About IO

In 2007, George Slessman, Bill Slessman and Anthony Wanger founded IO Data Centers in a garage with 3 laptop computers and a folding table from Costco with one sole purpose: To disrupt and revolutionize the data center industry. Our founders reinvented the Colocation Data Center by bringing webscale to any scale. IO has a Global Footprint with 5 locations around the world including New Jersey, Ohio, Phoenix and Scottsdale.

IO’s Mission

To continually drive innovation through thought leadership, research and development, and progressively delivering next generation technologies to customers with efficient, flexible, secure, and scalable technology.

IO’s Vision

In 2007, the founders of IO had a vision to become the premier colocation data center services provider. What started as a unique vision by the founders has evolved into a relentless passion to forever change the global data center marketplace.

IO’s Values – Our DNA

👍 Work with integrity
👤 We put the customer first
📸 We use data to drive improvement
🍂 We operate responsibly and sustainably

Why IO

Our Services
Engineered for a new generation of need and demands, IO delivers the data center as a service @scale™. We are the only state-of-the-art colocation provider with modular and compartmentalized design, as well as comprehensive software management. Our purpose-built, software-defined service provider network delivers transport services between IO data centers, non-IO data centers, public clouds, and customer facilities. IO is your onramp to the cloud providing the carrier interconnection options you need for private, direct connections to major cloud and SaaS providers, bypassing the public Internet. In IO’s @scale data centers, firms don’t have to over-provision. Buy what you need, when you need it, at the resiliency you need. Learn more about our services @scale™.
Our Partners
IO knows our partners are critical to our success in ensuring we provide our customers an always-on environment. In an effort to provide our customers with comprehensive end-to-end solutions, IO has built an ecosystem of top industry partners. Our partners offer a diverse set of solutions, including managed services, cloud services, professional business services, migration, implementation and network services to ensure all of your business needs are met now and as you grow. Learn more about some of our valued partners.


Rick Crutchly Chief Operating Officer
Rick Crutchley serves as IO’s Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for providing global leadership to IO’s operations and sales organizations and direct all aspects of those organizations’ operational policies, objectives, and initiatives. Mr. Crutchley is a 16-year data center industry veteran, focused on building global sales teams, optimizing the customer experience and attaining annual sales and revenue targets. Mr. Crutchley previously served as the Vice President of Global Sales for Core Link Datacenters as well as the Chief Operating Officer for Cyber Trails, a national provider of IT services. He was also the General Manager and Director of Western Operations for Inflow, which was acquired by SunGard in 2005. Mr. Crutchley is a board member of the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation and a previous board member of the Arizona Technology Council. He is also actively involved in the CEO Forum and Arizona Business Leadership Association. Mr. Crutchley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin.
Jason Pfaff Senior Vice President Data Centers
Jason Pfaff serves as IO’s Senior Vice President Data Centers. In this role, he is responsible for the business model and infrastructure needed to grow and engage IO’s customers across the globe. Mr. Pfaff has over fifteen years of related experience to the benefit of the data center industry, twelve of which have been managing data centers. Before joining IO, he worked as Operations Manager at Digital Realty. In that capacity, was responsible for the installation, operation, and maintenance of data center infrastructure. Earlier in his career, Mr. Pfaff worked as Operations Lead Technician at The Fishel Company, responsible for design and installation of Telecom infrastructure and equipment as well as mainlining service contracts with multiple IT carriers and data center customers. Mr. Pfaff was also named Data Center Manager of the Year in 2014 by AFCOM and is an Accredited Tier Specialist with the Uptime Institute.
Karen Stein General Counsel
Karen Stein is General Counsel for IO. Ms. Stein oversees all legal and risk management functions of the Company. She holds a Juris Doctor, with Honors, from Emory University, an MBA from Loyola University with a concentration in Finance, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of Maryland, where she graduated magna cum laude. She has practiced law since 1994, focusing on business transactions, licensing, and intellectual property. Before joining IO, Ms. Stein practiced at the Troutman Sanders law firm in Atlanta, Georgia, and served as the Assistant General Counsel for the PGA TOUR for ten years.
Charisse Richards Chief of Staff
Charisse Richards serves as IO’s Chief of Staff and Chief Information Officer. In this role, she leads the effort to align the executive team in identifying, prioritizing, and executing on our corporate objectives. Ms. Richards has over fifteen years of experience in Systems and Database Management, IT Service Management, Business Process Management, and Project/Program Management. Before joining IO, she worked as Sr. Director, Service Management and Support at Choice Hotels. In that capacity, established global IT policy and led directors and senior managers, and staff of 75 across Service Management, Testing, Service Desk and Support, and Systems Performance units. She has an MBA from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business and a BS in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix.