Penton’s HostingCon Announces Lance Crosby as Conference Keynote

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WEST CHESTER, Ohio, March 4, 2015 — Penton’s HostingCon, the premier cloud and hosting industry trade show, is pleased to announce the keynote speaker for HostingCon Global to be held in San Diego at the convention center. Lance Crosby, founder of SoftLayer, an IBM Company, will address conference attendees on Monday, July 27, 2015.


Lance Crosby, HostingCon Global 2015 Keynote Speaker

Lance Crosby is the founder and visionary behind SoftLayer, an IBM Company. He was responsible for managing the overall success and growth of the company until his departure early this year. He holds bachelors’ degrees in finance and management, a Master of Science in finance and Master of Business Administration from Tarleton State University, as well as a Juris Doctor from Texas Wesleyan School of Law. He is a licensed attorney in the state of Texas and is an active member of the State Bar of Texas.

“Lance Crosby is the biggest success story in the hosting industry. The innovation he led at companies like SoftLayer changed the way companies run infrastructure operations and continues to impact the sector today,” said Phil Shih, Founder and Managing Director of Structure Research. “Mr. Crosby has always been passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation and it will be fascinating to hear his thoughts having now had some time away to reflect.”

“We are very excited to have Mr. Crosby speak at our 11th annual event,” said Cheryl Kemp, conference chair for HostingCon. “He has been a participant and supporter of HostingCon for many years and is highly regarded by our attendees. We are looking forward to having him share his wealth of knowledge of the cloud and hosting industry and his experience with growing an internationally successful business.”

“HostingCon has always been a must attend event, having an industry titan like Lance Crosby as the keynote speaker only solidifies HostingCon as the premier industry event for hosting, cloud and datacenter providers and end-users,” said Robert DeVita, Chief Sales Office, fifteenfortyseven Critical Systems Realty.

The conference draws predominantly c-level executives from around the world and is regarded as having some of the best education and networking opportunities available. A combination of exhibitors, high quality education and networking events makes HostingCon a must attend event for those in the cloud and hosting industry.

“HostingCon continues to be one of the best education and networking venues for hosting and cloud infrastructure providers that play in the mid-market,” said Shih. “What makes HostingCon unique and valuable is the far-reaching participation from all parts of the hosting ecosystem, including service providers, vendors, channel partners and vendors.”

HostingCon is the premiere industry conference and trade show for hosting and cloud providers. The conference connects the industry including hosting and cloud providers, MSPs, ISVs and other Internet infrastructure providers who make the Internet work to network, learn and grow. HostingCon is a Penton event. For details about HostingCon, visit

Penton drives performance for more than sixteen million professionals each and every day. They rely on us to deliver: Insights, information & workflow tools to inform critical business decisions; networking & community to engage them with industry peers & partners; and data & marketing services to advance their business performance & deliver ROI.

Penton is a growth company with a track-record of strong performance and success and is backed by its co-owners: MidOcean Partners and U.S. Equity Partners II, an investment fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co., LP.

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Cheryl Kemp
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