Vint Cerf

An American Internet pioneer, who is recognized as one of "the fathers of the Internet", sharing this title with TCP/IP co-inventor Bob Kahn. His contributions have been acknowledged and lauded, repeatedly, with honorary degrees and awards .


Mark Warner

Mark Robert Warner is an American businessman and politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Virginia. He is currently a Vice Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus and the Vice Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.


Twyla Powell

Twyla has worked in Economic Development for 11 years, serving as a project manager at the state and county levels. Twyla has been involved with the Data Center Developments at Henrico County. Previously she worked at IBM and AT&T.


John Vithoulkas

As the County’s chief administrative officer, John is responsible for all county general government operations; an approved annual fiscal plan of more than $1 billion in operating and capital budgets; and a workforce encompassing more than 4,000 general government employees.


Enrique Valdes

Vice President Sales - North Region for Telxius, the telecommunication infrastructure company of the Telefónica Group managing a unique combination of towers and an international network of high capacity fiber optic submarine cables.


Frank Rey

Frank is a seasoned industry leader with over 15 years of experience. Frank worked on Marea cable system which has added a much-needed diverse submarine system to the East Coast of the US., triggering new economic ecosystems right in the heart of Virginia.


Dave Crowley

Chief Technical Advisor at Microsoft Advising for our Azure cloud network and data center strategy while focusing on next-generation networks including, 5G developments, AI, IoT, LiFi, small-cell technologies and Satellite.

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Najam Ahmad

Najam Ahmad serves as the VP, Network Engineering at Facebook.  Ahmad oversees all aspects of the development and operation of a global network infrastructure that serves more than a billion people around the world.

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Martin Hannigan

Martin Hannigan is a founder and Chief Technical Officer of Deep Edge Technologies. Deep Edge is building the next generation of access datacenters for the explosion of service provider technology currently underway.


Nicole Cooper

Nicole is the EVP for the Americas. With over 20 years of  experience in telecommunications, she is responsible for strategy, implementation and execution of sales initiatives throughout the region. Nicole most recently spent 15 years at XO Communications.


Don MacNeil

Don joined FiberLight in 2017 and was appointed to the Chief Executive role after a successful turn as the company’s Chief Operations Officer. He brought with him a rich operations and technology background and a successful career as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy.


Fletcher Mangum

Fletcher is the founder and CEO of Mangum Economics. He has nearly three decades of experience in quantitative analysis and policy development at both the federal and state level.


Adam Davenport

Adam currently serves as the Director of Interconnection Strategy at GTT, the leading Tier 1 IP Networks in the world. Adam started as an engineer and has grown with GTT over the past eight years. Prior to joining GTT, Adam had several positions with Choopa.


Jezzibell Gilmore

Jezzibell Gilmore is a co-founder and SVP of Business Development at PacketFabric. Prior to PacketFabric, Jezzibell was an early stage employee of AboveNet Communications and Akamai Technologies, and previously served as VP of Operations at RoamData.


Jon Aufderheide

Amazon Web Services


Jon currently serves as Principal, Global IP Edge Strategy at Amazon Web Services.  He has been working in various interconnection and network engineering and architecture roles for 20 years, and worked at Google prior to his time at Amazon.


Richard (Ras) Steenbergen

Ras founded Petabit Scale to provide business with the knowledge, ability and accessibility to create cost effective, scalable global networks.  Previously, Ras served as Chief Technology Officer for GTT and founder of nLayer Communications, where he served as its CTO since 2002.


Josh Noll

Josh currently serves as Director of Network Infrastructure for Netskope. Josh previously held leadership roles in Twitch and Microsoft. Josh also founded DB Transit Consulting where he led and direct startup and strategic operations.


Art Kazmierczak

Art currently serves as Director Business and Network Development for Telia Carrier. He develops and supports strategic customer business through analysis and evaluation of infrastructure for network expansion and new market development.


Chris McKee

Chris is responsible for the company’s corporate legal requirements, human resources and supplier management. Mr. McKee has over 20 years of broad legal experience in the telecommunications industry.


Eric Rosenberry

NWAX the largest IX in the US and in Hillsboro. Eric's goal is to be involved in moving state-of-the-art infrastructure forward within the context of business needs and priorities. Eric is an advocate for advancing the availability/reliability/speed of uncensored Internet for the benefit of the world's population.


Tad Deriso

Tad focuses on large business and economic development projects and partnerships with MBC stakeholders. He has been involved with the rural telecommunications industry for over 20 years


Ben Hedges

Ben currently serves as LINX America CEO. With more than 20 years experience, Ben has overseen the International expansion of LINX and the creation of a channel programme for carriers and data centres. Ben is a board member of the Global Peering Forum as VP.


Cole Crawford

Cole is the founder and CEO of Vapor IO. Cole is also the co-founder of the Open 19 Foundation, founding Executive Director of the Open Compute Project, former Chairman of the Open Data Center Alliance and co-founder of OpenStack.


Gary Tarpley

With over 35 years of industry experience, Gary has earned a reputation for being a leader and innovator in the Dark Fiber industry. His company, MFN, owns and operates 100% underground high-count Dark Fiber network with some subsea components.


Gerardo Bonilla

Gerardo leads North American sales for Telefonica group and Telxius. He has over 25 years industry experience, through Sales Management and Business Development positions with Telenet Communications, Sprint International, Teleglobe/Tata and Level 3.

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