HostingCon Advisory Board

The HostingCon advisory board is comprised of hosting and cloud industry veterans who help guide the strategy and direction of HostingCon. By leveraging the advisory board's years of experience and expertise, HostingCon is able to ensure the best experience and education possible for its attendees.

Cheryl Kemp

Cheryl Kemp

Conference Chair HostingCon/VP of Events, iMiller PR

Cheryl Kemp is a passionate technology industry executive. Beginning her career in the 90s as a software sales representative, later writing HTML code before transitioning to e-commerce in the 2000s. Most recently, Kemp served as the chairwoman and director of content for HostingCon before joining the executive management team at iMiller Public Relations (iMPR) as the company's Vice President of Events in 2016.

 

Today, Kemp is a content, tech conference and event professional, dedicated to helping companies amplify their brands. By leveraging conferences, events and trade shows, Kemp supports and guides companies through strategic positioning and placement of industry thought leaders for speaking opportunities, article and blog placements, social media for message amplification as well as content and communications that showcase a company's brand across a diverse target market.

Previously, Kemp served as the director of community and conference content at Penton, where she worked on the HostingCon event brand and others, to produce cutting-edge educational content both in the US and abroad, while implementing a comprehensive strategy to grow attendance.

As Vice President of Events for iMPR, Kemp provides strategic guidance to iMPR clients and industry conference, associations and trade show partners, to shape invigorating programs that leverage the broad knowledge and dynamic changes across the tech industry. With a comprehensive understanding the tech industry, events and the evolution of conferences, Kemp's ability to transform, inspire and deliver effective events is her passion.

Christian Dawson

Christian Dawson

Executive Director, Internet Infrastructure Coalition

Christian Dawson is the Co-Founder of the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) where he works to make the Internet a better, safer place for the businesses that make up the Cloud. Dawson spent 16 years as an executive at web hosting provider ServInt. While there, he co-founded the Save Hosting initiative, designed to galvanize web hosting providers in their opposition of PIPA & SOPA. He went on to help found the i2Coalition to ensure that those who build the infrastructure of the Internet have a voice in all matters of public policy that affect them. He is a staunch advocate for Internet freedom as a tool for social and economic growth by fostering the growth and expansion of the Internet economy.
Andrew Higginbotham

Andrew Higginbotham

Chief Operating Officer, Stackpath

Andrew is the Co-Founder and COO of StackPath and is an industry recognized veteran with over 25 years of experience. Prior to joining StackPath, Andrew was the SVP of Cloud and Technology at CenturyLink and lead all of CenturyLink's Cloud and Managed Services businesses. Andrew had focused on finding growth opportunities for CenturyLink. He lead CenturyLink's acquisition of Savvis, AppFog and Tier3 and was an integral part of the team that saw CenturyLink grow from a rural Telcom to the 3rd largest Communications provider in the US and one of the largest providers of Managed Hosting and Cloud, Globally. Before joining CenturyLink, Andrew was the COO of the startup Privista, focusing on internet privacy and identity theft in the early days of web adoption.
Rashid Niamat

Rashid Niamat

Owner Market Research/PR

Owner of NiamatMediaGroup. Private and public sector consultancy for B2C and B2B internet related issues. Focus on business development, privacy and security issues. Chief editor of ISP Today, the leading Dutch website for the hosting and datacenter industry. Infosec and EU blogger.
Michele Neylon

Michele Neylon

Founder/CEO Blacknight

Michele Neylon is the founder, owner and CEO of Blacknight, Ireland's largest domain registrar and hosting provider. Michele is an active and often outspoken member of the Internet industry and the recipient of the 2013 IIA Net Visionary Award. He currently serves as the Chair of both the ICANN Registrar Stakeholder Group and the Eurid Registrar Advisory Board. Michele is actively involved in Internet policy development, currently serving as a member of several working groups within the ICANN GNSO. Michele focuses primarily on European Internet issues and policy and has presented at numerous Internet industry events, covering a range of topics including policy, security, ICANN, Nominet, the Internet Governance Forum and Investment/First Tuesday. In his spare time, Michele is an award winning social media evangelist, blogger and film buff, who speaks four languages.
Dave Koston

Dave Koston

VP of Engineering, Help.com

Dave has been working in the hosting industry since the late nineties. He previous served as Vice President of Operations at cPanel and helped build the company into the market leader it is today. Since cPanel, he's helped companies launch new products and create rapid growth such as GlobalSign's OneClickSSL for cPanel and Attracta's rise to 2M+ customers. Dave is actively involved in startup mentoring and pushes the use of a blend of lean and agile startup/project methodologies. He's current shaking up the customer service software industry with Help.com.
Martin Wielomski

Martin Wielomski

Manager Business Development EMEA, PhoenixNAP

Martin Wielomski is a Manager of Business Development for the EMEA region for PhoenixNAP Global IT Services. He has years of experience in the Information Technology and Hosting industries and specializes in strategy development and international business, sales leadership and product management. He also writes for several international IT oriented magazines and blogs and advises about technology, management, customer relations, sales and international business expansion while leveraging human connection potential in his corporate strategies. Martin believes in lifelong learning and leadership through engagement, while maintaining realistic and down to earth people approach. He can be reached at: linkedin.com/in/martinwielomski
Phil Shih

