George Slessman - CEO
George Slessman has been an executive in the data center industry for the past ten years and a technology leader and entrepreneur for more than 14 years. In this brief period of time, he has founded and exited several technology businesses, inventing and delivering disruptive technologies for the benefit of enterprise customers and creating over a billion dollars of value for his investors. He has directly overseen the development of over 100 megawatts of data center capacity, and is the named inventor of several patented and patent-pending technologies. Widely regarded as an astute observer of technology trends as well as an innovator of game-changing technologies, Slessman is a sought-after speaker at industry events. Slessman earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.
Anthony Wanger - President
Anthony Wanger serves as President of IO. In this capacity, Wanger directs the Company's expansion and acquisition activities, oversees key transactions, and manages the company's utilities and legal functions. Prior to his involvement with IO, Wanger co-founded and managed Sterling Network Services, LLC, a leading enterprise data center services provider (sold in July 2006). Prior to Sterling Network, Wanger was Senior Vice President at Sterling Partners, a private equity firm, where he directed a variety of investments and transactions for the firm. Wanger graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Emory University and a Juris Doctor degree from the Boston University School of Law.
William Slessman - Chief Technology and Operating Officer
William Slessman serves a dual role as Chief Technology and Chief Operating Officer of IO. In this capacity, he is directly responsible for Global Engineering, Product Development, Manufacturing and Site Installation. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer from the Company's inception in 2007 to May 2011, where he led all operations and technology infrastructure. Slessman has been an executive in the data center industry for seven years, and has had technical performance responsibility for meeting the service level requirements of hundreds of enterprise and government customers.
Ron Yaggi - Senior Vice President, Government Programs
Ron Yaggi is the Senior Vice President of IO's newly created Government Programs, where he is responsible for extending IO's commercial tradition of excellence; designing, engineering and delivering digital energy technology to Federal, State and local Governments. He has 25 years experience in running large organizations, including large profit and loss operations, strategic planning and business development/capture involving intelligence and cyber operations; program management, international business development for foreign military sales; and national security strategy in the Department of Defense, ranging from supporting combat operations to providing strategic advice, consultation and analysis to the highest levels of government.
Mr. Yaggi joins IO from Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), where he was General Manager leading Defense Intelligence and Cyber Operations teams, and previously was Director of Federal Information Assurance Solutions. Prior to entering the private sector, Brigadier General Yaggi had a distinguished career of military service. Yaggi served as senior military advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy during two separate presidential administrations. He has also served as commander and senior Director for intelligence and information operations, and his career includes virtually every facet of intelligence, including analysis, operations, training, network-centric warfare, resource management, systems integration, and senior level management.
Bob Butler - Vice President, Government Strategies
Bob Butler is the Vice President of Government Strategies for IO, a privately held data center "builder" and provider, and consults as a Special Government Expert to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and other organizations on cyber security. He was recently appointed as the chairman of the Texas State Cyber Security, Education and Economic Development Council. Prior to assuming his current roles, Mr. Butler served as the first Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy (August 2009-August 2011.) In this role, Mr. Butler acted as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense and other Defense leaders on the development of cyber strategy and policy.
Mr. Butler has a distinguished career in information technology, intelligence and national security which spans 32 years of both public and private sector experiences. He is a retired US Air Force colonel and a former member of the Defense Department's senior executive service. He has also been an Account Executive and senior cyber strategist with Computer Sciences Corporation.
Mr. Butler earned a bachelor degree of science in computer information systems from Manhattan College and a master's degree in business administration from the School of Business at the University of Maryland. He is a former RAND fellow, and has served as a National Defense Fellow at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He has received a number of public service awards. Mr. Butler resides in San Antonio with his wife, Annie. They are the proud parents of six children.
Mike Everitt - Vice President, Federal Civilian Agencies and State Governments
Mike Everitt is the Vice President, Federal Civilian Agencies and State Governments for IO's Government Programs. Mr. Everitt came to the private sector after a distinguished 30 year career in Public Service, including more than 25 years in local and Federal law enforcement. Mr. Everitt retired from the Department of Homeland Security in 2008 as the Unit Chief/Director of the Forensic Document Laboratory (FDL) for U.S. Immigration and Customs Investigations. As the FDL Director, he regularly briefed senior level administration officials and testified before Congressional Committees on travel and identity document issues.
Following his retirement from public service in 2008, Mr. Everitt joined Stanley Associates as the Director of Business Development for the Department of Homeland Security. Stanley was acquired by CGI in 2010 and Mr. Everitt held the same position there until leaving to join IO.
Mr. Everitt earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and a M.S. in Economic Crime Management from Utica College.
Brigit Oster - Facility Security Officer
Brigit Oster is the Facility Security Officer for IO's newly created Government Programs; where she is responsible for establishing and implementing Government security programs and guidelines. Ms. Oster comes to us from Facility Technology Services, Inc. where she provided security support to Toffler Associates.
Ms. Oster has over 18 years experience at various levels and disciplines in the security field. She has in-depth knowledge of the National Industrial Security Program (NISP). She has created various security policies while maintaining Defense Security Service's (DSS) standards and guidelines. She has been instrumental in passing several DSS inspections at the level of outstanding. Ms. Oster has tracked and maintained security clearances in the Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS); and the Army Contractor Automated Verification System (ACAVS). She has created and conducted security briefings. In addition has provided required training as directed by the various contract requirements and special security programs.