A Data Center Leadership Team You Can Rely On
DataSite has brought together some of the most talented, experienced and committed people in the colocation industry. You can rest easy knowing that your IT infrastructure is safe and secure with DataSite.
Jeff Burges is the President & Founder of DataSite; a wholesale data center space and network services provider. DataSite provides mission critical data center facility environments coupled with best-in-class facility operations. The company’s data center services solve complex real estate challenges for technology intensive users in the corporate enterprise, managed services and content delivery networks industries and beyond. DataSite currently owns and operates world-class U.S. based facilities in Orlando, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; and Boise, Idaho.
Mr. Burges has owned and managed over 21 million square feet of commercial real estate, valued at over $2.5 billion. These portfolios consisted of data centers, telecom hotels, bio-technology labs as well as traditional office and industrial properties throughout the United States. Through his 32 year career in commercial real estate, Mr. Burges has gained a deep understanding of the property and critical infrastructure needs of the most discriminating technology companies, while simultaneously honing his real estate skill set. This combination enables DataSite to provide its clients with broad and uniquely valuable data center solutions.
In 2003, Mr. Burges founded BURGES property + company with a specific strategy to purchase empty, undervalued and misunderstood data center properties as property investments. In 2008, Mr. Burges launched DataSite as the logical next step in providing the worldwide IT community best-in-class data center space by the kilowatt.
Giving back to the industry and community is very important to Mr. Burges. Thus, Mr. Burges has served as an Officer on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Chapter of NAIOP; the Commercial Real Estate Association. He is a regular speaker and mentor to students and faculty at UCSD, San Diego State University and the University of San Diego. Mr. Burges, his wife and children are avid supporters of the MARSOC Foundation (Marine Special Operations Command) at Camp Pendleton, California. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management Consulting.
Executive Vice President of Operations
Christine Sotelo, Executive Vice President of Operations at Burges property + company is responsible for the management of the company’s assets. Her duties include participating in the development and support of the company’s strategic plans, compiling monthly and annual financial reports, and preparing annual budgets. She is also responsible for developing and managing financial controls, providing leadership and support to the accounts receivable and accounts payable departments, managing and preparing payroll for personnel, HR, tenant relations, and partner and financial institution interface.
During her career, Ms. Sotelo has participated in the acquisition, disposition, and management of millions of square feet of technology office, retail, industrial and R&D real estate. She has specific expertise in property management, construction and real estate repositioning. Prior to joining Burges property + company, Ms. Sotelo served as the asset manager for Shidler West Investment Corporation, a national real estate organization that actively acquired real estate for its own account. During her tenure, Ms. Sotelo was responsible for repositioning and managing over six million square feet of commercial properties in San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, and Austin, Texas.
Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Robert Wilson, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing at DataSite is responsible for the sales and marketing activities of all Burges property + company’s DataSite locations. Mr. Wilson has over 20 years of sales and marketing experience with a special focus on providing services to information and technology intensive organizations in the corporate, government, and educational sectors.
Prior to joining Burges property + company, Mr. Wilson worked for the publicly traded technology company, SAVVIS, one of the world’s largest data center, IP network and managed services providers. While at SAVVIS, Mr. Wilson served as the Director of Account Management where he led the sales team and was responsible for the day-to-day management of the existing customer base which included growing and retaining topline revenue.
In addition to his working at SAVVIS, Mr. Wilson worked as New Business Development Manager for SunGard Availability Services, the global leader in disaster recovery, managed hosting and data replication services. He managed SunGard’s state and local government and education accounts throughout the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, as well as selling to the Fortune 500 enterprise accounts throughout the state of Florida.
Additionally, Mr. Wilson held positions as the President of a vinyl product manufacturing company and a Vice President in the mortgage lending industry.
Mr. Wilson has a degree from the University of Maryland where he majored in Economics. He continues to further his learning and sharing his knowledge by participating in industry associations such as 7×24 International, BICSI, Technology Association of Georgia, Idaho Technology Council and Enterprise Florida.
Vice President of Clients
Eric Blomquist, Vice President of Clients at DataSite is responsible for managing the company’s existing clients. Mr. Blomquist’s 25 years of sales experience have included a special focus on providing proven IT solutions to organizations in the corporate, government, and educational sectors.
Prior to joining Burges property + company, Mr. Blomquist worked for the publicly traded technology company, EMC, the world’s leader in data storage and data protection where he was responsible for sales for the central Florida market. Before joining EMC, Mr. Blomquist worked as a Subject Matter Expert for SunGard, a global leader in business continuity and IT disaster recovery solutions. He was responsible for representing SunGard’s capabilities and consulting practices across the Southeast.
Additionally, Mr. Blomquist held positions at Computer Associates and Ferguson Enterprises after graduating from the University of Florida in 1992 with a degree in Business Administration along with a minor in Economics.
Principal of DataSite Atmosphere
As Principal of DataSite Atmosphere, Reed Disney leads the Cloud and IT services division of DataSite; a hybrid-wholesale colocation firm, operating across the US.
Mr. Disney has over 15 years of experience in delivering critical IT infrastructure, networking, and hosting services to clients in the US, and across the globe.
Prior to joining Atmosphere, Mr. Disney served as Vice President & General Manager for Involta, a Midwest based colocation and cloud services company, where Mr. Disney was instrumental in launching a successful cloud platform.
Mr. Disney was a Partner, and served as Chief Operating Officer, of SolutionPro, a Boise based datacenter and managed IT services company, founded in 1998. Mr. Disney played an integral role in the re-capitalization and re-introduction of SolutionPro in 2003, enabling the provision of profitable, high-availability and highly secure commercial, government, and education IT environments.
