Team

Online Tech’s management team has decades of experience managing and leading successful high tech services businesses, from startups to Fortune 500™ global providers.


Yan Ness, Chief Executive Officer

Yan Ness, Chief Executive Officer

Yan has more than 30 years of experience launching and managing high tech companies, from startup to scale. In 2003, he led a group of investors to acquire Online Tech and has since served as the CEO, growing the company from a small ISP with a single data room to a full service secure, compliant enterprise cloud and colocation provider. Prior to Online Tech, Yan was co-founder of CompanyCrafters and WorkWell Health and Safety Systems, which was acquired by Liberty Mutual. He also serves on the board of directors for MiQuest, a nonprofit supporting Michigan second-state entrepreneurs, and DAVID Corporation, a leader in insurance software.

Yan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Michigan and is a guest lecturer at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Tim Hannan, Chief Financial Officer

Tim Hannan, Chief Financial Officer

Tim is the Chief Financial Officer of Online Tech, joining the company in 2012. He also serves as Executive Vice President and CFO of News Press Gazette, the investment partner of Online Tech, where he oversees financial operations for both companies. Tim has more than 30 years of accounting and financial experience in addition to serving as CEO of First Boston Pharma, LLC, where he led efforts to grow revenue, bring new products and reduce operating costs.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He also is an alumnus of the Greater Kansas City Chamber Centurions, an organization that fosters community awareness through civic opportunities.

Nick Lumsden, Vice President of Technology and Product Strategy

Nick Lumsden, Vice President of Product Strategy and Technology

Nick is a technology leader with 17 years of experience in the technology industry, particularly in healthcare, data analytics and cloud computing. In 2013, Nick joined Online Tech as Senior Director of Operations and Product Strategy, responsible for the full technology stack within the company’s five Midwest data centers – from generators and cooling to network and cloud infrastructure. After being named vice president, he now assumes responsibility for the gross margin, uptake and profitability of new products as well as management. He has worked in software engineering as well as infrastructure, operations and IT leadership. The Michigan native returned home after seven years with Inovalon, a healthcare data analytics company in the Washington, D.C. area, where he served as the principal technical architect.

Nick has a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Michigan Technological University.

Jason Yaeger, Senior Director of Solutions Architecture

Jason Yaeger, Vice President of Business Development & Strategic Solutions

Jason is Online Tech’s Vice President of Business Development & Strategic Solutions, Risk Management Officer and Security Officer. In his seven-plus years at Online Tech, he has guided the company through successful completion of many audits, including SAS 70 Type I, SAS 70 Type II, SSAE 16, SOC 1-3, HIPAA, PCI 2.2, PCI 3.0 and Safe Harbor. In addition to overseeing solutions architecture across all of Online Tech’s data centers, Jason is also the vice president and founding member of the Southeast Michigan Chapter of 7x24 Exchange. Prior to Online Tech, he was manager of Internet operations at 20/20 Communications, where he spent eight years developing the company’s wireless and Internet initiatives.

Jason has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance and accounting from Eastern Michigan University.

Deb Webster, Senior Director of Human Resources and Administration

Deb Webster, Senior Director of Human Resources and Administration

Deb, Online Tech's Senior Director of HR and Administration, has 25 years of career Human Resources support with technology companies and currently manages all HR-related needs for Online Tech. She joined Online Tech in 2012 after working as a consultant with the company for four years. Before becoming part of the Online Tech team, Deb worked in HR management for other IT firms throughout the Southeastern Michigan region, with emphasis on recruiting security professionals.

Deb has a Bachelor in Business Administration degree in HR management from Eastern Michigan University, and an MBA in organizational development from the University of Michigan.

Kathy Fox, Finance Manager

Kathy Fox, Finance Manager

Kathy, joined Online Tech in 2015 and is the company’s Finance Manager, leading the development and management of industry-leading financial modeling, analytics, and tracking and forecasting data across all segments of the business. She came to Online Tech with extensive experience in finance, accounting, auditing, contracts, and financial operations, with more than 30 years across diverse industries such as technology, consulting, and government contracting.

Kathy holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas, and she was a registered CPA for several years in the State of Texas.

