Founder & Chairman of SUPERNAP
Rob Roy is CEO and founder of Switch, developer of the world-renowned SUPERNAPS, the largest, best-designed technology solutions ecosystem.
In the year 2000, with a background in business leadership, engineering, commercial development and technology, Rob Roy converged his areas of expertise to create Switch in Las Vegas, Nevada. His vision was to offer advanced technology ecosystems and the combined services and solutions inherent to those environments. Early clients ranged from sophisticated startups to innovative Fortune 100 companies.
Since founding Switch, Rob Roy has transformed the way data center ecosystems are engineered and utilized. As the chief inventor and designer of the Switch SUPERNAPS, Rob Roy is widely considered the data center industry’s most successful technology entrepreneur. With more than 218 patented and patent pending claims for data center systems, designs and related industry technologies, Rob Roy’s inventions and thought leadership have changed the industry landscape and created a new standard of excellence for mission critical facilities.
A key turning point for the Switch technology ecosystems occurred in 2002. Rob Roy acquired the former Enron facility in Las Vegas and tapped into a unique technology treasure – an advanced fiber optic nexus with a level of connectivity unlike anywhere else in the country. The network capacity, redundancy and reliability of the facility enabled Switch to create the largest technology optimization sites in the world. Through this acquisition, and with dedication and a focus on elite design and differentiation, Rob Roy created a technology environment that is unrivaled and will most likely never be replicated. It was a technology enablement opportunity of historic proportions.
In 2006, Rob Roy’s vision expanded with the construction of the revolutionary Switch SUPERNAPS. These data center ecosystems go beyond securely housing the compute, storage and enterprise connectivity for leading global companies. The Switch ecosystems provide infrastructure for more than 600 corporations, including 40 leading cloud companies, and offer below wholesale Telco prices through the nearly $2 trillion in collective buying power of the Switch C.O.R.E (Combined Ordering Retail Ecosystem) consortium. The company continues to evolve, innovate and grow with the recent opening of SUPERNAP 8 in April 2013. SUPERNAP 9 broke ground in July 2013.
Rob Roy is committed to paying forward the success of Switch and is passionate about enabling a more diverse Nevada economy. In 2012, he created The Rob Roy inNEVation Center, a philanthropic effort to support economic diversification and foster collaboration between Nevada entrepreneurs, business leaders and the community.
The inNEVation Center is a 65,000 square foot entrepreneurial and business hub providing the resources, education and connections necessary to start and grow great companies. Located near the Switch SUPERNAPS in the Las Vegas Digital Exchange Campus (LVDEC), the center offers business development resources including coworking space, executive suites and corporate headquarter options.
A thought leader in his industry and business, Rob Roy is actively involved with several industry and community initiatives, including the boards of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He founded powerful economic stimulators such as The Nevada Board, NV Angels and CANVAS (California Nevada Angel Syndicate).
The Rob and Stella Roy Foundation is also making a difference in the Las Vegas community. The Roys are founding members of The Smith Center for Performing Arts in addition to The Rob Roy inNEVation Center. They recently received the “2013 Philanthropy Award” by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for their contributions to the organization and for all they have given to support the economic diversity and vitality of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada.
Through it all, Rob Roy has remained incredibly hands-on, creative and inspirational to his team and the industry. He has not only designed the largest and most unique data center ecosystems in the world, supported by a best-in-class team, but his stamp of innovation, detail and excellence can be witnessed down to the interior architecture and custom furnishings throughout Switch and The Rob Roy inNEVation Center. Rob Roy has built a culture of people who possess the same dedication to innovation, detail and true technology leadership.
EVP Network Operations
Brian Boles is the executive vice president of network operations at SUPERNAP. He has more than 20 years of operational experience and technical expertise at the local, regional and national levels and currently manages all aspects of the company’s overall architecture and end-to-end operations infrastructure. Brian assists in the development of future solutions for in-house and client technology evolution. His focus is on next-generation ideas and how the SUPERNAP team can help improve efficiencies and effectiveness on behalf of clients in the SUPERNAP ecosystem. He runs point on helping companies move to the next level.
