Edge Hosting is now a DataBank Company!

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Vlad Friedman
Chief Executive Officer
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Vlad, a seasoned IT veteran with 25+ years of mission-critical IT experience, founded Edge Hosting in 1998 with a vision of bringing outcomes-based thinking into the world of managed hosting before the concept of managed hosting existed.

Edge, a spin-off from his first IT venture ACS, 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.

After identifying a significant gap in the marketplace for a solution-oriented hosting provider that did more than sell servers, cores, gigs, and bandwidth, Vlad created Edge. Edge filled the gap by understanding customers’ workloads, using only the best infrastructure components and including engineering services required to build and operate the platforms on a 24/7 basis.

Under Vlad’s direction, what started as a single server has grown to thousands of servers in geographically diverse data centers managed by a team of 80+ engineers exclusively focused on hosting highly secure, mission-critical hosting for web and line-of-business applications.

Mike Altman
Chief Operating Officer


As Chief Operating Officer at Edge, Mike leads the company’s operations, engineering, software development and finance departments including corporate resource allocation management, accounting, and audits. He also provides strategic planning and operational execution for the company. Mike’s leadership of Edge’s client services led to the company receiving the highest Net Promoter customer service score in the industry.

Before joining Edge as COO, Mike was Vice President of Technology at Educate Inc., a $400 million company, for 13 years. At Educate, he managed technology including software development, application integration, technology infrastructure, deployment and support. Prior to that, Mike served as Director of Information Systems at 1-800-Flowers for five years. As the company’s Chief Technologist, he led 1-800-Flowers application development, call center technology and retail store point-of-sale solutions. Earlier, he was MIS Manager at Vendor Funding, and for five years, he served as Senior Consultant at Computer Associates on the banking application team.

Mike is a graduate of Boston University School of Management, where he earned BS and BA degrees.

Mark Houpt
Chief Information Security Officer

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As Chief Information Security Officer of Edge Hosting, Mark brings over 25 years of extensive information security and information technology experience in a wide range of industries and institutions. In his leadership position, Mark’s responsibilities include strategic planning, oversight of security and compliance, as well as providing subject matter expertise for developing and maintaining a comprehensive, integrated information security and compliance program.

Mark is a successful security entrepreneur, previously owning and operating a security consulting firm and hosting a security blog. Also, he has been responsible for security and compliance solutions at Fortune 50 financial and banking institutions, health care entities, the CTO in a higher education institution, a technical operations manager in a startup as well as the role he credits for starting it all, a Cryptologist with the U.S. Navy.

Mark holds an MS-ISA (Masters Information Security and Assurance), numerous security and technical certifications (CISSP, CEH, CHFI, Security +, Network+) and qualified for DoD IAT Level III, IAM Level III, IASAE Level II, CND Analyst, CND Infrastructure Support, CND Incident Responder, and CND Auditor positions and responsibilities.  Mark is an expert in understanding and the interpretation of FedRAMP, HIPAA and PCI-DSS compliance requirements and is fluent in translating these requirements into common sense language for our customers. Mark is an active member of ISC2, ASIS International, COMPTIA, IAPP, and ISACA, among other leading national and international security organizations. Beyond his professional dedication to information security, Mark also donates his time and expertise to the economic security of individuals and organizations in need, both here and abroad.

Robb Goetz
Director of Finance & Controller

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As Director of Finance and Controller, Robb converted Edge from cash basis accounting to accrual basis and stewarded the company through GAAP audits. Robb is responsible for Edge’s financial planning and analysis, all financial reporting, treasury management as well as managing the accounting team.

Robb has over 20 years of progressive finance and accounting experience in both the financial services and information technology industries. He was previously the Vice President and CFO at KPMG Corporate Finance, Vice President of Business Operations and Controller at New Day Financial and the Associate Director at CitiFinancial.

Robb earned his MBA from the Loyola College Sellinger School of Business, the only school in the entire Mid-Atlantic region that is fully accredited by the AACSB. He also earned his BBA Accounting from Loyola.

Michael Deamer
Vice President of Client Services

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Michael serves as Vice President of Client Services at Edge Hosting, where he leads the Technical Support, Technical Management, DBA and the Development teams. He brings over 29 years of experience within the IT industry, developing corporate IT infrastructure, directing personnel, as well as managing significant IT budgets.

Throughout his career, Mike’s leadership was critical in successfully achieving vital corporate goals. For seven years, Mike was Vice President of IT and GIS Technologies for WBCM, where he built the State and Federal government divisions of the company. Prior to that, Mike served eight years as Vice President of Information Systems for Enterprise Information Systems, where the new division he built and led achieved CMM Level III Compliance.

While working full-time, Mike also taught IT Project Management at the University of Maryland, College Park. He earned his BS in Computer Science from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

Dennis Wilson
Vice President of Sales

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Dennis serves as Vice President of Sales and leads a team of Account Executives, Account Managers, Sales Engineers and Sales Operations specialists. He and his team take a simple approach to sales: listen to customers and design solutions to deliver business outcomes. Dennis’ primary focus is driving the business forward with growth in direct and channel sales while providing a world class sales experience.

