ASHBY LINCOLN
ASHBY LINCOLNPresident & CEO
VeriStor President and CEO Ashby Lincoln is a data storage veteran with over 25 years of experience. Prior to leading VeriStor, Lincoln served as Vice President of Sales for the Eastern Region of the US for Nexsan Technologies. While at Nexsan, he helped create and implement the company’s Channel and OEM Target Programs. Lincoln was also the founding Vice President of Sales at the storage service provider WorldStor, where he helped raise nearly $40M in venture capital, pioneered sales strategies, and managed the business development group. He also initiated and managed relationships with major platform vendors, as he does at VeriStor today.

Lincoln also held sales management positions at disk array vendor Storage Dimensions (acquired by Artecon to become Dot Hill Systems), where he managed a US sales staff in eight major markets. Prior to joining Storage Dimensions, Lincoln served in sales and service management at EMC.

STEVE BISHOP
STEVE BISHOPChief Technology Officer
Prior to VeriStor, Steve Bishop was the founding Chief Technology Officer at WorldStor and the Director of Business Development at TrueSAN Networks. At WorldStor, he managed the design and deployment of a multiple data center nationwide storage network and helped pioneer the delivery of advanced shared infrastructure storage ‘utility’ services. At TrueSAN, he forged strategic alliance and software development relationships with Brocade, Hitachi Data Systems, LSILogic, QLogic, McData, and other storage industry organizations.

A 22-year industry veteran, Bishop is also a widely published expert and frequent speaker on virtual infrastructure and enterprise storage technologies. His industry appearances include VMware Partner Exchange, Storage Networking World, Comdex, Networks Expo, and the Brocade Developer Conference. 

JIM GLUECKERT
JIM GLUECKERTChief Operating Officer / EVP Services & Support
As VeriStor’s Chief Operating Officer, Jim Glueckert has overall responsibility for the operations of the corporation. Through proven policy and procedure, he drives efficiencies within the corporate Finance and Human Resource departments. As the EVP of Services & Support, Glueckert drives the programs and revenues for VeriStor’s Cloud Services Operations, Professional Services offerings, and the First Call Support program, while continually evolving and enhancing these areas to meet client requirements.

Prior to joining VeriStor, Jim Glueckert spent 15 years with EMC Corporation, holding numerous positions as the company grew from 300 employees to over 32,000. His responsibilities included managing EMC’s national federal account service delivery, with a particular focus on secure locations and programs. He also served as the Western US Regional Director, overseeing services delivery from Alaska to Arizona. As EMC’s Director of Worldwide Customer Support, Glueckert managed the support organizations for EMC’s worldwide install base. 

MURRAY GRANGER
MURRAY GRANGEREVP of Sales & Business Development
Prior to joining VeriStor, Murray Granger was a Senior Account Executive for the Southeast at WorldStor. In that position, Granger was named the top representative in the company’s nationwide sales force. Granger also served as a Senior Account Executive at Dot Hill, Inc., covering Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi. Before joining the data storage industry, he worked in senior sales positions with Golden Sky Systems, Fox Sports Direct, and Reico Distributors.

As Executive Vice President of Sales & Business Development, Murray Granger maintains VeriStor’s key client and vendor relationships. 

BOB NECESSARY
BOB NECESSARYChief Financial Officer / President, VeriStor Capital
As VeriStor’s Chief Financial Officer, Bob Necessary is responsible for the continued building and shaping of the company’s long-term financial model, accounting systems, internal controls, legal services, and merger and acquisition processes. Necessary joined VeriStor in 2010 and has led the inception of VeriStor Capital as the division’s President and CEO.

Prior to his positions at VeriStor, Necessary was President of Presidio Technology Capital following previous positions as Vice President of Finance and sales management for the company. Necessary also served in financial management roles for Memorex and in corporate banking for what is now Bank of America.

Necessary has been credited with devising many innovative and cutting edge financial tools now in common use within the IT leasing industry as well as developing a state-of-the-art leasing software package. An IT leasing industry visionary, Necessary has conducted numerous seminars for both lessors and lessees on various technology-leasing issues. He has served on the board of directors for The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) and the Mid America Association of Equipment Lessors. He received a BS degree in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech and a MBA from the University of Georgia.

 

JAY WAGGONER
JAY WAGGONERVice President of Sales
As Vice President of Sales, Jay Waggoner manages and maintains VeriStor’s sales team creating strategies that allow VeriStor to effectively serve their clients.