Prior to joining SUPERNAP in 2001, Brian was the director of computer operations and networking for DemandTec, Inc. Brian drove the overall architecture and operations infrastructure, achieving growth substantial growth, while managing associated budgetary and staffing responsibilities. His experience also includes a leadership role with Mpower where he was instrumental in deploying the first national voice over DSL (VoDSL) product in the market. Brian collaborated on the development of the methods and procedure processes for network management change control at this firm, demonstrably driving down operational costs while increasing organizational efficiency, a significant achievement in any business.
Brian also worked at Mirage Resorts in Las Vegas as a senior network technician. While at Mirage Resorts, he was commissioned to manage the installation, testing, and configuration of all networking equipment required to support the opening and ongoing operations of every aspect of The Bellagio, Mirage's flagship resort and hotel.
Brian was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps with a rank of sergeant after four years of award-winning service to his country. He held the ongoing responsibilities for network/communications cabling and associated infrastructure for Communications Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, U.S.M.C.
EVP Network Engineering
Jim Devane is the executive vice president of network engineering for SUPERNAP. Since 2002, Jim has led the network engineering team to ensure that SUPERNAP clients don’t just “get connected to the Internet,” but that they have a solid team at SUPERNAP to back them up with standardized models, systems, networks, platforms and protocols in place.
From simple startups and medium-sized companies, to multi-location enterprises, Jim’s team drives business all the way from Las Vegas to the cloud. His clients may be headquartered in New York, or the Silicon Valley, but the SUPERNAP team is getting things done in Las Vegas for global connectivity.
In addition to making sure the smallest details are considered, Jim supervises and advises his team of network engineers on their daily work with clients. As an executive team lead, he implements strategic innovation and problem solving, and works at driving down costs for SUPERNAP clients.
Prior to SUPERNAP, Jim worked with a national DSL service provider where he was a network engineer and design architect. His experience also includes a stint at the Cisco Technical Assistance Center and time as a stockbroker at Fidelity Investments.
EVP Facility Services
Lesley McVay is the executive vice president of facility services for SUPERNAP. Her responsibilities within the SUPERNAPS include managing client installations and overseeing client services including colocation, power and connectivity.
Lesley's impressive skills and extensive knowledgebase are repeatedly showcased during new client installations. She can manage a team of engineers in a swift and confident manner while providing answers to the intricate, technical questions.
She works with clients ranging from Fortune 100 powerhouses and government agencies, to mid-sized enterprises and startups to produce successful and timely installations. Her efforts keep each client’s mission critical business on target and on schedule.
Prior to joining SUPERNAP in 2005, Lesley was the director of operations for a successful Las Vegas-based software company where she managed all aspects of the business including product ordering, marketing, selling and distribution.
Lesley is actively involved as a member of the board of trustees for the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Missy Young is the executive vice president of colocation at SUPERNAP. She relocated to Las Vegas from Huntington Beach to join the company in 2005. As a partner at SUPERNAP, she is responsible for all sales and engineering with respect to potential clients, including solution architecture and contract negotiations. Her expertise is centered on helping clients understand the unique technology ecosystem that is SUPERNAP. She leads a phenomenal team of sales engineers and will gladly tell you that she has the best job in the world.
Prior to becoming a partner at SUPERNAP, Missy was the director of VoIP services for Mpower Communications. Her portfolio of experience also includes senior sales engineering positions at ICG Communications, InteleNet Data Centers, and FirstWorld Communications. Missy is Cisco, Microsoft, and Novell certified, and got her start in the tech field, back in the dot-com days of the mid-90s, as a network engineer.
Missy is dedicated to helping diversify Nevada’s economy and serving the local community through philanthropic endeavors. She serves on the executive committee for the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA), the IT Sector Council for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), the Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Research Board, the Desert Research Institute Foundation Board, the Henderson Space and Science Center Board, and the Foundation Board of Opportunity Village.
