About Us

History & Awards

Datapath is not your average IT company. This is where we are and how we got here.

Founded by two lifelong friends.

James and Dave met in 3rd grade and have been best friends ever since. Both were ambitious and hardworking young men so no one was surprised when they decided to start a business together in 2004.

They worked on the business plan for more than a year, hoping to combine James’ experience managing large networks with Dave’s experience in startups and finance. They believed there was an unmet need in the IT industry for a service provider that could do more than than install computers and administer networks. They intended to deliver custom technology solutions that improved business outcomes and contributed to their clients bottom line.

So in 2005, Dave and James rented a 100 square foot office in downtown Modesto and started working for their first client, Svenhard’s Swedish Bakery. The office was so small that they had to stack servers on top of a mini-fridge and take business calls in the hallway. But their hunch was correct … Central Valley businesses caught wind of Datapath’s unique model and soon Datapath was growing like crazy.

Growing into a regional technology leader.

Datapath is now a mature technology company with nearly $10M in annual revenue and dozens of active clients, including major municipalities, large school districts and Fortune 500 companies. Datapath continues to grow at double digit rates and looks forward to introducing exciting new products and services in the coming years.

Commitment to community.

Dave and James are thankful for the opportunity to give back to the communities that have enabled Datapath’s success. Our efforts are currently focused on organizations that serve young people or encourage economic development and innovation in the Central Valley region, and Datapath helps by making financial contributions and assisting with operational objectives.

Datapath Milestones

  • 1987

    David and James meet

    in the 3rd grade at Catherine Everett Elementary.

  • 2005

    Datapath founded

    in a 100 square foot office in downtown Modesto.

  • 2008

    Datapath hires 15th employee

    and starts work with 200th client.

  • 2011

    Datapath makes Inc. 5000 list for first time

  • 2011

    Purchase new office

    in downtown Modesto. Remodeled to capture the energy of Silicon Valley.

  • 2013

    Hosts first annual charity golf tournament

    with proceeds benefiting Modesto’s Youth For Christ.

  • 2014

    James and Dave win SBA’s Small Business Persons of the Year.

Awards & Recognition

INC. 5000

Six-Time Honoree (2011-2016)

Every year since 2011, Datapath has been recognized by INC Magazine’s 500/5000 as one of America’s fastest growing private companies.


Small Business of the Year (2015)

The Modesto Chamber of Commerce Members Choice – Small Business of the Year award recognizes Datapath’s efforts in serving the Central Valley with integrity and innovation since 2005.


Small Business Person of the Year (2014)

David Darmstandler and James Bates were selected as the 2014 Central California Small Business Person of the Year. The award recognizes business owners who exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit and honor their individual contributions to the community.


District 12 Small Business of the Year (2013)

Datapath was recognized by Assemblymember Olsen for our commitment to growing the local economy and support of local non-profit efforts.