He brings over 20 years of industry experience to the Edge team. Previously, Dennis served as the Regional Director at WindStream Communications (a Fortune 500/$6 Billion Company) and was responsible for penetrating new markets.

His focus is managed services, business continuity, network services and cloud services.

Phil Ryker
Vice President of Engineering


As Vice President of Engineering, Phil is responsible for the strategic direction, architecture, design, implementation and ongoing maintenance of Edge Hosting’s state-of-the-art network, platforms, systems and data centers. He brings over 20 years of experience within the hosting industry developing infrastructure solutions for many leading hosting and cloud services companies.

Phil’s career started in 1996 as the President and Founder of the highly successful dedicated managed hosting provider SkyNetWEB. He subsequently sold the company in 2000 to Affinity Internet, the third largest hosting company in the United States at that time. He remained with them as the Vice President of Engineering Operations, where he led the day-to-day technical operations. In 2005, Phil moved to Swift Systems as the Director of Operations, where he led them through a remake of the hosting and managed services product offerings, as well as provided consulting services to many small and large customers in the Washington D.C./Baltimore metro areas. In 2011, Phil accepted a position as Director of Hosting with Personify, the market leader of association management software. At Personify, Phil led the hosting business through a complete overhaul that resulted in a 500% growth in revenue and vastly improved customer satisfaction.

Phil possesses a deep and thorough understanding of networking, virtualization, storage and the associated software, processes and business practices employed by the most successful hosting companies in the world.

Stacey Levas
Vice President of Marketing


Stacey serves as Vice President of Marketing at Edge Hosting, where she leads marketing strategy, product marketing and demand generation. She brings over 20 years of experience in creating market value for healthcare-related IT service companies. Most recently, Stacey consulted for several data analytics start-ups and a financial software application company.

Throughout her career, Stacey has approached marketing with a sense of pragmatism and a persistent focus on customer experience. As Vice President of Marketing for Health Market Science (HMS), Stacey led commercial efforts to drive product messaging and differentiation, contributing to an average of 30% year-over-year growth and a successful exit to LexisNexis Risk Solutions. Stacey held a variety of marketing management roles at Gene Logic, Cambrex Bio Science (now Lonza), RWD Technologies (now GP Strategies) and CSC.

Stacey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and Psychology from New York University and a Master’s degree in Marketing from The Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business.

Justin Sevier
Director of Hosting Solutions

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As Director of Hosting Solutions at Edge Hosting, Justin created the Implementation Department. He also documented processes, conceived and composed all the operating tools, and continues to manage the department as Edge’s implementation needs continue to expand.

From its inception, the department has been responsible for the successful implementation and migration of every new client at Edge. Today, Justin’s role includes managing the implementation team, the provisioning team, and now the DevOps team, which assures deployment of consistent, repeatable and timely complex and ever-changing hosting solutions. Justin is also a member of the Edge Hosting Management Board, helping the company to realize its strategic visions.

Previously, Justin ran his own successful consulting and solutions firm, serving government entities including Fort Meade, the Port of Baltimore and the DC Department of Public Works, education clients including public schools in DC, Maryland and Virginia, communications companies including Level3, Cavalier, Verizon Wireless, and corporations including 7 Eleven and Kaiser Permanente.

Michelle Mitchell
Director of Development

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Michelle serves as Director of Development and leads a team of Software Developers, QA Engineers, Business Analysts and Project Managers. She brings over 21 years of experience within the IT industry designing, developing and supporting complex infrastructure and software solutions.

The Development department is responsible for creating and maintaining all of the software applications used by Edge Hosting to monitor, track and support the systems we host for our customers.

Previously, Michelle was Director of IT and Development at MJM Innovations for eight years, where she built Support and Development teams that architected, developed and implemented custom software solutions for the transportation and aging industries.

Bryan Zuber
Director of Support Services

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As the Director of Support Services, Bryan brings 17 years of operational knowledge obtained from his past experience as a network engineer at Digex and Intermedia Communications and as the Director of Operations at MCI WorldCom and Verizon Business. Bryan also managed Verizon Terremark’s Tier 2 Global Service Desk and the Escalation Engineering Cloud Support team, providing excellent service to Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies.

Through operational quality and execution, Bryan has a proven track record in providing workable strategies in Large-Scale IT Project Management, Capacity and Budget Planning, and building high-performance teams in mission-critical business in the areas of Service Delivery, Customer Support, Infrastructure Engineering and Incident Management, Crisis Management, Problem Management and Change Management where customers’ focus and loyalty is considered paramount.

Bryan’s past performance of leading highly skilled and technically diverse teams across the United States and 4 international locations is instrumental in leading Edge’s Technical Support team to the highest levels of customer support. Bryan’s knowledge and experience in managing ITIL, FedRAMP, PCI, SAS 70, SSAE 16 compliant organizations with Verizon Business Cloud Services and Managed Services will contribute to Edge’s excellent customer satisfaction.