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Leadership

Faction Executive Team

Luke Norris

Founder & CEO

Luke founded the company in 2006 and is responsible for the company’s strategic direction and overall management. Prior to Faction, Luke was the Manager of the Integrated Operations Center at SunGard Availability Services, where he was responsible for the operations of over 5 million square feet of data center space worldwide. Before joining SunGard, he was the Senior Security Officer for Kroll Factual Data and chaired the Mortgage Information Standards Maintenance Organization (MISMO) security group.

Luke has authored five technology patents, three of which have been approved and two pending. Luke is a three-time nominee for the Denver Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” award has been named one of ColoradoBiz’ “25 Most Influential Young Professionals”. He has been a distinguished presenter at VMworld in both Barcelona and San Francisco.

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David Scholtz

President & COO

Dave joined Faction in 2017. Before Faction, Dave was CEO of Damballa, a leader in automated breach detection, and led the company through its acquisition by Core Security. He is a 30 year technology veteran with a proven track record of executive leadership with several industry leaders.

As SVP of Global Alliances at McAfee, Dave was responsible for technology, SI, go-to-market and OEM partnerships worldwide. While at McAfee, the company grew revenue from $1 billion to $2.1 billion and was acquired by Intel for $7.7 billion. Before McAfee, Dave was VP of Worldwide Alliances & Channels at HP Software, which he joined via its $4.5 billion acquisition of Mercury Interactive. As VP of Alliances & Channels at Mercury, he contributed to the company's revenue growth from $150 million to nearly $1 billion. Dave graduated with a degree in International Relations from Stanford University.

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Dan Grote

CFO

Dan joined Faction as the CFO in November 2017, and is responsible for the financial leadership of the company. He brings over 25 years of software and technology finance and operations experience to Faction, including CFO roles at Recondo, ReadyTalk, and netFactor, and financial leadership roles at Market Force Information and Verio. During his tenure at Verio, a pioneering Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) company, Dan helped the company grow from 40 to 3,500 employees and from zero to $350M in revenue, and complete a $6B exit. Dan has completed over 65 M&A transactions, a successful IPO, and over $60M in debt and equity raises in his career. Dan earned a BS in Business with a focus on Finance from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Matt Wallace

VP of Product

As the VP of Product, Matt is responsible for product development, managed and professional services, and architecting Faction’s cloud infrastructure offerings. Prior to Faction, Matt 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.

Matt 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. Matt attended the University of California at Santa Cruz and is an Official Member of the Forbes Technology Council. 

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Eric Culp

Co-Founder & VP of Operations

Eric has been with the company since its founding and has grown with the business into his role as VP of Operations. Eric is responsible for all aspects of technical operations at Faction, which includes 24x7 Support, Client Onboarding & Implementation, as well as Platform Uptime and Engineering. Eric earned a BS in Business with a focus on Information Systems from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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John Drake

VP of Strategic Alliances

John joined Faction in 2012 and leads strategic technology and go-to-market relationships. In this role, he is responsible for developing go-to-market strategies, spearheading product integrations, aligning joint-services offerings, and driving marketing and enablement initiatives with our strategic alliance partners. Since starting with Faction, Drake has played a significant part in the company's year-over-year double-digit growth.

Prior to Faction, John 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. John holds both a MBA from the University of Colorado as well as a BA in Business from Regis University.

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Josh Mariea

VP of Strategic Accounts

Josh is responsible for Faction’s strategic account development, sales, and enablement strategies. He 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, Josh served in several sales management roles at technology companies such as ISC and CenturyLink, providing advanced networking solutions to Government, Education, and Commercial markets. He holds a B.S. in Psychology from Colorado State University.

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Fernando Cardenas

VP of Software and Platform Development

Fernando joined Faction in 2018, and is responsible building the software and APIs for internal and external users of the Faction Cloud.  He has over 20 years of experience as an individual contributor and technology leader.  Fernando has built high-performing teams and critically acclaimed software products that have been featured in the Wall St. Journal, Bloomberg, and other major media outlets.  Fernando graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

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Board of Directors

Luke Norris

Founder & CEO

Luke founded the company in 2006 and is responsible for the company’s strategic direction and overall management. Prior to Faction, Luke was the Manager of the Integrated Operations Center at SunGard Availability Services, where he was responsible for the operations of over 5 million square feet of data center space worldwide. Before joining SunGard, he was the Senior Security Officer for Kroll Factual Data and chaired the Mortgage Information Standards Maintenance Organization (MISMO) security group.

Luke has authored five technology patents, three of which have been approved and two pending. Luke is a three-time nominee for the Denver Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” award has been named one of ColoradoBiz’ “25 Most Influential Young Professionals”. He has been a distinguished presenter at VMworld in both Barcelona and San Francisco.

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David Solomon

Chairman of  the Board

David 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 Faction. 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, David 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, he was in public accounting with KPMG.

