Delivering on your vision is our passion.

The passionate, experienced Forty8Fifty Labs team is hyper-focused on helping customers set themselves apart for a competitive advantage. Operating across four interlocking principles – build, modernize, manage and secure – Forty8Fifty Labs delivers modern technology solutions for today’s digital business.

The trusted innovation leader for today’s digital business.

Forty8Fifty Labs has been serving clients with a spirit of partnership for nearly 25 years. The brand is the new integration of the digital innovation business that originated from Anexinet through its merger to become Verinext and the traditional DevOps, automation and orchestration-focused business that Forty8Fifty Labs has traditionally been known for.

Together, the expanded organization delivers end-to-end custom technology innovation that spans from upfront assessments, strategy and architecture through implementation and ongoing managed services. Leveraging a robust ecosystem of technology partners and a diverse and skilled team of technologists, developers and architects, Forty8Fifty Labs is the trusted innovation leader for today’s digital business.

Our Team.

STEVE JOHNSONPresident, Forty8Fifty Labs & Digital
Steve Johnson is President of the Verinext subsidiary Forty8Fifty Labs. He was also Chief Revenue Officer for Anexinet prior to its merger with Veristor in 2022 which created Verinext. A founding partner of four separate companies that grew to be successfully acquired, Steve was part of the Converge Technologies Group after the acquisition of Corus 360. He also served as Senior Vice President of Solutions and Architecture for Softchoice after the acquisition of Optimus Solutions, and he led the data center build for ITC DeltaCom (now owned by QTS) following its acquisition of Bay Data Consultants, of which Steve was a founder. Previous to that, Steve led the sales efforts at Universal Data Consultants which was acquired by GE where he became the leader of Network Services, a startup venture within GE Capital.
STEVE BISHOPExecutive Director, Forty8Fifty Labs & CTO, Verinext
Steve Bishop serves as Chief Technology Officer for Verinext and is the Executive Director of the Verinext subsidiary Forty8Fifty Labs. Steve was a founding partner of Veristor in 2001 which merged with Anexinet in 2022 to create Verinext. Prior to Veristor, Steve was Co-founder and CTO of Shared Storage Services Provider (SSP) WorldStor and has held technology strategy and leadership positions for over 30 years.
STEVE TRANCHIDAVice President, Digital Architecture & Strategy
Steve Tranchida is Vice President, Digital Architecture & Strategy for Forty8Fifty Labs, following more than a decade holding this role for Anexinet before it merged with Veristor to create Verinext. He is responsible for defining, architecting and delivering innovative solutions that transform Forty8Fifty Labs clients into digital leaders. Before joining Anexinet, Steve was Managing Director, Enterprise Collaboration and Infrastructure Solutions at LiquidHub, CTO for e-brilliance, and CTO at Omicron Consulting. He also has served as Software Development Group Leader for JP Morgan & Co. Steve earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Lehigh University.
GEORGE CARTERSenior Vice President, Professional Services
George Carter is Senior Vice President, Professional Services at Forty8Fifty Labs. Focused on helping organizations gain efficiency and improve ROI through strategic automation, George held the same role for Anexinet before its merger with Veristor to create Forty8Fifty Lab’s parent company, Verinext. He joined Anexinet through its acquisition of SereneIT in 2020, where he was Director of Automation Services. With over two decades of IT services experience, George was previously the Cloud Offering and Delivery Lead for DXC Technology’s OpenShift/OpenStack planform portfolios. He also spent over 12 years with HPE services, designing, implementing, and overseeing Disaster Recovery Services for HPE’s Continuity Cloud Recovery data centers. He also served as a technical leader for the HPE Superdome and Superdome Lab team, where he was responsible for developing innovative technologies and tooling to support the premier server family. During his tenure with HPE, he received two consecutive MVP awards and other distinguished recognitions. George holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of Maryland.
BEN CHOUVice President, Atlassian Sales & Business Development
A seasoned channel and sales executive, Ben has more than two decades of experience, specifically with DevOps and Atlassian-powered solutions. As Vice President, Atlassian Sales & Business Development for Forty8Fifty Labs, he drives the organization’s strategies for growth and new service and delivery areas. Chou most recently was Senior Director of Global Alliances and Business Development at Contegix, where he was responsible for global channel strategy, sales leadership, and partner strategy. Prior to Contegix, Ben served the last seven years in business development and channel roles with companies including Risklens Inc., and Nexus Systems, Inc. where he developed and drove strategies that achieved impressive growth. He has also held various sales and sales leadership positions with Anybill Financial Services and Rational Software. Ben holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Maryland, College Park..
DARREN BROWNVice President, Atlassian Services
As Vice President, Atlassian Services for Forty8Fifty Labs, Darren is an Atlassian expert focused on helping companies get the most out of their Atlassian software investments. From custom integrations to Atlassian deployment strategies, Darren has a passion for technology transformations that deliver dramatic business impacts. Prior to joining Forty8Fifty Labs, Darren held senior test and quality assurance positions with Turner Broadcasting, NCR, Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMMS) and RWD Technologies. He is a Scrum Alliance Certified ScrumMaster.
WENDY GOINSVice President, Marketing
Wendy Goins is Vice President, Marketing for Forty8Fifty Labs and its parent company Verinext. She also held this role for Veristor prior to its merger with Anexinet which created Verinext. Wendy leads the company’s partner marketing, brand strategies, field engagement, corporate communications, demand generation, social media and event marketing programs which are designed to activate prospects and deepen customer engagement. She additionally holds this role for Verinext’s subsidiary, Forty8Fifty Labs. With nearly 20 years of technology experience – across partner, field and channel marketing disciplines – she is an expert at creating compelling, high-impact programs that drive sales and enhance partner relationships. Prior to joining Veristor, Wendy served as both field marketing funds manager and marketing manager for Presidio. She has also worked in marketing leadership and program management roles across multiple industries including technology, communications and industrial services. She is a multi-year recipient of the CRN Women of the Channel recognition.

The Verinext Family.

Forty8Fifty Labs was born under our parent company, Verinext. We continue to be a part of the Verinext family and partner with them to deliver the best IT solutions to our customers, anywhere. Verinext’s continued support of the Forty8Fifty Labs entity expands our capabilities through cross-team engagement, including sales, pre and post engineering geniuses, human resources, marketing, accounting, IT, and their executive leadership team.

Let’s create your differentiation.

Ready to put your vision into motion? The talented and passionate team at Forty8Fifty Labs is ready to accelerate your innovation. Let’s collaborate to set your business apart.

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