The man who is responsible for the creation of the only Certified Tier III disaster recovery and commercial hosting facility in America is officially on the clock. On October 2, 2008, OnePartner's Advanced Technology and Applications Center (ATAC) in Duffield, Virginia, went online. Since announcing plans to create the country's most secure commercial data hosting facility, Deaderick and his team have brought on several clients for whom data security is paramount.
The most recent is Bank of Tennessee. "I think this is a step that should further reassure Bank of Tennessee customers that these responsibilities are taken very seriously," says Deaderick. "If the region is hit by a powerful storm or regional crisis, everyone will need access to their accounts. Organizations relying exclusively on off-site tape backup systems would be down for several weeks if a truly catastrophic event occurs at their primary data center."
Says Phillip B. Haumiller, senior operating officer and executive vice-president of Bank of Tennessee, "After researching the possibility of building our own disaster recovery site we found it much more cost-effective to utilize the OnePartner ATAC as our disaster recovery center. In the world of disaster recovery, it is important to have a secondary site. The certification tells me that it is a safe site."
Stand still. You've got to always be looking for opportunities, totally new ones as well as ways to make existing services better. There is no such thing as a sustainable competitive advantage. I really can't remember a day when I was really comfortable with everything we were doing. It can always be better.
We are blessed with a lot of leaders that spring to mind, but I think Dr. Jerry Miller, president of Holston Medical Group would have to be at the top of my list. He's built a company from the ground up that now employs over 800 people; he's recognized by physicians from all over the US. When he graduated from medical school he was the youngest graduate in Virginia. He has a lightning mind for facts, and I've never once heard him brag about what he's done. Instead, he's constantly praising and encouraging you for smaller achievements.
Dr. Thomas Gill once told my wife that I had a servant's heart. That really touched me and I think it is something that my customers and business partners relate to. I'm not a person that wants to provide services in a detached way. I care about the people I serve and I want them to feel it every time they talk to me.
I think sometimes people think I have an ego. I learned years ago that people don't choose to work with companies, but the people that lead them so you have to open up and tell people what you stand for, so they can decide if you're the kind of person they can trust.
In 1999, I left Eastman and moved to Manhattan to join a dot com startup. It was an awesome experience to go to work every day in New York City, but my family had to stay here while I looked for a place to live. Coming home to a totally empty apartment every night for three months when everyone you love is hundreds of miles away was miserable.
I enjoy any kind of creation, whether it's creating a new proposal, or a new business model.
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