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.


Thomas J. Cricchi

Tom joined SyCom Technologies in 2001 and has served as CEO since 2017. Tom’s prior experience with industry-leading companies include Cisco, Oracle, Parametric Technology Company and System Industries. Tom is active with SOAR, Junior Achievement, Virginia Council of CEO’s and RVATECH.

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Stan Blackwell

Stan Blackwell is responsible for the management of large customers throughout the Central, Northern, and Western regions of Virginia. Additionally, he is responsible for all economic development activities in Dominion’s electric service territories in Virginia and North Carolina.

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Barbara Boyan

Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., the Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Jr. Dean of VCU’s College of Engineering, is a nationally acclaimed researcher and entrepreneur. An industry leader and proponent of improving quality of life around the world, Dean Boyan is the co-founder of four companies and serves on the Board of Directors for six other companies.

Nick Serfass

Nick Serfass

Nick serves as the Executive Director of RVA Tech. Prior to this, he served as the Executive Director of the American Institute of Architecture Students as well as the Assistant Director of Internship + Education for the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

Bob Fowler

Bob Fowler

Bob Fowler, CIO of Estes Express Lines, has over 21 years of experience in the IT industry. Some of his specialties include IT Strategy planning, Infrastructure and Datacenter architecture/strategy/management, Business Intelligence and Data strategy/governance, ITIL, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, ERP Planning and Implementation and more.


Jarret Appleby

Jarett is a high performance executive with more than 25 years of success developing and executing growth and go-to-market strategies for technology platform & IT solutions companies in competitive global markets. Jarrett previously served as CMO of Equinix and COO at both Digital Realty and Coresite.  Recently he has turned his attention to QTS as an innovator and leader in the Industry.


Deborah Cassidy

Deb Cassidy currently serves as the Global Chief Information Officer of PRA Group. Deb is an award winning Technology Innovator and Change Agent designing and delivering technology solutions that reduce total cost of ownership, deliver efficiency and increased productivity.


Tim Beatrice

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Tim Beatrice currently serves as Sr Manager, Engineering at Charter Communications where he leads all peering and interconnection efforts. He has 26 years of telecommunications industry experience, 18 of which with large MSO’s.


Vinay Nagpal


Vinay is currently President of InterGlobix, a global solutions company focused on the convergence of data centers, terrestrial and subsea fiber. He is a data center and connectivity leader and visionary with over 24 years of experience developing products and technology solutions, business growth strategies in data centers.


Alan Bock


Alan runs business development at Vapor IO. He also spent over 17 years with Crown Castle as the Director of Corporate Development before being promoted to VP of Corporate Development and Strategy.


Jeffrey Potter


Jeffrey has over 25 years of experience in Cybersecurity & Technology, spanning the Finance, Healthcare, and Technology industries. He has vast experience creating and securing software products, highly scalable and reliable services, building highly successful teams, and performing cybersecurity investigations.

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