Involta Leadership & Board of Directors
A strong company starts with strong leadership.
James (Jim) Buie, President and Chief Executive Officer, oversees has been a driving force in accelerating Involta’s growth trajectory throughout the country. Jim has built a cohesive operations, sales, and marketing culture that models his motivation and enthusiasm for the business. Jim joined Involta in 2016 as Chief Financial Officer, and steadily took on more responsibility to help the company grow profitably while expanding nationally.
Jim served as President from 2020-2022 and was instrumental in the acquisition of the company by global investment firm, Carlyle. He’s also transformed the company’s hybrid cloud, security and strategic consulting offerings through the strategic acquisitions and partnerships. From his start at Involta, Buie has been very active in Involta Cares, the company’s philanthropic platform that extends resources across the communities Involta serves.
Before joining Involta, Jim held executive roles at ViaWest, Comcast and AT&T. During his tenure, ViaWest became one of the largest privately held data center infrastructure, cloud and managed IT providers in North America.
Jim serves on the boards of the Idaho Tech Council and the Sun Corridor, the economic development leader in southern Arizona. He also stays active in numerous other industry and regional technology organizations focused on developing the technology workforce, deepening tech community relationships, and driving public policy to protect innovation.
Jim graduated from Florida State University and earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Colorado.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Chief Technical Officer - Data Center Strategy
Senior Vice President of Sales, Product, and Marketing
Chief Administrative Officer
Vice President of Human Resources
Vice President of Client Experience
Chief Financial Officer
Vice President of Cloud Services
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 provides 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 Jim Buie, Involta CEO.
Ed Vilandrie is an Operating Executive for The Carlyle Group. Previously he was founder of Altman Vilandrie & Company, where he advised CEOs and Boards in complex strategic situations. Vilandrie also previously served as a Vice President and management team member at CSMG and as an analyst at Cambridge Economics, Inc., a M.I.T.-based economic consulting firm specializing in patent infringement and anti-trust litigation. He holds a Sc.B. in Applied Mathematics & Economics from Brown University.
Bruce Lehrman founded Involta LLC in 2007 and led the company as CEO until mid-2022. He played an important role in the company’s acquisition by global investment firm Carlyle and under his leadership, Involta was recognized by several industry organizations and publications for its strategic solutions and services. Mr. Lehrman was named to Best Startup US's 101 Top CEOs in the Service Industry Space in 2022. He holds a BBA in marketing from Iowa State University and sits on the boards of the Entrepreneurial Development Center in Cedar Rapids, Technology Association of Iowa, Iowa Seed Fund, GeaCom, Higher Learning Technology and Van Meter Industrial.
Gary Wojtaszek is a proven executive in data center and technology industries. Wojtaszek’s experience includes founding, growing and monetizing private and public companies of scale. As CyrusOne’s CEO, he developed the data center strategy that led to the successful IPO and spin-off of CyrusOne from Cincinnati Bell. He’s currently the founder and CEO of Recreational Realty, a specialized real estate company focused on marine and RV storage. Wojtaszek is a board member at GDS Holdings, Quantum Loophole, Tech Partners and Talen Energy and is an advisor to The Carlyle Group. He holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.
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.
Joshua Pang is a Managing Director and the Head of Digital Infrastructure for Carlyle Global Infrastructure. Throughout his career, he has been focused on investing in leading businesses across data centers, cloud infrastructure, and network connectivity, with the goal of building world-class infrastructure for customers to support their increasingly complex IT ecosystems. Mr. Pang has provided capital to support the growth and expansion of over a dozen companies in telecom/digital infrastructure and adjacent sectors over the past 15 years. Earlier in his career, Mr. Pang served as Managing Director at Blackstone. He is based in New York.
Allison Wisniewski is a Vice President for Carlyle Global Infrastructure. She has evaluated dozens of companies and has led the execution of the group’s digital infrastructure deals. Earlier in her career, Ms. Wisniewski was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company where she helped clients deliver large capital projects, building complex infrastructure across multiple sectors. Ms. Wisniewski holds an MBA from Stanford University and a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering (Information Systems) from the University of Southern California. She is based in Washington DC.