Today’s Technology Challenges Require Strong and Experienced Leadership – At Fogo Data Centers Our Top Priority is Your Success!
William G. Esslinger, Jr. | Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer
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Mr. Esslinger joined Fogo Data Centers in 2014 as CEO, bringing to the company a wealth of experience in guiding and directing companies through growth stage development. Mr. Esslinger has over twenty-five years of experience in the legal and technology industries. He is founder and principal of Esslinger Tech Law, a consulting firm specializing in start-up and technology companies.
Mr. Esslinger previously served as Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: GWAY) for 14 years. Mr. Esslinger led the legal team managing all aspects of contracts and a patent portfolio of dozens of patents and pending patents. He advised the company’s board of directors and management through the development, licensing, distribution and marketing of a leading electronic medical records platform; the expansion of the company to over 500 employees located in all 50 states; the implementation of HIPAA regulatory compliance; six rounds of private financing and an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, raising in excess of $150 million in the aggregate, as well as the successful $644 million acquisition by Vista Equity Partners in
November 2013. In addition, Mr. Esslinger served as co-founder and initial President and CEO of GreenCourt Legal Technologies, securing for the company an exclusive contract to develop an electronic filing system for the court systems of the State of Georgia. Bill is a graduate of the University of West Georgia (B.B.A. in Finance) and of Georgia State University College of Law (J.D.).
Richard M. Haney, Jr. | Board of Directors, President & Chief Operations Officer
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Mr. Haney founded Fogo Data Centers in 2010 and currently serves as President and COO. Mr. Haney manages and directs facility operations and expansion, overseeing data center design, construction, and connectivity. A true entrepreneur, Mr. Haney has owned and operated a number of companies, including a mass litigation consulting company, a mechanical HVAC company, as well as a commercial construction and development company.
His expertise in mechanical, electrical, and construction systems has allowed him to build economical world-class facilities that since inception have never been compromised or down. His experience is paramount in geographical expansion to optimize physical growth opportunities. Rick is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology (B.B.A. in Management and Finance).
Deborah I. Esslinger | Board of Directors
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Ms. Esslinger brings to the company valuable insight and expertise regarding technology development, management and leadership, and business process improvement, acquired in 20+ years of experience in software development. Her experience includes co-founding Esslinger Tech Law, where she directs the firm’s software lifecycle division and manages day-to-day operations. Ms. Esslinger was a Vice President at Greenway Medical Technologies, where she designed and developed electronic medical records software, was an inventor named on two patents for Greenway (US7716072 and US8050938), and built and led teams of people and the supporting technology systems and processes to continually engage users in product development and improvement for over 10 years.
Prior to these endeavors, Ms. Esslinger worked at the Georgia Tech Research Institute in design and development of electronic defense modeling and simulation systems, and she began her career testing telecommunications software systems for AT&T. Debbie is a graduate of the University of West Georgia (B.S., Computer Science) and of the Georgia Institute of Technology (M.S., Computer Science).
Edith F. Haney | Board of Directors
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Ms. Haney advises the Management and Board of Directors of Fogo Data Centers in all legal affairs, including matters of board governance, corporate structure and finance, regulatory compliance and certification, and labor and employment law issues. She also directs the activities of the Internal Audit function and coordination of external auditing. Ms. Haney brings more than 25 years of experience in business and corporate law to Fogo Data Centers.
Her extensive experience includes advising start-up and early stage companies, having practiced as a partner with the regional law firm, Tisinger Vance, P.C. in the commercial and transactional law section, specializing in taxation, property and corporate law. Ms. Haney also previously served as Corporate Counsel for a large, multi-state consulting and valuation company; and also a multi-state commercial development contractor. Edie is a graduate of the Walter F. George School, Mercer University (J.D., cum laude) and of the University of West Georgia (B.S.).
D. Shaun Hogg | Board of Directors, Chief Technology Officer
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Mr. Hogg is responsible for the overall technology vision and technology operations for Fogo Data Centers. He leads the company’s efforts to help clients seamlessly transition to a hosted environment as he addresses compliance, governance, and operational risk issues the clients may face. Mr. Hogg and his team are dedicated to providing Fogo clients the most reliable and innovative solutions so the clients can concentrate on what they do best and not worry about IT infrastructure.
Mr. Hogg has over 15 years’ experience in the IT industry and maintains extensive certifications and expertise in Security, Networking, Virtualization and related hardware, software and technologies. Mr. Hogg proudly served as an Interior Communications Electrician with the U.S. Navy, managing all communications and IT systems for the USS Hue City CG66. Shaun is a graduate of the University of West Florida (B.S., Information Engineering Technology).
Valerie Bennett | VP of Sales and Business Development
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Ms. Bennett is responsible for the growth performance of FOGO Data Centers Healthcare Division with years of healthcare experience. She has a proven successful track record of leading highly effective sales teams resulting in revenue producing initiatives. Before joining Fogo, Valerie served as VP of Growth Performance at iHealth Innovations, a Fulcrum Equity Partner portfolio company.
While there, she successfully merged several companies in the US and Asia providing effective metric driven processes, sales strategies, and cadences to form one company. Valerie spent over 15 years with Greenway Health, a Visa Equity Partner portfolio company in leadership roles of Sales, Sales Operations and Training as one of the first members of the start up company.
Lucy F. Dermo | Vice President of Finance
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Ms. Dermo is responsible for financial reporting, budgeting, corporate accounting functions, and administrative oversight. She also manages the financial accounting systems, internal controls and reports, and payroll services for the company. Ms. Dermo is committed to delivering efficient and effective service to our Executive Management team, our employees, and our clients.
Prior to joining Fogo, Ms. Dermo served as Practice Administrator of Macon Cardiovascular Institute. Ms. Dermo began her career as Senior Associate for Thomas F. Freeman, CPA where she specialized in helping entrepreneurs develop and implement their business plan and scope. Her hands-on medical practice management experience and familiarity with bottom-line responsibility enable her to provide clients with a wide range of experience, skills and expertise. Lucy is a graduate of the University of West Georgia (B.S., Accounting).