Jay has a degree in civil engineering from Auburn University, where he was also an All American baseball player. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers and played two seasons in their minor league system.

Jay has been with VeriStor since 2008 and has held key roles as a District Sales Manager and Director of Sales and Business Development for Cloud Services before joining the executive team as the VP of Sales.

 

JESSICA GARRETT
JESSICA GARRETTVice President, Marketing
As Vice President, Marketing for VeriStor, Jessica Garrett leads the development and execution of the company’s marketing strategy and related programs. A seasoned executive with more than a decade of experience in the high-tech, professional service and financial service markets, Jessica is instrumental in creating compelling, high-impact marketing programs that drive sales and extend VeriStor’s position in the marketplace.

Prior to joining VeriStor, Jessica was Director of Marketing, Global Brand and Campaign Strategy, for ARRIS, where she developed in-depth marketing programs on a global scale. Under her guidance, ARRIS executed a comprehensive brand refresh, launched a multi-year NASCAR sponsorship, drove the content marketing program, and stood up a marketing automation and lead strategy. She honed her skills in executive positions for the Society of Certified Senior Advisors where she transformed the organization through the development of an online lead gen, customer nurturing and customer loyalty programs. She also served in the United States military for more than 14 years.

Jessica earned an Executive MBA and BA degree from the University of Colorado.

 

MICHAEL J. STOLARCZYK
MICHAEL J. STOLARCZYKVice President, Cloud Managed Services
Michael joined VeriStor in May, 2016 to architect the vision and blueprint for the company’s Cloud Managed Services business. His unique expertise in developing processes and operations from the ground up, empower his team to deliver the solid data security and dynamic bandwidth capacity that lend his customers a competitive edge.

Prior to VeriStor, Michael was director of Global Logistics Asia at Microsoft. Throughout his career he has built supply chain processes at large companies across numerous cultures, geographies and industries, turning his broad business acumen into a talent for streamlining complex operations. Michael’s successes have earned him a spot in Fast Company magazine’s debut list of “Fast 50: Global Innovators Whose Achievements Helped Change Their Company or Society.”

Michael serves as an Executive Board Member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Carolina, and is a founding Board Member of the Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund in Charleston, WV. He earned a BSBA in Organizational Design and Development from West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics where he helped develop the current supply chain curriculum. He later attended the Executive Graduate Education Program at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

 

JOHN T. KAUFFMANN
JOHN T. KAUFFMANNVice President, Cloud Operations
John joined VeriStor in 2014 to direct the strategy and delivery of its Cloud Managed Service business. With a strong background in solutions implementation and customer service, along with a unique drive for flawless execution, John leads his team to deliver state of the art scalability, security and support for VeriStor’s managed cloud customers. As they adapt to the changing landscape, businesses are entrusting more of their data and operations to the cloud, and their success depends on the high level of operational excellence that John and his team provide.

An executive with more than 25 years of experience in high-tech professional services and sales operations, John has spent his career developing and implementing strategies, practices and organizational cultures around customer success.

Prior to joining VeriStor, John held many executive-level positions in the IT industry, most recently at Softchoice, one of the largest IT solutions and managed services providers in North America. There, he led the company’s pre and post sales execution to new levels of service excellence and business success.

John earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Accounting and Business Management from Georgia State University.

 

FERROL MACON
FERROL MACONVice President, Architecture and Product Strategy
Ferrol directs the go-to-market strategies and uncovers new partnership opportunities for VeriStor. His passion lies not with technology itself, but with its application to solve evolving business problems. This makes Ferrol a natural leader for the sales and architecture teams as they develop customized solutions for clients aiming to achieve the right balance between deploying leading edge technology and maximizing existing solutions.

Ferrol began his career as a Nuclear Submarine Officer in the US Navy, where he conducted sea trials on advanced technologies. Much of his career has been spent at the intersection of mission-critical operations and innovation across many industry segments. His most recent focus was on the service provider space including web, cloud, gaming, media, cable and telco companies providing key insight into the disruptive drivers in today’s rapidly changing market.

Ferrol is deeply involved in serving his community and non-profit organizations with projects including disaster relief efforts for hurricane Ivan and Katrina victims. He earned a B.S.E. (Cum Laude) in Engineering from Tulane University and later went on to complete Naval Nuclear Power School, where he was certified as Nuclear Engineering Officer by the US Department of Energy.