Performive is a secure, VMware-focused managed multicloud provider. The leadership team is devoted to building the Performive team in our core values and skillsets to provide excellent, devoted support to our global customers.

Gary Simat

Chief Executive Officer

Gary Simat has extensive real world experience within the hosted services market. A respected leader in the field, he is well versed on the best practices and methods of running cutting-edge data centers, optimizing global networks for performance, and cloud platform operations. Gary is an entrepreneur at heart and aims to provide the best possible environment for new and established companies to grow and thrive.

Having helped develop Performive into what it is today, Gary is keen to give back to the local Atlanta start-up community. He is very active with Atlanta Tech Village as well as is on the advisory board for the Cape Coral Technical College participating in local hackathons and startup forums. Gary has also been featured as a Cisco Impact Story subject.

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Ryan DiRocco

Chief Technical Officer

Ryan DiRocco is an expert in networking and data center operations with more than two decades of experience within the IT and hosted services sector. He brings deep knowledge in virtualized environment architectures, efficiencies and operations to lead the Performive technical teams. Having built a solid foundation within the hosted services space, Ryan’s experience and dedication is a key component of the Performive team.

The smooth operation of the systems and network at Performive is Ryan’s chief goal. Additionally, he guides engineering and technical product development across the brand.

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Chuck Cox

Chief Financial Officer

With significant operational and advisory experience in the technology and telecom industries, Chuck Cox brings financial and organizational leadership to Performive in his role as Chief Financial Officer. As an operator, Chuck was previously the CEO of a startup SaaS company, CFO for an enterprise-scale professional and managed services provider, and Director for a software development and consulting company serving Fortune 500 companies. As an advisor, Chuck covered the telecom and network infrastructure industries while an investment banker and has hands-on tech company consulting experiences ranging from strategic planning to market development to capital sourcing.

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Leighton Hargrave


Leighton Hargrave is an Information Technology and Cybersecurity operations executive with an impeccable track record of building successful products and organizations, diverse business and technical competencies, and a strong reputation for visionary leadership built through more than 25 years of evolving industry experience in the Fin-Tech and SaaS industries.

Jason Brozena

Vice President of Business Development

Jason Brozena has been advising clients on their cloud transformations for over two decades. He is devoted to leading from within, training, and mentoring the Performive account management team to deliver an exceptional customer experience. As a customer advocate, he is highly skilled at helping clients determine the best ways to grow sustainably and balance their infrastructure investments.

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Mark Mercado

Vice President of Channel Sales

As Vice President of Channel Sales Mark is responsible for all Channel and Strategic Alliance initiatives for Performive. Mark is a proven industry veteran with over 20 years’ experience building cloud-centric channel programs for some of the best public and boutique providers in the industry. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in both Finance and History, and prior to entering the tech industry he held management positions in the financial and wireless industries. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps and has been recognized as one of the top Channel Chiefs by CRN magazine.

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Davon Daniels

Vice President of Operations

Currently the VP of Operations, Davon joined the company as the Director of Customer Success, with responsibility for managing the day to day & strategic operations for the health and care of our customers. Prior to joining Performive, he spent time building scalable support teams and processes across a number of different cloud companies, supporting small and medium businesses.

With over 10 years in the cloud provider space and a passion for helping others, Davon brings a myriad of experience which includes M&A, process improvement, project, and people management, as well as both technical and team leadership. With a “customer first” mindset, he is committed to maintain the highest quality standards to continue to set our teams and customers up for success.

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Danielle Walter

Vice President of Marketing

Danielle is an active advocate of IT professionals worldwide to lead their organizations’ growth through innovative IT transformation. In her role as a marketing leader, she is a devil with the details focusing on producing improved metrics tied to campaigns, programs, processes, and operations throughout an organization. She has led messaging and branding for four cloud providers, including Rackspace and SingleHop, aligning sales, product, and marketing teams to a singular identity and set of goals. She enjoys collaborating on thought-leadership within in the industry and speaking at events. As a certified sommelier, Danielle savors her free time while exploring new wine, food, and destinations.

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Carlos Carluccio

Co-Founder & Systems Architect

Carlos Carluccio spends the bulk of his efforts on making certain our technical personnel have the knowledge and motivation to support our diverse customer base. An expert in the technical aspects of hosted services, Carlos draws upon years of knowledge of server and infrastructure engineering best practices.

Knowing what to do and how to keep systems secure is a critical role within Performive. Bringing a detail oriented mind to this process keeps our customers safe and secure.

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Seema Chiodo

Director of Channel

Seema Chiodo joins Performive from Mosaic NetworX, where she was the National Channel Director establishing master and agent relationships for SASE, SD-WAN and Security. With a 12+ year background in technology, Seema has contributed to the industry at West, Windstream, Mitel, Evolve IP, and Tata Communications by delivering technology services to Global Enterprise customers with complex cloud computing solutions like Iaas, DaaS, DRaaS and Security. As a seasoned channel leader, she is known on the west Coast to be a team player and educator, devoting herself to the partner community through education events as well as building trusted relationships to close opportunities jointly.

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