The Executive Team

The iland management team brings together years of
experience and executive leadership in cloud technology
enterprise software and IT services.
CEO AND CO-FOUNDER
Scott Sparvero

As CEO, Scott is responsible for iland’s corporate direction and vision, and along with longtime business partner and co-founder, Brian Ussher, is responsible for building and scaling the Company from startup to its current high-growth mode as well as managing all Company operations.

Scott has over 27 years of executive leadership experience in the tech industry and has been an entrepreneur in the cloud market since its evolution. He and Brian have worked closely together over the years to build iland into a leading VMware-based cloud services provider for application hosting, data protection and disaster recovery.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Boston University.

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PRESIDENT AND CO-FOUNDER
Brian Ussher

As President of iland, Brian is responsible for architecting the Company’s strategic direction as well as overseeing the management of its various departments and day-to-day activities. Brian co-founded iland in 1994 with longtime business partner and iland CEO, Scott Sparvero.

Over the course of the past 27 years, under Brian’s leadership, iland has evolved from a web application development services company to the global market leader in DRaaS and a prefered provider of IaaS and BaaS solutions for customers using VMware, Veeam, Zerto, HPE and Microsoft 365 applications.

In addition to building iland from startup to growth engine, Brian has a background in software development working in the healthcare, financial services, construction, accounting and hospitality industries. Brian also spent time at Exxon consulting and developing inter-company billing and tracking systems.

Brian graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

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CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Justin Giardina

Justin Giardina is the Chief Technology Officer and is responsible for driving iland’s innovation agenda along with all aspects of iland’s global strategy and technical operations including design, implementation and support. Under Justin’s leadership, iland has established itself as a global leader in cloud services offering market-driven, analyst-approved public, private and hybrid cloud solutions for production applications, virtual desktops and lab environments as well as business continuity and disaster recovery solutions for SMB to enterprise-level customers.

Justin and his team manage an aggressive roadmap that has garnered iland recognition in many key analyst reports including achieving “Leader” status in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery for four consecutive years. With more than 25 years’ experience in datacenter and network operations, Justin is regularly asked to speak on topics including security, network and server virtualization, resource optimization and performance. He is also a member of the VMware, Zerto, Cisco, Cohesity, HPE and Veeam Partner Technical Advisory Boards. In his spare time, Justin volunteers as a systems administrator for several Open Source Community projects. Prior to joining iland, Justin led network engineering and system administration teams for companies in the consulting and petrochemical industries and is a graduate of the University of New Orleans.

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CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
Jennifer Brenner

As the Chief Marketing Officer for iland, Jennifer Brenner is directly responsible for the global marketing organization and strategy. Jennifer oversees iland’s corporate brand identity as well as manages all aspects of iland’s creative, product marketing, communications, digital, field, channel and customer marketing including direct responsibility for lead generation.

With over 25 years of experience, Jennifer has spent 14 years at the executive level including time spent as a Vice President at Virtustream, a Dell Technologies company, where she served on the Dell Communications Leadership team and represented her division in the communications aspects of the Dell/EMC merger, the largest technology acquisition in history. Jennifer also spent time managing public relations at BMC Software including managing media relations for BMC’s CEO and directing the communications elements of BMC’s quarterly earning statements. She was also the demand generation and communications co-chair of the successful launch of MyIT.

Jennifer has significant expertise in each of the functional areas of marketing and communications including global public and analyst relations (including crisis management), demand generation, digital marketing, campaign management, branding, partner and association marketing, product management, marketing operations, advertising and paid media, budget management, copywriting, market research and events. She also worked as a journalist where she published or placed over 1,000 articles. Jennifer holds a Bachelor or Arts degree from Brigham Young University.

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SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Dante Orsini

Dante Orsini serves as iland’s Senior Vice President of Business Development and oversees the global direction and execution of iland’s strategic and channel partnerships. Additionally, Dante along with his team were responsible for designing iland’s robust global, partner ecosystem from the ground up. He sits on the VMware Service Provider Advisory Council, as well as the HPE, Veeam and Zerto Partner Advisory Boards.