EVP Critical Systems
Gabe Herrera is the executive vice president of critical system operations. He works directly with the construction, design and implementation teams on creative solutions as well as on-site support of critical infrastructure deployment. His responsibilities include ensuring the proper deployment and quality assurance of the data center critical infrastructure equipment and operation. Gabe’s team is responsible for research and development, alarm response, preventative and corrective maintenance of the critical infrastructure throughout SUPERNAP. His primary responsibility is the oversight and execution of installation, commissioning and maintenance of the data center critical infrastructure, and data center environment. The critical systems team has an on-site presence 24/7/365.
Gabe has 16 years of experience in the production, facilities, electrical and mechanical maintenance fields. He started his experience in maintenance operations and safety during his service in a U.S. Marine Corps AV8/B Harrier Attack Squadron as an avionics technician, collateral duty inspector and eventually as a work center supervisor.
Gabe was an uninterruptible power system field service engineer for several years working in critical environments such as hospitals, banks, data centers and military installations. He has worked in manufacturing plants and clean room environments on mechanical, electrical and electronic equipment.
Gabe’s efforts have contributed to the reputation SUPERNAP has attained for system innovation and client reliability.
Herrera is a charter board member of The Association of Energy Engineers NV Chapter.
EVP General Counsel
Thomas Morton is the executive vice president and general counsel for SUPERNAP. Given the innovations and patents that SUPERNAP has become widely-recognized for over the past decade, Thomas plays a significant role in building intellectual properties created by Rob Roy.
Previously, Thomas was affiliated with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, representing clients in the areas of intellectual property and business counseling. While his practice focused on the representation of emerging growth companies in telecommunications and technology, Thomas also represented Pillsbury Winthrop's large institutional clients in connection with technology, telecommunications, outsourcing transactions, acquisition due diligence and other technology-related commercial transactions.
In addition to representing large-scale transactions, Thomas represented companies on hundreds of software license agreements, patent and technology license agreements, development agreements, OEM/distributor/reseller agreements, consulting and technical services agreements, joint venture/strategic partner agreements, technology transfer agreements, asset purchase agreements, manufacturing and supply agreements, and e-commerce and Internet transactions. Thomas also counseled technology clients on intellectual property rights, trade secret and copyright issues, as well as privacy, data protection matters and e-commerce issues.
Prior to his work in the legal field, Thomas was an accountant for a Fortune 500 manufacturer where he assisted with corporate-wide forecasting and merger and acquisition strategies.
Thomas has been actively involved as a board member of McClellan Technology Incubator and the Sacramento Region Technology Alliance. He has been a board member of Intellectual Property Law Section of the Sacramento Bar Association since 2001.
Rhonda Garlick is the executive vice president of accounting and administration for SUPERNAP. Her role also encompasses human resources management for SUPERNAP. Rhonda's knowledge and financial background is extensive, with more than 26 years of accounting, administrative and human resources management experience. She has worked in the financial, transportation, construction equipment and legal industries.
Prior to joining the team at SUPERNAP, Rhonda was the controller for one of the most prestigious legal firms in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was also the local controller for a nationally-based equipment rental company, where she participated on the steering and implementation team responsible for migrating the accounting and asset management software for a nationwide corporate acquisition.
As the executive vice president of operations, Terri Borden oversees planning and construction of all new SUPERNAP facilities. She also works closely with the Critical Infrastructure Operations Team to manage the overall health of all SUPERNAP facilities and their critical power, cooling and monitoring systems.
Alongside CEO and founder of SUPERNAP, Rob Roy, Terri continually works to develop and implement data center design improvements and advances in equipment, systems and processes to create the most advanced data center ecosystem in the world.
Prior to joining SUPERNAP in 2007, Terri worked for Humana Insurance for six years as the executive assistant to the president of the Actuarial Department. Terri also worked for Corrigan Companies, where she quickly worked her way through the ranks to become director of operations for the private, celebrity-owned restaurant group. She managed six stand-alone restaurants and supervised approximately 300 employees.
Terri is an active supporter of the local Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas.
