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Leadership

Jim Weller

Chief Executive Officer

Jim is a seasoned senior executive with 30 years of building and operating successful technology start-ups in the internet infrastructure sector. An entrepreneur with deep experience in operating data center services, managed services, and communications networks, Jim has demonstrated success in creating market leadership and delivering superior customer satisfaction.

Prior to joining DataBridge Sites he was the cofounder and CEO of Enterprise Technology Parks, a data center company with locations in the Mid-Atlantic region. In 2013 and 2014 Enterprise Technology Parks was acquired by TierPoint, and Jim joined TierPoint in a senior management capacity. Preceding Enterprise Technology Parks he was on the executive team of Switch and Data (acquired by Equinix), where he helped develop data centers in more than 40 locations throughout North America. Jim started his career at MCI and quickly moved to data networking, fiber, and internet peering point development.

Corey Blanton

Chief Operating Officer

Corey possesses a blend of leadership, vision and knowledge. His strengths lie in maximizing organizational capabilities, operations, sales performance, and product offerings. He is a creative, energetic, and strategic business leader, who has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to reshape an organization and attract, hire, and develop high-performing leaders.

Prior to DataBridge Sites, Corey was COO of Renegade Communications, where he developed and executed strategies to capture new clients and improve market share, growing revenue by 45% in his first year. Corey was also the President and COO at Philadelphia Technology Park (PTP). He led the sales and operations teams in launching PTP and managed the day-to-day operations. His proven ability to deliver exceptional growth and sustainable financial performance proved an asset as he led the company to unprecedented growth and expansion. PTP was acquired by TierPoint in 2014.

Keith Britt

Chief Financial Officer

Keith is an active CPA with more than 14 years of direct experience managing the accounting and finance departments of data centers across the United States.

Keith started his career as a financial fraud investigator for St. Paul Insurance and then went on to lead the accounting function of Performax and then Fusion Sales Partners. In 2006 Keith joined Enterprise Technology Parks as Controller and was promoted to CFO of the start-up Mid-Atlantic data center company. In addition to leading all accounting, treasury and financing aspects of the business, Keith managed the subsequent sale of the company through 2013 and 2014. Keith went on to lead the finance team at ByteGrid prior to taking over as CFO of Agile Data Sites in 2019. Keith is a member of the Maryland Association of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.

CTO Team

At DataBridge Sites, we have a team of three people that provide technology leadership and strategy across products, engineering, design, and operations. This allows for deeper knowledge and experience by allowing each person to specialize in a distinct area, while providing the vision and direction required of a Chief Technology Officer. 

Josh Sholes

CTO and VP of IT Architecture and Infrastructure

Josh has worked in IT in various roles for nearly twenty years.  Josh’s role on the CTO team ranges from engineering design and future planning for the DataBridge Cloud platform and overall corporate infrastructure to oversight, administration, and project management for the various technical teams within the company.  Josh also leads the Network Operations Center teams and is the technical liason to facilities and security leadership.

Prior to DataBridge Sites, Josh worked as a Technical Account Manager for AWS, assisting customers in implementing cloud-first solutions and migrating existing applications to cloud in a budget-conscious and well-designed manner while ensuring their satisfaction with AWS Support.   He also spent several years at Comcast:  first as a Senior DevOps Engineer in the High-Speed Internet team where he oversaw design and implementation for several platforms for bandwidth measurement, congestion management, and voice quality-of-service; and later as Principal OpenStack Engineer where he oversaw design, deployment, budgeting, and procurement for several thousand servers in Comcast’s internal cloud platform.  Before Comcast, Josh spent a decade as an IT Director for a series of small companies and startups in fields ranging from precision agriculture to global web services and e-commerce to high-performance computing for engineering simulation.

Wes George

CTO and VP Networks

Wes been working in IP networking since 2000. His role on the CTO team oversees all network design, engineering, and operations for DataBridge Sites, as well as compliance. He has a strong background in network operations that informs his engineering choices to ensure simple, supportable, and reliable solutions.

Before coming to ByteGrid, and then DataBridge Sites, he designed, implemented, and supported the international multi-terabit capacity network platform for Neustar’s SiteProtect (DoS mitigation) product. Prior to that he worked for Time Warner Cable (now Charter Communications) doing Core Network Architecture on a very high-bandwidth multiservice network. He was also heavily involved in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), which is the primary standards body for Internet protocols. He started his career at Sprint, which was at the time a Tier One Internet Service Provider offering IP transit and IPVPN services. His tenure at Sprint included several years in Operations before moving to engineering, where he led the deployment of the Cisco CRS-1 router and was heavily involved in the wired network backbone design for Sprint’s initial 4G wireless network infrastructure. He has been working to further IPv6 deployment and usage in every network he has supported since the very early testing phases (the 6bone) at Sprint.

Matt Smookler

CTO and Principal Systems Engineer

Matt has worked in Systems Engineering in the MSP and cloud services sectors since 2005. As part of the CTO team, Matt uses his expertise to create and implement innovative solutions using the latest principles of hyperconverged computing and software defined datacenters to ensure DataBridge implements best practices to its backing infrastructure and bringing it to the forefront in delivering performance and high availability to its product and service offerings.

Prior to his tenure at DataBridge, Matt has operated in a variety of customer facing technical and leadership roles. As Principal Engineer at CMIT Solutions, he oversaw the NOC team, provided solutions engineering and support to clients, and developed the inhouse systems for the hyperconverged product R&D environment utilizing Proxmox VE and Gluster over Infiniband that provided PoCs and facilitated internal development. At Contour Data Solutions, Matt was a liaison and customer advocate as a Technical Account Engineer providing the technical glue and translation between customer, engineers and sales in addition to providing specification and design for large scale ZFS storage systems intended to back DR and data protection in the company’s cloud offerings. He oversaw the design and deployment of remote large scale and high performance satellite imagery storage, processing and database systems for ZedX Inc. at a cost and performance unmatched by major vendors’ then current offerings. Along the way Matt has also provided executive and technical leadership to non-profit causes he believes in, acting at different times as director of technology, business manager, volunteer chair and consultant for ATG Learning Academy which provides private education and specializes in addressing the needs of students with learning disabilities.

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