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.
CEO & PRINCIPAL
Mr. Feldman has over 30 years of experience in data center development, management, and design, with a focus on implementing energy-efficient technology. He has held CTO, President, and founding roles at several successful startups including the TelX group, a national leader in data center collocation services. Mr. Feldman has additional expertise in optical and wireless network engineering for rural broadband, IT infrastructure management, and wireless network infrastructure.
Prior to founding DataGryd, Mr. Feldman served as the technical and business development interface with United Technologies Power for their hydrogen and natural gas fuel cell technology and CCHP micro-turbines, and AMSC (formerly American Superconductor) for developing superconducting cable technology for data centers. He holds industry related patents, is an active member of several professional trade organizations, and has spoken at industry conferences including Interop New York, Green Data Center Conference & Exhibition, 7×24 Exchange, and IMN’s Financing, Investing & Real Estate Development for Data Centers.
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.
Mona Weisberg established her real estate career, partnering to launch the Philadelphia tri-state area’s first and most successful on-going Retail Tenant Representation firm, Solomon Associates. Ms. Weisberg became Director of Client Relations/Real Estate for Eureka Broadband Corporation. She originated and maintained relationships with national and regional commercial real estate owners representing over 100 landlords, 200 million square feet/3000 commercial office buildings in five markets; then as Director of Real Estate she compiled a portfolio of over 750 buildings in the Northeast.
Currently, Ms. Weisberg is with Colliers International in NYC as Director where she is actively working on the business development to lease DataGryd’s data center housed in 60 Hudson to both traditional telecommunications companies as well as Enterprise companies. Ms. Weisberg holds a B.A. from Drew University and real estate license in New York. She is also a member of REBNY.
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 20 years of combined experience in Accounting and Taxation. Previously he was principal 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. DeLuca serves as senior management advisor to DataGryd and its’ board. Previously Mr. DeLuca has served as President, CEO and a member of the board of directors of FiberNet Telecom Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: FTGX) from 2005 to 2009 as well as FiberNet’s Senior Vice President for Finance and CFO from 1999 to 2004. FiberNet owned and operated metro optical networks, colocation facilities and data centers. They provided integrated communications services to domestic and global carriers, Internet companies and other network-intensive businesses.
Mr. DeLuca led the sale of FiberNet to a strategic buyer in September 2009. Since then, he has provided strategic consulting and financial advisory services to other telecommunications and technology companies. Prior to joining FiberNet, Mr. DeLuca worked at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. and Lazard Frères & Co. LLC. Mr. DeLuca holds a B.A. from Trinity College.