Our team

Our passionate team of professionals combines diverse backgrounds and extensive industry experience. We deliver personalized solutions that drive your business forward, understanding your needs with precision.

Our Leaders

Johnna Smith

CEO

Silex Data Solutions is a minority-owned business (EDWOSB and WBE certified). As the primary owner, Johnna Smith leads the overall corporate direction for Silex Data Solutions. Her background in operations and marketing serves her well in business development, operations, and the overall leadership of Silex. Her focus on brand awareness and market adoption has propelled Silex from a startup to a multi-million-dollar enterprise in a few short years. Likewise, her experience with finance and accounting supplements the larger team at Silex.

In her free time, Johnna volunteers at local churches and schools. As CEO of Silex, she is also responsible for choosing the numerous donations to non-profit organizations as a means to give back to the local community. Previous experience includes private ventures and startup businesses in the IT field.

Ryan Smith

PRESIDENT

President of Silex Ryan Smith has a passion for people and helping them solve business problems that have propelled an IT career with both breadth and depth.

He co-founded Silex Data Solutions to fill an enterprise market need for a truly agnostic provider that shifts the focus from infrastructure to client data strategy. Storage is about data but data is about business. How a company plans for and handles data can reduce costs, boost revenue and deliver predictive analytics that transforms the data into a competitive asset.

Customer education is a key Silex differentiator. The company investigates new technology, crafts unbiased industry research, and distills a litany of options to support customers in making well-informed decisions. Ryan and the team build a strategy around key components – from enterprise infrastructure to security, disaster recovery, and predictive analytics to workplace delivery.

Ryan’s experience encompasses successful leadership tenures at both VARs as well as OEMs. He understands that end users don’t always have the time or expertise to evaluate their many options, positioning Silex to do the heavy lifting for them – presenting options that solve immediate problems and pave the way for growth.

Johnna Smith

CEO

Silex Data Solutions is a minority-owned business (EDWOSB and WBE certified). As the primary owner, Johnna Smith leads the overall corporate direction for Silex Data Solutions. Her background in operations and marketing serves her well in business development, operations, and the overall leadership of Silex. Her focus on brand awareness and market adoption has propelled Silex from a startup to a multi-million-dollar enterprise in a few short years. Likewise, her experience with finance and accounting supplements the larger team at Silex.

In her free time, Johnna volunteers at local churches and schools. As CEO of Silex, she is also responsible for choosing the numerous donations to non-profit organizations as a means to give back to the local community. Previous experience includes private ventures and startup businesses in the IT field.

Ryan Smith

PRESIDENT

President of Silex Ryan Smith has a passion for people and helping them solve business problems that have propelled an IT career with both breadth and depth.

He co-founded Silex Data Solutions to fill an enterprise market need for a truly agnostic provider that shifts the focus from infrastructure to client data strategy. Storage is about data but data is about business. How a company plans for and handles data can reduce costs, boost revenue and deliver predictive analytics that transforms the data into a competitive asset.

Customer education is a key Silex differentiator. The company investigates new technology, crafts unbiased industry research, and distills a litany of options to support customers in making well-informed decisions. Ryan and the team build a strategy around key components – from enterprise infrastructure to security, disaster recovery, and predictive analytics to workplace delivery.

Ryan’s experience encompasses successful leadership tenures at both VARs as well as OEMs. He understands that end users don’t always have the time or expertise to evaluate their many options, positioning Silex to do the heavy lifting for them – presenting options that solve immediate problems and pave the way for growth.

Bryan Dunn

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Bryan has primary responsibility for directing and overseeing all company financial/accounting objectives and obligations. He has over twenty years of financial and management experience, including an association with a Nashville-certified public accounting firm. Bryan received his BS degree in Accounting from Lipscomb University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA).

David Bradley

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

David Bradley serves as the Senior Vice President of Customer Success at Silex. Born right here in Nashville, David joined the IT industry in 1993.

Prior to Silex, David had a 13 year tenure in the Dell Technologies family, where he spent 10 years at VMware helping start the healthcare team in North America. David returned to Dell, working in Global Alliances leading a team of 250 sellers globally and later leading the Dell Technologies Select Data Center Sales team for the US. Today David employs his unique skills and expert knowledge to help lead and continuously develop the Silex team.

Since joining Silex in March of 2022, Silex has signed strategic partner agreements with Major Infrastructure manufacturers, Intel, AMD and HealthTrust to make Silex the go-to company for Healthcare, High Performance Computing, and Automation.

Derek Lewis

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Derek Lewis serves as the Vice President of Technical Services at Silex and is responsible for Silex’s technical pre-sales architecture and delivery engineering teams. Derek has over 14 years in the healthcare & technology industries in various roles, including technical leadership and management roles for large healthcare companies, as well as CTO of a cloud-first healthcare startup. Prior to joining Silex, Derek was a Solutions Architect for Dell Technologies and assisted Dell’s clients with digital transformation and building modern data centers with hybrid cloud. Derek’s focus at Silex has been and continues be on building differentiated services and technology offerings that take Silex beyond a traditional value-added reseller with our customers.

Joey Neiman

AVP, AI & RPA PRACTICE

Joey Neiman serves as the Assistant Vice President of AI and RPA Practice at Silex. Joey has over 10 years of experience building automates solutions in healthcare, and using data analytics to drive process improvement. Prior to joining Silex, Joey spent fours years as AVP of Clinical Information Systems for American Physician Partner, and was Co-Founder and VP of Sales for Projective Software. Today, Joey employs his advanced skills and experience to lead the Silex AI & RPA team, along with developing new technology such as SAM (Silex Automation Manufactory).

Bryan Dunn

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Bryan has primary responsibility for directing and overseeing all company financial/accounting objectives and obligations. He has over twenty years of financial and management experience, including an association with a Nashville-certified public accounting firm. Bryan received his BS degree in Accounting from Lipscomb University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA).

David Bradley

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

David Bradley serves as the Senior Vice President of Customer Success at Silex. Born right here in Nashville, David joined the IT industry in 1993.

Prior to Silex, David had a 13 year tenure in the Dell Technologies family, where he spent 10 years at VMware helping start the healthcare team in North America. David returned to Dell, working in Global Alliances leading a team of 250 sellers globally and later leading the Dell Technologies Select Data Center Sales team for the US. Today David employs his unique skills and expert knowledge to help lead and continuously develop the Silex team.

Since joining Silex in March of 2022, Silex has signed strategic partner agreements with Major Infrastructure manufacturers, Intel, AMD and HealthTrust to make Silex the go-to company for Healthcare, High Performance Computing, and Automation.

Derek Lewis

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Derek Lewis serves as the Vice President of Technical Services at Silex and is responsible for Silex’s technical pre-sales architecture and delivery engineering teams. Derek has over 14 years in the healthcare & technology industries in various roles, including technical leadership and management roles for large healthcare companies, as well as CTO of a cloud-first healthcare startup. Prior to joining Silex, Derek was a Solutions Architect for Dell Technologies and assisted Dell’s clients with digital transformation and building modern data centers with hybrid cloud. Derek’s focus at Silex has been and continues be on building differentiated services and technology offerings that take Silex beyond a traditional value-added reseller with our customers.