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Abhijit Phanse
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CEO

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Abhijit is the CEO of UnitedLayer, a premier North American Hybrid Cloud company. He is also the Managing Partner of Accelon Capital, a mid-market private equity firm, where he led the acquisition of UnitedLayer. He has 18 years of experience in starting, growing, and leading technology businesses. Previously, Abhijit co-founded Scintera (acquired by NYSE: INPHI and NASDAQ: MXIM) and was its CEO. Scintera is the leading provider of high performance signal processing semiconductors for networking and wireless applications. Prior to starting Scintera, Abhijit held management positions at National Semiconductor where he led the development and commercialization of three generations of Ethernet Networking products. Abhijit has an MS in Management from Stanford Business School, an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Central Florida, and a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He has authored numerous publications and has over 50 US patents. He enjoys wind surfing, hiking, and playing the guitar. He and his wife have two young sons.

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Edward Buck
Position: 
VP, Services and Support

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Edward Buck is Vice President of Services and Support at UnitedLayer. Buck's executive responsibility includes the design, delivery, and support of all UnitedLayer services. Prior to joining UnitedLayer, Buck founded ASPextra, a company focused on providing scalable and highly available managed hosting solutions. At ASPextra, Buck built a network and services delivery infrastructure comprising of multiple, geographically dispersed data centers serving customers in the US, Europe, and Asia. ASPextra was acquired by UnitedLayer in 2006. Prior to ASPextra, Buck was senior manager at Oracle, where his responsibilities included corporate business development, technology acquisitions, and strategic alliances. While serving at Oracle, Buck was deeply involved in the technical evaluation, acquisition of, and implementation of Internet and e-commerce technologies that shaped much of how the Internet evolved in its early years. Buck is a regular contributor to a number of open source projects. He received his B.A. from Pomona College.

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Aaron Hughes
Position: 
Chief Network Architect

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Aaron joined UnitedLayer in December of 2007 and is currently its Chief Network Architect. He brings more than 15 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and is responsible for all network topology planning, design, and operations. Aaron also works with the design team at Lockheed Martin Transformational Satellite (TSAT) Communications ground-based Mission Operations System (TMOS) program (a $2.02 billion cost-plus award fee contract). Prior to joining UnitedLayer, Aaron was VP of Technology at Terremark World Wide, Inc., a leading operator of integrated Tier-1 Network Access Points (NAPs) and best-in-class network services. Prior to joining Terremark, Aaron led operations, sales engineering and planning, and design as VP of Operations at YellowBrix - a content distribution company based on proprietary technology which uses Artificial Intelligence, linguistic pattern analysis, and entity identification to contextually analyze information and deliver it to clients. Aaron has also held network and system architecture roles at Certainty Solutions, Quest Technologies, RCN, UltraNet, and Channel 1 Communications.

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Alan Wong
Position: 
VP, Finance and Administration

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Alan Wong, Vice President of Finance and Administration, is responsible for the company’s finance, accounting, financial planning and administrative operations. Prior to joining UnitedLayer, Alan managed the finance and information technology organizations at Alta Devices, a solar technology company. He was responsible for running the finance and accounting operations and ensuring the seamless operation of IT services for the company. Alan has also held finance positions with Leadis Technologies, Spansion and AMD. Previously, he was a co-founder of Practice Fusion, the fastest growing electronic medical records company in the country. Alan was responsible for the growth of the company, including the development of its business model, business development and strategic partnerships. Alan holds a master's degree in business administration and an undergraduate degree in accounting. 

Dell Stortroen
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Chief of Facilities Engineering

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Dell has 30 years of experience as a California State C-10 Electrical Contractor designing complex electrical systems. He has been designing and building physical environments like power, cooling, and connectivity of UnitedLayer's datacenters. He is responsible for retrofitting existing datacenters and doing new datacenter build outs and expansions. Dell oversees regular preventative maintenance of all electrical and mechanical systems to ensure customer uptime and is also responsible for driving UnitedLayer's green datacenter initiatives. Dell is trained in shipboard operations and engineering. He attained leadership rank, rising from leading seaman and midshipman to chief helmsman and navigations officer, for a private oceanic research firm as a young 21-year old. Dell has done coursework in oceanography and limnology at University of Washington, Seattle, which has added to his scientific and engineering background. Dell is an avid golfer and sometimes musician with recording credits. Raised in San Francisco, he currently lives in nearby Sonoma County with his uber-tolerent wife of 31 years, Karen, and they have proudly produced two kids, now aged 20 & 23 years and going to nearby colleges.

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Jim Tennant
Position: 
VP Channel Sales

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As the VP of Channel Sales, Jim Tennant is focused on strengthening UnitedLayer's channel partner presence, including a nationwide rollout of enhanced training, marketing, technical support, and resources to help its partners generate greater sales opportunities for organizations moving to the cloud. Jim is a twenty-five-plus year veteran in the telecommunications market, spending the last seventeen years in a number of management roles with Fortune 500 companies such as XO Communications, AT&T, ICG Communications, Verizon, Covad, West IP and ShoreTel. Since 2007, Jim has been identifying, recruiting and managing Channel Partners with companies like Covad Communications, Smoothstone IP Communications, West IP, and most recently ShoreTel. Jim has designed and implemented successful channel programs that have included master agents such as Intelisys, MicroCorp, BCM, Avant, WTG and distributors like ScanSource and Ingram Micro.

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