In his book Outliers, pop psych writer Malcolm Gladwell popularized the “10,000 Hour Rule”. Gladwell claimed that it takes roughly 10,000 hours of dedicated practice to become a world-class expert in any field. While the idea has largely been debunked, the concept behind it is sound.

If you look at the geniuses in the world—great artists, virtuoso musicians, chess grandmasters—you will find that they all worked very hard for a long time to get where they are. At any rate, our most skilled data recovery technicians have been with us for years and have put in well over 10,000 hours of hard work into data recovery. At Gillware, our data recovery lab is filled with world-class data recovery experts.

Our data recovery lab here at Gillware sees over 100 data recovery cases come into our doors every week. And over 100 successfully-completed cases leave our lab every week.

With our full-time data recovery technicians spending an average of 2,000-2,500 hours on data recovery cases per year, it can take only a few years for somebody in our engineering department to go from data recovery neophyte to data recovery expert.

Meet Your Data Recovery Experts

Our data recovery lab is filled with extremely skilled and educated computer scientist and engineers. In our cleanroom, we also have engineers who started out in fields completely unrelated to computer science. Through practice, study, and hard work at Gillware, they learned everything there is to know about hard drive repair and became true data recovery experts. Our data recovery experts include computer scientists and mechanical and electrical engineers. They also include US Marine Corps, Navy, and Army veterans, horticulturists, and geographers. Read on to find out more about our highly-skilled data recovery staff.

Brian Gill


CEO and co-founder of Gillware, Brian and his brothers Tyler and Wesley started the company back in 2004. A University of Wisconsin alum with a B.S. in Computer Science, Brian used his expertise to research data recovery himself. Gillware started out small, running out of Brian’s proverbial garage (actually, the basement), but quickly expanded.

Scott Holewinski

CEO, Gillware Digital Forensics

Scott, co-founder and CEO of Gillware Digital Forensics, obtained his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Scott is also the co-founder of Phoenix Nuclear Labs and Shine Medical Technologies.

Greg Andrzejewski

Director of Research & Development

24,000 Hours

Greg has been with us since 2008. He is a University of Michigan alum with a B.S. in Computer Engineering. Greg takes the lead in our development of SSD and flash memory recovery techniques, as well as complex RAID and virtual machine data recovery cases.

Mike Skaar

Data Recovery Engineer

26,000 Hours

Mike is our chief cleanroom engineer as well as a decorated military veteran. He served as a machine gunner in the Marine Corps from 2000 – 2008, earning the Purple Heart in 2004. Since joining Gillware in 2006, Mike has become an expert in just about every aspect of hard drive repair.

Andy Grosvold

Data Recovery Engineer

14,000 Hours

Andy is one of our chief logical cleanroom engineers. He has been with Gillware since 2012. Andy is responsible for both imaging repair hard drives and analyzing hard drives that have suffered logical damage. Before working at Gillware, Andy worked as a cartographer.

Drew Remsik

Data Recovery Engineer

10,000 Hours

Drew has been dismantling, evaluating, and repairing hard drives at Gillware since 2014. He holds a degree in Software Development from ITT Technical Institute. A very competitive person, Drew is an enthusiast for sports in general, but especially football.

Charles Lease

Data Recovery Engineer

10,000 Hours

Charles has been with us in our cleanroom since 2014. He works as a full-time cleanroom engineer, and is currently pursuing a degree in Mobile App Development from Madison College. Outside of work, Charles plays electric guitar in a local band.

Jon Oliver

Data Recovery Engineer

2,000 Hours

A.J. McKinney

Data Recovery Engineer

1,500 Hours

Trust the Experts to Get Your Data Back

At Gillware, our data recovery lab is full of people who have put in the years and hours of work to become experts. Our expert engineers, ISO 5 certified cleanroom workstations, and partnerships with hard drive manufacturers such as Western Digital make our Madison, Wisconsin data recovery lab world-class. If you’ve lost data from any sort of data storage device, get in touch with one of our recovery client advisers to find out how our data recovery experts can help you.