LUMINEX SOFTWARE, INC., the worldwide market leader in mainframe virtual tape solutions, announced today that Joel Kimball has joined the company as its Vice President, North American Sales. Joel has 33 years of experience in mainframe storage sales and marketing, with the last 12 years in Executive Management positions for StorageTek, Sun Microsystems and Oracle Corporation. Joel’s vast industry experience and expertise combined with his management leadership skills add key capabilities to LUMINEX’s management team. Joel joins LUMINEX’s recent hires of leading mainframe sales and sales engineering professionals.

In December 2011, LUMINEX hired Mitch Mackrory and Mark Beard as Sales Engineers and Bob Shapiro as Southeast Region Executive Sales Manager, adding to the Company’s impressive roster of mainframe solutions expertise.

“People of this caliber are in high demand. They are passionate about mainframe storage and about putting customers first. It speaks volumes that they chose to join the Luminex team”, said Michael Saunders, President and co-founder of Luminex. “Luminex was able to attract this level of talent because our customers speak so highly of our products and services, because we have a superior product line along with an exciting mainframe product roadmap, and because we greatly value our employees and their contributions. Luminex is committed to growth and to continuing to attract the best-of-the-best to our ranks.”

Mitch Mackrory brings over thirty years of international pre- and post-sales professional engineering experience to LUMINEX, with a focus on mainframe virtual tape, business continuity and disaster recovery. Mitch has worked in various technical support capacities for StorageTek in South Africa, New Zealand and the United States and for Sun Microsystems and Oracle in the United States. Mitch is the prime inventor on three patents relating to Virtual Tape business continuity and disaster recovery scenarios.

Mark Beard has more than thirty-six years of increasingly responsible information technology positions, including direct storage sales, pre- and post-sales technical support, and management in the storage, virtual tape and disaster recovery markets with the State of Illinois, StorageTek, Sun Microsystems and Alliance Technology Group.

Bob Shapiro is LUMINEX’s new Southeast Region Executive Sales Manager. Bob has thirty plus years experience as a highly successful mainframe solutions sales professional, the majority of which were in various positions with IBM Corporation. Bob has a proven track record in mainframe virtual tape sales and managed services sales with emphasis in the health and life sciences, finance and communications industries.

LUMINEX is a leading developer and provider of disk-based mainframe virtual tape products and technologies. LUMINEX Channel Gateways allow mainframe enterprise users around the world to take full advantage of the benefits of Modern Mainframe Virtual Tape to eliminate or reduce physical tape, improve RTO and RPO, lower capital and operating costs and improve data security. With the LUMINEX Channel Gateways, enterprises can now have a single backup and recovery program for their mainframe and open systems data. To find out more about LUMINEX and its Modern Mainframe Virtual Tape solutions, visit

LUMINEX is headquartered at 871 Marlborough Ave., Riverside, CA 92507, USA and can be contacted at 1-888.LUMINEX or by e-mail at [email protected].

LUMINEX, Channel Gateway and Modern Mainframe Virtual Tape are trademarks of Luminex Software, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Media Contacts: Michael Pantoja
Luminex Software, Inc.
(951) 781-4100, x122
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