As the end of the year draws near, I want to pause for a moment and say thank you. Thank you to our loyal customers and to all of our employees around the world for another great year with Hostway.
The holidays always remind me to stop and reflect on the past year and what I have learned, both as a CEO and as a person. Even though the Thanksgiving holiday is officially celebrated primarily in the US and Canada (albeit on different dates), the sentiment of gratitude is truly universal amongst all people. Much like families take turns sharing what they are thankful for around the Thanksgiving dinner table in America, I’d like to share with you what I am thankful for in the Hostway family across the globe this year.
Our growing Hostway family
First and foremost, we are thankful to all our customers for entrusting us with their most crucial, mission-critical data. You are the reason we exist as a company. We know how important your data and applications are, and we thank you for your continued trust in us. We are also thankful for the many organizations and companies that joined our client base this year. I’d like to extend a warm Hostway welcome to PlayPower, Explore.org, Strategic Materials, IES, Fage Yogurt, Molecular Labs, and many others. We look forward to sustaining long and successful relationships with these incredible companies that are changing the world.
Our employees are our most important asset, and to them we are deeply grateful for keeping our customers’ IT infrastructures safe and secure. This year we also had the honor to welcome new team members to the Hostway family across the globe, including several field account executives in key regions, allowing them to be in close proximity to our customers and better serve their needs.
This past year, we also promoted John Enright to serve as President of the Web and Applications division. He’s done an outstanding job handling the acquisition of MyHosting.com and Mail2Web, welcoming great customers into the Hostway family, as well as an amazingly talented group of employees.
Demonstrating our commitment to secure and compliant solutions
In 2018, we also continued our focus on security and compliance, announcing our HITRUST CSF certification over the summer, and our FERPA compliance. Attestations like these allow us to further demonstrate and provide our customers with global cloud security services and rigorous security measures around mission-critical data, especially for the healthcare, financial services, and education industries.
Celebrating a commitment to excellence
From big picture to the micro-level, 2018 was a great year for Hostway's growing knowledge pool. Our employees took the initiative to further their professional training, and as a collective group we have added 100+ certifications for Azure and AWS to the hundreds of certifications Hostway team members already hold.
Making smart moves
And lastly, with all the growth over the past year, our Austin office is moving to a new location to better support our expanding team and customers. New office locations and state-of-the-art facilities, like our new Austin III data center, are additional highlights in a highly successful year.
Extending our gratitude
None of it would be possible without you, our customers, your trust in us, and your continuous honest feedback.
So, remember to spend some time with your family and friends, enjoy the company and warm feelings of gratitude. If you are in the U.S., have a joyful Thanksgiving. And a special thank you to all the Hostway employees working during this holiday, away from their families, in order to keep our customers worry free.
Emil Sayegh, CEO and President, Hostway