Faction Executive Team

The Faction executive team is composed of industry thought leaders who have banded together to deliver the ultimate cloud solution for Enterprise organizations that want to maintain control of their environment. 

 

Luke Norris

Luke Norris

Founder and CEO

Luke Norris is the Founder and CEO of Faction. He is responsible for the company’s strategic direction and overall management. Under his expert guidance, Faction has consistently experienced triple-digit growth year over year since 2009. Prior to Faction, Mr. Norris was the Manager of the Integrated Operations Center at SunGard Availability Services, where he was responsible for the operations of over 5 million s.f. of data center space worldwide. While the Sr. Security Officer for Kroll Factual Data, Mr. Norris chaired the Mortgage Information Standards Maintenance Organization (MISMO) security group.Mr. Norris holds two technology patents and was a nominee for the Denver Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 award in 2012. Mr. Norris was a distinguished presenter at both VMworld Barcelona and VMworld San Francisco in 2012, discussing “How to Transform Your Business with an Agile Data Infrastructure” and ways to integrate VMware’s vSphere/vCloud director suite with NetApp’s Clustered dataONTAP.

John Drake

John Drake

Senior VP of Sales

John Drake is Senior Vice President of Sales at Faction. 

Drake joined Faction in 2012 and leads the sales organization with responsibility for sales, marketing, channels, and strategic planning. Drake is also responsible for GTM strategies, revenue generation & activities, and sales enablement. Since starting with Faction, Drake has played a significant part in the company's year-over-year double-digit growth. 

Prior to Faction, Mr. Drake served as Commercial Account Manager, Senior Technical Consultant and Senior Systems Engineer at EMC Corporation, where he managed all commercial accounts for their Rocky Mountain Region. He brings to Faction more than 17 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Drake holds both a MBA from the University of Colorado as well as a BA in Business from Regis University.

Josh Mariea

Josh Mariea

VP of Sales, Strategic Accounts

As Vice President of Strategic Accounts, Josh Mariea is responsible for Faction’s strategic account development, sales, and enablement strategies. Mr. Mariea was promoted to the role of Vice President after serving as Faction’s Director of Business Development from 2010 to 2011. Under his sales leadership, Faction grew sales over 300 percent and expanded the company’s customer base by over 5000%. Prior to joining Faction, Mr. Mariea served in several sales management roles at technology companies such as ISC and CenturyLink, providing advanced networking solutions to Government, Education, and Commercial markets. In his spare time, Mr. Mariea is surrounded by his wife and daughter, and he enjoys a variety of hobbies, including crossfit, skiing, snowboarding, cycling, and music. He holds a B.S. in Psychology from Colorado State University.

Brian Kendall

Brian Kendall

VP of Finance

As Faction's VP of Finance, Brian Kendall is responsible for all daily accounting and financial activities. Mr. Kendall previously held the position of VP of Finance and Operations at RuMe, Inc. overseeing international production and financial aspects of the company. Prior to that, Mr. Kendall was Assistant Controller at New Frontier Media, a publicly traded international media production and distributor to Comcast, Time Warner, BrightHouse, Charter, HBO, and Cablevision. Mr. Kendall is a CPA and holds a MBA from Northeastern University, as well as Bachelors in Accounting and Finance from Texas Tech University.

Matt Wallace

Matt Wallace

VP Product Management and Product Development, Solutions Marketing

As the Vice President of Product Management and Product Development, Solutions Marketing, Matt Wallace is responsible for articulating the value of Faction’s highly-customizable private cloud solutions, leading continued innovation, and helping Faction’s Partners and Customers solve the toughest of IT challenges.

Prior to Faction, Mr. Wallace has worked 20 years in technology in roles at both startups and Fortune 500 companies, including leadership roles at Level 3 Communications, ViaWest, Exodus Communications, and others.

Mr. Wallace is the co-author of Securing the Virtual Environment: How to Defend the Enterprise Against Attack, one of the first books to holistically address cloud security concerns.

Eric Culp

Eric Culp

VP of Operations & Co-Founder

As the VP of Operations, Eric Culp is responsible for all aspects of technical operations at Faction including; 24x7 Support, Customer Onboarding & Implementation, as well as Platform Uptime and Engineering.
 
Mr. Culp began his professional career in the culinary industry managing large scale food service operations. After a career switch to Information Technology 12 years ago he received a BS in Business with a focus on Information Systems from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
 
Over the course of a nearly 9-year tenure at Faction, Mr. Culp has gone from the sole engineer of the company to overseeing the entire Operations team today. He continues to practice the culinary arts in his free time along with spending time with his wife and kids.