Industry veterans chart the course ahead.
Codero is full of dedicated, motivated people who care a lot more about getting IT done, than about proving how smart we are. We truly become a valuable extension of our customers’ teams. As a result, our people are a primary reason our customers grow with us, and tell others about Codero.
Our entire team is deeply committed to the success of our customers and our partners. We are big enough to manage your complex, hosting requirements, but not so big that we've lost the personal touch. We are hands-on and eagerly available to all our customers via social media, email, and phone. We are literally just a quick and easy click or phone call away and we invite you to connect with us and start the conversation today. Your approval is how we gauge our success. And it starts with our senior leadership team.
John Martis, Chief Executive Officer
John Martis is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Codero, and he also serves as a member of the company’s board of directors. He is a 20-year veteran of the technology industry, with a track record of successfully guiding major expansion efforts and strategic partnerships.
Prior to assuming his role at Codero, John was President and CEO of Hostway, leading the international hosting company in its transformation from shared hosting into a highly recognized provider of dedicated servers and managed hosting. Before that, he was Executive Vice President of Abacas America (Aplus.Net), an international web hosting company, overseeing all datacenter operations, system engineering, and software development.
Earlier in his career, he founded and led American Digital Network from a start-up into a multi-million dollar business, establishing it as an early leader in the all-digital ISP market.
John’s extensive background in the hosting and managed cloud services space, along with his passion for providing the most delightful customer experience, make him the ideal leader of Codero’s vision to be the hosting company of choice.
Eli Bowman, Chief Financial Officer
Eli is Codero's CFO and prior to that he had served as Codero's Vice President of Finance & Controller since October of 2008. Eli was also the company's Director of Business Analysis, focusing on mergers & acquisitions. Eli came to Codero in 2006, after serving as a Financial Planning and Analysis Manager for GE's insurance division. Prior to that, Eli held the role of Senior Product Analyst leading the pricing efforts for exotic natural gas hedges for Aquila Energy.
Eli has a Bachelors Degree in Actuarial Science and Mathematics from the University of Central Missouri. Eli lives with his wife and two children in Missouri, coaches baseball, and enjoys sports, and the outdoors with his family.
Jason Ackley, CNO & Sr. Vice President of Technical Operations
Jason is the VP of Operations and Network Engineering at Codero Hosting. He manages all our Data Center Operations, in addition to our Network Engineering, and Network Operations Team in Austin, Phoenix, and Dallas. He joined Codero after successful tenures at Rackspace and other high tech companies. At Rackspace, Jason was in charge of new datacenter network implementations, cloud computing networks and network scaling and optimization. He was instrumental in implementing IPv6 for the entire organization, along with heading up outage analysis and remediation planning.
Prior to joining Rackspace in June 2007, Jason honed his technical knowledge of high performance network architectures working at Sony (Sega) and various ISP services companies. An avid participant in the technology community, Jason assists vendors and works with them to develop industry specifications and test out new products. He lives with his wife and two children in Central Texas and in his free time enjoys hunting, camping, biking, water sports, and flying fixed wing and rotary aircraft.
Ric Riddle, Chief Revenue Officer
As CRO at Codero, Ric manages the Marketing and Sales teams, and his expertise in lead generation and content marketing drive the company’s growth initiatives. He brings more than twenty years of experience and energy in driving sales and stewarding customer satisfaction. Across his career, Ric has served as a senior executive managing revenue performance for organizations specializing in technology, business intelligence and information management. His demonstrated success as a revenue generator, adept at building teams, escalating business models and opening markets, makes him a valuable contributor to the Codero executive team.
Ric has led multiple early stage tech companies from start up to viable market presence by formalizing strong customer acquisition strategies and building out sales channels. He previously served as Director of Sales for BindView Development Corporation, a global provider of IT security compliance software, where he was instrumental in positioning the company for success in multiple markets.
Early in his career, he directed sales efforts at Polaroid Corporation, where he held various sales and marketing management positions during an eleven year tenure. He launched and developed the U.S. channel sales program, built strategic relationships with key Fortune 500 accounts and large system integrators, and created sales process and training programs for the worldwide sales organization.
Ric has a Bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Houston, and lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and three children.
Tony Howlett, Chief Technology Officer
Tony joined Codero as CTO in 2017 and is responsible for driving technical innovation to meet current and future customer needs. Formerly CTO of Network Security Services, Tony has been a thought leader in the information technology space for three decades, and founded and led Houston’s first Internet Service Provider (ISP) InfoHighway until its eventual merger with ARC Networks.
Tony a published author on security and technology topics, and currently serves as President of the Austin Chapter of (ISC)². He has also served as an Advisory Board Member of GIAC with a GSNA Certification.
Todd Benjamin, Vice President of Business Development
Todd is Codero's Vice President of Business Development. Todd brings more than 30 years of telecommunications, managed hosting and operational support to Codero. He has held executive positions in sales, marketing, finance, business development, engineering, corporate development and administration for companies ranging from startup to Fortune 100. Todd leads Codero’s expansion initiatives by leveraging strategic relationships with Rural Local Exchange Carrier (RLEC) industry leaders and leading technology companies.
Todd joins Codero from Hostway, where he played an instrumental role in spearheading business development and strategic initiatives to national telecom service providers, specifically targeting small and medium sized businesses. Prior to Hostway, he was President and CEO of Rodopi Software, a provider of converged solutions to automate billing, provisioning, and customer care for web hosting companies. In both roles, he helped to introduce novel value-added solutions by forging tactical alliances with leading technology companies to expand distribution channels.
Todd earned a Bachelor of Science with honors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, and Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles.