Getting hired by Hillary Clinton was a major blow for a small IT management company in Denver. But Platte River Networks didn’t — and couldn’t — talk about its new client in June 2013.
And when Platte River became the latest name to emerge in the Clinton email controversy, the company remained silent — until last week, when it hired a crisis communications expert to defend itself. against political innuendo, death threats and allegations that she stored it. email in the bathroom of a downtown Denver loft.
“There was never, at any time, any data belonging to the Clintons stored in Denver. Never,” said Andy Boian, CEO of Dovetail Solutions, who added that Clinton’s server was still in a New Jersey data center. “We don’t store data in bathrooms.”
Platte River Networks had no prior relationship with Hillary Clinton, said Boian, whose online biography says he was on Bill Clinton’s presidential transition team in 1992.
Hillary Clinton’s decision to have an employee set up a private email server in her New York home in 2008 plagued the former secretary of state’s presidential campaign.
The FBI is investigating whether any of his private emails contained sensitive information and should have been classified – not stored on a computer inside his home.
Private email servers are unusual because they carry greater risks of hacking, said Scott W. Burt, president and CEO of Integro, a Denver email management company.
“There are a lot of people you could hire, and they would set up (a mail server) and keep it running. It’s not difficult. But there’s no real reason to,” Burt said. “The main motivation is that you are nervous about the content of your email. It’s a question of control. »
Boian said Platte River had nothing to do with Clinton’s private home server.
Platte River, who submitted a bid for the email job, came four months after Clinton left the secretary’s post on Feb. 1, 2013, and three months after Sidney Blumenthal, a former White House staffer from Clinton, reported that his e-mail account had been hacked, exposing messages sent to Clinton.
“We literally got hired in June 2013,” Boian said, “and because we use industry best practices, we moved the server (from Clinton) to a data center in New Jersey. It remained there until last week,” when the FBI picked it up on August 12.
Nor is Platte River in possession of Clinton email backups, he said.
“The role of Platte River Networks was to upgrade, secure and manage the mail server for the Clintons and their staff beginning in June 2013. Platte River Networks is not under investigation. We have never been investigated. And we will fully comply with the FBI,” he said.
Clinton did not respond to requests for comment, but she publicly expressed regret for using a private email server for her job as secretary of state. She handed over some of the emails to the State Department but deleted others. Asked about it this week by reporters in Las Vegas, Clinton replied, “Nobody talks to me about it but you guys,” she said.
Who are they?
Platte River Networks opened in September 2002, providing information technology services to small businesses. Services included computer maintenance, virus and malware checks, and emergency tech support, according to an archive from its old website.
Two years later, the company moved into a condo owned by company co-founder Treve Suazo at Ajax Lofts, 2955 Inca St., a few blocks from the South Platte River.
A year later, the company began offering cloud-based services, which make company data available online so employees can access software and services from any device.
Today, Platte bills itself as a full-service IT management company.
It also lists Suazo, its CEO, and Brent Allshouse, its CFO, as co-founders. According to industry publication CRN, Platte River is expected to hit $6 million in sales in 2014, up from $4.7 million a year earlier.
But as early as 2006, Tom Welch was listed as a partner, the same title given to Suazo and Allshouse.
Welch, who now heads Colorado Cloud Consulting, declined to comment. But he told the UK’s Daily Mail that Platte River Networks had remodeled a bathroom in the attic as the server room.
Before the Clinton scandal broke, Platte River Networks caught the eye. David DeCamillis joined the company in 2008 and, as director of business development, became its public face, using press releases to promote industry awards and appearing on Fox31 Denver’s “Good Day Colorado” as as a technology expert.
In 2012, Platte River was named Ingram Micro’s Rainmaker of the Western Region, an honor the California-based technology distributor bestows on its fastest-growing business partners based on revenue, peer-to-peer leadership and success. use of Ingram Micro’s cloud services.
That same year, the company won the Small Business of the Year award from the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. The award is approved by the chamber and independent judges, said Abram Sloss, executive director of the chamber’s small business development center.
“We’re really looking for companies that have a good chance of strong upside and solid growth,” Sloss said.
While the chamber can offer advice to members who are suddenly thrust into the media spotlight — for better or for worse — Sloss said he hasn’t heard from the company.
“My God, if I was the company the Clintons hired, it would be hard not to say, ‘We’re a trusted contractor that one of the influential families in the United States hired,'” he said. Sloss.
Platte River continues to win awards and has grown. Last week, he was named, for the fourth consecutive year, to the CRN Next-Gen 250. The list highlights companies that are “ahead of the curve” in their IT offerings.
In June, it moved to a 12,000 square foot building at 5700 Washington St. A photo on Platte River’s blog shows 30 people posing in the new building.
Platte River did not make DeCamillis, now its vice president of sales and marketing, available for comment.
But DeCamillis told the Washington Post that no one at the company expected that kind of attention, which he said included death threats that prompted the company to extract employee information from its site. website.
If they had, he said, “we never would have.”
Timeline of Platte River systems
2002: Platte River Networks founded
2004 : Moves to 2955 Inca Street, Unit 2K
February 1, 2013: Hillary Clinton’s Last Day as Secretary of State
June 2013: Hired to manage the Clinton family’s mail server, which is moved from their Chappaqua, NY, home to a secure data center in New Jersey
June 18, 2015: Holds an open house for the new headquarters at 4700 Washington St.
August 11, 2015: FBI requests Clinton’s mail server
August 12, 2015: Delivers Clinton’s server to the FBI from New Jersey
August 13, 2015: Hire a crisis communication expert