About Reclaim Hosting


Founded in 2013, Reclaim Hosting provides educators and institutions with an easy way to offer their students domains and web hosting that they own and control. Our goal is to make the process of offering a flexible web space and domain name to your students as easy as possible and giving you the support you need to make it all happen.

If you’re interested in learning how Reclaim Hosting began, read Jim Groom’s blog post, A Long Short History of Reclaim Hosting.

Meet the Team

Jim Groom, CoFounder

Jim Groom, formerly Executive Director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies at the University of Mary Washington, has been working towards the idea of Domain of One‘s Own as far back as 2008 and has been dreaming of this opportunity for years. In the Spring of 2011 he opened up a digital storytelling course called "ds106" for anyone to take openly online and hundreds of people participated and continue to give back to that community. In Spring of 2013 he joined a group of hackers and thinkers at MIT to think about how an online framework could allow people to seamlessly syndicate the work they do across the web in a space of their own both on an academic and personal level. In Fall of 2015 he went full time with Reclaim Hosting and has not looked back since. #4life

 

Tim Owens, CoFounder

Tim Owens worked in higher education for over 9 years before going full-time with Reclaim Hosting in 2015. In 2012 he launched Hippie Hosting, which empowered over 150 people across the globe to build a space of their own on the web. He worked at the University of Mary Washington for 3 years as a part of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies helping build the Domain of One’s Own project that provides domains and hosting to UMW students, faculty, and staff.

 

Judith May, Customer Support Manager

Judith May spent the past 6 years working in the non-profit space at Yoga Alliance. Her time at YA as a Business Analyst and Support Manager helped shape her belief that the best approach to customer support is with a kind and helpful heart. Beginning her journey with Reclaim Hosting in 2019 as the Customer Support Manager, Judith is excited to be a part of a team that embraces this same mindset.

Lauren Brumfield, Director of Operations

Lauren Brumfield began her journey with Reclaim Hosting in 2015 as the company's first employee. Since then, Lauren's various roles and responsibilities have changed and grown alongside the growth of Reclaim Hosting. Presently, Lauren is responsible for management of sales, relationships, and training for Reclaim Hosting accounts, as well as general project management for the company.

 

Meredith Fierro, Customer Support Specialist

Meredith Fierro joined the Reclaim Hosting team in 2017, as Reclaim’s first Customer Support Specialist, after graduating from University of Mary Washington. Through her job at the university, she gained experience working with web hosting through the Domain of One’s Own program. At Reclaim, she uses her previous foundation to grow and learn more about server administration and web hosting infrastructure.

 

Danny Jimenez, Customer Support Specialist

Many that know Danny would say he's The Dark Knight of any team he's a part of, the silent protector, ready to problem solve anything from simple to more complex issues. With zero backround in the tech industry, Danny found his entry through the Codeup bootcamp in 2014 that set him on his path to learn whatever he could about web development. Landing his first gig in dedicated WordPress hosting at WP Engine, Danny started fresh in Linux server administration and support that would last for a little over 3 years. Seeking further development experience, Danny was brought onto the WebTegrity team where he'd be filling the Support & Jr Developer role where he spent just under a year before meeting Reclaim Hosting!

Chris Blankenship, Customer Support Specialist

Chris Blankenship graduated from the University of Mary Washington in May 2019 with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science, and for the past few years he has been both working as a public computer assistant at a local library and playing bass in a hardcore punk band.

Interested in joining the Reclaim Hosting team? Head on over to our careers page to see if we’re hiring. 

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