Joel Menk has more than 25 years of experience in the information technology industry including engineering, sales, and management positions. As COO, he is responsible for DATASHIELD’s growth, revenue, and efficiency targets as well as providing clients with a seamless business experience. He leads the strategic direction for corporate business and oversees the company’s daily operations. Prior to co-founding DATASHIELD in 2009, Mr. Menk worked at firms ranging from large IT companies like IBM to mid-size, high-growth firms and start-up endeavors. In addition to his 11 years in engineering and sales roles at IBM, he served for 11 years as Vice President, Telecommunications Group and Managing Director at CTS. During Mr. Menk’s tenure at CTS, his leadership led to the company’s successful growth as a major entity in IT professional services and consulting, and subsequently to the positioning and sale of CTS to a major technology value-added reseller. At DATASHIELD, he draws on his skills in building and growing successful consulting and services firms, and his ability to execute a business model from initial start-up to a high-growth, sustainable enterprise. Mr. Menk earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.