Getting to Know the People behind Hostgator

Hostgator is a web hosting company that was established in a dorm room in 2002. Since then, the company has really taken off and grown into a large private company now based in Texas. As a result of the company’s expansion and move from Florida to Texas in 2007, the company was able to hire 200 additional employees to keep their operations running at full steam. Who are these people?

Meet Brent Oxley, the founder and current chairman of Hostgator. Brent is the brains behind the operation and the one who established Hostgator while a student at Florida Atlantic University. When Brent started his company, it was a one-man show. Today, the company is a leader in its industry and provides employment for more than 350 people.

Brent has overseen the entire growth of the company and continues to play a vital role at Hostgator. He sits on the board of directors and influences the many critical decisions the company makes in order to maintain and improve its reputation of excellent service and customer support.

Brent has been an entrepreneur for many years and is an experienced web developer and designer. He knows first hand what developers and designers need and look for in a reputable web hosting company. In fact, Brent started Hostgator because he was frustrated by the lack of affordable and reliable web hosting services.

Lance Custan is now the CEO of Hostgator, and Brent’s longtime friend. The two met when they were both living in Florida. Lance himself is from the New York and Vermont area, and moved to south Florida later on. As the CEO of Hostgator, Lance is the primary leader of the company’s executive team.

Lance maintains a strong focus on product development, marketing, HR, and strategy. Lance worked his way up from Chief Operating Officer (COO) to his CEO position. During his time as COO, Lance was an integral contributor to the company’s customer service department and day-to-day operations.

Patrick Pelanne is the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) at Hostgator. He started his journey with the company in 2007 as a chat technician. It took him two short years to climb the company ladder and earn his current deputy CTO position.

Patrick has a long list of duties at Hostgator including handling server migrations and upgrades, as well as overseeing software development and other crucial day-to-day activities. He also currently assists with recruiting and hiring new members of Hostgator’s system administration team.

At Hostgator, Taylor Hawes holds the position of Chief Marketing Officer. His primary focus is to handle the company’s advertising campaigns and affiliate marketing program. Taylor has over seven years of experience in the hosting industry and has operated a marketing consulting firm.

Amy Alexander, M.A., LPC is the Director of Human Resources at Hostgator. Amy’s employment at the company began in 2010 and, since then, she has worked hard to take over the management of Hostgator’s Human Resources Department. Amy brings over ten years of human resources experience to the table.