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Who is Global Access Point?

Global Access Point (GAP) designs, builds, and manages data centers and network infrastructure for mid-sized to large enterprises as well as global telecommunication and cloud providers. Our Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS) model is rooted in flexibility of design, highly reliable power, robust connectivity, and a philosophy of continuous innovation.

GAP operates data center and network deployments across the Midwest, from Chicago to St. Louis to Indianapolis to South Bend. Our flagship deployment in Union Station Technology Center in South Bend is its region’s largest data center, and a top 40 carrier hotel nationally.

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Global Access Point at a glance.

Your Success Team

Bringing data center and network expertise to the table for 30 years.

Kevin M. Smith | CEO

Kevin Smith is the founder and CEO of Global Access Point. A serial entrepreneur, technologist, and inventor, Kevin has a unique background that spans construction and sheet metal to technology and artificial intelligence. As a dedicated thought-leader, Kevin has spent his 30+ year career developing innovative systems and methods in the IT infrastructure space.

Kevin holds a degree from the University of Notre Dame in psychophysiology.

Shane M. Fimbel, Ph.D. | COO

Shane Fimbel, Ph.D. is Chief Operating Officer of Global Access Point. Dr. Fimbel brings significant operational expertise in managing GAP’s multi-site data center operations and Midwest network assets. Prior to GAP, Dr. Fimbel was responsible for licensing and business development of the Purdue Research Foundation’s life science intellectual property portfolio. Dr. Fimbel has 15 years of new venture and finance experience, and formerly taught at the Krannert School of Management, leading the Technology Realization Program.

Dr. Fimbel holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Notre Dame, as well as a bachelors degree in Biology from Wabash College.

Dwayne Nethercutt | CTO

Dwayne Nethercutt is Chief Technology Officer at Global Access Point. Mr. Nethercutt is a veteran in the data center and network fields with nearly two decades of experience working with the ecommerce, retail, cloud service provider, broadcast, cable, and publishing industries.

Dwayne holds multiple industry certifications from Cisco, Microsoft, Juniper, ITIL, and GIAC, and attended Indiana University – South Bend.

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Our story

Future proofing technology by building on 100 years of history.

Global Access Point began with its flagship data center at Union Station Technology Center in South Bend, Indiana. Built in 1928 as northern Indiana’s largest rail hub, the facility is now one of the Midwest’s largest fiber optic hubs. In 1972, Union Station closed its doors and fell into disrepair before being purchased and renovated by Global Access Point founder Kevin Smith in 1979. 

Due to its location next to the large fiber optic corridor on the railroad line, and due to its proximity to Chicago, the facility went on to become a regeneration site and carrier hotel in the late 1980s before becoming a data center in the early 2000s. 


Along with Union Station, the largest data center in its region and second largest carrier hotel in the state of Indiana, Global Access Point operates satellite deployments in Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis. In addition, GAP is expanding its South Bend operation into the nearby Renaissance District’s Studebaker campus redevelopment. 

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About Us

Global Access Point (GAP) designs, builds, and manages data centers and network infrastructure for mid-sized to large enterprises as well as global telecommunication and cloud providers. Our Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS) model is rooted in flexibility of design, highly reliable power, robust connectivity, and a philosophy of continuous innovation.