SAVAGEAbout us

With sites across the Eastern United States, Savage IO is a U.S. leader in colocation hosting services for cryptocurrency mining. Since early 2014, Savage IO has been building and managing mining equipment, making us one of few companies that have been hosting customer machines from around the world for 4+ years.

Unlike many of our peers, Savage has successfully navigated the ups and downs of the volatile markets and remained one of the most popular hosting companies around the world. We do this by providing competitive rates, honest expertise, and the best customer service in the industry.

With the booming demand for cryptocurrency mining, Savage IO continues to expand our mining locations and grow our capacity. We power our data centers with low-cost hydroelectric power, allowing us to provide customers with the lowest possible electric rates while reducing our carbon footprint.

Our already established infrastructure and years of experience with mining equipment will allow you to bypass the inefficiencies and extra costs of the new crop of rig hosting companies trying to capitalize on the trend. We offer packages that cater to every size and variety of miner.

TEAMMeet our Team

Donald Johnson

Donald Johnson

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Donald Johnson’s involvement with Savage IO began as a business management consultant.  In 1977 he started YWC, Inc. an environmental consulting firm which grew to 5 offices, 400 plus employees and annual revenue of $30 million prior to selling the company in 1989.  YWC, Inc. was recognized as the 147th fastest growing company in America by Inc. magazine in 1985.

Donald provided business management consulting services from 1990 through 1997 and then started a travel agency, a startup with no revenue which was later sold after ramping annual revenues to $2.5 million in the first two years.

In 1999 Donald became a partner in a small construction company; moving the company to specialize in high-end residential housing.  In 2005 he purchased his partner’s shares and grew the company to annual revenues of $2.5 million dollars.  He recently sold the company to assume positions as Chairman of the Board for Bucksport Regional Health Center, Board member for Savage IO, and provide business consulting services.

Donald retired in 2001 maintaining his position at the Health Center, volunteering daily at the local school system and local town committees.

Training includes negotiation strategy at Harvard, Business courses, Sacred Heart University, Engineering, New Haven University,  Teaching courses, University of Maine and specialty training at Michigan State, Texas A&M, Clemson, Sacramento State, and the National Technical Training Center, Cincinnati.

Steve Miller

Steve Miller

Board Member - Advisor

Steve Miller is a founder and president of Millwood, Inc., a provider of new, used and reconditioned pallets, industrial packaging equipment and consumables.

What started as a single pallet plant in 1985 has expanded today to over 30 facilities and 1,600 team members. In keeping with the mission of Steve and his co-founder Chip Trebilcock, a chaplain is available at every facility to support team members in their professional, spiritual and personal needs.

As a volunteer and board member for EQUIP, Miller has traveled the world training leaders in Biblical leadership principles. He also sits on boards for New Covenant World Missions, Sports World Ministry, Turnaround Community Outreach and Faith Family Church. Steve and his wife, Julie, live in Canton, Ohio with their three sons.

David Bass

David Bass

Board Member - Advisor

David is an entrepreneur and operating executive with over 25 years of experience within the enterprise software and media marketplaces. David started his software career by founding Dynamic Health Concepts which was acquired by Ziff Zavis in 1996.

David went on to hold several senior-level product management, marketing, sales and general management roles at Macromedia (acquired by Adobe), ebrary (acquired by Proquest), Reciprocal (acquired by Microsoft), and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Learning Company division.

David operates DHB Consulting, a management and strategy company which works with boards and executive management teams backed by private equity funds and venture capital firms. David resides in San Francisco, CA with his family.

Mike Colyer

Mike Colyer

Board Member - Advisor

Mike Colyer is a Board Member and Advisor. Prior, he was the President and COO for a year. During this period, Mike built strong processes and lead Savage IO through a rapid growth phase.  He served over 10 years at VWR International, including 7 years as the President and CEO of VWR Education, LLC the largest North American manufacturer and distributor of science education materials. Mike began his career on the Leadership program at GE and was a leader of the Six Sigma Lean efforts at Textron. 

He is an active member of the Young Presidents Origination, where he has served as Chapter Chair. Over the past 10 years, he has donated his time as a youth sports coach and helping high school kids transition to college.  He served on the Board of Directors for the VWR Foundation.  Since 2007, he and his wife, Lisa, co-founded and run the Clairebear Foundation, a non-profit, which has donated more than $250,000 to families with sick children. Mike holds an MBA in Corporate Finance and a BS in Civil Engineering from the University at Buffalo and was recently recognized as a UB distinguished alumni in Rochester. In 2011, Mike was voted one of Rochester’s 40 under 40. 

 

Stephen K. Garvin

Stephen K. Garvin

Board Member & CEO
Steve is a Senior Advisor with Sandhill Capital Partners in Buffalo where he brings 34+ years of investment experience including running a $4 Billion AUM brokerage office in Dallas Texas. He is a seed capital investor in a number of successful companies including Encore Wire Corporation (WIRE), Cima Labs, Family Hospice/ VistaCare, La Hacienda Ranch Restaurants, and more recently Savage IO. He is also a member of the Buffalo Angels Group and WNY Venture Association. 
 