Phil Shih

Founder and Managing Director, Structure Research

Philbert Shih is the Founder and Managing Director of Structure Research, an independent research and consulting firm devoted to the hosting and cloud infrastructure services market. Mr. Shih has covered the hosting infrastructure space for over a decade. Prior to founding Structure Research, Mr. Shih was the first hosting analyst hired after Tier1 Research was sold to The 451 Group (2005) and spent six years as Senior Analyst for Hosting. In this role, Mr. Shih helped launch Tier1's coverage of hosting in international markets and was the lead and contributing author to all of the company's quarterly and bi-annual hosting infrastructure sector reports. Prior to joining Tier1 Research, Mr. Shih spent more than four years covering the web hosting industry - three of them as Senior Staff Writer for The Web Host Industry Review's online and print publications. At theWHIR, Mr. Shih covered companies in the consumer, SMB and enterprise hosting, cloud and colocation segments. Mr. Shih's coverage in the sector is global in scope and extends across the broader Internet infrastructure value chain - including companies in the SaaS and automation software markets. Mr. Shih is a regular speaker at industry events and has been quoted in various publications such as theWHIR.com, The Globe and Mail, Computerworld, InfoWorld, Bizjournals, eWeek, The Houston Chronicle, The Deal and The E-commerce Times. Mr. Shih holds an MA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia with a specialization in political-economic development.
Liam Eagle

Liam Eagle

Analyst, 451 Research

Liam Eagle covers the Internet infrastructure business for 451 Research, focusing on managed hosting, cloud and mass-market hosting. Prior to joining 451 Research, Liam closely covered the hosting services market as Editor-in-Chief of Web Host Industry Review for more than 10 years – giving him a front-row seat for many of the transformative trends that shaped the business, including the emergence of virtualization and cloud technologies, and the development of the partner ecosystem that underpins the hosting market. At the WHIR, Liam managed a full-time editorial team of four, along with dozens of freelancers, bloggers and other outside contributors. In several years as Co-Chair of HostingCon, he built the educational program for one of the industry's most highly regarded and well-attended events. Liam has spoken at HostingCon, Parallels Summit, the Open-Xchange Summit and other industry events. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Ryerson University in Toronto.
David Snead

W. David Snead

General Counsel, cPanel

David Snead is cPanel's General Counsel. He is responsible for the overall legal strategy of the company. Principal responsibility for customer facing agreements, regulatory compliance, vendor and partner negotiations, intellectual property, brand communication, mergers and acquisitions, legislative and international business issues. David has provided legal advice to Internet infrastructure providers since 1995 both in-house and as outside counsel. He has specific expertise in risk mitigation, customer service, contract drafting and negotiation, mergers and acquisitions and sales of services across borders. In addition to his legal practice, David co-founded the Internet Infrastructure Coalition and manages its global policy portfolio.
Paul Engels

Paul Engels

CEO, Veloxsites

Paul is a senior executive and thought leader in the web hosting industry. He is CEO of Veloxsites, a patented, automated online presence solution used by SMBs that helps hosting companies generate new revenues and high margins. Formerly CMO and Executive VP of Hostopia, Paul helped lead the company through stellar revenue growth, an IPO and acquisition by Deluxe Corp. He is a highly regarded speaker at HostingCon, The Association of Directory Publishers and other industry events that focus on small businesses and Internet Technology.
Dean Ara

Dean Ara

Principal and Co-Founder, Total Product Marketing

Dean is the Principal and co-founder of Total Product Marketing. He brings 18 years of technology marketing experience. He's run channel marketing programs, go-to-market positioning and product launches, and managed the online reputation and identity for dozens of clients.

For technology companies, he believes in the three-point positioning process, teaching our clients to convey functional, economic, and emotional benefits in their messaging.

He holds an Master's of Business Administration in Information Systems and Strategy from Simon Fraser University, BC. Canada. He is also Pragmatic Marketing Certified (2008).
Sagi Brody

Sagi Brody

CTO, Webair

Sagi Brody is the CTO of Webair, responsible for all technical infrastructure, design, and operations. Sagi has been involved in all aspects of the hosting and data center industry including: site surveys and selection, data center build-out and upgrades, fiber network design and build, designed software for data center and server automation, cloud, green initiatives, resource management and more.
Joshua Feinberg

Joshua Feinberg

VicePresident and Co-Founder, SP Home Run, Inc.

Joshua Feinberg helps hosting, cloud, managed services, and data center providers grow their leads, client base, revenue, and profitability. As a HubSpot Certified Partner, HubSpot Accredited Trainer, former Microsoft content provider, and IBM sales rep with over two decades in technology marketing and sales enablement, Joshua helps clients differentiate, get found early on in the sales cycle, achieve trusted advisor status, and command premium pricing power to drive sustained, profitable, revenue growth.