ORock Technologies Executive Leadership
Gregory Hrncir - Co-Founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & President
Gregory Hrncir is Co-Founder, Chairman, CEO and President of ORock Technologies. For the past 23 years, he has served in executive, board and counsel capacities for a broad range of emerging growth technology companies in the cybersecurity, software and clean tech sectors. Mr. Hrncir commenced his career in private law practice in Los Angeles focused on complex securities and corporate transactional matters including IPOs, M&A transactions, and private placements. Mr. Hrncir currently serves as a member of the board of directors of several privately held entities. He received a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University and a Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School. Mr. Hrncir is a member of the Arizona and California State Bars and numerous philanthropic and industry associations.
Joshua Cornutt - Chief Technology Officer
Joshua Cornutt is the Chief Technology Officer of ORock Technologies. He was a key contributor in the deployment and achievement of ORock’s FedRAMP-approved open-source cloud platforms. Mr. Cornutt is also the Chief Technology Officer of DevOps Sherpas, a full-service technology consultancy focused on DevOps transformation across the commercial sector. He has served as senior cloud consultant for Red Hat and as a subject matter expert regarding network functions virtualization (NFV), DevSecOps and cloud computing environments at scale for Zefflin Systems and WWPASS Corporation.
Patrick Deane - Chief Financial Officer
Patrick Deane is the Chief Financial Officer of ORock Technologies where he is responsible for the overall strategic financial leadership of the company. Mr. Deane brings 30 years of deeply rooted and strategically-focused financial and operational leadership across multiple industries with an emphasis on high-growth companies. His solid executive experience is evidenced by scaling early-stage companies through explosive growth with combined revenues exceeding $820M. He has worked alongside entrepreneurs to raise over $70M in venture, private equity and debt; taken a company public; and played an instrumental role in seeing two companies through to acquisitions valued at $470M. Prior to joining ORock, Mr. Deane served as CFO for the venture-backed, Grand Rapids-based hybrid cloud and infrastructure monitoring company, observIQ (formerly Blue Medora), where he successfully facilitated a major business unit divestiture to VMware valued at nearly $20M.
Prior to observIQ, Mr. Deane worked as a CFO Consultant with the prestigious NYC-based firm, Nomad Financial, where he guided troubled firms to financial success. Prior to working with Nomad, Mr. Deane served as VP of Finance for the NYC-based ad tech firm [x+1] during its high-profile acquisition by Rocket Fuel (NASDAQ: FUEL) in a deal valued at $230M. Fuel then retained Mr. Deane to successfully transition the financial functions of the [x+1] enterprise business unit. Prior to [x+1] and Fuel, he served as CFO at dbtech, and Southern California-based QuantumSphere and the public company, VitalStream (acquired for $217M by Internap NASDAQ: INAP). Mr. Deane received his M.B.A. from Pepperdine University and B.A. from California State University.
John Conniff - Chief Operating Officer
John Conniff serves as the Chief Operating Officer of ORock Technologies. In this role, he oversees Technical Operations and Customer Success. Prior to joining ORock Technologies, Conniff completed a distinguished 25-year career as a Colonel in the United States Army. In Mr. Conniff’s last assignment, he served in the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Chief Information Officer office where he was responsible for merging the multiple IT service providers within the Pentagon into one organization to achieve efficiencies while providing improved secure service to the DoD’s senior leadership.
Prior to that assignment, Mr. Conniff was the Deputy Director to the Joint Staff J6 and was responsible for IT Transformation to the Joint Staff by means of optimizing IT service delivery through new capabilities and efficient solutions. Before his role as the Deputy Director, Mr. Conniff was the G6 (senior communications officer) for the 82nd Airborne Division where he was responsible all IT-related services to personal under its command, including a rotation in Afghanistan. Prior to that, Mr. Conniff served as the Chief of Current Operations for the Joint Task Force for Global Network Operations where he was responsible for directing the 24X7 operations and defense for the DoD’s global IT enterprise.
Mr. Conniff’s diverse career includes leadership positions involving combat, peace-keeping, and humanitarian assistance operations. Mr. Conniff is a graduate of the University of Central Florida where he received a degree in Business Administration.
