DataBank's leadership team is comprised of industry experts with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the delivery of technology business solutions.
Raul Martynek joined DataBank in June of 2016 as the Chief Executive Officer. In this role, he provides overall strategic direction of the company and its operations. Raul is a 20+ year veteran in the telecom and Internet Infrastructure sector. He most recently served as a Senior Advisor for Digital Bridge Holdings LLC. Prior to Digital Bridge, he served as Chief Executive Officer for New Jersey-based data center and managed services operator Net Access, LLC. Net Access was acquired in November 2015 by Denver-based data center operator Cologix. Prior to Net Access, he was the CEO of Voxel dot Net, Inc., a global managed hosting and cloud company, which was acquired by Internap Network Services Corp. in early 2012. Mr. Martynek also served as the Chief Restructuring Officer of Smart Telecom, a Dublin, Ireland-based fiber carrier which was acquired by Digiweb in 2009. Before that he evaluated investment opportunities in the telecommunications and Internet sector as a Senior Advisor at Plainfield Asset Management, a $4B hedge fund. Prior to Plainfield, Mr. Martynek spent 13 years with telecom and Internet provider InfoHighway Communications Corp; first as a Chief Operating Officer of Eureka Networks and then as President and Chief Executive Officer of InfoHighway. InfoHighway was acquired by Broadview Networks in 2007. Mr. Martynek earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Binghamton University and received a Master Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
President & CFO
Kevin Ooley took on the role of President in May of 2017 and has served as the Chief Financial Officer of DataBank since 2011. He has over 20 years of extensive experience in delivering shareholder value through the creation and implementation of growth and operational strategies. Prior to joining DataBank, Ooley served as the CFO for the Thompson Media Group and as a Principal at Lovett Miller & Co., a growth capital private equity firm based in Florida. He was also a Director of Strategy for iXL Enterprises and a Manager in Accenture's Strategic Services practice. Ooley holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University.
Vlad is a seasoned IT veteran with over 25 years of mission-critical IT experience. Vlad joined the DataBank management team as CTO in September 2017 with the acquisition of Edge Hosting. In his role as DataBank's Chief Technology Officer, Vlad guides the direction for development, implementation and management of the company's overall technology strategies. Prior to DataBank, Vlad founded Edge Hosting, a compliance-driven IaaS and PaaS Managed Cloud Hosting service provider, in 1998 as a spin-off from his first IT venture ACS, which was started in 1991 while he was still a student at the University of Maryland. ACS was a software startup that created the only packaged solution for large scale automotive logistics processing that was widely adopted by auto manufacturers, port processors and transportation carriers around the globe. Under Vlad's direction, the company flourished to thousands of servers in geographically diverse data centers, hosting highly secure, mission-critical hosting for web and line-of-business applications.
EVP of Corporate Development
Mr. Puccio joined the company's senior leadership team as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development in mid-2017 with a twenty year track-record of industry accomplishments. Mr. Puccio leads the company's growth strategy and acquisition efforts. Prior to joining DataBank, Mr. Puccio served as a Director for Signal Hill, a tech-focused investment bank where he helped launch the internet infrastructure practice and managed several successful prominent industry transactions. Prior to Signal Hill, Mr. Puccio served as President and Founder of Satori Networks, Inc., a telecommunications research firm specializing in consulting services, industry research, and complex network builds. Mr. Puccio also possesses diverse expertise in wholesale and enterprise technology applications, carrier relations, and corporate management, which stems from his roles in regional executive management at OnFiber Communications and Eureka Networks, and sales with Level 3 and MCI. Mr. Puccio graduated from Middlebury College.
Co-Founder & Sr. Vice President of Sales
As Co-Founder, Jerry Blair was instrumental in DataBank's inception in 2005. In his role as Sr. Vice President of Sales, Blair is charged with executing the company's sales strategy. With a successful track record spanning more than 20 years in senior sales management, Blair's experience and proven ability to implement results-driven direct and channel-focused sales programs is a very welcome continued asset to the company. Prior to DataBank, Blair was Vice President of Sales for Switch and Data and LayerOne. He has also served as General Manager of Sales for Lucent Technologies and has held sales management positions with various industry leaders including ICG Communications, Nortel Communications and Wellfleet Communications.
Vice President of Marketing
Aaron Alwell joined the DataBank management team as a consultant in the closing months of 2011. His immediate focus was on enhancing the company's brand image and awareness. Now in his permanent role, Alwell's impact can be felt throughout every facet of DataBank's branding, presence, and messaging. Aaron is a Marketing veteran with proven success in establishing brand identities in emerging markets. With over a decade and a half of experience in marketing both consumer and business technology solutions, Aaron's specialties encompass both traditional and online marketing, ranging from hands-on advertising and design to website design, social media, and SEO/SEM. Prior to DataBank, Alwell was the Vice President of Marketing for USAFact, one of the leading corporate background screening agencies. He has also held management-level marketing positions with a number of technology companies, including ViaWest, Dataside, and Internet America. Aaron studied at the University of Texas, Arlington.
Vice President of Technical Operations
Dan Allen joined the DataBank management team in 2011. As the head of technical operations, Allen is responsible for all of DataBank's facility infrastructure and data center operations. With over 28 years of Telecom and Management experience, Allen's oversight ensures DataBank clients have the highest levels of security and redundancy in the industry. Prior to DataBank, Allen managed multiple facilities totaling more than 100K square feet of raised floor for Denver-based ViaWest. Before that, he served as the Director of Technical Services for Dallas-based colocation provider Dataside, and spent 16 years with Cable & Wireless managing the company's central US operations. Dan is a Uptime Institute Tier Certification Specialist and is also an acting member of the Open-IX Association's Data Center Standards Committee which guides the technical and operational for all OIX certified facilities. Allen proudly served in the United States Air Force.
Vice President of Product & Solutions Engineering
Evan is a veteran in the data center industry with over twenty years of experience in Information Technology and has an extensive history of success in delivering results around the data center, managed services, and cloud solutions for top clientele. Evan has been utilizing this wealth of expertise to drive customer performance while managing the Solutions Engineering group at DataBank, since joining the company in early 2013. He also works closely with our CTO to develop and deliver new products and services. His approach provides in-depth design assistance to clients in both the development and deployment of their IT assets. Evan has worked for multiple Fortune 100 & 500 companies in direct IT roles, as well as consulting companies & resellers (VARs), hardware manufacturers and a number of service providers. In addition, Evan also has extensive industry training including more than 25 different certifications from EMC, IBM, Cisco, VMWare, and Microsoft.