Our Team

Our Team

Niles_OverlyX200Niles C. Overly currently serves as Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Metro Data Center LLC,a high tier data center and technology accelerator company. He served as Chairman of The Frank Gates Companies/Avizent (“Frank Gates”), which specializes in employee benefit and risk management services, until August of 2008. Mr. Overly became Chairman of Frank Gates in 2003 and served as Chief Executive Officer from 1983 until March 2007. He also served as General Counsel for Frank Gates from 1979 until 1983. Prior to joining Frank Gates, Mr. Overly served as an international tax consultant with Arthur Andersen and Company. He was also a partner in the law firm of Overly, Spiker, Chappano, and Wood for five years. In 2001, Mr. Overly was selected as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year for the midwest region in business services. Metro Data Center is Mr. Overly’s eleventh business start-up as a serial entrepreneur.

Mr. Overly is a graduate of the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce and received his juris doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law. His professional society memberships include the Ohio and Virginia Bar Associations, as well as the Ohio State Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He currently serves as a member of the Dublin and Ohio Chambers of Commerce, a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and is a former Chairman of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. He has also been active in the Young Presidents Organization, having served as the Chairman and Education Chair of the Columbus Chapter. He is a member of Executive Committee and the Executive Compensation Committee of Glimcher Realty Trust (GRT; NYSE) and is the Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees. He is the Audit Committee Financial Specialist  of Glimcher as determined by the Board of Trustees. Mr. Overly also serves on the board and as Audit Chairman of CSC Worldwide, an international business fixtures company.


Rob_KoppX200Rob Kopp currently serves as Co-Founder, President and Chief Operating Officer of Metro Data Center LLC.

Metro Data Center is a high tier data center and technology accelerator company. He served as Chief Information Officer of The Frank Gates Companies/Avizent (“Frank Gates”), which specializes in employee benefit and risk management services. Mr. Kopp also served as Chief Executive Officer of Visual Risk Solutions, where he developed and managed an internationally based technology consortium, including computerized hosting infrastructure and application service development. VRS’s Visual Claims and Risk Management Administration suite of hosted software products, supported companies such as Microsoft, Wal-Mart, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and many other State and Local government agencies, nationally. Mr. Kopp is a graduate of Delaware Technical Institute, in Ohio.


Jim_HayesX200Jim Hayes, Director of Infrastructure and Technology, Metro Data Center, LLC

Jim is an experienced technical director with 18 years of IT experience.  As Systems Integrator at Compuserve /AOL, Jim built servers, installed equipment, and led server acquisitions.  At Smartpipes /Endforce Jim managed systems, IT personnel, Data Center operations, security, and a multi-tiered SaaS support organization.  Upon successful acquisition by Sophos, Jim’s focus was technical management of local, regional, and global personnel and infrastructure.  This included managing corporate acquisitions and Data Center migrations.

Currently Jim directs the infrastructure and technology for the Metro Data Center which includes the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center.  Jim also manages project aspects of the Data Center, services implementation, management processes, security, and service offerings.  Jim is a Co-Director of Programs on the AFCOM Central Ohio Chapter board.