Advisory Board

Carl Yankowski
Mr. Yankowski has an extensive management career with various high profile organizations. Mr. Yankowski was previously Chairman of the Board at CRF Health Inc., and has an impressive resume including CEO of Palm Inc., CEO of Reebok Unlimited, and was President and COO for Sony Electronics, Inc. Mr. Yankowski was group Vice President for Polaroid’s Asia Pacific region, based in Hong Kong and has held various other marketing and management positions Proctor and Gamble, Memorex, Pepsi-Cola and General Electric. Mr. Yankowski is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with simultaneous degrees in Management and Electrical Engineering.

Rob Stephenson
Mr. Stephenson is an expert in the Data Center and Cloud and Managed Services Industry, with more than 16 years experience working at Internap, Access Northeast and Xand, prior to starting 19 Technologies in 2013, a consulting practice.  While CEO at Access Northeast and CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) at Xand, Mr. Stephenson successfully oversaw three mergers and acquisitions worth nearly $200 million, transformed Access Northeast from a non-profitable ISP into a $20+ million Data Center leader, built successful direct and indirect channel sales teams, forged lasting strategic alliances and attained aggressive revenue goals. Mr. Stephenson also managed construction projects totaling over 50,000 SF of raised floor Data Center space. As Xand’s CMO, he was responsible for all sales and marketing efforts across the organization which included operations in NY, CT, MA & PA.  As the CMO and Board Member, Mr. Stephenson helped grow EBITDA by more than 40% and Gross Margin by 30% within two years.  Previously, he was the Eastern Regional Channel & Marketing Manager for Internap Network Services (NASDAQ: INAP).  Mr. Stephenson holds a double-major in Economics and Political Science from The University of Vermont and an MBA from Boston College in Technology Marketing, where he was also enshrined in the Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society.

Jerry Hughes
Mr. Hughes is President and founding member of Compass IT Compliance, LLC and has over 25 years of experience in the compliance and regulatory arenas. His experience includes work with industry guidelines such as PCI-DSS, and regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, FFIEC, FERPA and GLBA. Mr. Hughes holds various certifications including Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Qualified Security Assessor (QSA), and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC). He has extensive IT auditing experience—especially within the financial industry and the retail sector—and has participated in hundreds of PCI and financial industry risk assessments and audits. Mr. Hughes is a frequent speaker at conventions and industry events and is digitally published. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Rhode Island and received a Master’s Degree in Project Management from George Washington University.

Douglas Norton
Mr. Norton is currently President and founder of AccessPlus Communications, a leading telecommunications consulting firm with clients including major universities and corporations in the New England region. Prior to AccessPlus, Mr. Norton was co-founder and COO for Equal Access Networks, LLC, leading the company from conceptual phase to fully functioning wire-line and carrier-class wireless CLEC serving rural regions in the northeast. Prior, he was CTO for New England Digital Distribution, service clients such as EMC, Data General, and US Trust Bank. Mr. Norton was VP of Engineering at Henshcel, a shipboard communications company with clients such as the US Navy, and previously spent 12 years with GTE’s Spacenet International Division. Mr. Norton attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and his MBA.

Rebecca Wetzel
Ms. Wetzel is a 20 year veteran of the data networking industry with unparalleled inside knowledge of the Internet service and product market. Ms. Wetzel served as Director of Marketing at NEARNET, an early contributor to the Internet’s development, and helped shape the Internet into the commercial juggernaut of today. She was a founding employee at BBN Planet (ground zero during the Internet’s formative years) and following BBN, she became Director of Internet Consulting at TeleChoice, a marketing strategy firm for the then emerging CLEC industry. Ms. Wetzel is a widely published author of numerous white papers, articles and reports on Internet topics in publications such as Business Communications Review and Inter@active week, and is also co-author of the book Internet Telephony for Dummies. Ms. Wetzel currently operates her private consulting firm Wetzel Consulting, LLC and is a continually published author and expert industry marketing consultant. Ms. Wetzel graduated from Wellesley College, received her MBA from Babson College and an MA from the University of Bradford in West Yorkshire, England.

Steven Richardson
Mr. Richardson founded Richardson & Company, P.C. in 1987, and currently serves as managing shareholder. Steven has extensive experience in all areas of taxation for individuals and businesses and in auditing and accounting companies in the retail, wholesale, service, manufacturing and distribution industries. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Tax Division of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Richardson is on the board of directors of the Medway Cooperative Bank, where he serves on a number of committees. In addition, he serves as a corporator of the Milford Whitinsville Regional Hospital. Mr. Richardson graduated from Bentley College with a degree in accounting and he is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a Certified Public Accountant.

Marshall Thomas
Mr. Thomas is President of We Manage LLC, a data integration, security and consulting firm serving New England and the Southeast with offices in Providence, RI and Atlanta, GA. Prior to founding We Manage, Mr. Thomas served as Chief Information Officer at North Atlantic Networks, LLC, where he built-out a multi-state, New England based CLEC implementation, a carrier-class SONET ring, and gigabit IP switching platform. Previously, Mr. Thomas was Director of Engineering at North Atlantic Networks, LLC, as Sales Engineer at Harvard Net, and a Regional Director at Pinkerton Security. Marshall also served in the U.S. Army, Counter Intelligence; Civil Air Patrol, Morals and Ethics officer; and Chaplain for the Milford, MA Police Department. Mr. Thomas received has his Masters in Internet Systems Management from Haywood University.

Donald Hayes
Mr. Hayes is currently the lead software architect at eSped.com, Inc., a software engineering company serving the educational industry. My. Hayes was formerly the Chief Technology Officer of North Atlantic Networks, LLC, responsible for the technical implementation of the core network to include a multitude of servers with varying business-class functions. Mr. Hayes developed several custom and proprietary software applications in use at NAN and its partners. Mr. Hayes has formerly held positions at Digital Equipment Corporation, Omtool Ltd., Sun Microsystems and Imagery, Inc.