About Us

eDot Holdings, LLC is a holding company owned by Partners Steve Jaffe and Melvin Thoede. The company was formed to focus on acquisitions or start-ups that will support the long-term vision of the founders. eDot Holdings has acquired or formed over nine companies in the last several years. We look forward to continued success through new acquisitions and the growth of our family of companies.

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Steve Jaffe, Principal

Steve is responsible overseeing all the financial aspects of eDot Holdings and its companies. Steve is the primary contact for all Acquisitions, Analysis and Due Diligence.

His background includes over 25 years of hands-on Executive, Management and Consulting experience with companies in a variety of industries and sizes.

His eclectic variety of businesses, experiences and clients has allowed Steve to work with companies during both good and challenging times to increase revenue, improve the bottom line, streamline operations, solidify internal technology and reorganize human capital to best achieve corporate goals.

Primary Industry Experience

  • Technology
  • Marketing & Branding
  • Insurance
  • Distribution
  • Real Estate

Company Size Experience:

  • Employee Count: 10 to 125
  • Revenue: $2 Million to $100 Million


Steve is also a Board Member of Somercor 504 a non-profit company certified by the SBA to provide 504 loans in Illinois.

Melvin Thoede, Principal

Melvin Thoede has over 20 years of hands-on Executive, Management and Consulting experience focused on delivering practical solutions. His down-to-earth and rolled up sleeves approach allows Melvin to work with businesses ranging from startup operations to established companies during both good and challenging times. He designs implements solutions which increase employee production while fully utilizing and leveraging current and future technology. The effect of his approach helps businesses improve their bottom line, streamline their operations and reinforce reorganized human capital to best achieve corporate goals. Simply put, the greatest value Melvin brings to businesses is his ability to deliver plain-speak technical advice to address whatever real-life challenges they face. He will not consult for the sake of consulting. Rather than offering broad-based recommendations based on a preset agenda, Melvin focuses on the immediate client challenge. This can be as simple as replacing the part and not the machine, or rebuilding rather than purchasing new equipment. His reputation for integrity and innovation is not based on technology. It comes from his willingness to always place the needs of his clients before his own.

Melvin’s combination of traditional and nontraditional consulting approach with his clients enables him to be extremely effective with his solutions. His unique blend of Strategic, Internal Operations, and Technology expertise is the direct result of good old fashion hard work and his ability to listen to his clients. Leveraging the team of experts he has assembled, Melvin is able to support or augment the technology, design, sales, disaster planning needs for any client he serves. His ability to adapt his approach to different operating environments comes from his extensive experience serving a variety of industries, including insurance, education, technology, and distribution.

Glenn Baruck, Chief Marketing Officer

Glenn is responsible for overseeing the marketing process for the entire eDot Family of Companies. In doing so, Glenn brings his extensive marketing experience, knowledge and success to the entire eDot Family of Companies and works with the eDot Leadership Team to drive the formation and implementation of strategic marketing and communication initiatives and effective marketing plans.


Glenn is a multi-faceted executive with diverse business expertise. Throughout his career Glenn has always been a hands on executive and a creative problem solver who works well independently as well as with teams. With over 25 years of extensive Management, Leadership, Executive Planning, B2B, B2C marketing, e-commerce and retail marketing and sales management experience, Glenn brings a distinctive perspective to the eDot Family of Companies.

Skilled in all aspects of Marketing Strategy, Strategic Planning, Multi-Channel Creative Marketing, Sales/Sales Management, Product Design, Sourcing, Print Production and Retail Operations, Glenn’s diverse skill set has contributed to the growth of the eDot Family of Companies and his clients. His vision and involvement has resulted in paradigm shifts in branding, creative message development, increased market penetration, top line sales growth and bottom line profitability.

Glenn has had the opportunity to work with clients on challenging engagements that have included long and short range strategic planning, marketing plan creation and execution, leadership coaching, customer research/evaluation, enterprise and customer profitability analysis and the creation of preferred customer loyalty programs.

Glenn now enjoys working with both leaders in the eDot Family of Companies and with eDot clients, bringing his knowledge and experience to their businesses, helping them to understand and grow their companies with an uncommon and personal approach.


   Melvin Thoede: eDot

   Scott Sinclair: Xclutel

   Todd Hepler: Chicago Voice & Data and Digitek

   Mark Ingraham: Image Perspective

   Bill Kerth: Movere Teleservices