James E. Holder - CEO
Jim serves as a director and CEO of DATA3 Corporation, having joined the Company in January, 2018. In his role as CEO he is responsible for the development and execution of strategy, business development and finance, and in the integration of the company’s operations to achieve both internal synergies as well as those for the Company’s customers.
Jim brings 37 years of business experience with a focus on building companies through a combination of internal growth and acquisitions. His first ten years of experience were at Coopers & Lybrand (predecessor firm to PricewaterhouseCoopers) as a Senior Manager in the assurance and transaction advisory groups. That laid the foundation for the next twenty-seven years in a variety of companies as an executive and as an advisor. In his roles as CEO, CFO, and COO Jim’s focus has been on strategy, business development, finance, and operational synergies. In his role as an advisor he has focused on strategy, mergers & acquisitions, and capital structure/acquisition. He industry expertise is in technology, manufacturing, distribution, franchising, and B2B services.
Jim is also a Founding Partner of Waypoint Private Capital, Inc. (“WPC”) and Waypoint Securities (“WPS”), successor firms to a regional merchant bank and private equity fund. WPC provides M&A and capital raise services to lower middle market companies, primarily in the Mid-Continent region of the U.S. WPS is a FINRA registered broker/dealer with a focus on Investment Banking.
Jim’s career highlights include:
Executive leadership/teamwork that has led to significant growth in a variety of companies/industries.
Leader of an industry roll-up that resulted in the sale of the company to a Fortune 500 operation.
Participation in over 50 capital raise transactions, totaling in excess of $500 million
Participation in over 20 M&A transactions, with transaction values totaling in excess of $350 million
Jim obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Finance from Westminster College in Fulton, MO, and his MBA in Finance/Accounting from the University of Arkansas. In addition to being a co-founder of WPC and WPS, he is a registered investment banker with FINRA carrying the Series 28, 63, 79 and 82 designations. Jim serves on the boards of several non-profit and faith-based organizations, both domestically and internationally.
David Harrelson - COO
David is an I.T.Business Professional, Entrepreneur, & Involved Citizen. After graduating Oklahoma State University David developed software based systems for Texas Instruments in the HARM missile systems group. Designed Local and Wide area networks for Federal Express, and engineered Networks, Computing Systems and Data Centers for American Airlines. Software systems designed and written by David recovered in excess of 150 million dollars for the airline. After leaving American Airlines, David started a warranty recovery business which recovered over 200 million dollars for international airlines around the world. In 2001 David took his entrepreneurial leanings to a new level by co founding DATA3 Corporation.
DATA3 has grown from a basic I.T. services company to becoming a premier provider of datacenter and software development services. Located in Tulsa Oklahoma, David is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of DATA3 Corp. David is heading up DATA3's latest expansion.
An additional 13,000 sq Ft of new Tier 3+ hosting space brings DATA3 to 50,000+ sq ft of Premium Data Center and Business Continuity facilities. This recent growth has elevated DATA3 to one of the largest Production/DR Data Centers in the region. DATA3 offers Mission Critical, Private Cloud, Managed Server, Colocation, & Business Continuity services to a world-wide list of clientele, including many Tulsa based companies.
David, in his very limited spare time is a Youth Pastor & owns and operates Dads-Place youth ministries with his wife and children. Dads-Place is a weekend youth camp filled with extreme activities for disadvantaged and Fatherless Tulsa area youth. The Christian based, no cost camp reaches at risk kids through "Volunteer Mentors" spending time doing outdoor activities like ATV riding, playing airsoft, fishing, archery, cooking over campfires, patriotic activities and much more.
Learn more about Dads-Place at www.Dads-Place.org.
Favorite words to live by are:
"Never Give Up." (Thanks Dad) -----------------"Enjoy the race but commit to finishing strong."
"Turn your passion into your paycheck" --------"Live everyday like you are dying"
"#1 The customer is always right, #2" -----------"When the customer is wrong see #1"
"Seek and offer truth in all dealings" -----------"Remain humble in the eyes of GOD and man"
"If you have no destination, any road will get you there"
"Your true character is who you are and what you do when no one is looking"
"Your character and your name are all people will remember you by, protect them both fiercely"
"Show your spouse that they are a True & Tremendous Treasure from GOD every chance you get"
Yasser Khan - CIO
Yasser has been in the IT industry for 21 years and currently serves as the CIO for DATA3 Corp, leading the application development division. He is also involved in the design and network infrastructure for company’s multiple data centers. He has led the design and development of numerous software applications, with an emphasis during his career on project management, software development methodologies, and security/encryption for web portals. For example, he has developed significant systems for BAE Systems (international defense contractor), AAR Corporation (aircraft services firm in over 100 countries), and the Linde Group (international engineering firm).
During his career Yasser has led the design and development of a wide variety of software applications. He has a keen sense of aligning software requirements with business needs to deliver a quality product that exceeds user expectations and is delivered on-time and within budget. Early in his career (18 years ago) he developed a propriety methodology for managing projects and writing software that combines several principles of well-known Software Development Life-Cycle (SDLC) which has been labeled as D3SDLC. It involves rigorous planning and design process developed on a structured framework which consistently produces an end-product that creates efficiencies within business processes and operates bug-free for years and years. An example of this is illustrated in the design, development, implementation and maintenance of a web-based parts tracking system that operated for 19 years in an international defense contracting firm with the last patch applied 7 years ago.
Very early on in his career he recognized that an Application Service Provider (ASP) was a much more efficient and cost-effective model for delivering software to clients and has been architecting systems using that framework since that time. This framework has now evolved into SaaS (Software as a Service) model.
Yasser also engineered the concept of Global-ID; a DATA3 service that allows companies to offer single Sign-On solutions by integrating disparate platforms such as Oracle, MS-SQL Server, SAP, and in-house applications hosted on Windows and UNIX platforms. This required extensive knowledge of encryption / security algorithms and industry standards.
Some of the projects that Yasser has developed are listed below:
Creation of Electronic Fleet Data Management System (EFDMS) for BAE SYSTEMS. Allowed the company to reduce a staff of 6 people down to one while automating reports that used to take six months down to seconds. The application was used by over 300 companies at its peak and generated over 10 million in revenue for DATA3. The system was in production for over 18 years generating large amount of recurring.
The AAR web portal implements the unique Global-ID solution of DATA3. The portal is used in over 35 countries across the globe and routinely passes the monthly security penetration tests by the customer. This application like many others has not needed a bug-fix or a security patch since its launch.
The BAE Portal used by 40+ companies; offered Single Sign-On through DATA3’s created Global- ID solution. The portal had over 5000 active users with thousands of unique hits every month.
The FoundMoney System is an application that integrates with the State of Oklahoma’s Tax Commission software. The application has enormous focus on security and encryption as it involves transmission of sensitive information and requires complex algorithms for computation and fast processing of large files.
Yasser is particularly skillful in the architecture and development of complex algorithms and calculations for data analysis, the design and execution of single sign-on systems for the integration of disparate platforms such as Oracle, MS-SQL Server, SAP, and in-house applications hosted on Windows and UNIX platforms. Additionally, he has significant expertise and experience in the areas of security and encryption. He has developed a proprietary software development methodology that combines principles from several well-known SDLC methodologies, which is a major factor in the successful completion of a project.
Yasser is experienced with a number of databases including Oracle, MS SQL Server, MySQL, and several others, and has programmed in over a dozen languages. He completed his CCNA in 2001 and possesses a good knowledge of computer networking. He is currently working on his MBA at Edinburgh Business School of Heriot-Watt University.