Actually, no - not the wrong forum. I have posted in the 'hosting requests' forum in the past - I'm not looking for a 'quote' I'm looking for valuable input from those here and who they recommend and who they have experienced.
Sure - without cross posting (I'm about the post elsewhere concerning exact specs needed).
SSL on both POP3/SMTP are needed due to the client having personnel working in a CAN (creative access nation) and requiring secure email transit. A static IP is an additional benefit for other reasons - which I would only discuss with the hosting provider.