Meet the Team

The Fortified Data team handpicks experts specializing in all aspects of the data tier.

Leadership and data platform innovation

We design and maintain the most complex and technical environments in the world, supporting large and fast-moving organizations in the public sector, healthcare, finance and manufacturing. We are professionals with years of experience architecting, deploying, and managing enterprise databases. We’re industry thought leaders, often presenting at SQLPASS and Dev Connections and user group meetings around the world.

Our Team

Ben DeBow

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Our founder and visionary, Ben guides Fortified Data’s service direction and oversees the company’s Professional Services business unit. He is an experienced consultant who has advised customers of all sizes on their mission critical applications and SQL Server deployments. His versatility allows him to assist with everything from virtualization and consolidation to schema design, performance tuning, disk architectures, and everything in between. Ben has designed, deployed and optimized some of the largest and most complex SQL Server solutions in the world for clients like JP Morgan, Allstate, Cayan, Heartland Payment Systems and the Royal Bank of Canada.

An active member of the SQL Server community, Ben has presented at several industry thought leadership events. Ben is a certified South Carolina BBQ Judge, and when he’s not solving complex data challenges for global enterprises, also enjoys hiking, biking and golf.

Follow Ben on Twitter @BBQSQL

Jeremy Lowell


For nearly two decades, Jeremy has had a successful track record solving complex data and architecture design challenges for organizations large and small. From Fortune 100 corporations to start-ups, Jeremy has been a leader in implementing best practices while scaling some of the largest database implementations in the world. Ensuring data realization and helping business leaders access data in more meaningful ways is a driving factor for Jeremy. He is a strong advocate for bridging the gap between technologists and business leaders, speeding market decisions. Due to his success, many clients refer to Jeremy as a trusted advisor and rely on his judgment for strategic guidance.

Keith Buck

Senior Consultant

Keith Buck has extensive history as a developer and moved into the Database Administration 10 years ago. He enjoys helping clients improve their processes, reduce down time, and reduce operating expenses. In his spare time he loves to play ice hockey, golf, and going fishing.

Born and raised in Canada, Keith brings some geographic and cultural diversity to the team along with the Queen’s English and a pleasant accent.

Colleen Morrow

Senior Consultant

Colleen Morrow is a database professional who has been working with database systems since 1996. For more than 12 years, she was a Database Administrator at a large law firm where she developed an appreciation for auditing, automation, and performance tuning. Since that time, Colleen has worked with clients in the healthcare, manufacturing, software, and distribution/freight delivery industries. She is an active member of the Ohio North SQL Server User Group and has presented at many SQLSaturday events as well as the PASS Summit.

T.O. Owens

Client Engagement Manager

T.O. has been working in the database technology space for over 20 years. He has built complex systems and lead change everywhere he has worked. T.O. combines the long-term experience of a technology insider and the ability to communicate with members of both business and technology teams. His mission at Fortified Data is to ensure an exceptional client experience.

Jason Ripkey

Client Engagement Manager

Jason brings into his Client Engagement Manager role at Fortified Data over 20 years of technical knowledge and experience. Throughout these years, he has designed and implemented complex voice and data solutions helping customers achieve their outcomes. Throughout his work at Fortified Data, Jason aims to achieve the utmost satisfaction from each of our clients and an overall outstanding client experience.

Client Engagement Manager

Lynn Emig

Executive Program Manager

Lynn comes to Fortified Data after a successful 36 year career in healthcare information technology. As our Executive Program Manager we leverage her experience in managing complex technical projects to deliver engagements on time and within budget. She excels at cultivating relationships and understanding how each interaction benefits the client and provides an opportunity for our staff to showcase their unique skills. Lynn focuses on building strong client partnerships, establishing proper project governance, and elevating the service delivery of the company.