M&T Bank Presents CEOs You Should Know

M&T Bank Presents CEOs You Should Know

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Eric Bednash and Jonathan Halstuch, Racktop Systems

Jonathan Halstuch
Co-founder and CTO

Jonathan Halstuch is the co-founder and chief technology officer of RackTop Systems, a leading provider of high-performance Software-Defined Storage embedded with advanced security, encryption and compliance that empowers both government and commercial organizations.

With more than 15 years of experience working for the federal government as an engineer, technologist and manager, Halstuch strives to help all organizations

and their customers by providing them efficient and effective IT solutions that meet the organization’s operational needs and serve that purpose better than any other solution available. Halstuch has advised foreign governments on IT solutions and has lived and worked in Germany, which gives him a deeper understanding of global technology implementations, operations and support.

Halstuch holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in engineering and technology management from The George Washington University. He enjoys giving back to the community and was the founding Chairman of the Board for Global Youth Justice. In his free time he enjoys downhill skiing, traveling with his wife and collecting fine wines.

Eric Bednash
Co-founder and CEO

Eric Bednash is the co-founder and CEO of RackTop Systems. A serial entrepreneur and innovator, Bednash has more than 20 years of experience in solving the most complex and challenging data problems through designing products and solutions for the U.S. intelligence community and commercial enterprises.

Bednash co-founded RackTop in 2010 with partner and current CTO Jonathan Halstuch. Prior to co-

founding RackTop, he served as co-founder and chief technology officer of a mid-sized consulting firm in the Government IT services space, focused on developing mission data systems within the Department of Defense and U.S. intelligence communities. Bednash started his professional career in data center systems at Time-Warner, and spent the better part of the dot-com boom in the Washington, D.C. area connecting businesses to the new and expanding internet. His career path began while still in high school, where Bednash’s entrepreneurial drive compelled him to contract with small businesses and individuals to write software and build computers.

Bednash attended Rochester Institute of Technology and Penn State University, and completed both undergrad and graduate coursework in Business and Technology Management at Stevenson University. A Forbes Technology Council member, he regularly hosts thought leadership & technology video blogs, and is a technology writer and speaker. Aside from his technical abilities, Bednash is a multi-instrument musician and singer. He started playing live and recording professionally while still in high school, and spent many years performing in bands across the Mid-Atlantic region. He is a recreational athlete and a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He currently resides in Fulton, Md. with his wife Laura and two children.

CEOs: Racktop Systems

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