Steve was the seed capital investor for Savage IO in December 2010 helping to formally launch the company in January 2011. During a tumultuous time in the markets and during a challenging time for the company Steve was asked by the Board and then voted in as Interim CEO in August 2016. Since that time Steve has been responsible to Savage Shareholders and to our Board of Directors for helping to turn the company around by navigating difficult markets, by raising and investing new capital, by recruiting a talented new management team – who have been instrumental in pivoting the company from High Capacity Data Storage to a Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning Infrastructure. Steve sees his primary role as building shareholder value, recruiting talented C-Level executives, problem-solving, and scaling the company through managed growth initiatives. He is excited to be a part of this dynamic company is such an interesting cutting edge industry. 
 
Steve is a 1983 Graduate of Hamilton College – Clinton NY, with post-graduate work in finance and marketing at Southern Methodist University – Dallas TX 1985, and a 1995 graduate of the 3 yr. Securities Industry Institute Executive Training program at Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia PA. He is married to his wife Tamara of 30+ years and they volunteer at ReEngage Marriage Ministry at their Church. They have 3 grown sons’ and an 18-month-old grandson.
Jean Esquier

Jean Esquier

COO

Jean Esquier is our Chief Operating Officer, running the day-to-day business as well as developing company strategy and partnerships. Jean leveraged the skills he learned from the forefront of the oil technology industry and made the switch to the Blockchain in 2015 while researching opportunities for Blockchain in O&G. He was previously the CTO of a mining startup in 2017.

Jean has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Geology from the University of Rochester, as wells as a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California, with a specialty in IIOT technology, data systems and cyber security.

Neal Rainey

Neal Rainey

CMO - Chief Mining Officer
Neal Rainey is the Chief Mining Officer at Savage IO. Neal runs all operations related to mining, and is the main site manager for our locations. He manages our diversely skilled team of technicians. Neal has implemented thermal solutions, designed GPU rigs, and collaborated on medium to low voltage distributions, among other distinctions in the field. Neal helps ensure all systems are operational, and has been doing so since his start at Savage in 2011. Since 2014, he was the lead tech on staff and played a major part in the company’s transition to co-location services at that time.

 

Alicia Carney

Alicia Carney

Head of Finance & HR

With over 20 years experience as a Controller in the Greater Rochester area with small and large business alike, Alicia is an Independent Financial Consultant with her BSB and CFP. She lives in Fairport with her family and enjoys volunteer work, including supporting the Rochester Rotary Sunshine Camp, a free summer camp for children with disabilities.

 

After spending nearly twenty years in the corporate environment Alicia decided to leave when her husband retired from the US military, having served twenty years.  They took a year off to learn how to become a family again.  In 2015 Alicia decided to go back to work for businesses in her community as an independent financial controller.  She have spent the past five years working and supporting amazing organizations within her community.  The support she has provided these businesses include: accounting, accounts receivable, accounts payable, bookkeeping, financial statement preparation and presentation, business guidance, human resources, benefits administration, payroll, systems upgrades and changes, external and internal audits, budgeting, forecasting, business buy outs and banking.

 

Alicia has supported Savage since 2018 as a consultant.  Then in the Fall of 2019 she became Savage’s  day to day controller and human resources consultant.

 

Joel Shoemaker

Joel Shoemaker

Head Technician

Responsible for the maintenance and performance of miners on a day-to-day basis. Joel has aided Savage in the build-out of the infrastructure of three mining facilities and plays an active role in the installation, configuration, and monitoring of ASIC and GPU miners.

Muhammad Afnan

Muhammad Afnan

Senior IT Technician

 Muhammad Afnan is a member of our technical team. He has terrific troubleshooting and good interpersonal skills to assist the team in resolving issues. Muhammad possesses a thorough knowledge of Computer Networking and Electrical equipment and their applications. He has prior experience as an Electrical Engineer in the telecommunications field. He is also responsible for the operation and maintenance of the miners and Networking equipment (Switches/Routers) to ensure an up-time of more then 99%. He is working closely with the R&D team in upgrading the network infrastructure of the facilities and increasing the efficiency of the running machines on daily basis.

Muhammad holds a Master Degree in Information Technology with a specialty in Data Analytics, as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, with the distinctive project of wireless power transmission using microwaves. 

Scott Arilotta

Scott Arilotta

Senior IT Technician
Scott Arilotta is a member of our technical team at Savage. He works closely with the other team members to help make sure operations run smoothly and sufficient up-time is maintained. In addition to monitoring and troubleshooting equipment, Scott works with the R&D team on any projects relating to the Blockchain industry.
He graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems and Finance. In addition to his studies, he also founded the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency club in 2018 at UB.
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