Michael Ngo - Chief Security Officer
Michael Ngo is the Chief Security Officer of ORock Technologies, where he is responsible for ensuring the security and compliance of the company’s Infrastructure as a Service and Cloud offerings. He completed his distinguished career as a Colonel with the United States Army, where he was a senior executive with 28+ years of experience directing worldwide network operations and cyber defense for large scale organizations of over 7 million systems, on 15,000 separate networks, across various security domains.
Prior to joining ORock, Mr. Ngo was the Chief Operating Officer, Joint Force Headquarters Department of Defense Information Networks (JFHQ-DODIN), at Fort Meade, Maryland. In this role, he was responsible for the command and control of defensive cyberspace activities focusing on unity of command and unity of effort within the Department of Defense to secure, operate, and defend Department of Defense Networks.
Mr. Ngo was commissioned as a Signal Officer and served in various levels of command and staff positions in the United States, Kuwait, Korea, and Germany. His previous assignments include: Director of US Army Cybersecurity Programs and Training, HQDA CIO/G-6; Deputy Director, Defensive Operations Planning, JFHQ-DODIN; Senior IT Program Manager, Mobility, DISA; Deputy Division Head, Cyber Special Access Programs and Special Technical Operations, USCYBERCOM; and Deputy Department Head, JTF-GNO.
Mr. Ngo holds a Master of Science in Information Technology Management from the Naval Postgraduate School and graduated as a ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate with a degree in Computer Science from Millersville University.
Matthew Plummer - Chief Cloud Architect, Sales
Matthew Plummer serves as ORock’s Chief Cloud Architect, Sales. He has integrated advanced technologies into secure large-scale cloud computing environments for more than 20 years.
Mr. Plummer is responsible for designing technical solutions for the ORockCloud or a hybrid, architectures that are engineered with an applied and discriminating knowledge of all existing technologies and capabilities. As engineering solutions, they integrate project requirements with technical architecture and design prior to engagement with the ORock production environment. As business solutions, they align IT infrastructure with a customer’s business goals and objectives, investments, operating structure, workforce needs, services, and strategies.
Prior to joining ORock, Mr. Plummer provided senior leadership and technical solutions across a wide spectrum of businesses, systems and platforms. These included significant investments in Federal government departments and agencies, large and small commercial enterprises, the financial markets, and academia. He has performed as a CTO, Senior Enterprise Architect, Senior Vice President, Cyber Security SME and Enterprise Integrator.
He holds degrees in Computer Science, Information Technology and Interdisciplinary Studies and received his Federal Chief Information Officer’s (CIO) Council Certification from CIO University under Carnegie Mellon University.
Steve Robinson - Chief Revenue Officer
As Chief Revenue Officer, Steve Robinson leads all sales, business development, and channel development functions for ORock Technologies. He is responsible for developing growth strategies, recruiting and enabling channel partners, and ensuring customer satisfaction through operational excellence and collaborative account management. This includes all sales and go-to-market activities for the public sector and multiple commercial sectors, including the financial services, healthcare, and critical infrastructure verticals.
Prior to joining ORock, Mr. Robinson was the Global VP & GM of the worldwide cloud organization at Arrow Electronics. In this role, he was responsible for driving unified cloud strategy and GTM execution for Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions North America and EMEA, enabling Arrow’s channel customers to capture sales growth and market share on Hybrid Cloud solutions.
Prior to Arrow, Mr. Robinson led cloud strategy, platform development, and channel enablement at CenturyLink-Savvis, driving market-leading cloud brokerage and SaaS marketplace GTM programs. Prior to CenturyLink-Savvis, Steve led UCaaS-VoIP product strategy and management for Qwest Communications. His career began in global ERP and enterprise applications.
A seasoned executive and thought leader with extensive knowledge of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS offerings, Mr. Robinson’s career spans 20 years at organizations including Caterpillar, Qwest, CenturyLink, and ASG Software. His leadership spans business-to-business strategy, sales, product marketing, platform development, and business development focused on public, private and hybrid cloud solutions positioned into SMB -Enterprise market segments.
He holds an MBA from Purdue University Krannert School of Management.