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ViaWest - Nancy Phillips

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Company: ViaWest, Greenwood Village, CO
Entry Submitted By: fama PR
Company Description: ViaWest is a leading Hybrid IT solutions provider offering cloud, colocation, compliance services and security solutions. With more than 17 years of experience, 30 North American data centers and multiple cloud nodes, ViaWest offers IT and infrastructure solutions that solve business challenges while balancing cost, scalability and security requirements.
Nomination Category: Individual Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Female Entrepreneur of the Year – Business Products –11 to 2,500 Employees

Nomination Title: Nancy Phillips, President and CEO

Describe for the judges the activities and accomplishments of the nominated entrepreneur since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words):

Nancy Phillips is a 30-year veteran of the telecommunications and infrastructure industry, and has spent her entire career building and growing service-focused organizations that promote diversity and community involvement. She is currently president and CEO of ViaWest, a leading provider of Hybrid IT Solutions spanning cloud, colocation and managed services, and a subsidiary of Shaw Communications.

Nancy co-founded ViaWest in 1999 where she served as COO until assuming the CEO position in 2012. Under her leadership, ViaWest has forged a path of aggressive and industry-leading growth. In 2014, ViaWest was acquired by Canadian-based Shaw Communications for $1.2 billion, which represents one of the most significant valuations in the history of the IT infrastructure space.

In 2015, Nancy led ViaWest as it realigned its business strategy to focus on delivering Hybrid IT Solutions that seamlessly connect on-site, virtual and off-site infrastructure. As part of this, following closely on an acquisition of security and DevOps consulting firm AppliedTrust in June 2015, Nancy spearheaded ViaWest in acquiring managed hosting provider INetU in November 2015, to expand its geographic footprint and cloud capabilities in North America and Europe.

In terms of business solutions, over the last year Nancy led ViaWest to launch Cloud Recovery – DRaaS, a solution that helps protect businesses against devastating data losses by simplifying how they replicate and then recover critical data. she also forged a Microsoft Azure Partnership to give customers a single-provider solution for Hybrid IT needs, and partnered with Console to give customers greater connectivity and security when connecting to public cloud providers.

Nancy has also grown ViaWest’s footprint with new infrastructure. In July 2015, she helped Shaw Communications open a new, state-of-the-art data center in Calgary, Alberta, powered by ViaWest. In September 2015, Nancy officially opened ViaWest’s 138,000 square-foot Brookwood Data Center, the company’s third in Oregon. In December 2015, Nancy and the team broke ground on ViaWest’s 30th data center in Plano, TX, which will open later this year.

Expanding ViaWest’s geographical footprint and technical capabilities has also enabled Nancy and her team to win landmark new business, including signing DreamHost, ARS, Presbyterian Foundation, Bemis Company, Ogden Clinic, Fire Planning Associates and more, all within the past year.

Outside of ViaWest, Nancy is passionate about entrepreneurship, serving as vice chair on the board of the National Center for Women and Information Technology, as well as the boards of the Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Startup Colorado and the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network. Additionally, Nancy has been honored by the business and technology industries and peers with numerous awards, including Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 Award, and the inaugural Colorado Governor’s Citizenship medal (CGCM), recognizing her leadership with exceptional ingenuity and growth while inspiring and creating new possibilities for others.

Nancy has earned a reputation as one of the most charismatic, influential and dynamic leaders in the industry. Her leadership and a relentless commitment to values has led ViaWest to become the gold standard in the industry, and distinguishes her as a true leader throughout the community.

Provide a brief biography of the nominated entrepreneur (up to 125 words):

A top leader in the data and technology space, Nancy has a solid track record of building successful, multimillion dollar businesses with best-in-class return on investment. She began her career in telecommunications as vice president of sales with Teleconferencing Systems of Canada where she built the Business Services sector to the largest in North America. Since then, she has been a partner in numerous startups and acquisitions. In 1999, she co-founded ViaWest and assumed the Chief Executive Officer role in 2012.

Nancy serves on the board of directors of several professional associations, most notably, The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT); Colorado Technical Association (CTA) where she served as chair; and the Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST).