Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Chad Williams has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since founding QTS in 2005. Under his leadership, QTS has grown to become one of the largest and fastest growing fully integrated data center service providers in the United States.
Chad's vision of obtaining and revitalizing infrastructure rich, large, scalable properties in growing markets has become the cornerstone of our business strategy.
In his role as CEO, Chad has been directly involved helping to build all aspect of our business, from strategic investment in product and asset acquisitions to site selection, design, development and construction. He also enjoys telling the QTS solutions story and winning the confidence and trust of new and existing customers. Chad has been a leading voice to build QTS’ integrated portfolio of traditional data center and cloud provider services, which is very differentiated in the marketplace, and he has lead the industry’s embrace of flexible and scalable high security product solutions. One of the best parts of his job, from his perspective, is the privilege to lead our now 700+ QTSers nationally. We at QTS are “powered by our people” and this is the real strength of QTS.
Chad has attracted one of the most experienced hi-performance leadership teams in the industry. In his role of Chairman of the board, Chad gets to work closely with a world-class, fully independent Board of Directors. The team has vast experience
in operating public companies and complimenting strengths from past experience in running or being part of real estate, technology, financial and Government services industries.
In 2003, Chad leveraged the Quality Group of Companies (QGC) platform and his experience developing, owning and managing mission-critical facilities and acquired a 35,000 square foot facility in Overland Park, Kansas. QTS was formally established as stand alone entity with the purchase of our Atlanta-Suwanee mega data center in 2005. Today, under Chad's leadership, we operate 25 data center facilities totaling approximately 4.8 million gross square feet.
Prior to founding QTS, Chad served as CEO of QGC, a diversified portfolio of companies operating in a wide range of industries including commercial real estate, design-build development, commercial interiors and vehicle and technology leasing.
Chad is actively involved in numerous charitable efforts nationally as well as in the Kansas City area. He currently serves on the board of the US Dream Academy, an organization that focuses on intervening in the lives of children of incarcerated parents. Chad lives in Lenexa, KS with his wife and three children.
Shirley Goza was named QTS' General Counsel in 2006. Shirley has more than 30 years of experience as a practicing attorney and law professor. Prior to joining QTS, Shirley co-owned and operated Focus Trial and Settlement Solutions and served as managing partner from 2004-2006. Shirley was a partner with the law firm Shook, Hardy & Bacon from 2000 to 2004, where she garnered national attention by winning a high profile whistleblower case that was highlighted in the National Law Journal's report on major verdicts.
Shirley received her law degree, with honors, in 1982. In addition to a robust litigation practice, she taught Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Advanced Litigation Drafting and Legal Research and Writing at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, School of Law. She also taught Torts II as a visiting professor at the University of Kansas School of Law. Shirley has been published on a number of topics, has an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and has received a number of awards, including Who's Who of American Women, Outstanding Women of America, the Kansas City Business Journal award for "Women Who Mean Business" and the Kansas City Magazine's "Super Lawyer" award.
Shirley is also involved in a variety of charitable activities, including the University of Kansas National Merit Scholarship Fundraiser, University of Kansas Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors, Chairperson, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Auction, and the Women's Employment Network. Shirley lives with her husband in Leawood, KS and has three adult children.
James (Jim) Reinhart
Chief Operating Officer – Operations
Jim Reinhart joined QTS in July 2012, having come from Genworth, a Fortune 500 financial security company, where he held roles in operations, technology, marketing, and strategy. Jim has served at Capital One and Hewlett-Packard, leading major change efforts at each organization. He has led numerous strategic transitions including driving high growth, developing industry leading customer service, reducing supply chain and operating costs, and turning around underperforming operations.
Jim graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He also received a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, as well as his Master in Business Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. In addition, Jim completed graduate-level training in nuclear engineering at the Naval Nuclear Power School. As an officer in the United States Navy, Jim led a two-year overhaul of a nuclear submarine, including replacement of the nuclear reactor.
Jim married his high school sweetheart and has three children. He serves as a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Richmond.
Chief Operating Officer – Sales & Marketing
After more than 30 years in a variety of leadership roles at IBM, Dan Bennewitz joined QTS in July 2012 to align sales and marketing to drive the company's go-to-market strategy. Dan leads the company's sales and marketing organizations as well as QTS' cloud strategy.
During his tenure at IBM, Dan held a series of sales, marketing and executive management positions in the United States and internationally. Most recently, Dan served as Vice President, IBM Sales Model where he led IBM's go-to-market transformation. Previously, he was vice president of the East Region in the U.S., where he led the product, services, channel and solutions organization for IBM's largest geographic region. Dan also led IBM's Communications and Healthcare Industries in the U.S., as well as holding leadership positions as Managing Director for Sales for IBM Japan, and Vice President, Global Mainframe Server Sales.
Dan earned an A.B. degree in Economics from Princeton University.
Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Berson joined QTS in 2013 to head the company's investment strategy and now serves as Chief Financial Officer. Jeff has more than 20 years of investment banking experience, much of it within emerging infrastructure in the technology sector, including data centers, managed services, enabling communications technologies and fiber providers.
