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 the need for any physical infrastructure.


Rich Lee

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.

Peter Sprygada

Chief Technology Officer

Peter brings over 20 years of software development, network engineering and operations of global network infrastructures to the Pureport team.

Prior to Pureport, Peter held the position of Distinguished Engineer at Red Hat, where he served as chief architect for the Ansible Automation Platform. He has also held senior leadership positions in engineering and product management at Arista and Cisco in addition to various startups.

With a proven track record of delivering scalable network operations platforms, Peter brings a deep emphasis on transforming network operations through software development and operational excellence. Peter has contributed to standards specifications and has been awarded multiple patents in network configuration automation.

Theresa Donato

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.

Gary McAuliffe

Vice President of Sales

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.

Kevin Smith

Vice President of Engineering

Kevin Smith brings over 20 years of software engineering and management experience to the Pureport team.

Prior to joining Pureport, Kevin was a Senior Engineering Manager at CircleCI, where he managed teams responsible for the execution of thousands of customer builds every day.

Over the course of his career he’s served as both a technical and management leader including Query Engine Team Lead at Basho Technologies, Vice President of Engineering at Chef, Engineering Manager – Data Pipelines at Planet Labs, and Senior Engineering Manager – Real Time Bidding at AdRoll.

Kevin earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from California State University, Stanislaus.

Johnson Cauthen

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.