Jason Mendenhall is the master of all things cloud and big data technologies, in his role as executive vice president of cloud. He oversees Switch C.U.B.E (Cloud Ubiquitous Business Exchange), which delivers the most comprehensive technology and cloud ecosystem in the market to SUPERNAP clients and partners. In this role, he acts as the creator and chief evangelist of new products and services into the SUPERNAP ecosystem.
Prior to becoming a partner at SUPERNAP, Jason was the co-founder of Verde Communications, which was grown and sold to Sparkplug, Inc. Jason also has 15 years of experience serving as an executive for global enterprise-level companies in the telecommunications, software, and technology consulting industries.
Jason's depth and breadth of experience in working where technology and business intersect provides him a unique perspective on the issues impacting entrepreneurs, enterprise executives, and technology practitioners. He is president of the Technology Business Alliance of Nevada, sits on the UNLV College of Engineering advisory board, is a member of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Knowledge Fund Advisory Council, acts as a mentor to the startup community and is a steadfast and strong advocate for the role technology ecosystems play in economic diversification.
Based on his depth of knowledge in the technology space, Jason also serves as one of the primary company representatives, and is a willing participant in global discussions surrounding current and future technology issues impacting today’s business leaders.
Chris Donnelly is the executive vice president of connectivity at SUPERNAP. Since joining SUPERNAP in 2008, Chris has focused his efforts on the development of the digital services and telecommunications wholesale buying consortium known as the Switch C.O.R.E (Combined Ordering Retail Ecosystem). This powerful entity offers SUPERNAP clients connectivity with unprecedented speed, bandwidth scalability and below wholesale prices, and holds the key to the technology industry’s most powerful and unique two trillion dollar telecommunications purchasing cooperative.
Chris works closely with the company’s global carrier partners to ensure the SUPERNAPS are among the most cost-effective and network-enabled facilities in the world. The company’s unique fiber optic gateway is one of the most robust network access points (NAP) in North America.
Prior to joining SUPERNAP, Chris spent 17 years in the telecommunications industry and held various executive positions in the combined companies of Verizon (MFS, UUNET, WorldCom, MCI) as well as Qwest Communications. Chris also served as the president of Splice Communications, Inc. from 2003 until 2007.
Chris serves on the American Red Cross Board of Directors, Southern Nevada Chapter.
EVP of Awesomeness
Kristi Overgaard is the EVP of Awesomeness and manages the development of the SUPERNAP brand and its affiliated companies. She oversees a talented team of art directors, programmers, 3-D artists and public relations professionals in support of the brand, messaging, and communications. Kristi is instrumental in developing and fostering the culture for all entities.
Prior to joining SUPERNAP, Kristi founded one11, a leading Las Vegas design firm focused on identity development, creative culture development, product design and branded interior design. Clients included MDA, Bank of George, Fills, The Howard Hughes Corporation, Lettuce Entertain You, Hard Rock Hotel and Switch.
Kristi was also the vice president of marketing for The Howard Hughes Corporation in Las Vegas from 2000 to 2005. Considered one of the nation’s most successful regional development companies, The Howard Hughes Corporation developed the master planned community of Summerlin, as well as the Fashion Show Mall located on the Las Vegas Strip. As vice president of marketing, she directed market research, brand management, advertising, merchandising, village planning and interior design for Summerlin. She served as a member of the Summerlin senior staff, actively participating in defining, creating and directing the company vision.
Kristi has been involved as a board and committee member of Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas since 2005. She has been a board member for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Las Vegas since 2010. Kristi also supports her community as a member of the Downtown Las Vegas Alliance, an organization that is integral in the redevelopment of the downtown area.
Director Channel Sales
Cindy Zimpfer is the director of channel sales at SUPERNAP. She is responsible for developing, growing and maintaining new and existing sales channels with agents, partners and vendors of SUPERNAP. Cindy joined SUPERNAP in 2012 to support the dramatic growth in the company’s sales division.
Cindy has demonstrated a passion and commitment to developing effective partner relationships and is an integral part of assisting her partners and their clients with the migration into SUPERNAP. From sophisticated startups to Fortune 100 powerhouses, she works with clients to fulfill their goals through effective planning, strategy and implementation. Cindy takes the opportunity to learn their core business and what drives them.
