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Involta Leadership and Board of Directors

Involta Management Team

Bruce Lehrman

Bruce Lehrman

Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Bruce Lehrman, Founder, Chief Executive Officer is best known for his entrepreneurial spirit and ability to build world-class technology organizations. He has been involved in three greenfield business start-ups and has also worked with large, nationally recognized brands. In 2007 he founded Involta LLC, a privately held multi-tenant data center and IT services company headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Involta builds, owns and operates world-class, multi-tenant data centers throughout the Country.

Involta was named the second fastest growing IT Company in the country in 2010, according to Inc. Magazine 500 Fastest Growing Companies (#40 overall). Involta was selected Company of the Year by the Technology Association of Iowa, and Lehrman was named CEO of the Year at the same event. Lehrman was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010 by the Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce. In 2012, Involta was awarded Fastest Growing Company by CBJ as well as winning the Prometheus Award for IT Service Company of the Year. Lehrman was recognized as the Entrepreneur of the Year by Corridor Business Journal.

Lehrman is on the Board of the Entrepreneurial Development Center, Technology Association of Iowa (as 2013 Chairman), Iowa Seed Fund, MEDCO, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and Van Meter Industrial. Prior to Involta, Lehrman was CIO of RuffaloCODY.

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James D. Buie

Chief Financial Officer

Jim Buie, Chief Financial Officer, joins Involta with more than 25 years of executive experience leading finance, operations and sales within technology companies such as ViaWest, Comcast and AT&T. In previous roles, Buie has built a unique reputation for scaling businesses and delivering industry-leading results. Buie’s leadership has been distinguished in the industry from his track record of delivering growth organically and by acquisition. In addition to his own credentials, Buie is very committed to developing finance and technology professionals through leadership in organizations like the Association for Corporate Growth, Financial Executives International and AFCOM.
Ken Kremer

Ken Kremer

Chief Operating Officer

Ken Kremer, Chief Operations Officer has been with Involta since 2007 and has worked in the information technology industry since 1987.  He has previously held leadership positions in high tech companies focusing on operational efficiencies, innovated solution engineering and regulatory compliancy issues. Kremer’s career has been focused on data center operations and managed services since 1997.
Mike Meloy

Mike Meloy

Regional Vice President/General Manager

Michael Meloy, Regional Vice President/General Manager, has IT expertise across multiple verticals, including manufacturing and healthcare. Prior to joining Involta, he founded NSI Group, which transitioned to DRS, LLC. As CEO of DRS, he led the company’s growth in Ohio and Pennsylvania and spearheaded a strategic partnership to build the nation’s first municipal data center. He has been on boards of Cisco, EMC, Microsoft, South Range Merchant Board, South Range Foundation (President), Ingram’s VTN Council, and DRUND.com. He has been honored as an Ohio Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year, Ohio Commodore appointed by Governor Kasich, and inductee of MSPMentor 250 Global Hall of Fame.

Jean O’Neill

Vice President of Channel Management

Jean O’Neill, Vice President of Channel Management, has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry with extensive expertise within Channel Management. She was instrumental in building channel programs at both Rackspace and at Terremark/Verizon. Additionally, she has counseled, mentored and supplied channel consulting to many companies in their initial stages, helping them build proper foundations to insure successful channel programs. As an early and active member of Cloud Girls, O’Neill belongs to a nonprofit community of female technology advocates dedicated to educating themselves and their stakeholders about the vast and dynamic cloud ecosystem. O’Neill graduated magna cum laude with a degree in communication from Kennesaw State University in Georgia.
Randy Rings

Randy Rings

Chief Counsel

Randy Rings, Founder, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel specializes in developing effective solutions to complicated business issues and transactions. He has served as General Counsel for public and private high-growth technology, telecommunications, insurance and financial services, publishing and telemarketing companies, and as Corporate Counsel for electric and telephone cooperatives. Rings has managed, structured, or directed numerous complex telecommunications and technology transactions, financing and capitalization activities and other business and legal arrangements.
Sue Sedrel, Director of Human Resources

Sue Sedrel

Director of Human Resources

Sue Sedrel, Director of Human Resources, has been part of the Involta team since the company’s inception in 2007. She came to Involta from McLeod with finance and telecom industry experience and holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Iowa. In her position, Sedrel continually builds Involta’s world-class team through talent acquisition, recognition and development. Her efforts contribute to Involta’s local and national recognition as a leading IT services company. Sedrel prioritizes employee development and organizational effectiveness initiatives for Involta through her deep experience with color training and personality inventory.
Jeffrey Szymanski

