Click here to close now.




















Welcome!

IBM Cloud Authors: Mike Kavis, AppDynamics Blog, Bob Gourley, Adrian Bridgwater, Elizabeth White

News Feed Item

United Fiber & Data Appoints Leadership Team

YORK, PA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/14/14 -- United Fiber & Data, LLC ("UFD"), a leading telecommunications firm, has engaged the executive management services of former Vonage President Michael Tribolet as Acting Chief Executive Officer. Joining Mr. Tribolet are Acting CFO Brian Mass and business development advisor Charles Gaspari, Esq. The new leadership team will immediately transition into their roles joining COO Chris Lodge in daily operations.

"By unanimous decision, our board of directors voted to hire Mr. Tribolet, Mr. Mass and Mr. Gaspari to lead our company. They're joining an operational team that has been hard at work constructing our New York fiber ring and preparing for construction of our data center and fiber infrastructure. We feel this management team will keep UFD on the forefront of data transference and storage, while positioning the company for future success," said UFD Chairman Chad Taylor.

United Fiber & Data recently began construction of a 13-mile metro fiber ring in Lower Manhattan that interconnects with the city's largest hotel carriers. The company has secured a plethora of long-term contracts with some of the industry's top clients. The company also plans on breaking ground for its first Tier-4 data center in York, Pennsylvania later this year. UFD is constructing a diverse long-haul fiber backbone that extends from Manhattan to Ashburn, Virginia.

"I'm an executive who prides myself on working with companies that disrupt the status quo and break new ground. During my tenure at Vonage, we made the telecommunication's industry rethink their entire game plan. There is tremendous potential that United Fiber & Data can do the same. My job is to harness the hard work of the founders and couple it with my team's industry intelligence to create and deliver on our objectives," said Acting CEO Michael Tribolet.

On July 13, 2014, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett awarded a $5 million Economic Growth Initiative Grant to United Fiber & Data. Corbett said, "Economic Growth Initiatives are energizing local economies around our state. United Fiber & Data saw the promise that its involvement in downtown York could bring to revitalizing the community. This project will serve as a technology hub and bring good paying jobs back to the downtown."

United Fiber & Data is a private entity owned by an investment group that includes members of the multiplatinum rock band LIVE, racing legend Michael Andretti and Bruins Principal Charlie Jacobs.

Professional Biographies (in alphabetical order):

Charles (Chuck) Gaspari, Esq. - Business Development Advisor

Mr. Charles (Chuck) Gaspari, Esq. is the Business Development Advisor for United Fiber & Data. His professional experience in strategic business consulting and business development has provided him opportunities to partner with chief executives and senior officers at numerous firms on strategic planning and operations focusing on start-up development, marketing, sales, mergers, acquisitions and corporate policies and practices. A member of the Florida Bar and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, he is also a licensed investment banker.

Prior to joining United Fiber & Data, Mr. Gaspari was a founding partner of Ascent3, a specialist expert services firm assisting business clients in protecting their value in the face of critical business risks and opportunities. Before Ascent3, he was the founder of G&G Sports and Entertainment Group, a business development and consulting firm serving sports and entertainment industry professionals. Prior to G&G, Mr. Gaspari served as Director of Operations for the sports and entertainment media consulting firm Sports Media Group, where he managed the company's business affairs for clients including the Commissioner's Offices for the NBA and Major League Baseball, 14 major league baseball teams, four NBA teams, five NHL teams and the LPGA, PGA, WTA and ATP Tours.

Mr. Gaspari possesses significant legal experience, handling corporate, transactional, real estate, construction and litigation matters during his practice at a Florida law firm. He previously worked as a law clerk to the Hon. Ann E. Vitunac, United States Magistrate for the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Gaspari also served as White House Staff assistant and Advance Representative to then Vice President George H. W. Bush, coordinating logistics, protocol and security details for Mr. Bush's foreign and domestic events.

Mr. Gaspari received his bachelor's degree in history and literature from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law. He also attended University College London and the University of London.

Brian Mass - Acting Chief Financial Officer
(United Fiber & Data)

Mr. Brian Mass is Acting Chief Financial Officer for United Fiber & Data. His professional experience in the investment banking and information technology industry spans more than 15 years.

Prior to joining United Fiber & Data, he was a founding partner of Ascent3, a specialist expert services firm assisting business clients in protecting their value in the face of critical business risks and opportunities.

