, and he has a complementary mini-storage facility that is very successful too.

But that isn’t all. Russell’s philosophy of creating customers for life and never settling for second place has allowed him to grow these and other businesses in the Peoria area. This includes a Canon copier dealership, June restaurant (which was the first farm-to-table restaurant in Peoria’s history), and Sora Technologies in 2009.

Jacob L. Adams


Photo of Jacob L. Adams. Founder of Sora Technologies

Jacob Adams is a Computer Scientist and Business Technology Advisor with more than 20 years of IT experience. Jacob has been formally trained by Microsoft, Apple, Cisco, Comptia, Vmware, Tenable, Bomgar, eCopy and Canon. He knows how to properly handle secure data and is trained in PCI and HIPAA compliance. He currently serves as the SOX control owner for a Fortune 500 company — developing their processes, SOPs and narratives.

He began learning the ins and outs of hardware components and assembling computers at age 10 — programming in QBasic, PASCAL, Visual Basic, HTML, VBScript, JavaScript and Java technology at age 14 — and solely managing a 100-user network environment right out of school.

Jacob stays heavily involved in the IT industry and his community. He has served on the Microsoft Intune Advisory Board, the ICC Scholarship Selection Committee, and the CIS Advisory Board for Midstate College. He is one of the co-founders for the startup app Filterly, which scans and delivers information that matches your interests right to your screen. Listen to Jacob tell you how Filterly works at TechCrunch Disrupt.

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