Bob DeSantis - CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Bob DeSantis is an accomplished executive and entrepreneur who has held senior leadership positions in public and private, competitive and regulated companies within the communications, technology, and energy industries. He has been a leader in acquiring, building and growing businesses and arranging for their initial public offerings and other strategic events. Bob’s expertise spans strategy, operations, finance, corporate law, real estate, and mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to becoming the CEO of 365 Data Centers, Bob was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Xand, which became the leading, privately owned, data center, managed services and cloud services operator in the Northeast prior to its sale to Tierpoint. His previous technology and communications experience includes serving as President and COO of cloud operator Flexisphere, CFO of DSL.net, a nationwide internet service provider, CFO of Electric Lightwave, a metro and long haul fiber business, Executive Vice President of core optical switch manufacturer Tellium, and CFO of Frontier Communications (f/k/a Citizens Communications) during that company’s transformation from a diversified utility to one of the nation’s largest telecommunications companies.
Bob started his career as a Tax Specialist at KPMG and then as a Tax Attorney with GTE Corp. He broadened his professional expertise by serving as President & COO of the Financial Accounting Foundation, the overseer of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), and was named by CPA Magazine as one of the top 100 most influential practitioners.
Bob holds both BSE and MS degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School) and a Juris Doctorate degree from Boston College Law School. He is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the Bars of several state and federal courts.
Steven Amelio - CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Steven Amelio is the company’s CFO and has over 20 years of senior executive leadership experience.
Steven joined 365 Data Centers in September of 2019 and oversees accounting and reporting, treasury, corporate finance, tax compliance and planning, financial planning and analysis, and human resources. For the past 12 years, Steven has been Chief Financial Officer of several private equity backed growth companies. In these roles Steven has overseen and been involved in all aspects of financial and business operations, including M&A and financings.
Prior to his private company experience, Steven had a successful 20-year career as a public company financial executive. His experience includes serving as Chief Accounting Officer with United States Surgical Corporation and Tyco Healthcare Group LP, and then spending 10 years as the Divisional Chief Financial Officer at Tyco Healthcare Group LP, and Covidien, PLC (now Medtronic). In addition to overseeing a global finance organization, Steven was heavily involved in SEC reporting and several merger and acquisitions while always maintaining best in class internal controls and commercial execution.
Steven began his career in accounting working for the United States Bankruptcy Court appointed Trustee of O.P.M. Leasing Services, an early leader in leasing technology.
Steven has an MBA in Finance and a BBA in Accounting from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. While CFO of Paradigm Spine, LLC, a medical device company, he was recognized in Becker’s Spine Review as an Industry Leader to Know.
Sam Zurzolo - VICE PRESIDENT, DATA CENTER OPERATIONS
Sam Zurzolo is a data center industry leader and veteran with more than 20 years of experience in the fields of facility engineering and management. Sam came to 365 Data Centers in 2003 as a Senior Facility Engineer and has been promoted throughout his tenure to Vice President, Data Center Operations. Sam oversees the data center facility and network operations/customer service center activities and staff at all 12 of 365’s geographically diverse edge data center sites. In his role, he is responsible for maintaining uptime, certification compliance, and reliability while improving the efficiency of data center operations for customers. Sam held key facility engineering positions at Equinix, Switch and Data, and Clearblue Technologies. Sam also served in the U.S Navy as an instructor specializing in fiber optic theory, design, installation and maintenance.
Soraya Moreno - VICE PRESIDENT, PROVISIONING & PROCUREMENT
Soraya joined 365 Data Centers as Director, Network Services upon the acquisition of Host.net in September 2017 and has been promoted throughout her tenure to Vice President, Provisioning & Procurement. Boasting extensive experience in colocation, network, and other managed service products and pricing, network elements and operations, vendor management, customer contracts and service, and financial analysis, she oversees the provisioning of the Company’s services, vendor relationships, and the procurement of services and equipment.
Since becoming a part of the 365 team, Soraya has played an integral role in expanding the company’s network capabilities, advancing its provisioning function, and enhancing our business processes. She is instrumental in spearheading the policies and procedures that provide customers with the best installation experience and smoothest transition when switching to 365 services.
