JOHN SPIERS, Founder and CEO
John is a serial entrepreneur based in Boulder, CO. John has been pioneering breakthrough data storage innovations for over 30 years. He co-founded venture-backed LeftHand Networks, a market leader in virtualized, scale-out data storage, and served as LeftHand’s Chief Technology Officer. In 2010 John co-founded NexGen Storage. John supports local entrepreneurs, serving on the boards of local technology startups and as an advisor for the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network. John is a graduate from Colorado State University with a degree in Engineering.
KELLY LONG, Founder and CTO
Kelly has been innovating in the storage industry for over 20 years. An expert in architecting and developing storage software, Kelly has contributed to the advancement of a wide range of technologies such as hard drives, high-currency multi-thread/multi-processor/multi-computer computing, and clustered storage systems. He holds multiple patents, and has worked at leading companies, including Maxtor, StorageTek, LeftHand Networks, Copan, Dot Hill, Crosswalk, MySQL, and Sun. He was a co-founder and chief software architect at LeftHand Networks. Kelly has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
PAT BENNER, CFO
Pat is an experienced and successful executive with over 25 years of finance and operations experience, including buy-side and sales-side M&A transactions, venture funding, and fast-growth environments. He has spent 15 years as CFO in venture-backed and mid-market private companies, as well as division CFO at a Fortune 50 company. Prior to NexGen, Pat worked at StrionAir, the Beryl Companies, Access Health, and McKesson. Pat is a CPA and started his career with Ernst and Young. He received a BS in Business Administration from California State University Sacramento.
RANDY HOLLIS, SVP Engineering and Operations
Randy has been managing technical and operational teams at the executive level in both hardware and software companies for more than 20 years. His expertise is in development processes, operations, supply chain, support services, and team leadership in both startups and mid-size companies. Randy’s background in storage systems includes executive-level positions at Fusion-io, Nirvanix, LeftHand Networks, ADIC, Quantum, and Maxtor. He has also been GM of large factories for high-tech components in southeast Asia and Europe, and has worked with the governments of various countries to improve local labor practices for Expat companies. Randy studied Mathematics and Metallurgy at SD School of Mines.
CHRIS MCCALL, SVP Marketing
Chris leads the marketing organization for NexGen. He has over 15 years of data management marketing experience ranging from product management to demand generation and communication; prior to NexGen, Chris held positions at Hewlett-Packard, LeftHand Networks, Fusion-io, and SanDisk. Chris has a BS in Electrical Engineering from North Dakota State University and an MBA from Seattle University.
TONY CRAYTHORNE, SVP Sales
Tony has over 25 years of experience building fast-growth sales and marketing teams in Europe and the US. Most recently, Tony was SVP of Worldwide Sales at Quorum, Inc., where he led the transformation of their sales team and achieved record results. A storage industry veteran, Tony has held senior management positions at Connected Data, Brocade, Hitachi Data Systems, and Bell Microproducts.