She enjoys the diversity of working with various types of businesses and industries, and managing the ongoing relationships. Cindy's role is dual-state based as she manages partners and clients in Southern California and provides tours of the SUPERNAP headquarters in Las Vegas.
Prior to joining SUPERNAP, Cindy served in executive sales management positions for Worldwide Transport/Total Military Management, Bank of America, AT&T and Epoch Internet. She also consulted for firms in need or her expertise in strategic sales, account management, proposal development, sales presentations, contract negotiations and business development.
David Glover is general manager of the Las Vegas-East operations for SUPERNAP, overseeing all facility operations, security and customer relations. David brings more than 20 years of experience in the use and application of various technologies to the enterprise space.
Prior to joining the SUPERNAP team in early 2002, David was with the Systems Sales and Engineering Group of ADT Security Services Division of Tyco Fire & Security. During his time at ADT, he was responsible for engineering, consultative sales, and project management for the gaming vertical market. Within the first year of entering the gaming market, ADT successfully provided complete turnkey surveillance and security solutions to multiple gaming operations across North America. David was an integral part of the successes ADT achieved in this market.
David has extensive technical security systems experience within the gaming, retail, industrial, financial, military, and penal institution markets. In addition, his rounded technical experience includes working at The Howard Hughes Corporation as a security systems consultant and security systems quality assurance auditor.
David has been an active volunteer in his community, as well as within the security industry. He has been a guest speaker for the Community College of Southern Nevada and the Global Gaming Exposition, most notably covering the technical aspects of gaming surveillance. His expertise is frequently sought out to assist in addressing customer relations, technical design, and integrated systems issues.
Joe McDonald is the chief security officer for SUPERNAP, responsible for personnel, physical, infrastructure, information and all things security. Joe is a recognized expert in his profession and is sought after for his opinions regarding new products, product selection, procedural and policy issues, and future needs for training and certification.
His 25-year career includes positions as a defense contractor, corporate facility security officer, and as a security and facilities director for a national bank call center. He has also acted as a senior security consultant and engineered systems sales manager for a major systems integrator charged with designing large security and surveillance systems for gaming and industrial venues. Joe was also a municipal police officer.
Joe is a current member of the board of directors for the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), the foremost association for security professionals. Additionally, he has served four corporate presidents as council vice president where his leadership and oversight guided six subject-matter silos and the volunteer members who comprised the councils. He also serves several trade and industry associations in leadership and member roles including ASIS (Gaming and Wagering Protection Council and the Las Vegas Chapter), Information Systems Security Association, Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Bureau, International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts, and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.
Joe is accredited as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Physical Security Professional (PSP) through ASIS International, as well as a Certified Master Anti-Terrorism Specialist (CMAS) through the Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board (ATAB). These distinctions command attention in the data and technology security arena.
EVP Data Center Technologies
Mark Thiele is the executive vice president of data center technology at SUPERNAP. His responsibilities include evaluating new data center technologies, developing partners and providing industry thought leadership. Mark’s insights in to the next generation of technological innovations and how these technologies speak to client needs and solutions are invaluable. He shares his enthusiasm and passion for technology and how it impacts daily life and business on local, national and world stages.
Mark has a long history of technology leadership specifically in the areas of team development, infrastructure and data centers. Over a 20-plus year career, he’s demonstrated that IT infrastructure can be improved to drive innovation, improve efficiency, and reduce cost and complexity. He is also founder and president of Data Center Pulse, a not-for-profit group focused on improving efficiency in data centers and providing a voice for the owner/operators.
Prior to joining SUPERNAP, Mark was vice president of data center strategy at ServiceMesh, a leading cloud management platform company. Mark’s career also includes positions at VMware and Gilead. At VMware, Mark was responsible for leading the effort to build a large data center with industry-leading efficiency and low cost of ownership. He built global infrastructure and data centers for Gilead, a company that grew from $200 million in revenue to $2 billion in four years.
Bio coming soon.
