Jeffrey Davis, Co-Founder, CEO & President
Randy Epstein, Co-Founder and Consultant
Lenny Chesal, VP of Strategic Sales & CMO
Cathy Davis, Controller & Corporate Secretary/Treasurer
Jeffrey Slapp, Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Chris Hollinger, Associate Director of Technical Operations
Daniel Calderon, Facility Director
Soraya Moreno, Director of Provisioning and Billing
Co-Founder, CEO & President
Davis founded Host.net along with Randy Epstein, and serves as its Chairman, CEO and President. He brings over 13 years of hands-on experience in systems integration, network setup and design, technical operations and management.
Prior to founding Host.net, Davis co-founded and was President and COO of Metro Fiberlink, Inc., a Delray Beach, Florida-based Data CLEC providing low-cost, high-reliability Internet service for the enterprise market. Davis was also the Senior Technology Advisor to the CEO of US Data Authority, Inc., a national T1 and T3 NSP. At US Data, Davis advised and assisted the company with their 40-market network rollout as well as in designing the company's Network Operations Center in Boca Raton, Florida.
Davis’ reputation in the business and technology community has generated invitations to speak on panels on a variety of topics including VoIP, security and entrepreneurship, including participation in the South Florida Technology Alliance’s ”Meet the Tech CEO's" panel discussion. Davis has also been recognized for his ability to negotiate the difficult landscape of the technology community as a young entrepreneur.
A proponent of supporting other young professionals with similar aggressive goals and aspirations, Davis has made significant contributions to the Nova Southeastern University’s Huizenga School of Entrepreneurship.
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Co-Founder and Consultant
Epstein founded BroadbandONE, Host.net’s parent company, along with Jeffrey Davis and serves as its President. He brings over 20 years of experience in direct network design, operations, and staff management. His responsibilities at BroadbandONE include mergers and acquisitions, as well as the integration of acquired companies into the BroadbandONE network and product line. Epstein has also taken a keen interest in building settlement-free interconnection (peering) relationships with other industry-leading networks.
Epstein also serves on the Board of Directors of Open Contributors Corporation for Advanced Internet Development (OCCAID) and has been recognized for his significant donations and contributions to the organization’s activities. OCCAID is a not-for-profit education and Internet engineering network designed to create a collaborative environment that allows network researchers and individuals with self-interest in the anatomy of Internet routing to interconnect into a global network for training and development purposes. As a provider of the next-generation global IPv6 Internet, OCCAID is also an incubator for the development of the IPv6 Internet in North America providing IPv6 migration assistance to participants and industry partners.
Epstein co-founded and was CTO of Metro FiberLink, Inc., a Data CLEC providing low-cost high-reliability Internet service for the enterprise market. He also co-founded and served as Chief Technology Officer of Money.net Incorporated, which runs the respected Money.net business and financial web site. His background also includes Host Internet Network Services, a national high-speed Internet solutions provider he founded in 1995; WIZnet, an electronic commerce and Internet provider; Internet Gateway Connections, which he co-founded as the first company to offer Internet access using ISDN technology in Florida; and Automated Business Corporation, where he designed and developed multiple network solutions for companies including Akzo-Nobel, Sherwin Williams, BASF and DuPont.
Epstein started his career in computers and communication solutions when he founded and served as President of FASST Computronics, where he designed and developed bulletin board software for the Commodore 64 and 128 lines of 8-bit computers. FASST became an authorized Commodore Amiga reseller under his direction.
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VP of Strategic Sales & CMO
Chesal has been Host.net's Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Strategic Sales since January 2004. He is responsible for the company’s sales, marketing and business development initiatives, building on more than 25 years of diversified experience in sales, marketing and executive management.
Chesal previously worked for BellSouth, Teleport Communications Group (TCG), AT&T, Florida Digital Network, Teleplace, WebUnited and ProtectPoint in a variety of increasingly senior positions. He spearheaded initiatives for the planning, development and implementation of the go-to-market strategies for the voice, data, and managed network security services offered by those companies.
