The DataGryd team has more than 100 years of combined experience, including owning and operating data centers, acquiring real estate for institutional investors, and overseeing telecommunications network construction and engineering projects. Each member of the team has held upper management roles at major companies within related industries and enjoys applying their knowledge at DataGryd.
Chief Executive Officer
Tom Brown is DataGryd’s President and CEO, responsible for planning and implementing the company’s strategy, and managing the overall revenue growth of the company. Mr. Brown joined DataGryd in 2018 and brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in start-up, turnaround and high-growth operations. He has a proven track record of success in strategic and tactical market development, creation of brand awareness and customer relationship management. Prior to joining DataGryd, Mr. Brown led the content, cable, and data center verticals within Windstream’s Wholesale Business Unit. From 1999 to 2009, he was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at FiberNet Telecom Group, Inc., where he was an integral part in the sale of the company to the Zayo Group. Mr. Brown earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS
Mr. Valhuerdi has over 25 years of management experience in the telecommunications and data center fields. He served as Vice President of Engineering for Zayo Colocation, Vice President of Infrastructure for FiberNet Telecom Group, Inc., and previously held various engineering and construction management positions within Bell Atlantic.
Mr. Valhuerdi holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College, an M.S. in Information Systems from Polytechnic Institute of New York University as well as a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. He also holds a Project Management Professional certification and is EIT certified.
VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES
Bill Betz brings more than 30 years of success driving large global sales and marketing teams to increased revenue and market share. He recently served as the vice president of sales at Sky Technology Partners, where he gained knowledge and insight into various cutting edge technologies and services, including software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN), hyperscale data center facilities, and software-, platform-, and infrastructure-as-a-service solutions.
Prior to his time with Sky Technology partners he held the position of vice president of sales at INAP, BT Radianz and Quality Technology Services.
VICE PRESIDENT OF DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Mr. Gjokaj brings more than 25 years of progressive design, construction and maintenance of mission critical infrastructure and facilities. Sander has spent 20 years as a Principal, Senior Manager and Vice President in a variety of industries, including real estate, construction, communications, media and entertainment. Sander’s previous employers include Home Box Office (HBO) Inc., a New York-based media and entertainment company where he served as Global Vice President of Facilities Operations & Engineering. He also served as Senior Manager of CORE Engineering for XO Communications, a leading nationwide provider of advanced communications services and was a Principal at PowerTech Electrical & Engineering Corp., a full service electrical and engineering firm. Sander studied Physics and Electrical Engineering at Pace University and holds certifications and licenses with the FCC and NYSBEC.
Mr. Hamid has 23 years of combined experience in Accounting and Taxation. Previously he was partner and controller at Mobile Hype for two years. Before joining Mobile Hype he worked as a Manager of Financial Reporting at AIG for three years. From 2006 to 2009 he also served as Controller for the Fibernet Telecom Group where his team oversaw the eventual sale of the company in September of 2009.
Mr. Hamid holds an M.S degree in Accounting from Baruch College, the City University of New York. He is also a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the AICPA and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Mr. List serves as senior management advisor to DataGryd and its board. Mr. List is a partner at CR3 Partners, LLC, focused on providing interim management and advisory services to middle-market companies across a wide range of industries. Mr. List has spent his entire career working with companies and stakeholders of companies experiencing growth or other transformative opportunities and challenges.
Mr. List has a BBA from The University of Oklahoma and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Turnaround Professional.