Praveen Panchakarla


Praveen has over 20 years of experience in management and his strength lies in his ability to strategize, plan effectively and build an interface with all levels of personnel using his strong communication and technical skills.

Prior to Prudent Consulting, he has managed multiple projects in Duke Energy and previously has served Acadian Environmental Inc. in Eunice, Louisiana.

As one of the founders and key stakeholders in Prudent Consulting, Praveen has been providing the leadership, decision making, and direction in these demanding times.




Jason Dokken

Vice President

Jason Dokken has over 30 years of experience as a Principal IT Consultant, working with enterprise level customers across virtually every vertical and technology platform. Jason has worked as an Architect and Technical Consultant with some of the largest software and consulting organizations including Deloitte, EDS, TIBCO, and more. Jason began working with Splunk in 2015, and has quickly become one of the top Splunk Consultants in the US. At Prudent, Jason oversees our Splunk Professional Services practice, which includes driving the field consulting effort, monitoring all associated deliverables, and making sure the customer’s expectations are met.

Originally from Montana, Jason received both his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He lives outside of Denver with his family where he enjoys several outdoor activities, including snow skiing, hiking, and golf.

Jason Dokken

John “Gid” Lockhart

Vice President

Gid has over 24 years in the IT and Engineering Professional Services industry, with experience across several industry verticals.  His dedication to building strong customer partnerships and delivering successful customer experiences has driven him throughout his career, and he brings that same commitment to excellence and dedication to his work every day.    

Specifically, Gid is responsible the design and execution of the business development strategy for Prudent’s product and services delivery platform, which includes developing and managing relationships with Strategic Alliance Partners specific to Prudent’s Cybersecurity and Data Sciences practices.     

Gid is a proud graduate of the University of Texas in Arlington, and makes his home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area where he enjoys time with family, friends, and the occasional round of golf.


Ron Brantley

Vice President

Ron has extensive leadership experience working for large IT firms and has led successful sales team(s). He attributes his track record of success to his genuine understanding of his clients’ businesses and in helping them tailor a solution for their IT needs. 

He has a primary responsibility for developing and managing all sales, delivery, and personnel development activities for Prudent. In this capacity, he provides leadership in the day-to-day operations of the sales and delivery department, while seeking out and targeting new customers and sales opportunities, and initiating action plans to approach and secure new business for Prudent Consulting.

Ron earned his Bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and is a military veteran.  He currently lives in McKinney along with his wife and two daughters (14 and 9).

Mary Ann Knecht

Vice President of Operations

Ms. Mary Ann Knecht has over 30 years of experience in the IT Services industry holding various positions that allow her to understand the client market, delivery of resources needed and strategic partners to align with. She is involved with defining strategy, define and implement operational procedures and processes to meet growing business demands, contract compliance, establish strategic partnerships to allow for more comprehensive offerings for clients and customer satisfaction.

Ms. Knecht has experience in Quality Assurance, Proposal Preparation, Employee Retention, and building successful Diversity Vendor/HUB Programs. She provides direction and continuity to match client expectations.