Chesal is involved in various civic, non-profit, and industry organizations including the President of the South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA), American Cancer Society-Relay for Life (Past Chair), Big Brothers Big Sisters, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Partner Council, Cystic Fibrosis Volunteer Leadership Initiative (VLI), Infotech Workforce Development Initiative (IWDI), NSU-Huizenga School of Entrepreneurship, Deerfield Beach Founders’ Days (Past President), and the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival and Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo Committee. He was named Volunteer of the Year by the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce for his dedication to the community and his work with the American Cancer Society. Chesal shares his talents as the drummer for the World Famous Low Tides and several other local bands.
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Controller & Corporate Secretary/Treasurer
Davis joined Host.net in October 2005 in the accounting department. Today she serves as the company's Controller and Corporate Secretary/Treasurer, overseeing all financial functions including annual audits, monthly financial reporting, budget preparation, cash management and all accounts payable and payroll functions.
Prior to joining Host.net, Davis was CFO of Martex Distributors, a fiberglass insulation distributor and installer from its inception in 1977 until the sale of the company to Gale Industries, a wholly owned subsidiary of Masco Corporation (NYSE:MAS) in 1999.
Davis attended the University of Miami where she majored in Accounting and Business Administration.
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Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Slapp joined Host.net in July 2009, following the company’s acquisition of Fairway Consulting Group. He is the architect of the company’s next-generation global private enterprise cloud solution, which delivers private cloud computing services for companies ranging from SMEs to large enterprises.
Slapp has over 12 years of virtualization technology experience including architecting, deploying and supporting large-scale distributed virtual server and virtual storage installations, as well as software development solutions enhancing the underlying virtual technology platform.
Drawing on his background, Slapp deployed best-of-breed virtualization technology in combination with Host.net's diverse network and facilities infrastructure to deliver one of the market’s most robust and flexible distributed virtualization platforms. He is also a strong advocate of leveraging this distributed architecture to foster the industry's adoption of federated virtualization services.
Prior to Host.net, Slapp founded and served as President and CEO of Fairway Consulting Group, a premier VMware and DataCore solutions provider in South Florida. He previously worked for Citrix Systems as a Software Test and Development Engineer in the Performance and Scalability division, Iron Mountain as an Enterprise Systems Team Lead, and The Pennsylvania State University as a Manager of Information Systems.
Slapp attended Pennsylvania State University, where he majored in astrophysics with a minor in computer science.
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Associate Director of Technical Operations
Hollinger joined Host.net in April 2010. He is responsible for operations and management of the Network Operations Center. He works directly with key customer contacts, as well as our Customer Support, Sales and Engineering groups to address any customer concerns; while at times, directly leading the troubleshooting efforts for complex issues. His primary role is to maintain and continuously improve customer support through procedural refinements.
Hollinger has 12 years of operational experience in the ISP/Datacenter environment establishing and maintaining support processes and implementing product, environment and process improvements that allow improved support productivity and elimination of repetitive problems and issues.
Prior to joining Host.net, Hollinger pursued a degree in Engineering from Florida Atlantic University.
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Calderon joined Host.net in October 2006 as its Facility Director. He oversees the day-to-day needs of each of the company’s data centers as well as setting long-range goals for achieving optimum performance, reliability and sustainability at each site.
Calderon started his career as a Network Manager for Mid Manhattan Medical in New York City, where he oversaw network administration for more than 30 sites on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. He later worked as a network technician/engineer for Equinix, Inc. at their facilities in Newark and Secaucus, New Jersey.
Calderon moved to Florida to join the Host.net team. His skills range from specialized Liebert training on UPS equipment and switchgear to more than eight years of hands-on HVAC and generator training.
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Director of Provisioning and Billing
Moreno joined Host.net in September 2007 as the Director of Provisioning and Billing when Host.net acquired WebUnited/Expedient Florida from Continental Broadband. She oversees vendor communication, installations, and accounts receivables, drawing on her extensive experience in vendor management, auditing, accounting, and financial analysis of mergers and acquisitions.
Moreno has played an important role in evolving and streamlining the provisioning department at Host.net. She has been instrumental in creating the policies and procedures necessary to provide customers the best possible installation experience and smooth transition to Host.net services.
Prior to joining Host.net, Moreno served as the Provisioning Manager and Assistant Controller for Continental Broadband Florida d/b/a WebUnited. She enjoyed a successful seven-year tenure with WebUnited where she started in the accounting department and assumed successive responsibilities in the areas of human resources, provisioning, billing and payables.
Moreno holds a degree in accounting from Florida Atlantic University.
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