VISI CEO Mike Sowada Named 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year by TwinWest Chamber of Commerce


Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) May 27, 2009

Mike Sowada, VISI’s chief executive officer, was named the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce’s 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year during a luncheon ceremony held yesterday. This recognition is the second honor bestowed upon Sowada by the western suburban chamber – in 2005, TwinWest named Sowada its Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year.

Sowada says that the success of the company is rooted in the colocation and web hosting services it provides to 10,000 Minnesota companies and residences.

Sowada was one of three finalists representing hundreds of entrepreneurs in the TwinWest area. “It’s humbling to be singled out for this recognition, considering the caliber of the other nominees,” he commented. “But I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the fantastic customer service that VISI employees provide, or for the loyalty of our customers.” To hear Sowada’s business philosophy in his own words, watch online.

Sowada has been a leader in technology management for over 20 years. Before VISI, he was CEO/Founder of Digital North, a leading provider of business-class hosting solutions. Prior to Digital North, Mike was CEO/Founder of DKS Systems, one of the top technical Web development companies in the Twin Cities. Sowada started his career as a consultant with Andersen Consulting. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Mankato State University and an MBA in Venture Management from the University of St. Thomas.

About VISI:

Founded in 1994, VISI is Minnesota’s largest locally-owned data center services and managed hosting provider, offering connectivity, colocation and managed hosting services. VISI serves more than 10,000 business and residential customers throughout Minnesota with products and services including a world-class SAS 70 Type II data center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The company provides a full range of robust Web and application hosting services, first-rate Internet services and support, and personal, expert advice. To learn more about VISI, call 612-395-9000 or visit

Interviews with Sowada are available by calling Maccabee Group at 612-337-0087.