Prior to joining QTS, Jeff served as a managing director in UBS' Media and Communications Group, focused primarily on the communications infrastructure and the telecommunications services sectors. He's also previously served as head of the Communications Services Investment Banking Group at Oppenheimer & Co., managing director in the Telecom Group at Barclays Capital and held various positions within the investment banking department at CIBC World Markets.
Jeff earned a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Jeff is based out of QTS' headquarters in Overland Park, KS, but lives in Scarsdale, NY with his wife and three daughters.
Chief Technology Officer
Jon is a recognized leader in the information technology services industry with a particular focus on managed services, security and privacy. At QTS Jon oversees the development of the technology platform used to deliver QTS’ integrated services as well as solutions engineering and information security programs.
Prior to joining QTS, Jon was the Chief Scientist and CISO at Carpathia, a managed services and cloud company acquired by QTS in June of 2015. Carpathia specialized in complex and compliant hosting supporting the fastest growing startups, enterprises and government agencies.
Before Carpathia Jon was a Distinguished Engineer and CTO of Sun Global Customer Services organization, a $5 billion line of business with over 9,000 engineers across over 100 countries. Jon has received 7 patents in the fields of telemetry, managed services and security solutions. Jon has also held positions at SevenSpace, British Telecom, MCI and Concert.
Chief People Officer
Steve joined QTS in 2016 after working with other world-class companies such as PepsiCo, Citibank and Medco. Steve has more than 25 years of hands-on leadership experience in technology, consumer products, financial services and healthcare companies. He has a passion for solving business problems by effectively aligning organizational, leadership and human capital needs. Prior to joining QTS, Steve served as SVP and Chief Human Resource Officer for ProBuild, a $5B distribution and building materials company with more than 11,000 employees. Prior to ProBuild, Steve was VP, Operations HR with Medco Health Solutions, the $70B healthcare company, where he was part of the leadership team that established Medco as Fortune’s “Most Admired Company for People Management” in 2008.
Steve recently partnered with Dr. Matt Bloom, a professor at the Mendoza School of Business at the University of Notre Dame, to further research and application of what enables employees to flourish in the workplace, find meaning in their work, and enhance employees’ overall wellbeing.
Steve holds a Master of Business Administration from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, and a Bachelor of General Studies in Psychology from the University of Kansas. Steve lives in Leawood, KS with his wife, and has two adult children.
William (Bill) Schafer
Executive Vice President - Finance & Accounting
Bill Schafer, formerly CFO, serves as the EVP - Finance & Accounting for QTS. Bill is responsible for overseeing all aspects of QTS' financial operations, accounting systems, and financing activities.
Bill has more than 20 years of experience in the REIT industry, serving as executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with Developers Diversified Realty (NYSE:DDR) from 2005 to 2010. Bill was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 1999 to 2005, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company from its organization as a public company in 1993, and the Chief Financial Officer of its predecessor entities from 1992.
Bill joined the Cleveland, Ohio, office of the Price Waterhouse LLP accounting firm in 1983 and served as a Senior Manager from 1990 until 1992. Bill graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration. Bill lives in Overland Park, KS with his wife and three children.
Chief Technology Officer - Data Centers
As Chief Technology Officer, Brian Johnston provides technology leadership for IT infrastructure, product development and data center design. Brian has a unique combination of design, technological expertise, and more than 17 years of experience in delivering IT solutions.
Brian has worked in various engineering positions for several of the nation's top technology companies. Brian gained his experience working in several top U.S. technology companies, which gave him an intimate understanding of the importance of performance and capacity through analytics, monitoring and reporting.
Prior to his role as Chief Technology Officer, Brian was QTS' Chief Operations Officer. Prior to joining QTS, Brian served as Vice President of Operation at First National Technology Solutions, a data center services company, from 2001 to 2006, and President of Capaciteam, a capacity planning and mathematical modeling service provider, from 1999 to 2001.
Brian served honorably in the United States Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve from 1990 to 1995. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Bellevue University with an associates degree in Electronic Engineering with Honors. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Society for academic achievement. Brian and his family support a number of charities including Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Veterans with Disabilities, and the Aba House Foundation.
Chief Technology Officer – Product Development
Brent Bensten is a data center specialist with over ten years of experience in multiple Fortune 500 companies focusing on managed services operations. In his role as Chief Technology Officer, Brent focuses on building and supporting new, innovative information systems. Brent previously served as Vice President of Operations for Carpathia, managing data centers around the world and the global IT operations team. Additionally, he streamlined operations, building and delivery of strict Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) compliance for more than 5,000 devices. Prior to joining Carpathia's leadership team, Brent held the position of Senior Manager of Operations for Services at Sun Microsystems.
Director of Community Relations
Dwight Douglas is responsible for developing and fostering external community relations as well as internal employee interactions and engagement. Dwight developed, implemented and manages QTS' corporate philanthropy program, Community Impact. Prior to joining QTS, Dwight served for over 35 years in the non-profit sector.