Alan Dorrian is founder and President of Elovate, LLC. He leads Elovate’s overall strategic vision and is responsible for driving all facets of the business.
Prior to founding Elovate, Alan founded Integrated Data Storage (IDS) in 2002, a three-person company he and his team grew into one of the most successful VARs in Chicago, #10 on Crane’s Fast 50 by 2010, and obtained several awards and notoriety from manufacturing partners during his 14-year tenure. Having experienced considerable shifts and changes in the market, and with an appreciation for IDC research pointing to this new element it calls 3rd platform, Alan decided it was time to make a pivot and create a new type of IT partner that is more than prepared to help customers move from the traditions of 2nd platform to 3rd platform.
Alan Dorrian is a father of three and resides in Chicago. Born in Australia, Alan enjoys travel to diverse cities and world destinations. An avid weightlifter and golfer, Alan couples his passion for fitness with a focus on clean and sustainable eating. Alan is an active supporter of The Women’s Centers of Greater Chicagoland.
David A. Chapa
CTO & Managing Partner
David A. Chapa is the Managing Partner and CTO at Elovate. He leads Elovate’s long-term technology vision and is responsible for industry thought leadership, advanced solution incubation, and partner relationships to deliver exceptional customer value.
Prior to joining Elovate, David has driven key technology roadmaps and initiatives to improve overall customer experience, partner relationships, and raise corporate awareness by as much as 40% through his blogging, articles and speaking engagements. For the last 12 years, David has managed global teams for such companies as Quantum, NetApp, Seagate, and most recently EMC, where he served as the Global CTO for the Isilon Division.
He is a member of SNIA DPCO (Data Protection, Capacity Optimization) Committee, co-founder of American Wounded Veterans Foundation, co-founder of ConneXion Spot, LLC a coworking community, and serves on the board of directors for both. He has also done voluntary work for Colorado Wounded Vet Run, the annual motorcycle ride sponsored by American Wounded Veterans Foundation, whose all volunteer staff’s mission is to raise money to support a local hero, wounded in combat, to help meet family needs. David is an active member of his community in Castle Rock, CO, where he is involved with YEA (Young Entrepreneurs across America), and the 104 Initiative, a group of local investors with a passion and mission to support local economic growth through the startup community.
David lives in beautiful Colorado with his wife Trudi and their three children. When not working, you may find David playing guitar, performing classic rock and country tunes around town and in local establishments. He has a collection of 14 guitars, with one on the way. If not music, then motorcycles; he enjoys riding his Harley to clear his mind and breathe the fresh mountain air.
David studied Computer Science at Harper College, Palatine, IL and Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL. David also successfully completed NetApp Senior Leadership Programs, which is a several week program of accelerated learning in which he studied the business side of technology.
Senior Cloud Architect
Paul Just is the Senior Cloud Architect at Elovate, LLC. He is responsible for engaging with customers to help strategize, design, and implement leading technology solutions to modernize IT workflows and processes.
Prior to joining Elovate, Paul was a Technical Director with Schwab where he implemented next generation data center solutions, including BMC Cloud Lifecycle Manager (CLM), Zerto, vBlocks, and VMware. During his nearly 5 years at IDS (Integrated Data Storage) as Senior Solutions Architect, Paul was chiefly responsible for building the IDS cloud, and implementation and operations of its Cloud Services Infrastructure.
Paul is certified in Cisco, VMware, AWS, EMC, and has a deep technical knowledge around data center operations, consolidation through virtualization, and storage systems. Paul has an Engineering Degree from Bradley University, and holds a Master Degree in Computer Science from DePaul.
Paul lives south suburbs of Chicago with his wife, Becky, and their two children. When not working, you may find Paul sampling local craft brews, cross-training or reading up on backup and recovery.
Cathy is the Business Manager at Elovate. With a strong background in operations and people development she brings a unique set of skills that will be responsible for the development and running of the back-end operational framework.
Cathy previously served as Director of Operations at The Soap Guy, a family owned and operated business dedicated to supporting small and local community businesses. She played an integral role in process implementation and improvements resulting in a 2000% increase in production output and sales increase for a single product line for 2015.
Cathy previously served as VP of Operations at Integrated Data Storage, playing an integral role in the company’s rapid growth, including a 12 month growth spurt that doubled the company’s size! While there, she created and implemented innovative systems that helped facilitate the expansion while retaining its focus on customer service, sculpting it into an award winning leader in the Commercial Storage Area Network arena.
Over the course of her career, Cathy has had the opportunity to study with many of the thought leaders in the Human Potential Movement through The NossovitchGroup, Global NLP, Service to Self, Balanced Path to Mastery and Enlightenment, and PSYCH-K International. Since 2007, she has been coaching, teaching, creating and developing transformational programs in addition to consulting with business leaders for the delivery of various transformational services. With more than 2000 hours of delivery, Cathy has worked with high performing, results driven clients in various industries to set and achieve powerful goals. Her understanding and facilitation of NeuroLinguistic Programming and subconscious belief systems has helped clients and herself to have breakthrough results in performance and in personal fulfillment. She purposefully engages folks to reveal barriers and empowers them with skill sets and “break through’s” toward new achievements in a powerful way. Her go-to tool is her keen ear and listening.
Cathy lives in a quiet Chicago neighborhood with her husband, daughter and two adorable dogs. When Cathy is not working she enjoys traveling and meeting new people. However, to join her in her Zen at her favorite place, you’ll find her on her deck, just off the kitchen, overlooking the serenity of nature, sipping a fine cup of green tea.
Cathy has a Liberal Arts Psychology Degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.