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Bill Marraccini

Board Director

William 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 his distinguished track record of over 30 years as an entrepreneur and investor in many areas of wireless communications. William 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. William 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.

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Mark Hughes

Board Director

Mark is a C-level executive, bringing 42 years of combined experience in operations, acquisition, finances, and technology, having served in the military and in companies ranging from $10M to $1.B in annual revenue. Mark is currently CFO, Advanced Concepts Technology International, a defense support firm delivering mission-critical Total Acquisition Management and Foreign Military Sales solutions to customers across the globe. He provides strategic planning and budgeting / program insight along with expertise in evaluating growth opportunities through merger-acquisition. Mark serves on multiple company boards, and as a technical / business executive consultant to the Air Force and Intelligence Community. He has also served as CEO for $10M merged data center entities to ensure successful integration during transition. He was EVP, Operations SunGard Availability Services, Inc., where he operated a $1.8B disaster recovery and managed services entity, after having joined SunGard as the result of their acquisition of Inflow, where he led the financial and human resources operations as CFO. Prior to Inflow, Mark served 24 years in the Air Force, retiring as a Colonel. His last military position was as the principal personal advisor to the Under Secretary of the Air Force. He holds a Bachelor's degree Geospatial Science from U.S. Air Force Academy, Master's degree in Management Science from University of Dayton, and a Master's degree in National Security Strategy, concentrating on Information Operations and Strategy, from the National War College.

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Derek Pilling

Board Director

Derek co-founded Workhorse Capital in 2016, leading the firm’s strategic andoperational direction. Derek represents Workhorse on the Boards of Directors of Datavail, Inc. and Traackr, Inc.

Previously, Derek was a Managing Director of Meritage Funds, a multi-stage private investment firm, which he joined in 2003. He led Meritage’s efforts to reposition itself as a growth-equity firm during the firm’s 2008 formation of Meritage Fund III. Derek was active in the firm’s sourcing and marketing efforts, originating a number of the firm’s investments, including EdgeConneX, Faction and Crisp Media. Derek continues to represent Meritage on the Board of Directors of Faction. Previously, he held a number of operating and financial advisory positions in the tech-enabled services segment, including CEO of IP Commerce and Vice President of NetLibrary. Derek’s prior experience also includes work as an investment banker with the Wallach Company and A.G. Edwards & Sons. Derek is a graduate of Indiana University and The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he graduated with honors.

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Gordon G. Cohen

Board Director

Prior to joining Sweetwater in 2010, Gordon 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, he worked for 12 years as an investment banker, primarily with Dean Witter Reynolds Inc. Gordon received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his MBA from Columbia Business School.

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Rob Heimann

Board Director

Rob is currently a member of the boards of Faction, Lattice Engines, DialogTech, PerfectServe and an observer at Building Engines and Label Insight. Rob served as a board member at MedPlast (sold to Water Street and JLL Partners), Trax Technologies (sold to Strattam Capital), and observer to the boards of MX Logic (sold to McAfee) and invivodata (sold to ERT). Rob serves as a member of the board of directors of the Christ Hospital Health Network where he chairs the quality and patient safety committee. In addition, he serves on the board of the Elizabeth Gamble Deaconess Home Association, a foundation dedicated to improving healthcare in Cincinnati. Rob is also trustee emeritus of Starfire Council of Greater Cincinnati and is a member of the University of Virginia’s regional selection committee for the Jefferson Scholarship Program.

Rob joined River Cities in early 2004 with operations and investment experience in venture-funded technology companies with particular expertise in M&A transactions, channel development and corporate strategy. Prior to joining River Cities, Rob was at Intelliseek, Inc., a marketing services company backed by River Cities, which successfully sold to Nielsen, Inc. Rob holds an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he graduated with distinction. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Virginia and is a CPA.

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Sean Charnock

Board Director

Sean is a proven technology entrepreneur and executive with a track record of successful ventures to his credit. Sean is currently President of Humach where he leads the expansion and evolution of the company’s technology portfolio and key technology partnerships and guides corporate strategy. Prior to Humach, Sean was COO & SVP at ISIGHT Partners (acquired by FireEye in 2016), where he led of all aspects of the business including Operations, Engineering & Product Development, Product Management, Product Management, Global Intelligence, and Customer Success. Sean was Co-Founder and SVP of SoftLayer Technologies which was acquired in 2013 by IBM for over $2BN. He gained extensive international experience spearheading global business development efforts for Efficient Networks, where he led manufacturing efforts, established OEM/ODM business partnerships, and enhanced their worldwide footprint prior to an acquisition by Siemen’s AG for $1.5BN. Sean’s prior experience also includes work as an investment banker and operating partner with DH Capital, a NY Investment Bank focused on strategic growth financing for Internet Infrastructure, telecommunications and Software as a Service firms. Sean continues to be an active technology investor, and he maintains multiple board and advisory roles. He has a BS Degree in Finance and Banking from the University of North Florida, as well as an MBA from Regis University.

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