The cPanel Executive Team
There are few companies that can boast having a CEO have as much of a hand in the development of the web hosting industry as cPanel’s, J. Nick Koston. Looking back on the history of the Internet, you’ll find few who’ve had as much of an impact on its growth, development, and drastic advancement as Nick. Prior to cPanel, the majority of procedures for placing websites online were done by hand. The process was painstakingly long, and made it nearly impossible for any company to achieve levels of scale conducive to serious profitability.
Nick Koston – Chief Executive Officer
Nick was 14 when he first began to really delve into the hosting industry. Nick’s mother, Barbara “Barb” Koston, attributes Nick’s life success to sheer persistence. When he sees something that he wants, he goes after it and makes it happen. Persistence, dedication, and hard work have been recurring themes throughout Nick’s life.
Starting as a young, teenage systems administrator in 1996, Nick quickly identified that there was an abundance of redundancies in web hosting that could be automated. From there, Nick set his path to finding a solution, and the rest is history.
Nick has been described as innovative, fast-paced, persistent, compassionate, giving, and generous. Nick is the kind of leader who would never ask his employees to do something he wouldn’t himself be willing to do.
This work ethic extends way beyond words— it has been proven. For nearly half a decade, Nick handled every single facet of the company from development to support. Nick has literally worn every hat in this company— often times simultaneously.
Aaron Phillips – VP of Operations
In third grade, if one of Aaron’s teachers would have asked him what he wanted to do when he grew up, the unlikely answer would have been, “I want to work for companies started by 14-year-old geniuses.”
Fortunately, his path lead him to do just that and gain invaluable experience during the process. As Vice President of Operations, Aaron leads the teams responsible for Technical Support, Customer Service, Internal System, Marketing, Human Resources, and Account Management.
cPanel has provided Aaron the ability to continue feeding his passion, developing long-term relationships, and staying connected with an industry that he has grown up with since his early days back in Iowa, where he is from.
Aaron believes that years of learning and experiencing successes and failures while working in the web hosting industry has allowed him to become the well-rounded leader that he is today.