Farooq Ahmed, Product Engineering Manager

Farooq Ahmed, Product Engineering Manager

Farooq has been with Online Tech since 2004 and currently is in charge of Product Engineering and manages product development. He is the chief architect of OTPortal™, Online Tech’s feature-rich dashboard that helps clients and delivers on-demand access to server monitoring, management and customer support. His career spans more than 18 years specializing in systems analysis, design, development and systems architecture. Farooq has previously designed components for online payment systems as well as the banking industry.

Farooq earned his undergraduate degree in math and physics as well as his master's in computer science, both from the University of Karachi.

Christopher Rizzo, Marketing Manager

Christopher Rizzo, Marketing Manager

Christopher has been with Online Tech since 2009 and is currently Online Tech's Marketing Manager. In his eight-plus years at Online Tech, he has been promoted five times and has led the company's main lead generation engine, the company website, for more than seven years. In addition to overseeing the marketing team, Chris is responsible for all aspects of Online Tech's brand and digital marketing promotion. Prior to Online Tech, he was a Research Assistant at the University of Michigan Survey of Consumers in the Institute of Social Research.

Chris holds Bachelors in Economics and Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan and is a guest speaker at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business Photography Club.

Kurt Shaldenbrand, Product Design Manager

Kurt Schaldenbrand, Product Design Manager

Kurt has more than 30 years of experience designing and developing commercial desktop and web-based applications and IT as a Service products. Joining Online Tech in 2009, he has overseen the design of OTPortal™, Online Tech’s single-pane-of glass client interface. Kurt also oversees the design of Online Tech’s managed services products, including Disaster Recovery as a Service, Data Protection as a Service, and Managed Azure featuring SprawlGuard™ protection. He worked previously with Yan Ness at WorkWell Health and Safety Systems, designing workplace safety analytics software that was eventually acquired by Liberty Mutual.

Kurt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Michigan, where he is also the head coach of the cycling team.

Tim Bradley, Manager of Network Services

Tim Bradley, Manager of Network Services

Tim has more than seven years of experience working in the IT and networking field. He began his career working at the help desk for Midland public schools before transitioning over to a managed service provider in the Tri-City area. Tim joined Online Tech in 2011 as a Network Administrator and has since gone on to design and deploy the core networks at each data center. He recently transitioned to the management team and currently leads the Network Services team.

Tim holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Network Administration and Network Security from Davenport University. He also holds Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) and Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP) certifications.

Stefan Richardson, Manager of Technical Services

Stefan Richardson, Manager of Client Services

Stefan comes to us with more than eight years of IT team management and client support experience, most recently as Field Services Supervisor with Anthelio Healthcare Solutions, where he hired and led a large team of field technicians supporting McLaren Healthcare Facilities customers across mid and southern Michigan. Previously, also at Anthelio, he held positions as a Customer Site Associate (training physicians on how to use EHR software) and Service Desk Team Lead (where he led a team of 40+ tier 1 and tier 2 service desk technicians).

Brian Antosh, Manager of Critical Facilities Infrastructure

Brian Antosh, Manager of Critical Facilities Infrastructure

Brian has been with Online Tech since October 2014 and serves as Manager of Critical Facilities Infrastructure, making him responsible for all operational and project aspects of critical power and cooling, physical security and fire systems for each of Online Tech's five data centers. He has more than 20 years of engineering experience, including working for seven years as a senior facilities engineer with CHE-Trinity Health Information Systems and also as the IT supervisor for Ford Motor Company for Michigan Truck Plant.

Brian has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Western Michigan University as well as an MBA from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Pawel Branski, Manager of Cloud Infrastructure

Pawel Branski, Manager of Cloud Infrastructure

Pawel has been with Online Tech since April 2015 and currently serves as Manager of Cloud Infrastructure, where he is responsible for creating and maintaining all backups and virtualization of Online Tech’s cloud systems. He works closely with solutions architects to provide client solutions for multi-tenant and private clouds. He also is responsible for implementing and maintaining business continuity for clients and Online Tech. Before coming to Online Tech, Pawel was the director of network operations and infrastructure for ForeSee Results in Ann Arbor, where he focused on all virtualization, storage, software and hardware needs. He has more than 15 years of experience with servers, virtualization technology and data center management.

Pawel has a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Eastern Michigan University.

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