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Datacate was founded by a team of professionals that understand what it means to build, maintain and employ a true data center. We vow to remain dedicated to providing you the support, power and bandwidth required to ensure your continued success.

DAMON BROWN

CO-FOUNDER, PRESIDENT AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT LEAD

Damon has been developing B2B applications for desktop, web and mobile platforms for 15 years.  In 1999, Damon founded Technicate Solutions to develop applications while attending college.  Today, as a partner, developer and business development lead, Technicate continues to thrive under both he and his partners’ dedication to the companies growth.  In 2012, Damon was named president of Datacate to provide this same dedication to infrastructure as he has for the planning and development of it.  Damon’s goal for Datacate is to maintain it’s boutique status while providing unparalleled service to our clients.

Damon graduated from CSU San Marcos in 2002 with a degree in Computer Science and a US Navy veteran.  He resides in Fair Oaks, CA with his wife and 2 children.

JOSHUA HOVINGA

CO-FOUNDER, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Joshua comes from Technicate Solutions to Datacate as an Operations Chief.  His project management style and experience ensures that Datacate’s momentum retains at a high pace.  His keen attention to detail allows the entire team to focus on their granular requirements as he continues to focus on the “big picture”.  An excerpt from the Technicate website reads:

An honors graduate from University of California Davis’ School of Engineering, Joshua’s process development experience and quality assurance background has set him apart with Technicate clients, staff, and contractors.  Joshua has charged his team with a continual goal to streamline the development process and make each transaction a smooth and organized process for each customer. His team’s focus on communication with the client and overall efficiency in processing ensures clients will have a positive experience with Technicate that they will remember long after the project’s completion point.

Joshua holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from University of California, Davis and resides in Antelope, CA with his wife.

CHRISTOFFER JAMES

CO-FOUNDER, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Christoffer has a background in the finance industry and comes from a long history of success in real estate management.  He plays a key role in Datacates’ stability in both the physical, facilities and financial elements of the company.  The company and it’s partners rely on his technical and financial knowledge as we continue to grow.  Additionally, Chris is head of our products unit that consistently looks at new and exciting ways to be both competitive and cutting edge.  Some of his contributions include a complete SAN and Microsoft cloud based architecture.

As a business owner for over 10 years, he owns the financial and infrastructure acumen needed to ensure success.  Chris resides in Antelope, CA with his wife and two children.

EDWARD LAFRANCE

VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

In 1997, Ed started New Media, an Internet services company offering web hosting, colocation, e-Commerce programming and payment processing services. As the business evolved, colocation and Internet bandwidth became a major focus, and eventually New Media was transformed into Connex Internet Services Inc, a colocation and Internet transit provider serving five regional US markets and beyond.

In January of 2014, Datacate and Connex merged into one company, with Ed taking on full-time sales and marketing duties. The new Datacate gained a more diverse client base and multi-site capability. While continuing to serve the needs of the colocation marketplace, Ed and his colleagues at Datacate are forging ahead into the decentralized future of a virtual and cloud-based computing universe.

Ed and his wife live in Rancho Cordova.