Dante was instrumental in helping iland to achieve “Leader” status in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service from 2016 through 2019 when the report was retired. Additionally, Dante and his team led iland to win CRN’s Partner Program (Five-Star rating) for three consecutive years as well as the Veeam Impact Partner of the Year award for four consecutive years and the Zerto Cloud Service Partner of the Year for three consecutive years.

Dante has more than 20 years of experience leading direct and indirect sales teams. This background combined with his thought leadership in cloud computing and cloud infrastructure, have ensured that Dante is repeatedly tapped to present at events across the globe.

Dante holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal Communications from Bowling Green State University.

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VICE PRESIDENT, ACCOUNTING
Shelly Blest

Shelly Blest is iland’s Vice President of Accounting and manages all financial functions globally. Shelly is an experienced CPA with a demonstrated history of success spanning over 25 years in the information technology and oil and gas services industries.

Shelly’s responsibilities include directing all aspects of accounting operations, developing and maintaining all necessary accounting policies and systems, providing strategic guidance to leadership on financial and broad-based business issues related to overall performance, end-to-end responsibility for all financial reporting and ensuring that all tax and compliance requirements are met.

Previous roles include serving as the Chief Financial Officer for Houston-based Ely and Associates, Director of Finance for Boots & Coots International Well Control and Chief Accountant for Hydralift Inc. Shelly holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree with a focus in Accounting from the University of Houston.

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Paul Arlinghaus
VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS OPERATIONS
Paul Arlinghaus

As the Vice President of Business Operations, Paul Arlinghaus leads a team focused on iland’s mission critical processes including sales operations, project management, strategic planning and business analysis.

Paul has decades of operational experience in the high tech industry including working in operations, service management and implementation services at firms including Alert Logic, Hewitt Associates and Accenture. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas.

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VICE PRESIDENT, PRODUCT MANAGEMENT
Alex Montaño

Alejandro Montaño serves as the Vice President of Product Management for iland and manages the product life cycle, roadmap, strategy and profitability for all of iland’s products and services. His team includes product managers, technical writers and analysts focused on increasing the market relevance and profitability of iland’s suite of solutions.

Alejandro has over 20 years of solid experience in the technology industry including roles at firms such as NetVersant, Connetica Solutions, Next Data, Nokia Siemens Networks, Getronics and Motorola Solutions. Alejandro holds a Bachelor of Engineering, Electronics and Communications from The Tecnológico de Monterrey.

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SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL SALES
Kerry Sabo

Kerry Sabo manages iland’s direct sales teams across North American, EMEA and APAC. Kerry is responsible for direct revenue generation, new customer acquisition and account management. He has an impressive track record in sales, customer service, project management, relationship management and team leadership.

While Kerry has held sales leadership roles at iland for nearly nine years, he also spent time working in sales roles at Computer Design and Integration LLC as well as Frederick Auto Group. Kerry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Finance from Penn State University.

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VICE PRESIDENT, HUMAN RESOURCES
Lindsay Schuman

Lindsay Schuman serves as iland’s Vice President of Human Resources and has spent nearly 15 years working closely with iland’s co-founders to build iland from startup to growth mode. Lindsay looks after iland’s corporate policy development, recruiting, compensation, benefits, employer branding and learning and development functions as well as manages iland’s offices globally.

Lindsay began her long tenure at iland as a global account manager and also spent time in customer relations, which provided valuable insights into the business, before transitioning to build the human resources function at iland from the ground up. Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Murray State University.

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VICE PRESIDENT, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
Julien Anguenot

Julien Anguenot serves as iland’s Vice President of Software Engineering and is responsible for the strategic vision and development of the iland Secure Cloud Console, which provides iland customers with transparency, predictable costs and the ability to design and provision cloud environments from network configuration to integrated backups.

Prior to joining iland, Julien was the Technical Co-Founder and CTO of SoFun gaming, an innovative startup that revolutionized the betting industry on the newly regulated French market. Julien has also held senior leadership positions at several open source content management vendors. Julien is an accomplished software craftsman and open-source advocate with a creative and entrepreneurial spirit. He attended both the Université de Franche-Comté and Tampere University of Technology.

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