Before Ascent3, Mr. Mass was a director in Citigroup's Global Technology Investment Banking Group, specializing in corporate finance and advisory services for global services and IT infrastructure companies. While at Citigroup, he executed more than $70 billion in transactions, including $6.5 billion in financing and $10 billion in acquisitions for IBM. He also oversaw the $14 billion sale of EDS to HP and performed numerous financing and advisory services for firms such as Accenture, EXL Service, Hewitt, interxion, SAIC, SRA, TeleTech, Unisys, West and Wipro.

Prior to Citigroup, Mr. Mass was an analyst for Rho Ventures, a venture capital firm holding more than $2 billion under management.

Mr. Mass holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and is FINRA Series 7 (General Securities Representative) and Series 63 (Uniform Securities Agent) registered.

Michael Tribolet - Acting Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Michael Tribolet is Acting Chief Executive Officer for United Fiber & Data. Before joining United Fiber & Data, he served as CEO and Managing Director of ACN Europe, managing more than $500 million in annual revenues in direct marketing sales for telecommunications, broadband and energy products. Prior to ACN Europe, Mr. Tribolet served as President at VONAGE, where he expanded the company from zero to 2.6 million paying customers and increased revenues from $0 to 663 million in less than five years. During his tenure at VONAGE, Mr. Tribolet raised $1 billion while overseeing sales, marketing, customer care and various operational functions including system operations and applications management, carrier relations, network operations, logistics and quality assurance.

Mr. Tribolet has also held positions as Vice President of Operations at Dilpad Communications and as President of Data Products International, where he directed the global development of Internet telephony services.

Mr. Tribolet is a results-driven entrepreneur with extensive experience in building and selling fast-growth, high-tech small business, enterprise networks and consumer-based businesses. His areas of expertise cover administration, business development, customer care, marketing, operations, sales, strategy and overall management of companies.

With more than 20 years of experience building private and publicly-owned companies with cross-border operations, Mr. Tribolet is a recognized leader at developing plans needed to manage business growth and strategy while establishing and achieving the necessary tactical milestones to manage company growth.

About United Fiber & Data
United Fiber & Data, headquartered in York, Pennsylvania, is an emerging telecommunications company with operations in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Media Contact:
Jaymie Scotto & Associates
866-695-3629 x14
Email Contact

