Cloudstar is a national provider of virtual desktop hosting, hosted software and applications, custom tailored IT infrastructure design, email encryption, managed services, IT security, and consulting to Regulated Industries across the United States, Canada, and South America.
From One Employee to Industry Leader
Cloudstar was born back in 2009 with one employee, a single Macbook laptop running Windows 7, a Brother multi-function printer, and a single 100sq foot office in Ramsey, NJ. A lot has changed since then. That employee was CEO and Founder Gregory McDonald who came from the land title industry after many years of owning and operating a consulting firm that provided services to land title insurance underwriter Fidelity National Financial.
With only a laptop and telephone, and Mr. McDonald began to build a small book of business in the Northeast servicing local title companies, and mortgage companies by managing their local servers and workstations. Recognizing the challenges facing these industries, and reading the writing on the wall, he began refocusing these industries towards cloud oriented solutions long before the word Cloud was commonplace.
Due to a limited budget, the first year of Cloudstar often involved leasing space on various public Clouds such as Rackspace but with this came the problems and limitations of having little control and no flexibility. As Cloudstar grew, this wasn’t an option. More and more customers demanded the hosting of legal applications, and as such, Cloudstar began its journey into the legal space.
Having gained additional momentum in the Southeast, Mr. McDonald relocated to Jacksonville taking up office space inside the then “Colo5” data center, a hardened data center previously built as a bank processing center. In growth mode, Cloudstar retained the services of a nationally renowned infrastructure expert to design and build our first “in-house” cloud.
Shortly thereafter, Cloudstar was credited as being the first to introduce email encryption to the land title industry on a national scale. Cloudstar’s growth continued, this time into the mortgage lending space to fulfill the need to for email encryption and disaster recovery.
As revenues continued to double every 6 months, Cloudstar needed more server capacity- fast. We also needed better geographic proximity to our customers which were beginning to spread to all four corners of the country. As such, more servers and storage arrays were purchased, and new data center space acquired in Secaucaus NJ and Silicon Valley, California, then onward from there. In 2014 Cloudstar expanded its holdings by purchasing a 50% ownership interest VoIP telecom firm Teletonix Communications, LLC, and founded Diologix, a HIPAA compliant medical encryption company. In 2016 Mr. McDonald added NotaryTransfer to his corporate holdings to solve the problem of insecure notary transactions.
Cloudstar remains independently owned and operated as of today with offices in New Jersey and Florida and remote staff throughout the country. We specialize in providing large company resources with a small company feel to regulated industries across North America.
To simplify technology for regulated industries and to ensure data security, up time and customer service in every step we take.
To be the Number One service provider for Land Title Agents, Law Firms, Mortgage Lenders, Real Estate Entities, and Government Agencies.
CEO & FOUNDER
Gregory’s experience dates back to 1999 when he was retained as a consultant by the Fidelity National family of companies where he built and managed their Northeast regional data center and technology department. During this time, he founded the consulting firm of McDonald Balabanian & Associates to deliver compliance based technology solutions to title insurance underwriters. In 2003, Gregory co-founded Internet Documents, one of the first online file repositories for online closing packages. Knowing the Cloud was the future, Gregory began work on building a cloud based technology company dedicated to serving the needs of the land title industry; in 2009, Cloudstar was born.
Under Gregory’s leadership, Cloudstar has been delivering compliance driven technology solutions to title agents, law firms, mortgage companies, and other regulated entities across the country; from 2 person offices to 500+ user national corporations. Gregory is a contributing member of the ALTA Technology Committee, served as Chairman of the ALTA sub-committee on cyber security, and is an active industry speaker. He can be found traveling the country speaking at various real estate, land title and financial services conventions. In 2013 Gregory created the Keystone Management Group to assume ownership of Cloudstar in addition to several other technology companies that he started. Gregory currently serves as CEO of the Keystone Management Group.
Gregory is an avid aviation enthusiast and an active airplane and helicopter pilot. When not working, Gregory enjoys spending time at the beach with his family.
Cheryl Swopes serves as Cloudstar’s Chief Operations Officer overseeing the general operation of the company while managing the data center, technical support, and technology implementation teams. Cheryl holds a BS in IDS from Michigan State University and an MA Ed. in administration and organizational leadership. Prior to joining Cloudstar, Cheryl specialized in online, internet based education having taught classes, and contributed to curriculum, for the Florida Virtual Online School System.
When not working for Cloudstar, Cheryl competes in the Jacksonville, Florida Co-Ed soccer league and plays violin for the Saint Augustine Symphony Orchestra.
EVP Of Operations
Christopher Cury serves as Cloudstar’s Executive Vice President of Operations and Sales working in coordination with the technology implementation teams, support department and sales teams. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. Prior to joining Cloudstar Christopher worked in variety of different verticals including retail operations and contact center management.
VP Of Technical Support
Daniel Krieger serves as VP of Technical Support and oversees the New Jersey based technical operations center for Cloudstar. Daniel started his career as an avid Linux enthusiast, ethical hacker,and technology security expert before moving into an overall IT generalist position. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and currently manages our New Jersey based call center as well as our staff of technical support specialists, system engineers, project managers and infrastructure architects.
VP of Business Development
Deb Grace serves as VP of Business Development for Cloudstar. Her role allows her to do what she does best, work with people. In this capacity, Deb is always fostering new relationships, while at the same time, nurturing existing clients and acting act as a knowledgeable industry resource and expert to help solve problems for title agents, underwriters, vendors and others in the mortgage, real estate and financial services industries.
Deb serves on multiple ALTA (American Land Title Association) committees including the ALTA Public Relations Committee, ALTA Membership Committee, and is an ALTA Home Buyer Outreach Program Leader.
Prior to joining Cloudstar, Deb’s industry experience began as a business development manager for NAI Maestas & Ward Commercial Real Estate. Deb also spent 5 years as Senior Business Development Manager at RamQuest Software managing face-to-face relationships with RamQuest clients many of whom were Title Companies, Builders and Law Firms. Deb also has experience managing sales teams and building client facing relationships for not only RamQuest, but also NexDeal and PreDocs with their suite of products and services.