Mr. Disney brings a vast array of experience and knowledge in IT services, which blend with his uniquely capable business skills to create an ideal Principal of DataSite Atmosphere.
Vice President of Site Management
Ryan Murphy, Vice President of Site Management at DataSite is responsible for the site management team at all of Burges property + company’s DataSite locations. The site management team oversees the day-to-day functions related to customer experience. Responsibilities for the site management team include customer installs, remote hands, property maintenance, facility security, and adherence to audit standards.
Prior to joining Burges property + company, Mr. Murphy worked for EMC corporation in Massachusetts, the world’s largest data storage and cloud infrastructure provider. At EMC Mr. Murphy was responsible for managing the existing customer base in the Northeast market. Prior to EMC, Mr. Murphy worked in the IT department for Moore Stephens Lovelace, a regional accounting firm based in Florida.
Mr. Murphy holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Central Florida. In addition, Mr. Murphy completed the Facilities Management Certification program through the Building Owners and Managers Association and received a PMP designation from the Project Management Institute.
Vice President of Construction
Gregory Richardson, Vice President of Construction at DataSite, is responsible for all major capital critical infrastructure projects throughout Datasite’s three locations. In his role, he coordinates detailed programming with the Datasite team regarding future needs for increases and improvements to power, cooling, building management systems, security, site works, building renovations, and expansions. He oversees the selection and management of architects and engineers for design projects, creates budgets, analyzes subcontractor bids, and qualifies and selects subcontractors. Mr. Richardson manages construction projects through completion, ensuring that budgets, timelines, and a superior level of quality work are delivered. He operates via processes that insure new work never causes interruption to existing Datasite critical infrastructure.
Mr. Richardson exclusively joined the DataSite team in 2015. Prior to joining DataSite, he served as the Senior Project Executive for Total Site Solutions a premier data center design and construction firms. In that capacity, he was responsible for virtually all of the DataSite critical infrastructure projects since 2009.
Mr. Richardson has amassed more than thirty years of experience in general construction and construction management. The last 12 years of which have been exclusively dedicated to data center critical infrastructure projects.
Chief Critical Environment Technician – Orlando
Chad Robinson, Chief Critical Environment Technician, is responsible for all critical building operations at the Orlando DataSite/ Burges Property. Mr. Robinson has over 15 years of critical facility management and a proven track record of project management within stringent and budget conscious working environments.
Prior to joining DataSite, Mr. Robinson worked for one of the largest publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) in the world. His work and commitment yielded the company over 15 million per month of gross revenue. Mr. Robinson also led in helping the state of Arizona pass legislation A.R.S. §41-1519, computer data center tax relief. He helped to orchestrate a nationally exclusive agreement with Foster Fuels to provide emergency fuel to all customer locations in the US as a redundant fuel source in the event of a statewide disaster.
Chad Robinson maintains his thorough commitment and instills within the DataSite team a diverse understanding and ongoing interactive cross training approach to his management style. His efforts have encouraged not only business growth, but also individual growth for all DataSite employees. Mr. Robinson has also continued his relationship with Foster Fuels to bring the same agreement to the DataSite corporation.
He is a graduate of the University of Phoenix and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He has certifications for Onan/Cummins Generator Systems Training, Andover Controls Training Level One (TAC) and a Universal Certification RSI A 2747 from The Refrigeration School.
Chief Critical Environment Technician – Boise
Dennis Fox, Chief Critical Environment Technician, is responsible for the operation and maintenance of all critical and non-critical systems at DataSite Boise. He also ensures all customer requests and installs are completed on time and per company standards. Mr. Fox has over 30 years of data center systems repair, service and replacement including HVAC, power and energy management systems. His focus has always been on customer service and equipment reliability.
Prior to joining Burges property + company, Mr. Fox worked at Honeywell first as a technician then as a manager over a co-generation, HVAC and controls service team. While at Honeywell, Mr. Fox was responsible for several large data centers that utilized large cooling and power systems under guaranteed energy saving contracts.
In addition to his working at Honeywell, Mr. Fox was involved with maintaining the DataSite Boise facility prior to DataSite occupying the data center. He also managed several HVAC controls projects, service agreements and installation in the Boise area.
Additionally, Mr. Fox has been an active member in ASHRAE and served as a past president of the Idaho chapter. He, has devoted more than 15 years to community service with BSA and the Optimums Football program and currently owns and operates a local HVAC company.
He holds Journeyman certificates in HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing and a HVAC Contractor License.
Chief Critical Environment Technician – Atlanta
Marlon Francis, Chief Critical Environment Technician, is responsible for all critical building operations at the Atlanta DataSite/Burges Property. Mr. Francis has over 17 years of electrical and information technology experience. His attention to details allowed implementations of new standard operating procedures and safety programs.
Prior to joining DataSite, Mr. Francis worked for US Navy as an electrician. Responsible for electrical distribution, generators (steam, gas turbine & diesel), degaussing, 60/400 Hz power conversion, elevators, air craft landing lighting and various electrical systems on 5 different class Navy ships and a Navy recruiter.
Marlon maintains his commitment through training, inspection and program implementation. Conducting Lean Six Sigma concepts by use of data-driven philosophy to improve value by defect prevention and minimize waste.
He is a graduate of the University of Phoenix and holds an Associate in Business Management and Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting. He is also completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineer at DeVry University. He has certifications for Journeyman Electrician (Residential/Commercial), Journeyman Electrician (Small Craft & Ship), Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (Villanova University), Computer Information Security and Sales (Achieve Global).