Meet the GNAX Management Team

Jeff Hinkle
Chief Executive Officer & Chairman

As founder of GNAX, Jeff heads one of the largest providers of on-demand IT infrastructures in the world. He took the company to its current position after the strategic acquisition of NetDepot in 2001. Since then, Jeff has grown the company to the point where it now houses in excess of 6,000 servers providing co-location, network, storage and cloud computing services. Jeff leads the strategic direction of the company as well as its daily operations.

Before GNAX, Jeff created the network consulting practice at Sun Data, which later changed its name to Solarcom and was acquired by Presidio Network Solutions. Jeff helped the company earn its Gold Partner status with Cisco Systems. His responsibilities there included overseeing all areas of design and delivery of advance networks, helping Sun Data become the largest Cisco integrator in the Southeast. Before that, Jeff led the networking solutions group at Universal Data Consultants/GE Capital ITS as the Director of Network Solutions. It was there he designed, implemented and delivered networks in diverse operating environments and interfaced them with all major corporate systems.

Jeff earned his B.S. in Operations Management from Auburn University and an MBA from St. Mary's College in California. Further education includes training and certifications in Cisco networking, security, Microsoft and data center operations, power systems and cooling systems.

Janakan Rajendran
Chief Information Officer

Janakan's duties at GNAX include architecting and launching new cloud computing products and solutions, including internal and customer facing applications, healthcare related software, and managed healthcare application delivery. He is responsible for the design, architecture and development of SDEX (Secure DICOM Exchange), image exchange software built for telehealth networks and state level HIEs. As such, he is responsible for specifying product requirements and the creation of market and competitive assessments. He has full-product life cycle ownership in the areas of VMware-based public/private cloud solutions, cloud storage and other related offerings.

Prior to joining GNAX, Janakan was Director of IT for INVeSHARE, a financial services company funded by Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and GiloVentures. Having served for more than 11 years in the industry, his IT management experience includes global Fortune companies such as AREVA and Caterpillar.

Janakan holds a Master of Science in Telecommunications Management from State University of New York Institute of Technology, and a Bachelors degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Arulmigu Kalasalingam College of Engineering, India.

Frankie J. Rios
Vice President Information Security & Compliance

Frankie's duties at GNAX include oversight and implementation of the company's information security, privacy and compliance program. He ensures GNAX's security and compliance technologies and processes adhere to all appropriate industry standards, including HIPAA, PCI, FDA and SSAE.

Prior to joining GNAX, Frankie was the Director of Information Security and Ethics & Compliance Officer for the east Florida division of HCA Healthcare, the nation's leading provider of healthcare services. Frankie brings over 20 years, 12 years within a healthcare environment, of information security experience.

Frankie holds a BS in Business from Strayer University and has been certified by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (CISSP) since 2002.

George A. Robbie
Vice President of Sales

George leads all sales and business development efforts for GNAX, focusing on the healthcare industry where quality and integrity drive positive customer experiences. With over 20 years of experience exclusive to the healthcare technology industry, George understands GNAX's healthcare clients intimately. His responsibilities include managing the sales team, leading complex, enterprise solution engagements and developing and delivering clear value propositions for clients that help them understand the robust ROI that can be achieved with GNAX solutions.

Prior to joining GNAX, George built and led several different healthcare technology sales teams at McKesson. He managed programs with over $200 million in sales across a wide range of solutions covering Core Clinicals, financial systems, medical imaging, cardiology, document imaging, enterprise intelligence reporting, surgery, lab, workforce management, revenue cycle management and scheduling. Prior to McKesson, George played an intricate role in the growth of IMNET, a start-up focused on Health Information Management solutions that was bought by HBOC. George took a leading sales role at HBOC as well, the largest healthcare software provider at the time that was eventually acquired by McKesson.

George is a University of South Carolina alum who loves to spend his spare time cutting across the water on his sailboat or playing tennis.

Michael Belote
General Manager, Colocation

Michael leads the colocation business unit for GNAX. His responsibilities include leading all sales and business development efforts as well as overseeing datacenter operations. Michael has over 13 years of experience as a top revenue generator for data center related solutions including colocation, cloud computing, managed hosting, network related sales, managed storage and related professional services, Michael is able to convey clearly the value that GNAX brings to our clients and manage complex engagements across a variety of industries and solutions.

Prior to joining GNAX, Michael was a Sales Director for Telx, a global interconnection and colocation provider and GNAX partner. There he led sales efforts averaging 200% of his annual quota, winning the Chairman's Circle award multiple times. Prior to Telx, Michael was a top sales performer for Savvis, successfully managing multi-million dollar business development efforts, achieving President's Club multiple times.

William D. Souder
Vice President of Engineering & Online Operations

William's duties at GNAX include oversight of the deployment and delivery of the company's technology services. William also manages the service architecture, R&D and technical operations, encompassing our engineering team.

Before joining GNAX, William was Head of Enterprise Virtualization at Healthport, the healthcare industry's largest provider of health information and audit management technology. William also brings with him more than 15 years of experience architecting and managing the implementation of data technology solutions for companies such as Maersk-Sealand, The Atlanta Motor Speedway, Georgia Tech University, Marten Transport, Ryder Transportation Systems, Berry College and SITA (Aero).

Having studied engineering at the University of Arkansas, Souder holds a BS in Computer Information Systems from DeVry. He is also a Fellow, Technology Innovation and Global Leadership from the MIT Sloan School of Management. William holds advanced certifications from VMware, HP, Microsoft and EMC. Additionally, he is the co-chair of the Atlanta VMware User Group since 2008, and a VMware vExpert.

Matthew G. Mong
Vice President, Marketing

Matt's duties include the development and execution of company marketing strategies. These responsibilities demand a full understanding of the GNAX customer, the global development the GNAX brand, and the need to consistently communicate the value of company's products and services.

Before GNAX, Matt was Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for ViaCube, an innovative consumer cloud computing firm where he developed and executed the go-to-market strategy. Prior to ViaCube, Matt served as the Director of Marketing for AmeriSave, one of the nation's largest online mortgage companies.

Matt earned his MBA from Georgia State University and his Marketing and English undergraduate degrees from Mississippi State University.

Erik Blumenau

Erik Joined Global Net Access in 2003. As controller, Erik is responsible for all aspects of the company's accounting and financial reporting as well as establishing financial policies and procedures. In addition, Erik overseas the human resource and administrative functions of Global Net Access. Under his guidance, GNAX has grown from a few-person operation to a company not just employing world-class individuals and world-class infrastructure, but also providing world-class benefits.

Prior to joining GNAX, Erik worked as a Senior Financial Analyst for Interland, reporting directly to the Chief Financial Officer. He is no stranger to managing rapid growth, having been involved with Interland pre IPO, as a public company and through many acquisitions.

Erik holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance from Georgia Southern University and a Masters in Accounting from Georgia State University.


  • Focus on customer-centric solutions
  • Highly secure & stable SSAE 16 Type II datacenter
  • Tier 4 electrical infrastructure
  • Comprehensive cloud ecosystem
  • Enterprise-class VMware cloud platform
  • Expert technical staff
  • Industry leading technologies
  • Multiple options for all hosting needs
  • Innovative thinking
  • Budget-sensitive pricing

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