President and CEO Receives Entrepreneurial Spirit Award

ST. LOUIS, MO. (April 17, 2013) – Connectria Hosting, a global managed and cloud hosting provider, today announced its founder, President and CEO, Rich Waidmann, received the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award from the University of Missouri–St. Louis Business Alumni Association.

Rich graduated from the University of Missouri–St. Louis in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a minor in economics and mathematics. After graduation, Rich spent thirteen years in the Information Technology industry. In 1996, he founded Connectria and has been the principal architect of its success over the last 17 years. Today Connectria is St. Louis’s largest privately held cloud computing and managed hosting provider, as well as a company with global reach. Connectria employs approximately 120 people with more than 1,000 customers in 30 countries worldwide including Ameren, Anheuser-Busch InBev, and IBM among many others. Annual sales for 2013 are expected to exceed $30,000,000.

Connectria’s awards include: 5-time Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Company award winner, 3-times named a best place to work in St. Louis, and a 2-time recipient of a St. Louis Fast 50 Award by the St. Louis Regional Commerce and Growth Association (RCGA). Connectria has received recognition and praise for the company’s No Jerks Allowed® company philosophy which Mr. Waidmann created when he founded Connectria.

About Connectria
Connectria is a profitable and growing global provider of complex hosting and managed hosting services. Connectria offers an array of hosting services for companies of all sizes across a wide range of technologies, including Enterprise Applications, Software as a Service (SaaS), HIPAA Compliance Support, Data Center Outsourcing, Disaster Recovery and Cloud Computing. A privately held company, Connectria has built its business through reinvesting profits and without equity financing. Connectria operates world-class Data Centers, Network Operations Centers, and Engineering Centers located in St. Louis, Missouri and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From these facilities, Connectria operates as a virtual extension of its clients' IT organizations.

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