Blue Box

OUR PEOPLE // Executive Team

The Passion to Make a Difference

Our executive team brings more than business expertise to Blue Box. They share a passion to build a company that actually makes a difference in the lives of our customers, people and community.

Jesse Proudman

Founder and CTO

Jesse Proudman founded Blue Box Group Inc. in 2003 to deliver reliable hosted infrastructure solutions. His leadership has been instrumental in driving the success of the company and helping Blue Box customers embrace the benefits of transitioning their operations to the cloud.

Jesse is a lifelong entrepreneur who began working in the technology industry designing websites for local companies at just 13 years old. While attending the University of Puget Sound, Jesse saw potential for a managed hosting solutions business focused on customer success and started Blue Box. Jesse attributes much of his own success, and success of the company, to the relationships he has built since that time.

Outside of work, Jesse spends time with his family in Seattle and is a fanatical car racer. Jesse is actively involved in his community guiding the next generation of young entrepreneurs through the University of Puget Sound Business Leadership, 9Mile Labs and University of Washington’s Entrepreneur mentorship programs. He was named to Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty Class and an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Regional Semifinalist in 2013.

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Jesse Proudman

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Being a Dad. Racing Cars. Software Engineering. Strong Coffee. Terrible Golfer. Love Golf Carts. Intricate Time Pieces. Mentoring Young Entrepreneurs. Fish Phobia. Public Speaking.

Hernan Alvarez

Chief Product Officer

Hernan has over 19 years of building and leading technology companies and teams.

His career has focused on driving aggressive growth, building cutting edge products, and creating energetic environments that foster success for technology companies, employees, and clients alike.

Prior to joining Blue Box, Hernan was Senior Director of Architecture and Operations at HP, where he built and managed technical operations for their public cloud offering and architecture for the private cloud offering, both based on OpenStack and Open Source solutions.

Before joining HP, Hernan served as Senior Director of Operations at WhitePages. Coming in as an agent of change, the first year resulted in the successful upgrade of every aspect of Engineering, Product, IT and Operations, increasing product releases twenty fold. This embodied the most advanced aspects of Agile software development, system automation, private cloud and “DevOps”.

Hernan has previously held key leadership roles at Snapvine, Farecast, Mobliss and AdRelevance. He also created and ran his own angel funded startup.

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Hernan Alvarez

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Family. Spicy food. Craft Cocktails. Cooking. Entertaining. Off-roading. Camping. Fishing. Fixing Things. Music.