Our Management Team
Antoinette Allocca – President/Founder
Antoinette Allocca, recognized as the pioneer in the technical writing services industry, founded Essential Data Corporation in 1987. Under Ms. Allocca’s leadership and direction, EDC has grown into a multi-million-dollar business with offices and employees nationwide.
Ms. Allocca’s vision has allowed EDC to navigate through difficult economic times and volatile business climates with consistent growth. Recognizing trends and positioning her company to respond to them rapidly has been the key to her success. In the last year, when many small businesses have experienced significant losses, EDC has shown more than a 50% increase in revenue.
Under Allocca’s direction, EDC has won the Outstanding Employer Award and was recognized as the fastest-growing women-owned business by Working Woman Magazine for two consecutive years. She was also honored for her success as one of the top 500 business owners in the U.S. at a White House dinner. Allocca has been featured in numerous national publications, such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today and is a highly sought-after public speaker.
Prior to founding Essential Data, Allocca was Vice President of Marketing at Vital Software in Manhattan. In 1979 she played a principal role in launching Vital’s technical writing division. She holds a B.S. in marketing from Hofstra University and has 4 children.
Bruce Rigione – Chief Marketing Officer
Bruce Rigione has over 25 years of experience as an investment banker and business executive responsible for building and growing successful businesses.
Early in his career, he started and led two highly successful global investment banking businesses at Chase and HSBC. He helped build and develop the first online credit card company where he served as Head of Global Business Development, CFO, and Board Member. He also founded Capital Ideas Group —a consulting firm advising small and medium-sized businesses— serving as Managing Partner.
Bruce is also co-founded Allergy Force, a mobile app-based business that’s on a mission to help the world’s 220 million food allergic people live safer and easier lives.
Bruce earned his MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and his BA in Politics from Fairfield University.
Michelle Brown – Managing Director, Southeast
Michelle join Essential Data Corporation in 2006, a pivotal time for the Financial Industry of the US. Her knowledge of Cyber Security and governmental contracting is opening new doors for EDC. With the help of a GSA Schedule and 8(a) certification, EDC continues to flourish.
An Atlanta Native with a love of international travel, she has a strong philanthropic background and serves on several local and national boards. This wide array of experiences assists her with her love of ‘deal-making.’
Michelle’s motto is “If you want something done, give it to a busy person.”
Michelle is married with 6 children, 3 grandchildren, 3 horses, and 1 beloved dog.
Peter Majkowski – Senior Engagement Manager
After graduating from the US Naval Academy, Pete Majkowski began his career as a Nuclear trained Submarine Officer in the US Navy, where he served aboard a fast attack submarine and subsequently provided training to junior naval officers in nuclear power theory. He also worked for several years with a major Fortune 200 company as an IT Manager and a Capital Projects Manager.
Pete has been with EDC since 2002, managing the Mid-Atlantic region, and working with our clients in both the Public and Private sectors. He has performed the role of Program Manager for major government contracts and led documentation teams in various software and procedural projects.
He is ITIL Foundations certified, Series 6, 63 & 26 licensed, and writes product reviews for a national trade magazine.