Jeffrey Szymanski

Vice President of Strategic Markets

Jeffrey Szymanski, Vice President of Strategic Markets, has 35 years of experience in the information technology industry, with both tactical and strategic business development expertise deploying technology. Szymanski also has extensive expertise in integrating client services and IT best practices within the healthcare sector. His leadership positions have spanned information technology management, business development, and technology consulting. Szymanski has served on and established a number of IT advisory boards and a healthcare advisory board. He has been instrumental in restructuring IT departments of organizations and onboarding CIOs.  Szymanski has been a frequent public speaker at international conferences and an avid contributor to leading industry publications.

Jeff Thorsteinson

Chief Security Officer

Jeff Thorsteinson, Chief Security Officer has over 35 years of experience in information technology and electrical utility industries. He assists companies in establishing regulatory compliance, process performance and strategic issues, such as determining whether to “buy” or “build”. Thorsteinson also served as the project manager for the Involta data center builds, completed in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and provided the design input to align to IEEE Tier IV electrical reliability and increase the operational margin of cooling systems with the development of “DataSoxR”.
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Mike Vignato

Chief Sales Officer

Mike Vignato, Chief Sales Officer, has been deeply involved in the information technology field for more than 20 years, leading companies providing enterprise-class data center services (cloud and colocation) and managed services. An executive with an entrepreneurial mind, Vignato has led organizations of all sizes through periods of challenge and change with innovative thought, excellent planning and best-practice solutions. As Executive Vice President of The Antara Group, Vignato executed numerous sales turnaround strategies and high-profile acquisitions. Vignato specializes in building profitable companies, leadership, IT infrastructure services, technology consulting, revenue growth and cost containment.
Thomas Wilcox

Thomas Wilcox

Chief Technical Officer

Thomas Wilcox, Chief Technical Officer, has over 20 years of experience leading technical operations teams and building high performing groups. He has worked in multiple industries including financial, manufacturing and telecommunications. Wilcox specializes in assisting companies with regulatory compliance, ITIL implementation, achieving operational excellence and managing outsource resources.

Involta Board of Directors

Involta is a privately held company that operates its dynamic and innovative information technology services from enterprise-class company-owned data center facilities. Involta's board of directors provide insight from their various backgrounds and expertise of electrical power, healthcare, telecommunications, technology, finance and corporate governance to help guide the management team regarding company direction. Also serving on the Board of Directors is Bruce Lehrman, Involta CEO.

Stephen Gray

Chairman

Stephen Gray is the Founder of Gray Venture Partners, LLC. He is also a Senior Advisor to The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s premiere and most successful private equity firms. Gray previously served as President of McLeodUSA Inc., VP of Business Services at MCI and Senior VP of National Accounts and Carrier Services for TelecomUSA as well as a variety of other management positions. Mr. Gray earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee.

Jeffery Benjamin

Jeffery Benjamin has nearly 25 years of experience in the investment industry and has extensive experience serving on the boards of directors of other public and private companies, including Mandalay Resort Group. He has been senior advisor to Cyrus Capital Partners since June 2008 and serves as a consultant to Apollo Global Management, LLC with respect to investments in the gaming industry. He was senior advisor to Apollo Global Management, LLC from 2002 to 2008. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.

Gillis Cashman

Gillis Cashman is a Managing Partner of M/C Partners and is focused on the wireline broadband infrastructure and services portion of the firm's portfolio. Cashman joined M/C Partners after a career with Salomon Smith Barney in the Global Telecommunications Corporate Finance Group where, he concentrated on mergers and acquisitions in the wireline and wireless segments of the telecommunications industry.

James Wade

James Wade is currently a Managing Partner of M/C Partners. He is responsible for developing the firm’s involvement in the telecom service sectors, including mobile wireless, broadband wireless, CLEC, fiber and residential broadband providers. Wade also leads the investment process for M/C Partners, including determining sector focus, seeking out management teams, founding new companies and working with financial sources that provide debt and equity capital. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Open Mobile and Melita Cable. Wade graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in finance and received a master’s of business administration from Harvard Business School.

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