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January 2024 Member News Roundup

Submitted by PTC Members

Involta SecurePower Colocation Launches To Support Mission-Critical Enterprise IT Workloads

Newly Appointed Senior Director of Product Gabriel Unruh Joins Involta and Refreshes Company’s Flagship Colocation Offering

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA — Jan. 18, 2024 — Involta, a Carlyle portfolio company and prominent national provider of data center, cloud and connectivity infrastructure and services, announces the launch of Involta SecurePower Colocation led by its new Senior Director of Product, Gabriel Unruh. The appointment of Unruh, a strategic leader with vast experience building successful product strategies, will enable the company to elevate and expand its offerings for enterprises across the high-tech, manufacturing, healthcare and financial services industries, starting with Involta SecurePower Colocation.

Designed for enterprises seeking custom, predictable and scalable data center infrastructure, Involta’s re-envisioned colocation model provides mission-critical data center space coupled with industry-leading power, security and connectivity services directly embedded into its 13 facilities across the U.S. In addition, Involta SecurePower Colocation eliminates unexpected setup fees and offers a unique pricing model of charging per kW instead of cabinet space, allowing customers to pay for what they use while maintaining the flexibility to scale quickly. 

Involta’s new colocation model offers two levels: 

  • Involta SecurePower All-In, a comprehensive yet simple power-based consumption solution 
  • Involta SecurePower Flexible Commit, a more adjustable solution   

"Colocation has been our flagship product since 2007, and this new model allows us to meet enterprises where they are now," said Brett Lindsey, CEO of Involta. "As more organizations transition to an outsourced model, Involta SecurePower Colocation provides the cost savings, flexibility and security needed to support critical IT workloads. With Gabe's instrumental strategic direction, we're looking forward to unveiling more future-focused solutions to help our clients succeed."

Gabriel UnruhUnruh’s background in startups, technology, healthcare and finance brings extensive experience in developing and leading growth strategies for digital infrastructure companies to Involta. He most recently served as the managing partner for a digital consulting agency. 

“I’m honored to join the Involta team at such a pivotal time as the company continues to expand its product portfolio and footprint across emerging markets nationwide,” commented Gabriel Unruh, Senior Director of Product for Involta. “Involta SecurePower Colocation is a testament to our team’s breadth of technical experience and excellence. I’m looking forward to empowering the team to further strengthen and expand our core products while managing the launch of additional new solutions and services to better meet the evolving needs of enterprises in complex, critical verticals.”

The launch of Involta SecurePower Colocation and Unruh’s appointment come on the heels of the company’s recent expansion announcements, including a 20-MW enterprise colocation campus in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

To learn more about Involta SecurePower Colocation, visit the company’s website

About Involta:

Involta, a leading, enterprise-class IT infrastructure partner, empowers clients to reimagine their worlds through technology. Providing advanced colocation, hybrid cloud solutions, superior data center experiences and first-class fiber and connectivity services, Involta offers a distinctive combination of robust technology and rigorous processes underscored by passionate people who truly deliver.

Involta has continually evolved and grown today to stand as an enterprise provider, empowering our clients to harness the power of technology — without sacrificing the grounded, thoughtful and individualized approach of a trusted regional partner. Always personal, never transactional, our team is always where our clients need us, delivering outstanding, unparalleled experiences that enable them to change their worlds for good.

To learn more about Involta, visit or follow them on LinkedInX or Facebook.

Employment Attorney Jeremy Farrell Awarded Mediation Certification

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 24, 2024 — Tucker Arensberg attorney Jeremy V. Farrell earned certification for mediation, joining his other colleagues who handle arbitrations, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution matters in Tucker Arensberg’s Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Group.

Jeremy FarrellJeremy completed 40 hours of training through The Conflict Lab and Behrend Mediation Services to earn the certification. He is now also an approved mediator on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania’s ADR Panel, where he plans to focus on mediating disputes that arise out of the employment relationship—such as those involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and violation of wage and hour laws. Jeremy has also served as a pro bono mediator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Mediation is an essential aspect of resolving legal conflicts outside the courtroom, and Mr. Farrell’s commitment to achieving positive outcomes through alternative dispute resolution further solidifies his reputation as a leading legal practitioner. “Adversarial litigation is the default process that the law gives us to resolve disputes, but it’s a long and costly one that doesn’t make sense in all cases.” Farrell said. “As a mediator, I enjoy having the chance to help parties work informally to resolve disputes on their own terms.”