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

@ThingsExpo Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that HPM Networks will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For 20 years, HPM Networks has been integrating technology solutions that solve complex business challenges. HPM Networks has designed solutions for both SMB and enterprise customers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
For IoT to grow as quickly as analyst firms’ project, a lot is going to fall on developers to quickly bring applications to market. But the lack of a standard development platform threatens to slow growth and make application development more time consuming and costly, much like we’ve seen in the mobile space. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mike Weiner, Product Manager of the Omega DevCloud with KORE Telematics Inc., discussed the evolving requirements for developers as IoT matures and conducted a live demonstration of how quickly application development can happen when the need to comply wit...
The Internet of Everything (IoE) brings together people, process, data and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before – transforming information into knowledge and knowledge into wisdom. IoE creates new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented opportunities to improve business and government operations, decision making and mission support capabilities.
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Red Hat's Chief Architect for the Internet of Things and Intelligent Systems, described how to revolutionize your archit...
MuleSoft has announced the findings of its 2015 Connectivity Benchmark Report on the adoption and business impact of APIs. The findings suggest traditional businesses are quickly evolving into "composable enterprises" built out of hundreds of connected software services, applications and devices. Most are embracing the Internet of Things (IoT) and microservices technologies like Docker. A majority are integrating wearables, like smart watches, and more than half plan to generate revenue with APIs within the next year.
Growth hacking is common for startups to make unheard-of progress in building their business. Career Hacks can help Geek Girls and those who support them (yes, that's you too, Dad!) to excel in this typically male-dominated world. Get ready to learn the facts: Is there a bias against women in the tech / developer communities? Why are women 50% of the workforce, but hold only 24% of the STEM or IT positions? Some beginnings of what to do about it! In her Opening Keynote at 16th Cloud Expo, Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager Cloud Ecosystem and Developers, and a Social Business Evangelist, d...
In his keynote at 16th Cloud Expo, Rodney Rogers, CEO of Virtustream, discussed the evolution of the company from inception to its recent acquisition by EMC – including personal insights, lessons learned (and some WTF moments) along the way. Learn how Virtustream’s unique approach of combining the economics and elasticity of the consumer cloud model with proper performance, application automation and security into a platform became a breakout success with enterprise customers and a natural fit for the EMC Federation.
The Internet of Things is not only adding billions of sensors and billions of terabytes to the Internet. It is also forcing a fundamental change in the way we envision Information Technology. For the first time, more data is being created by devices at the edge of the Internet rather than from centralized systems. What does this mean for today's IT professional? In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed this very serious issue of profound change in the industry.
Discussions about cloud computing are evolving into discussions about enterprise IT in general. As enterprises increasingly migrate toward their own unique clouds, new issues such as the use of containers and microservices emerge to keep things interesting. In this Power Panel at 16th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed the state of cloud computing today, and what enterprise IT professionals need to know about how the latest topics and trends affect their organization.
It is one thing to build single industrial IoT applications, but what will it take to build the Smart Cities and truly society-changing applications of the future? The technology won’t be the problem, it will be the number of parties that need to work together and be aligned in their motivation to succeed. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jason Mondanaro, Director, Product Management at Metanga, discussed how you can plan to cooperate, partner, and form lasting all-star teams to change the world and it starts with business models and monetization strategies.
Converging digital disruptions is creating a major sea change - Cisco calls this the Internet of Everything (IoE). IoE is the network connection of People, Process, Data and Things, fueled by Cloud, Mobile, Social, Analytics and Security, and it represents a $19Trillion value-at-stake over the next 10 years. In her keynote at @ThingsExpo, Manjula Talreja, VP of Cisco Consulting Services, discussed IoE and the enormous opportunities it provides to public and private firms alike. She will share what businesses must do to thrive in the IoE economy, citing examples from several industry sectors.
There will be 150 billion connected devices by 2020. New digital businesses have already disrupted value chains across every industry. APIs are at the center of the digital business. You need to understand what assets you have that can be exposed digitally, what their digital value chain is, and how to create an effective business model around that value chain to compete in this economy. No enterprise can be complacent and not engage in the digital economy. Learn how to be the disruptor and not the disruptee.
Akana has released Envision, an enhanced API analytics platform that helps enterprises mine critical insights across their digital eco-systems, understand their customers and partners and offer value-added personalized services. “In today’s digital economy, data-driven insights are proving to be a key differentiator for businesses. Understanding the data that is being tunneled through their APIs and how it can be used to optimize their business and operations is of paramount importance,” said Alistair Farquharson, CTO of Akana.
Business as usual for IT is evolving into a "Make or Buy" decision on a service-by-service conversation with input from the LOBs. How does your organization move forward with cloud? In his general session at 16th Cloud Expo, Paul Maravei, Regional Sales Manager, Hybrid Cloud and Managed Services at Cisco, discusses how Cisco and its partners offer a market-leading portfolio and ecosystem of cloud infrastructure and application services that allow you to uniquely and securely combine cloud business applications and services across multiple cloud delivery models.
The enterprise market will drive IoT device adoption over the next five years. In his session at @ThingsExpo, John Greenough, an analyst at BI Intelligence, division of Business Insider, analyzed how companies will adopt IoT products and the associated cost of adopting those products. John Greenough is the lead analyst covering the Internet of Things for BI Intelligence- Business Insider’s paid research service. Numerous IoT companies have cited his analysis of the IoT. Prior to joining BI Intelligence, he worked analyzing bank technology for Corporate Insight and The Clearing House Payment...
"Optimal Design is a technology integration and product development firm that specializes in connecting devices to the cloud," stated Joe Wascow, Co-Founder & CMO of Optimal Design, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
SYS-CON Events announced today that CommVault has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. A singular vision – a belief in a better way to address current and future data management needs – guides CommVault in the development of Singular Information Management® solutions for high-performance data protection, universal availability and simplified management of data on complex storage networks. CommVault's exclusive single-platform architecture gives companies unp...
Electric Cloud and Arynga have announced a product integration partnership that will bring Continuous Delivery solutions to the automotive Internet-of-Things (IoT) market. The joint solution will help automotive manufacturers, OEMs and system integrators adopt DevOps automation and Continuous Delivery practices that reduce software build and release cycle times within the complex and specific parameters of embedded and IoT software systems.
"ciqada is a combined platform of hardware modules and server products that lets people take their existing devices or new devices and lets them be accessible over the Internet for their users," noted Geoff Engelstein of ciqada, a division of Mars International, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Internet of Things is moving from being a hype to a reality. Experts estimate that internet connected cars will grow to 152 million, while over 100 million internet connected wireless light bulbs and lamps will be operational by 2020. These and many other intriguing statistics highlight the importance of Internet powered devices and how market penetration is going to multiply many times over in the next few years.