Board of Directors
Faction relies on the wisdom of its Board of Directors to ensure our Company consistently grows in a positive manner. We are proud of our strong working relationship with its members.
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.
David Solomon has 14 years of operating and entrepreneurial experience, and 13 years of public accounting experience. He is a Founder and Managing Director of Meritage and currently serves on the Board of Meritage portfolio companies EdgeConnex, Digital Fortress, IP Commerce, and FactionColo. Formerly, he was the Executive Chairman of NuVox. He joined NuVox as CEO concurrent with Meritage’s investment in November 1999 and grew the company from annual revenue of less than $200,000 to more than $530 million. Windstream Corporation acquired NuVox in November 2009 in a transaction that valued the Company at approximately $643 million. Prior to NuVox, Mr. Solomon served as CFO at Brooks Fiber Properties immediately following the company’s formation in 1993, until its sale to WorldCom in 1998 for $3.4 billion. From 1981 to 1993, Mr. Solomon was in public accounting with KPMG.
William J. Marraccini is the founder and Managing Partner of Sweetwater Capital, a family office private equity fund. Sweetwater invests primarily in communications infrastructure service business, taking advantage of Mr. Marraccini’s distinguished track record of over 30 years as an entrepreneur and investor in many areas of wireless communications.Mr. Marraccini was the founder, principal owner and long-time CEO of AAT Communications, the largest privately-owned communications tower operator in the U.S. He was also an original investor and served on the board of Metro One, the initial non-ROBOC cellular phone company serving New York City. Mr. Marraccini has successfully invested in companies in such diverse industries as rural cellular, PCS, private cable, distributed antenna systems, data centers, cloud providers and land and marine communication.
Mark Hughes currently serves on several technology company Boards supporting merger-acquisition and integration activities. Mr. Hughes is also a technical and business executive consultant to the Air Force on major space and fighter weapons systems. Mr. Hughes served as Executive Vice President of Operations at SunGard Availability Services, Inc. where he operated a $1.8B disaster recovery and managed services entity. During his tenure, he led the acquisition and integration of the $100M VeriCenter Hosting operation. Prior to SunGard, Mr. Hughes served as Chief Financial Officer of Inflow. Prior to his CFO role, he served as Inflow’s Vice President of Finance and Business Operations. Mr. Hughes served 24 years in the Air Force, retiring as a Colonel, leading the development and acquisition of our nation’s most advanced aircraft and satellite systems. Mr. Hughes holds a Bachelor’s from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a Master’s in Management Science from the University of Dayton, and a Master’s in National Security Strategy, concentrating on Information Warfare and Strategy from the National War College.
Derek Pilling has dedicated his entire career to helping entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies achieve their objectives. In addition to his direct investment experience with Meritage Funds (which he joined in 2003), Mr. Pilling has held a number of operating and advisory roles, including CEO of Meritage portfolio company IP Commerce. Mr. Pilling currently serves as a director of Meritage portfolio companies Crisp Media and Digital Fortress. His previous experience also includes service as an investment banker with The Wallach Company (at that time Denver’s premier boutique investment bank) and A.G. Edwards & Sons.Mr. Pilling grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and received his undergraduate degree in business administration from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. He graduated with distinction from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Mr. Pilling is a member of the Denver Chapter of AGC’s Private Equity Committee, and frequently serves as a sFactioner or panelist on issues facing emerging growth technology companies.Mr. Pilling lives in Denver with his wife and his three children. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching youth soccer, skiing, hiking, spinning and hopping on his rowing machine in the morning.
Gordon G. Cohen
Prior to joining Sweetwater in 2010, Mr. Cohen was managing partner of Merchants Capital Partners, a middle-market private equity fund based in New York which made investments in recurring revenue service businesses including telecommunications services. Prior to joining Merchants Capital in 1999, Mr. Cohen worked for 12 years as an investment banker, primarily with Dean Witter Reynolds Inc. Mr. Cohen received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his MBA from Columbia Business School.