Prior to joining 365, Soraya served as Director of Billing and Provisioning for Host.net for 10 years where she managed billing, provisioning, sales engineering, and network connectivity. She began her career in 2000 at WebUnited in accounting and achieved increasing responsibilities in human resources, financial reporting, provisioning, billing, and payables due to her effective leadership and dedication to customer service and efficiency.
Karen Passaro - VICE PRESIDENT AND CONTROLLER
Karen Passaro joined 365 Data Centers as Director, Accounting in April 2017 and has progressed to Vice President and Controller. Bringing over 40 years of experience in accounting practices spanning a diverse range of communications and technology businesses, Karen oversees 365’s accounting and reporting team including Billing & Collections, Accounts Payable, General Accounting, and Reporting.
As an indispensable leader, Karen ensures the consistency and integrity of the Company’s accounting records and financial reporting by establishing and monitoring accounting policies, procedures, and internal controls. In addition to her responsibilities with the day-to-day practices of our accounting team, Karen oversees the integration of accounting functions, processes, and systems with respect to business acquisitions, and has been instrumental in building a scalable back office for 365.
Prior to 365, Karen held key accounting roles in the data center industry as Accounting Director at Xand, and then at TierPoint, and many years of increasing responsibility including both Supervisor and Director of Revenue Accounting at Frontier Communications. Karen has extensive experience overseeing accounting teams, analyzing financial results, ensuring proper revenue recognition and accurate financial reporting, and managing audit activities.
Karen earned a degree in Accounting from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Jeff Slapp - VICE PRESIDENT, CLOUD & MANAGED SERVICES
Jeff Slapp is a senior technologist and system architect with 20 years of experience in the fields of virtualization, enterprise architecture and software development. Jeff joined the Company in March 2018 as Vice President, Cloud Services & Support. Jeff leads the systems engineering team and is responsible for overseeing the cloud platform environment, research and development for future platform enhancements and supporting the revenue generating efforts across all cloud and managed services.
In addition, Jeff plays a critical role between technology and customer requirements and the solutions which unify them. Having previously been an entrepreneur, he understands the challenges that today’s businesses face. Jeff’s passion for technology coupled with his empathetic approach to customer service is what sets 365 Data Centers apart from the competition in a high-tech industry that desperately needs more of the human element.
Early in his career, Jeff managed information systems at Penn State University and led engineering teams at Iron Mountain and Citrix Systems. He then founded a successful technology consulting firm focused on the newly emerging x86 virtualization market. The firm quickly became a premier solution provider of virtualization technology and hosting solutions for customers all over south Florida and the Caribbean before it was acquired by Host.net in 2009. Jeff continued on with Host.net as VP of Virtualization Services and then as CTO designing and deploying what would later become one of the most resilient service provider cloud platforms, achieving more than five years of continuous uptime for its enterprise customers. Most recently, Jeff directed the North American systems engineering team at DataCore Software, a software-defined storage vendor..
Jeff studied astrophysics and computer science at Penn State University and is a US Navy veteran.
James Ashton - VICE PRESIDENT, NETWORK OPERATIONS
James joined 365 Data Centers in March of 2018 as Director, Network Engineering. Having worked in the network and data center industry for over 20 years, he brings extensive experience in network design, engineering, operations, and peering. James oversees and assures best practices within 365’s network operations and engineering, as well as collaborating with our sales, cloud, and managed services teams to provide new and robust products to meet our customers’ needs.
With the objective of keeping 365 on the leading edge of network solutions, James offers customers and partners a broad array of network product knowledge enabling 365 to deliver high performance and cost effective services to our customers. Leading 365’s network upgrade initiatives, he has insured that our network continues to advance with the latest technology and is able to meet the evolving needs of our customers.
Prior to joining 365, James architected and operated the network for WOW!, one of the largest internet service providers in the U.S, and managed Engineering and Operations for eSolutions, a data center service provider. Previously, James operated networks for web hosting, data center, and residential and commercial network service providers. Having operated and designed networks for all segments of the network industry, he has a unique perspective on meeting the needs of our varied customer base.