Breaking Barriers to the Cloud
Pureport is revolutionizing the way organizations connect to the cloud. Led by seasoned entrepreneurs and an experienced technical team familiar with the burdens of cloud migration, Pureport leveraged this solid foundation to create a self-service model for on-demand cloud connectivity. Pureport’s intuitive, self-service console allows organizations to privately interconnect sites and cloud providers, in minutes, without then need for any physical infrastructure.
Chief Executive Officer
A seasoned, passionate entrepreneur, Rich has led several technology companies over the course of his 30-year career.
In 2001, Rich was founder and CEO of Hosted Solutions. Through organic growth and timely acquisitions, Hosted Solutions was acquired in 2008 for $144 million by ABRY Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm. Rich remained CEO of the ABRY-backed Hosted Solutions for two years, and his leadership cemented a sale to Windstream for $310 million in December 2010.
Prior to forming Hosted Solutions, Rich founded MPInet in 1996, which quickly grew to become the largest privately held ISP in Florida. MPInet was acquired in 1999 by Duro Communications. As an executive at Duro Communications, Rich acquired, integrated, and managed more than 15 acquisitions for the company.
Rich has received a number of accolades in his career, including five consecutive Triangle Business Journal Fast 50 awards, Triangle Business Leader’s “Impact Entrepreneur” in 2008, and the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Technology in 2009.
Rich earned a Bachelor of Science in Building Sciences from Auburn University.
Chief Technology Officer
With over 15 years of engineering experience at numerous startups, Doug has a proven track record for bringing innovative, scalable technologies to market. Formerly, Doug served in lead technical roles at four startup companies, three of which were successfully acquired.
Most recently, Doug was Chief Technology Officer at Pattern Heath. Prior to this role, Doug spent five years at Digitalsmiths, which was later acquired by TiVo and again by Rovi Corporation. He also held software architect roles at Fineline Prototyping and Motricity.
Doug earned a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from North Carolina State University.
Chief Marketing Officer
With more than 20 years of marketing experience in the technology industry, Billy has a successful track record of bringing new technologies and applications to market.
Prior to Pureport, Billy directed marketing and sales operations at Digitalsmiths, a personalized video discovery platform acquired by TiVo for $135 million. He went on to lead marketing efforts for TiVo’s Personalized Content Discovery business unit. Previously, Billy was Vice President of Marketing for Health Decisions, where he established the company as the technology solutions leader in agile clinical development. Prior to Health Decisions, Billy headed global marketing efforts for ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), a leading e-commerce software provider.
Vice President of Finance
Theresa has 19 years of experience in finance and administration across technology, consumer goods, and manufacturing industries. Theresa is passionate about teamwork, operational efficiency, and achieving both short and long-term revenue and profit goals.
Most recently, Theresa managed financial planning and analysis for TiVo’s Personalized Content Discovery business unit. Prior to TiVo, Theresa spent nine years at Unilever in various finance positions of increasing responsibility. Theresa began her career in Pratt & Whitney’s Financial Leadership Program at United Technologies Corporation.
Theresa earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration, with a dual concentration in finance and international studies from Bryant University. Following her undergraduate studies, Theresa earned a Master’s in business administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Vice President of Sales
Samantha is a veteran of technology sales, and she has achieved great success both as an individual contributor and as a sales leader. She is passionate about customer success, and active in the local entrepreneurship community.
Prior to Pureport, Samantha was Vice President of Sales for the mid-Atlantic region at Tierpoint. While under Samantha’s management, the team was recognized as one of the top performing regions in the company for three consecutive years. Before Tierpoint, Samantha was the Director of Account Management for Windstream Hosted Solutions where she received accolades for the top performing sales division in the company.
Samantha is a member of the CED Development committee, and she formerly served on the board of the NC Women’s Forum and as an NCTA Ambassador. She also launched a cloud grants program for early-stage companies, and is a supporter of The Frankie Lemmon School.
Samantha earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina.
Vice President of Sales for Strategic Partnerships
Gary brings more than 25 years of experience in technology sales, marketing and business development to the Pureport team.
Most recently, Gary was Vice President of Strategic Accounts for Mattersight Corporation-an analytics software provider in the Customer Experience (CX) industry. Prior to Mattersight, Gary held the following roles: SVP of Sales and Marketing for Innovari, Sales Director for Silver Spring Networks, and the co-owner of Theorem Geo Associates. Beginning in 2002, Gary was GM for the northeast region and a member of the senior management team at Hosted Solutions. Hosted Solutions was acquired in 2008 by ABRY Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm.
Gary earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University.
Vice President of Engineering
Prior to joining Pureport, David spent nine years working with video metadata and REST APIs as a Senior Software Engineer for Digitalsmiths, which was later acquired by TiVo.
Formerly, David held various software engineering roles at Fortress Technologies, a wireless network security company, and at Shortgrass Technologies, Inc., where he architected software for networking and displaying a GPS-based distancing system for golf courses. David also spent several years as a software engineer at The Chicago Board of Trade.
David earned a Bachelor of Arts in classics from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and completed required coursework for both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science.
Vice President of Solutions Engineering
Johnson brings nearly 25 years of technology experience including networking, hosting, and general IT to the Pureport team.
Before joining Pureport, Johnson was Vice President of Solutions Engineering for the south region at TierPoint. In addition to receiving recognition as top pre-sales performers, Johnson and his team contributed heavily to product development and release efforts. Johnson has also held numerous operational IT leadership roles at several companies, including Hosted Solutions, Florida Digital Network (a mid-sized CLEC) and MPInet (a mid-sized ISP), and Forestry Resources (a mid-sized manufacturing company).
Johnson earned a Bachelor of Arts in technical writing from the University of Central Florida.
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