Joseph P. Gillette Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Joe has twenty-five years of experience in the telecommunications industry and is a recognized industry pioneer and visionary leader. Following seven years as a top performer in sales and sales management at Executone Information Systems, Joe founded his first company, Gillette Global Network, in 1995. GGN quickly became one of New York’s most successful CLEC’s. As the company grew, he raised significant additional capital to pursue a building-centric or “BLEC” model, a term he coined. GGN became a recognized leader in that marketplace as well.
In December, 2000 Joe merged GGN with Eureka Broadband to create Eureka Networks and ran the combined entity for 4 years; shortly thereafter, Eureka was sold to Broadview Networks for $100M. Mr. Gillette founded Stage 2 Networks in late 2004 and launched operations in early 2005.
During his entrepreneurial career, Joe has received more than $70M in investor capital. He was awarded the American Business Awards Gold Stevie® for Executive of the Year in Telecom in 2012.
Joe graduated from the Harrisburg Academy, which named him Alumnus of the Year and featured speaker for the Class of 2012 graduation ceremony. He was inducted into the Harrisburg Academy Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004 and served on the Harrisburg Academy Athletics Hall of Fame Committee in 2006 and 2007. He is a current member of the Board of Trustees and serves as President of the Alumni Council.
Mr. Gillette earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as President of his fraternity and Captain of the lacrosse team. He was also inducted into the Friars Senior Honor Society.
Gillette co-founded the Cloud Communications Alliance with other regionally successful telecommunications companies. He currently serves on the Alliance Board, as well as on the boards of two other privately held telecommunications companies in the NY metro area.
T. Thomas Faherty Chief Technology Officer
As the primary technical leader of the company, Tom is responsible for engineering the company's core network, systems and carrier infrastructure, guiding the on-going development of operational support systems, developing products and service offerings, and cultivating strategic relationships with key technology partners.
Tom has over seventeen years of experience in the design, deployment and management of carrier-grade service provider platforms in domestic and international markets. He also has extensive experience in the management of service provider operational teams including sales engineering, field support, NOC support, provisioning and engineering.
He is an expert in WAN/LAN technologies for enterprise class customer deployments and service provider infrastructures, as well as PSTN services and Voice/VoIP applications. His information security skills sets include network and systems risk assessment, vulnerability testing, control structures and incident response procedures.
Prior to joining Stage 2 Networks, Mr. Faherty held numerous senior executive operations and engineering positions at CTI, Eureka Networks which was bought by Broadview, Bluestream Communications, SMN which was bought by France Telecom, and Globix which was bought by NEON Broadband.
Tom received his BA in Computer Science from Thomas Edison State College and is a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Associate Member of the US Internet Industry Association (USIIA) and past contributor to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).
Matthew Kessler Vice President – Customer Service and Network Operations
Matt is responsible for managing Stage 2’s network and customer support operations. Daily responsibilities include driving process improvement and quality assurance initiatives to provide an exceptional customer experience, increase revenue, and enhance profitability with a focus of improving the company’s competitive advantage.
Matt has over 18 years of experience in communications. During his service in the United States Marine Corps, he was responsible for numerous microwave and satellite communications deployments both within the continental US and deployments abroad. He was recognized and awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for exceptional service during Operation Cobra Gold in 1997. Since leaving the military, Matt has held several operations management positions, including three years with On-Site Access, where he was Director of Field Operations. Prior to joining Stage 2, he was the Manager of Network Operations and Customer Engineering at Eureka Networks.
Joseph Reynolds Vice President - Finance
As Stage 2 Networks Vice President of Finance, Jo Reynolds is responsible for the financial stewardship of the firm, including capital and operating budgets, financial reporting, and billing and collections management.
Jo’s thirty year career has included many senior roles in finance. Prior to joining Stage 2 Networks, he served as Director of Finance with National Reprographics Inc, overseeing accounting, billing and MIS; Controller at Riverside Research Institute; Controller at International Biometric Group; and Assistant Controller at Eureka Networks and Gillette Global Networks. His accounting career began at the Detroit office of PriceWaterhouseCoopers (nee Coopers & Lybrand), where he worked in the Multistate Taxation consulting group, specializing in R&D tax credits for Fortune 100 entities.
Jo was a magna cum laude graduate and received his BSBA in Accounting from Central Michigan University. He attended CMU upon being awarded a full-tuition Centralis Scholarship, and while there was active in Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, Beta Alpha Psi accounting fraternity, and the Golden Key International Honour Society.
Prior to matriculation, Jo spent six years as a Electronic Warfare Technican in the U.S. Navy, earning eight citations including the Navy Achievement Medal and Surface Warfare Specialist insignia, and became the youngest member of his command to advance to First Class Petty Officer.
Jo lives in the Hell’s Kitchen theater district with his wife and daughter, where he is devoted community leader active in several charitable organizations.
Pati Ross Vice President - Sales and Marketing
As the company’s chief sales and marketing officer, Pati is responsible for revenue growth, corporate branding, content marketing, website management, collateral, new media, e-communications, advertising, public relations, and market research. She is a senior level marketing, communications and branding executive, with more than 23 years of executive management experience in the telecommunications and health care market sectors.
At RCN Corporation, Pati was Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing, where she reorganized the Product, Marketing and Sales structure and created a new advertising and communications campaign to refocus the corporate image and brand. She also developed a fully integrated “product bundle” including cable, internet and voice service as a single product offering.As a result, she Increased client subscriptions by 20% and increased annual sales by approximately $70,000,000.
While at Velocita Corporation, where she was Sr. Vice President of Strategic Planning and Operations, she drove the product development and launch of products that resulted in $119M in annual sales during the first year of operation.
Earlier positions in Pati’s career include VP of Strategic Global Marketing and Sales Operations for Global Crossing, VP – Business Opportunity and Network Design for AT&T and various senior executive positions at Teleport Communications Group. She was also Managing Director of The Platinum Group, a management, marketing and financial consulting firm for the medical sector.
After attending the University of Pittsburgh, Pati received AT&T’s prestigious Executive Leadership and Six Sigma training. She has been CALA certified in the healthcare industry.
Laura Hobbs Director - Service Delivery
Laura is responsible for the management and execution of Stage 2's service implementation activities. Her responsibilities include oversight of the Company's Service Delivery teams, ensuring an outstanding service delivery experience for new and existing customers, administration and refinement of the Company's policies and procedures for service fulfillment and providing guidance on the features and capabilities of Stage 2's service offering.
Laura has over 14 years of experience deploying and supporting mission-critical data and voice communications solutions for business customers. She has held a diverse range of senior level Operational positions while working for regional service providers since early 1999.
Prior to joining Stage 2 Networks in 2011 Laura worked at CTI, Eureka-InfoHighway which was bought by Broadview and eLink Communications which was bought by Eureka Networks.
Laura received her BA in English with minors in Business Management and Psychology from Washington College.
Eleni Toumazatos Controller
Eleni has over 20 years of financial experience in the telecommunications sector. She was the first employee of Stage 2 Networks and has maintained the firm’s books and managed cash flow since inception. Previously, Eleni held the Controller position at Gillette Global Network, a marketplace leader in telecommunications, and prior to that she worked in accounting at Executone. Ms. Toumazatos earned a masters degree in Accounting from St. Johns University. She is married with three children and resides in Valley Stream, NY.