Our Leadership

Our vision is to provide personalized cloud solutions to businesses across the globe. RapidScale strives to be the most customer-oriented managed cloud services provider in the industry.

Meet The Team

At RapidScale, our people make the difference. We have dozens of customer success stories, and our clients love us. Starting with the leadership team, we talk the talk and walk the walk.

Chief Executive Officer

Larry Steelman

Chief Technology Officer

Duane Barnes

Chief Strategy Officer

Mark Szotkowski

Executive Vice President of Sales

Bob Buchanan

Vice President of Service Delivery

Louis Valentino

Vice President of Software Engineering

Bryan Krieger

Vice President of Finance and Administration

Meighan Agresta

Larry Steelman currently serves as CEO of RapidScale and Vice President of New Business Ventures for Cox Business. In this role Mr. Steelman is responsible for emerging high growth organizations within Cox Business including RapidScale, Hospitality Network, Trapollo, and Unite Private Networks.  As V.P. of Sales Channels and Programs from 2010 – 2016 he was responsible for sales strategy, indirect channels, national accounts, inside sales, sales alliances, training and sales compensation. Mr. Steelman has also held interim assignments with Cox Business as the Vice President of sales and field operations for Cox Business’ western U.S. markets and Vice President of our Las Vegas market.

Prior to joining Cox Business, Mr. Steelman was an AVP of Sales with BellSouth where he was responsible for overlay sales of advanced data communications products. During his eighteen-year career there he held numerous senior roles in sales and sales operations. He also served as Vice President of Barco’s North American Out-of-Home Media and Control Room Divisions, and held Vice President of Sales positions with start-ups in the electronic commerce and software space.

Duane Barnes joined RapidScale (now a Cox Business company) in 2016 as Director of Solutions Engineering and was charged with building out this team nationwide. By early 2017 Barnes was promoted to SVP of Technology. In this role he is responsible for service delivery, support, solutions engineering, software engineering, project management, compliance, and architecture.

Mr. Barnes has over 20 years of experience working in IT focusing on enterprise data center and security services. Prior to his employment with RapidScale, Intelisys, Open-Xchange, and Windstream Hosted Solutions he held various leadership positions at MPInet, PowerOne Communications, and The Walt Disney Company. His expertise is in complex data center solutions and managed hosting projects; cloud computing, virtualization, storage, SaaS, networking, disaster recovery, security, and VoIP. He currently holds numerous industry certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, VMware, CompTIA, HP, and EMC. Mr. Barnes also holds a B.S. in Communications from the University of Phoenix.

An experienced technology executive with over 24 years in the industry, Mark Szotkowski brings sales and operational management expertise to RapidScale. Before joining the RapidScale team, Mark owned and operated a successful voice and data consulting company. Prior to his entrepreneurial venture, Mark served as the Regional Vice President for PAETEC Communications' Western Region. Mark was a key team member responsible for launching the Western Region and as the RVP he grew sales from $0.00 to $32M in annual revenue with full P&L responsibilities. During the last year of his seven-year tenure with PAETEC, Mark was promoted to Vice President of National Accounts. In this role, he was charged with bringing a consistent product offering and pricing to the company’s largest customers, managing multiple national account managers throughout the organization, and growing the revenues for those accounts. Mark holds a B.S. in Finance from San Diego State University.

Bob Buchanan joined RapidScale in 2017 as the Executive Vice President of Sales, bringing over 20 years of industry experience and deep expertise in both channel and direct sales to the RapidScale leadership team. Bob was hired due to his track record of building and scaling world-class channel-focused sales organizations in the cloud space, and he is responsible for developing national go-to-market and sales strategies to accelerate RapidScale’s market position as a provider of managed cloud services including Desktop as a Service (DaaS), Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions.

Prior to his role at RapidScale, Bob served as Vice President of Channel Sales for TierPoint where he built a sales team and expanded their channel sales and nationwide channel distribution capabilities during a period of rapid expansion through acquisition. Bob joined TierPoint upon their acquisition of Windstream’s data center business unit, where he served as Vice President of Sales responsible for leading their cloud and data center go-to-market strategy within the partner community.

Bob has twice been named to CRN’s prestigious annual list of Channel Chiefs, recognized as a leader in the IT channel space. He earned a bachelor's degree from Western Carolina University and lives in Raleigh with his wife and two children.

With more than 30 years of industry experience, Louis Valentino fully supports customers through the entire customer lifecycle from project management, through implementations, and ultimately through technical support.

Lou joined RapidScale in 2017 and has held a number of senior operation leadership roles that focus on the efficiency and effectiveness of the company’s operations.

Prior to joining RapidScale, Lou served as VP & GM for TierPoint in North Carolina, and in senior leadership and business management positions at two large financial institutions: Citizens Bank/Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), and Old Mutual Asset Management.

Bryan Krieger as a long history of leading software development teams and managing enterprise-scale IT operations teams. He was with Microsoft for 15 years in multiple roles including senior director managing global IT operations teams and principal program manager in the Visual Studio Developer division. Most recently he has been both CTO and CIO in both established and startup SaaS companies.

Bryan now leads the software engineering team within RapidScale, which is building our next-generation products. A native of Seattle, Bryan now resides with his family in Durham, North Carolina.

Meighan Agresta is RapidScale’s VP of Finance and Administration and has nearly 20 years of experience in financial leadership roles with data center and IT services providers. She joined the firm in 2017 and is responsible for driving development of processes and systems to support RapidScale’s growth while managing day to day financials, reporting, and back office administration.

She began her career in 2001 as one of the first hires at Hosted Solutions, a startup hosting provider that focused on serving clients in North Carolina’s Research Triangle before expanding throughout the east coast. Meighan ran the firm’s accounting and finance department and led various M&A activities, including the 2008 sale of the company to private equity. In 2010 Windstream Communications acquired Hosted Solutions and named Meighan as Head of Business Operations, and she remained in that role with TierPoint after their acquisition of Windstream’s data center assets in 2015.

Meighan attended University of Maryland majoring in Government and Politics.

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