(Gawkwire) – 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
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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