Director Sales Engineering
Richard Weltmer is the director of sales engineering at SUPERNAP, responsible for client services and support. He assists and supports clients with systems architecture and the infrastructure assets (hardware, software, networks, systems) needed to support critical business processes. He manages the design of those systems, consults on the hardware and software requirements, and supports the enterprise colocation services.
Richard has more than 17 years of extensive telecom and technical expertise. Prior to joining SUPERNAP in 2010, Richard served as a senior analyst for Sprint’s Global Wholesale Markets where he was responsible for access provisioning for high capacity circuits for major U.S. wholesale carriers in Sprint’s U.S. markets. There, he was responsible for developing new business practices for the wholesale and carrier markets' enterprise, as well as for building critical expertise and delivery excellence for complex telecom projects.
Richard's career also includes positions at Sprint (now CenturyLink/Qwest) and Sparkplug (now Airband) as a national sales leader.
Associate General Counsel
Sam Castor joined the company as vice president and associate general counsel, assisting SUPERNAP with transactional, legislative, regulatory, litigation and corporate matters.
Sam is also general counsel to The Rob Roy inNEVation Center, the first public/private economic diversification effort of its kind, bringing together entrepreneurs, business leaders, mentors, investors, educators and government agencies. He is passionate about the mission of The inNEVation Center and its goal to diversify Nevada's economic landscape by empowering innovation and encouraging companies to relocate to and grow in Nevada.
Prior to joining SUPERNAP in 2011, Sam practiced as a litigator with an emphasis in medical malpractice and commercial defense. Sam has had the unique experience of working in each branch of the federal government including the USDA, the FCC, the U.S. District Court, District of Nevada. He also worked at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President, for both President Bush and President Obama. Prior to law school Sam worked as a staff assistant and legislative correspondent for Utah Senator Orrin Hatch.
Sam speaks fluent Romanian and Moldavian.
VP Connectivity Sales & Engineering
Scott Gutierrez is the vice president of connectivity sales and engineering at SUPERNAP. He manages all aspects of network design, engineering, negotiations, procurement and provisioning of services from the company’s global carrier partners. He leverages his expertise in fiber and wireless technologies to run the SUPERNAP buying consortium called C.O.R.E (Combined Ordering Retail Ecosystem).
Scott handles the negotiation and procurement of wholesale telecommunications services for clients within the buying consortium. C.O.R.E provides SUPERNAP customers with best-of-breed technology services including transport, internet, cloud and managed services with the buying power of more than two trillion dollars–the largest in the world.
Prior to joining SUPERNAP in 2011, Scott spent 14 years as an executive in the telecommunications industry where he led sales and engineering within organizations providing high capacity data, dark fiber and wireless solutions to Fortune 500 enterprise, carrier and government clients.
Scott was also the director of sales at Level 3 Communications, director of sales at Airband Communications, and a senior sales executive at AboveNet. Scott built and trained sales teams, constructed new territories, promoted revenue generation and led cross-functional teams in the implementation of various telecommunications services.
THOMAS VAN KEMPEN
As a SUPERNAP sales associate, Thomas Van Kempen is responsible for client services and providing ongoing support to the company’s small business clients. He works closely with clients to support their IT infrastructure initiatives and strategies for future growth. Thomas also manages the design of client systems and consults on the hardware and software requirements.
Thomas demonstrates drive and enthusiasm in helping the company’s small business clients and provides them with forward-thinking solutions to support their growth objectives. He is committed to helping his clients thrive within the SUPERNAPS.
Thomas started his career at SUPERNAP in 2009, and has quickly moved up the ranks. He was promoted to sales associate in 2011 to support the dramatic growth in the company’s sales division.
Prior to joining SUPERNAP, Thomas was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps with a rank of sergeant after 5 years of service to his country.
Thomas Van Kempen
SUPERNAP Founder and CEO Rob Roy is widely known as a technology and business visionary who surrounds himself with the best and brightest individuals to support the world’s most powerful technology solutions ecosystems. The team is comprised of big thinkers with a commitment to technology innovation, superior client service and a passion for detail and excellence in all they do.
Data Center Technologies
Associate General Counsel
Connectivity Sales & Engineering