About Trek10

About Trek10

Trek10 is passionate about Amazon Web Services (AWS) and was founded in 2013 after it became clear just how many businesses could greatly benefit from the power of AWS, through increased efficiency, greater flexibility, and significantly reduced cost. Headquartered in the offices of a regional data center in South Bend, IN, with fiber optic connectivity that run along railway right-of-ways, with additional locations in Chicago and D.C., Trek10 is well suited to meet the needs of almost any cloud-bearing client.

Born in the cloud and 100% AWS focused, Trek10 specializes in using the latest and best services around container-based and event-driven architectures alongside the rest of the AWS services to design, build, and support new systems for our customers. Massive scalability, high up-time, heavy automation, and remarkably low operating costs are our hallmarks. In addition to building and optimizing high-value cloud-based solutions, Trek10 provides 24/7 monitoring and proactive management specifically designed for AWS deployments via Trek10 CloudOps and a technical response team fully staffed by AWS certified engineers.

Trek10 Leadership Team

Andy Warzon


Andy Warzon has 16 years of experience in the IT industry and startups. An engineering graduate with honors of the University of Notre Dame, Andy founded the technology team of Better World Books, a groundbreaking social enterprise and one of the largest used booksellers in the world. Andy is an AWS Certified Solutions Architect- Professional and a recognized expert on IaaS strategy and implementation.

Jim Abercrombie


Jim Abercrombie spent the last 12 years involved in the financial markets in Chicago. During this time Jim personally traded over 800 billion dollars of US Treasury securities. In addition to trading Jim has significant experience valuing and investing in companies, from start-ups to well established businesses. He brings deep financial knowledge and business strategy experience to the Trek10 team. Jim has a bachelor's degree in Economics from Wabash College and he is a CFA Charterholder.

Nick Caston

VP of Business Development

Nick Caston has over 15 years of business development and B2B marketing experience with SaaS products and managed services. He brings a rich history of brand development and awareness creation to the team and leads the marketing and sales efforts at Trek10. Nick graduated from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in Marketing and Computer Applications, and is a AWS Certified Solutions Architect.

Jared Short

Director of Innovation

As Trek10’s DevOps lead, Jared Short is an accomplished software developer across multiple platforms. Jared has a decade of experience as a developer, working with startups to fortune 500 companies. Recently his focus has been on building and integrating AWS tools and technologies to increase teams’ productivity and improve the development and deployment practices to reduce risk and increase velocity. Jared is an AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional.

Josh von Schaumburg

Senior Solutions Architect

Josh brings significant expertise to the team, having worked as a Security Solutions Architect for Accenture’s Technology Consulting practice for 4 years. As a Security Consultant, Josh has worked on a variety of implementations for several Fortune 500 clients across many industries. Specifically, Josh has designed and scaled complex solutions in the fields of cloud security, IAM, endpoint security, among others. Josh also has a background in networking and is CompTIA Network+ certified. Josh is an AWS Certified Solutions Architect.

Christopher (Kreece) Fuchs

Vice President

Christopher "Kreece" Fuchs brings over 14 years of e-commerce industry and start-up experience to the team. An engineering graduate from the University of Notre Dame, Kreece co-founded and grew Better World Books into one of the world’s leading Internet retailers. Kreece is an entrepreneurial, creative problem solver and applies his technical and analytic abilities to drive new product development and customer solutions at Trek10. Kreece is an AWS Certified Solutions Architect.

Joel Haubold

DevOps Engineer

Joel graduated with top honors from Indiana University with a degree in Computer Science. He brings a background in bookkeeping and five years of experience developing desktop applications to the Trek10 team. Joel is married and has three children. Joel is an AWS Certified Solutions Architect.

Charlie Guse

DevOps Engineer

Charlie has over 10 years of software development experience, ranging across startups to companies of more then 1,000 employees. He has experience transitioning desktop software to SaaS solutions and has deep expertise building and working with web APIs/services, including Reddit’s, eBay’s, and Amazon’s (AWS, MWS, and Product Advertising) APIs. Charlie graduated from Indiana University with honors and four publications. Charlie is an AWS Certified Developer.

Rob Ribeiro

DevOps Engineer

Rob has spent his career honing his interpersonal, technical, and problem solving skills. He spent 5 years in customer service and management, followed by over 5 years in software development and consulting. He has experience working and consulting for everything from startups to Fortune 500 enterprises in a variety of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, and finance. Rob has earned a MS in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Indiana University and a BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Purdue University.

James Boyer

CloudOps Engineer

James Bowyer graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Computer Science, and brings to Trek10 expertise in security and automation from his experience working under an ISSO in a traditional data center setting in Maui, HI. James is focused on applying his knowledge alongside established best practices to better leverage next-gen tools and AWS services, specifically AWS Lambda, on behalf of Trek10's CloudOps clients. When not experimenting with new technology, James enjoys watching football, playing cards, and writing.

Shane Fimbel, Ph.D.

VP of Strategy

Shane Fimbel, Ph.D. has significant expertise in developing and operating 24/7/365 data center, cloud infrastructure, and fiber optic networks in the Midwest. Dr. Fimbel also held leadership roles at the Purdue Research Foundation. With more than ten years of venture and start-up experience, Dr. Fimbel has started twelve companies by providing leadership during the formative stages of corporate development. Dr. Fimbel holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Notre Dame as well as a bachelor's degree in Biology from Wabash College.

Paul Brenner, Ph.D., PE

Chief Scientist

Paul Brenner, Ph.D., PE is the Associate Director for Notre Dame’s Center for Research Computing (CRC) and a scientific advisor for Trek10. He is a published expert in the field of HPC on IaaS platforms. Dr. Brenner is also an Assistant Professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering, as well as an Engineering Office & Squadron Commander in the US Air Force Reserves. Dr. Brenner conducts HPC research as well as grant development to grow the computational infrastructure of the CRC.