About NetStandard

About NetStandard

NetStandard is a leading provider of strategic information technology solutions for small and midsized businesses. Our full-service technology solutions include managed technology services, virtual machines, cloud computing and data center services, all delivered with a consultative approach and supported 24x7x365 by our expert teams of engineers. Clarity, our IT managed services brand, offers a comprehensive, outsourced technology solution that delivers the exact prescription businesses need to change their IT from a painful cost center to a strategic business advantage. Custom Cloud, our virtual server solution, offers tailored virtual solutions that can eliminate hardware management, maximize the computing power used each month and create a customized virtual computing solution based on unique business needs.
 
As a Microsoft Dynamics Partner, NetStandard is experienced in implementation and support for Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Microsoft Dynamics SL, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, hosted Exchange, SharePoint and Lync applications. We offer all of these products plus other Microsoft ERP solutions through our cloud computing platform, Myappsanywhere, which is sold through a nationwide network of Microsoft Channel Partners and at home in Kansas City. Our cloud computing business solutions are customizable through more than 50 Independent Software Vendor applications that are certified for implementation in our Myappsanywhere Cloud.
 
NetStandard owns and operates its own private data center facilities, which are audited to meet SSAE16 Type 2 standards. Our data center hosts customers from our cloud and managed services environments and is capable of supporting customers in regulated industries, including financial, healthcare, distribution, government, professional services and more.

 

NetStandard is led by Jeff Melcher, CEO; Walt Lane, President; and John Leek, CTO.

 

Jeff Melcher

CEO, Founding Partner

Jeff Melcher is CEO of NetStandard Inc. and has been contributing to the state economy and area job growth as a successful entrepreneur since 1987. As CEO of NetStandard, an outsourced technology company, Melcher regularly consults with businesses to improve operational efficiency.

 

Melcher holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. During his tenure at General Motors, Melcher was awarded a scholarship to General Motors Institute (GMI) where he pursued a master’s in Manufacturing Management and Business Administration. He is a graduate of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions Leadership Development Program. Additionally, Melcher is the founding advisor for Generation Tech, a workforce development initiative dedicated to strengthening and growing the region’s technology workforce, and a member of the Kansas Senate.

 

Walt Lane

President, Founding Partner

Walt Lane is President of NetStandard Inc. and a founding partner of the company. Lane oversees NetStandard’s sales and marketing divisions, where his leadership has contributed to 15 consecutive years of notable growth for NetStandard—a credit Lane attributes to the quality of his staff and executive team.

 

Lane has extensive experience in entrepreneurship and emerging technologies. He is a serial entrepreneur who has been involved in the founding of more than five successful startup companies over the course of his career. Noted as a visionary person for his ability to recognize emerging technologies that increase efficiency or improve function, Lane knows how to capitalize on new opportunities time and time again.

 

Lane’s first startup, TFSnet Inc., was Kansas City’s first privately owned internet service provider (ISP) and web hosting service. Lane built Kansas City’s first ISP from the ground up with a staff of highly qualified Unix engineers, and during this time, his company was ranked 22 in the top 100 online service providers in the United States. While Lane was rapidly growing his ISP, he was asked to speak at many public and business local and national events to educate the community on how the internet can be used in the home and business. The business was later sold to a local CLEC at the peak of the dot-com bubble.

 

Lane regularly shares his expertise in entrepreneurship and startup technologies with universities, entrepreneurial events at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, business development initiatives and service organizations. He is a 1984 graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Marketing and a member of the Management Advisory Board for Kansas State University’s College of Business Administration. Outside of the office, Lane expresses his passion for technology through home automation and has designed complex systems for significant homes and commercial properties in the area. Lane is also a community activist, sharing his time and expertise as a member of the Wayside Waifs Board of Directors and the Planning and Zoning Commission for the city of Parkville, MO.

 

John Leek

CTO, Partner

CTO John Leek oversees infrastructure services delivery, data center operations, product development and delivery of professional services. Additionally, Leek is responsible for areas of financial planning, service level management, capacity planning, service continuity, information security and strategic planning.

 

Leek joined NetStandard from H&R Block, where he was accountable for managing the Block Center Data Center as well as the technical project management team and implementation of service support and delivery processes for the IT infrastructure. Prior to his position with H&R Block, Leek served as Assistant Vice President of Technical Services for Kansas City Southern Railway Company.

 

Leek brings more than 30 years of experience in information technology to NetStandard. He is primarily focused on strategic planning, management and support of financial and transportation companies. Leek holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Data Processing from Northwest Missouri State University.