Meet Our Executive Team
ViaWest’s senior management group is composed of a core team of technology experts with the track record and business credentials to drive a successful client-centric operation.

Nancy Phillips

President & CEO

Nancy has earned a distinctive reputation within the technology industry for being one of its most charismatic, influential and dynamic leaders. Her solid track record of building successful, multimillion dollar businesses from startup to disposition with best-in-class return on investment, distinguishes her as a top leader in the space. 

Nancy 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 is committed to promoting women and diversity to create a vibrant technology community, not only in Colorado, but globally. She 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). A native of Toronto, Nancy received an Honors Bachelor of Economics Degree from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. 

Peter Strauss


Joining ViaWest in early 2015, Peter leads all operational and delivery functions for ViaWest, including cloud and data center operations, provisioning, account management, as well as project management and internal technology. With more than 25 years of IT experience, across infrastructure and applications, and DevOps, he brings a proven track record designing, implementing and managing business-critical systems for emerging enterprises and industries across multiple verticals.

Prior to ViaWest, Peter served as COO for a Denver-based IP Commerce where he was responsible for customer support, application operations, project management and infrastructure, and internal IT. Before that, he held senior operation and technology positions with Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Middlebury College, Vermont.

Michael Krza


As part of the initial ViaWest leadership team since 1999, Michael leads the finance, accounting and procurement departments. His leadership has guided ViaWest through multiple rounds of debt and equity financing and numerous mergers and acquisitions, including investments by Oak Hill Capital Partners in 2010 and the merger with Shaw Communications, Inc. in 2014.

Prior to joining ViaWest, Michael was an audit manager with Arthur Anderson, LLP. Currently, he serves on the advisory board for Advocate for Children (a CASA organization) and is a past board chairman.

Michael received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Colorado State University and is certified as a public accountant (inactive) in the State of Colorado.

Jason Carolan


Jason joined ViaWest in 2011 as vice president product development before being promoted to the newly created role of Chief Technology Officer. As CTO, Jason is responsible for the strategic direction of all ViaWest products and technology initiatives.

Prior to ViaWest, Jason had nearly 20 years of experience in leadership positions in both small startup companies and large Fortune 100 enterprises, focused on product architecture, product management and technical sales. His previous roles include over 10 years at Sun Microsystems, where he was a distinguished engineer in network and systems architecture, focused on cloud computing and data center architectures, and director of cloud services engineering at VMware.

Jason was the lead author of one of the first books highlighting the combined use of virtualization and automation. He also has several patents in networking, data center resource management, virtualization, and security.

Jeff Gaillard


Jeff leads ViaWest’s marketing initiatives with responsibility for product management, product marketing, demand generation and business development. He brings extensive management experience in the data center and telecommunications industry ranging from startups to global service providers.

Prior to ViaWest, Jeff held leadership positions at Communications Media Advisors, a boutique management consulting and investment firm; Elevation Data Centers; Zayo Colocation; and Level 3 Communications where among other responsibilities he led the European and North American colocation businesses. Before joining Level 3, Jeff was responsible for the dedicated hosting business at HostPro/Interland. Jeff is also an Adjunct Professor in the Information and Communications Technology graduate degree program at the University of Denver.

Jeff received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Dartmouth College and his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Joe Guerriero

Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Joe joined the ViaWest team in 2010 after assisting in the acquisition of the company by Oak Hill Capital Partners. In addition to overseeing all legal matters for the company, Joe has responsibility for all real estate transactions and provides guidance in connection with corporate development and customer transactions.

Prior to joining ViaWest, Joe spent ten years in private practice assisting clients with corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, private and public securities offerings and compliance matters, and corporate governance.

Joe received his law degree from the University Of Denver Sturm College Of Law, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Boston University.

Dave Leonard

Chief Data Center Officer

As Chief Data Center Officer, Dave directs the design and construction of new data centers and data center expansions, as well as defining the standards and practices for operation of ViaWest’s data centers. He is also responsible for strategy and positioning of the data center colocation product lines.

Prior to ViaWest, Dave founded Critical Infrastructure Consulting LLC., and was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Infocrossing for nine years. He was also the CTO for (i)Structure, a division of Level(3) Communications which Infocrossing later acquired. Prior to that, he was CTO of Corporate Express, Inc. based in Broomfield, Colorado.

Dave also has a long-time affiliation with the Uptime Institute, the leading educational and standards organization in the data center industry. He was an Uptime Institute Fellow throughout the Fellow Program’s life, has contributed to thought leadership and Uptime Institute white papers, and is a judge for their annual Green IT awards in the Data Center Design category. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Texas Christian University.

Anne McCord

Vice President of Human Resources

Anne joined the ViaWest team in 2007, leading the human resources and talent management strategies to support growth objectives. Anne brings more than 20 years of experience in human resources and is responsible for building programs and systems to support recruitment, talent management, and acquisition integration to maximize organizational effectiveness and build a world class team.

Prior to joining ViaWest, Anne held senior leadership positions in the healthcare field where she designed human resources systems to create exceptional employee experiences. She also served as a managing director for Hemo-Net, the first SaaS provider supporting mission critical applications for blood centers nationwide. It was in this role that she found her passion for technology and the important role it plays in our society.

Anne earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado, and holds certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional.

James D. Buie

Senior Vice President of Sales

Jim leads a team of professionals who ensure businesses adopt innovative and optimal infrastructure and virtualization solutions needed to solve critical business issues. Bringing 25 years of senior leadership experience in technology and telecommunications to the role, Jim is a distinguished and recognized leader in the industry. His track record of partnering with customers to grow and transform their businesses makes him a unique leader in this space.

Prior to joining ViaWest in 2012, Jim held senior leadership positions in the telecommunications industry with Tele-Communications, Inc., AT&T Broadband, and Comcast specializing in the growth of new products and emerging business segments.

Jim holds a bachelor's degree from Florida State University and a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Colorado.