This mediation certification reflects Jeremy’s proficiency in facilitating open communication and negotiation between parties to reach mutually agreeable solutions. This additional credential underscores his dedication to providing comprehensive legal services and expanding the firm’s capabilities in resolving disputes effectively. Mediation benefits employers by providing a cost-effective and time-efficient alternative to litigation, fostering open communication and collaboration for quicker dispute resolution. The process allows for greater control over outcomes, preserving relationships and confidentiality, while offering flexibility and informality.

Attorney Shariane Taylor Joins the Law of Tucker Arensberg, P.C.

PITTSBURGH, PA, Jan. 29, 2024 — The law firm of Tucker Arensberg, P.C., one of the premier law firms in Pittsburgh with offices in Harrisburg, New York, Cleveland, Beaver, and the San Francisco Bay Area*, is pleased to announce the hiring of Shariane Taylor as a Shareholder attorney in the Business & Finance Department. She joins the firm’s Compliance & Risk ManagementLabor & EmploymentMergers & Acquisitions, and Real Estate practice groups.

Shariane TaylorShariane Taylor is an esteemed legal professional with over two decades of experience in compliance and corporate law. She specializes in navigating complex commercial transactions, global M&A projects, and corporate compliance program enhancements. She advises on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues, internal investigations, government inquiries, Environmental Social & Governance matters, and employment law. Her expertise also extends to commercial contract reviews. At Tucker, Shariane primarily works on corporate, compliance, employment, and transactional law.

Ms. Taylor has amassed extensive experience in managing corporate and compliance legal matters for global companies across various industries. As a senior legal advisor for a global aluminum company, she oversaw the legal operations of the company’s $1.7B building and construction unit. She also served as a Chief Compliance Officer and Deputy General Counsel for a global mining and minerals company.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Shariane was an Industrial Safety and Health Engineer and Industrial Hygienist in the consumer products and tech industries. This experience established the groundwork to gain valuable insights into the intersection of law, environmental protection, and workplace safety.

“Shariane Taylor is a thoughtful and pragmatic legal advisor with a diverse, well-rounded background,” said Irving Firman, the firm’s managing shareholder. “We are excited to have her join the firm.”

About Tucker Arensberg:

Tucker Arensberg, P.C. has over 80 attorneys and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA with offices in Harrisburg, PA, New York, NY, Cleveland, OH, Beaver, PA, and provides legal services through Tucker Arensberg, L.L.P. with an office in the San Francisco Bay Area*. It is a full-service firm providing service to its clients in the areas of general business law, mergers and acquisitions, labor and employment, insolvency and creditors’ rights, health care, litigation, estates and trusts, school and municipal law, technology and intellectual property, energy, real estate, workers’ compensation, employee benefits, banking, criminal defense, and investment management and fiduciary services. For more information on the firm, please visit

*As Tucker Arensberg LLP

Leading Software Development Company, Valyr, Marks a New Chapter with SDVOSB Certification

Valyr Awarded SBA Certification as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business

JACKSONVILLE, FL, UNITED STATES, Dec. 27, 2023 / — Valyr, formerly American Web Devs, proudly announces its latest milestones as it continues to carve its niche in the tech industry. The company, led by CEO Gabriel Albanes, has received certification as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) from the Small Business Administration (SBA).

This recognition comes as Valyr expands its footprint, opening a new office just outside of St. Augustine, Florida, in Jacksonville. “Valyr is comprised of passionate professionals, many of whom began their technology careers after retiring from military service. We all have this tenacity and commitment to creating dynamic tech that our clients can practically and purposefully use. We’ve set a very high standard in our flagship Pittsburgh location. And now, as an SDVOSB software development partner, we are especially delighted to bring that same ethos to Jacksonville.” says Gabriel, who co-founded Valyr with his wife, COO Melissa Albanes.

The SDVOSB certification positions Valyr as a key player in supporting the federal government's procurement objectives, contributing to the allocation of contracts to businesses owned by service-disabled veterans. The company's ethos of trust, integrity, responsiveness, transparency, and giving back will be at the forefront as they immerse themselves in the government market.

In addition to the SDVOSB certification, Valyr also serves organizations as a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) from the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC).

"The intersection of our certifications and the Jacksonville expansion is a testament to our commitment to making a positive impact," says Gabriel Albanes. "We are not just a technology company; we are a catalyst for change, contributing to the communities we serve and providing opportunities for those who have served our nation."

About Valyr:

Valyr (“valor”) is a software development and technology company. Founded and run by a veteran family and certified as an SDVOSB and MBE, we have honorably served U.S. businesses, agencies, and communities since 2019, providing custom software solutions that achieve outstanding results. Learn more at and follow along on social media @valyrtech.