Karl Zimmerman

About

Still heading the company I started in high school in 1998, incorporated in 2000. Steadfast Networks is a Chicago based IT Infrastructure provider, providing public/private cloud, managed dedicated server, colocation, disaster recovery, and managed services (24/7 monitoring, managed security, storage, etc.). We are primarily in the Chicago area, with a new data center in downtown Chicago as well as a large presence in 350 E Cermak, but we also have a nationwide presence with a facility in New York City.

I have been running Steadfast Networks for 16 years now, having started it at the age of 14, and have learned a lot along the way, surrounding myself with people who are smarter and more experienced than myself. The company has been growing by leaps and bounds, going through various different phases, making me a jack of all trades through the years, though I am finally settling down into a true CEO role.

Overall, I hope to teach people that the way to succeed long term in business is really quite simple. Build a great product, keep focused on your goals, and treat people right, employees, customers, vendors, the general public, everyone.

Specialties: Business management and growth planning, building a great team, and caring about our customers.

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