Rich Carlton is passionate about empowering organizations to utilize data for dramatic results. A frequent speaker, Mr. Carlton has spoken to hundreds of business executives about their overall data management strategies. In the high velocity world of IT and data management, he is passionate about helping businesses harness the power of data and use it to fuel the economic engine of growing companies, communities and people.

He believes IT can be transformed from a cost center into a revenue generator with the right data management, analytics, and execution. Mr. Carlton has more than 20 years of experience building and managing communications and operational teams in data and technology industries in both private and publicly traded organizations. Notably, he has twice helped companies earn a top 500 designation in the Inc. 5000 annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

Carlton earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Indiana University Kelly School of Business in 1992 with a focus in Computer and Information Systems. He is a current member of the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Hospital Board, and past Chairman of the Board for the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he serves on the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce board, the Quality Committee of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, the Entrepreneurship board of the South Bend-Elkhart Regional Development Authority, and the Indiana University South Bend School of Medicine Foundation board.

Data Realty is a complete data management company offering managed cloud hosting services, cloud-based analytics platforms, and world-class colocation. The Data Realty Family of Companies help clients realize a “Return on Data,” where former cost centers (data storage and management) are transformed into revenue generators. Through their family of companies, Data Realty delivers organizations of all sizes unprecedented access to the advanced computing infrastructure, collaborative intellectual environment, and highly skilled technical talent that is normally reserved for only the largest of companies.