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Mr. Newby has amassed deep subject matter expertise and contacts in the telecom networking industry spanning 15 years. He is the Founder and CEO of Allied Fiber and prior to founding Allied Fiber, he was the Chief Strategy Officer and a Director of The Telx Group, Inc., one of the leading carrier hotel interconnection facility operators in the U.S. Under Mr. Newby’s direction, Telx successfully created an entirely new business model originating in New York City, expanding to Atlanta and ultimately nationwide and in the process built one of the strongest brand names for carrier-neutral, core interconnection facilities in the world. Mr. Newby is a recognized authority in the industry, has served on several Advisory Boards, is a published author, public speaker and the recipient of numerous awards including being named to the Global Telecoms Business Top 40 Under 40 in 2010. Mr. Newby earned a B.S. in Communications from Drexel University.


   

Mr. Raymond has over 13 years of experience in the telecom industry encompassing Executive Management, Legal, Operations Management, M&A, and Capital Raising. He previously served as CEO, President, COO, General Counsel, Controller and a Director of The Telx Group, Inc. during which time he guided the company through multiple financings, acquisitions, SEC registration and two sales to private equity firms. Prior to joining Telx, Mr. Raymond was a founder of Stratus Services Group, Inc., an engineering and staffing services company, and served as its General Counsel and Corporate Secretary managing the Legal and Investor Relations Departments and the M&A transaction and integration teams. During his tenure, he guided Stratus through multiple private capital raises, the acquisition of over a dozen businesses, and in April 2000, the Initial Public Offering of the company's stock on NASDAQ. Mr. Raymond earned a J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University and a B.S. in Finance from Fairfield University.

 

   

Mr. Cohen has over 27 years of experience in developing and operating new fiber optic, bulk communications transport and technology businesses. From 1998 to 2008, he served as Vice President and General Manager at Lightower Fiber Networks, previously KeySpan Communications, and created and launched the commercial communications business for KeySpan Energy. Mr. Cohen has managed the design and construction of over 250,000 fiber miles of new networks and hundreds of wireless tower sites throughout the U.S. and trans-Atlantic backhaul markets. In addition, he has expertise in building fiber networks along utility and railway Rights-of-Way as well as deploying high capacity transport systems. Mr. Cohen has a United States Patent for Video on Demand and for Economic Dispatch / SmartGrid. Mr. Cohen earned a B.S. in Electrical and Optical Engineering from the University of Rochester.

 

   

Mr. Escamilla is a seasoned and skilled financial executive with 26 years of diverse industry experience and expertise in leading finance and accounting departments, capital markets, M&A and SEC reporting. Prior to joining Allied Fiber, Mr. Escamilla worked as a financial advisor and consultant to the Company. He is a founding member and Managing Director of Sirenuse Capital Partners, LLC, a NYC-based boutique advisory and consulting firm. Mr. Escamilla previously served as the CFO and Treasurer of The Telx Group, Inc., where he worked closely with Mr. Newby and Mr. Raymond. During his tenure at Telx, he helped guide the company through several capital raises, roll-outs, acquisitions and, in 2006, its sale to a private equity firm. Mr. Escamilla earned MBA and B.S. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Connecticut, respectively. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mr. Opelt is an experienced executive in the Telecommunications industry, managing, developing, constructing and maintaining long distance, dark fiber networks for over 15 years.  He has developed strategic client relationships with carriers, cable operators, colleges and universities, enterprise customers, state and municipal entities, railroads, and other dark fiber providers.  Mr. Opelt has had ownership in a construction company specializing in telecommunications infrastructure and in a competitive access provider offering dark and dim fiber.  

Mr. Opelt has facilitated operational relationships with states and municipalities to expedite the permitting process for new construction and to provide for long-term maintenance of fiber optic networks.  Mr. Opelt has negotiated fiber “swaps” with other dark fiber providers and negotiated and managed joint telecommunication construction projects with multiple parties.  In order to expedite the installation of fiber optic infrastructure in railroad right-of-way, he has developed relationships with several railroads, including the Norfolk Southern Railroad.  He has worked as a consultant with The Management Network Group (TMNG), a firm focused on the communications marketplace, and as an independent consultant involved with US-based telecommunication organizations.  Outside of the Telecommunications industry, Mr. Opelt has served as a consultant in the energy field and managed a wholly owned subsidiary for a natural gas distribution company.  He has an MBA in Finance and Marketing. 

Proven Experise

The Allied Fiber team is a collection of experts in the fields of communications, network construction and finance.  All team members are 100% dedicated to building and delivering an abundant supply of dark fiber in areas where it is most needed.  

The Allied Fiber Management team includes:

Hunter Newby

Chief Executive Officer

J. Todd Raymond

President

Jason M. Cohen

Chief Operating Officer

Anthony "Tony" Escamilla

Chief Financial Officer

Patrick Opelt

Vice President Engineering/ Construction

 

 

 

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