CEO of Online Technologies Corp., a data center operator, in Ann Arbor. Ness has more than 20 years of experience launching and managing high tech companies from startup to larger scale and liquidity. He led a group of investors to acquire Online Technologies in 2003 and has since served as its CEO, growing the company from a small local provider with a 600-square-foot center to Michigan’s premier managed data center operator with three centers in the state. Online Tech helps companies manage their growing demand for data and computing capacity through its SAS-70 secure and reliable multi-tenant data centers. With a full range of colocation, dedicated server hosting, and managed service options, Online Tech ensures that a client’s servers are always on, always online, and always safe. For three years, the company has been named a Washtenaw County FastTrack winner for Michigan’s fastest growing companies. Prior to Online Tech, Ness was a co-founder of CompanyCrafters and of WorkWell Health and Safety Systems, which was acquired by Liberty Mutual. He serves on numerous boards, including the board of the Small Business Association of Michigan. Ness received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Michigan.