Eli D. Scher was most recently the founder and CEO of two greater Chicago digital infrastructure assets: New Continuum Data Centers and United Internet Exchange before selling those businesses to SBA Communications in July 2019. In that role he re-developed a high-performance data center, constructed a fiber network and internet exchange fabric and grew critical load to over 1MW. Scher continues to consult SBA Communications while actively seeking new digital infrastructure investments. Prior to New Continuum, he worked as an analyst at prominent New York hedge funds where he analyzed corporate securities. Previously, Mr. Scher co-founded and served as CEO of GSME Capital Partners, a private, early stage investment partnership, and GSME Acquisition Partners I, a publicly traded acquisition vehicle. Additionally, he was Chief Financial Officer and director of MCG Group a Shanghai-based LED-advertising company, and was the co-founder, President and CFO of Fundamental Films. He currently serves as on the board of directors of HMMI, a specialized manufacturer of extremely large and complex steel components. Eli serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Open-IX Association and previously served as the Chairman of the Data Center Committee. Mr. Scher received his AB from Princeton University.
Corey J. Gallon is a leader in PricewaterhouseCoopers' Finance Analytics Management Consulting practice. He advises clients on a range of strategic and tactical issues with a focus on helping firms achieve operational and analytical excellence. He is a trusted advisor to executive and senior management on issues such as working capital optimization and analytics, valuation (asset, portfolio and enterprise), credit risk management, transaction due diligence, post-transaction integration, quantitative model development and review, risk-based capital management, data analytics and process improvement. He assists clients to develop solutions for complex issues arising during strategy development and execution, transactions and organizational transformations. Corey is Adjunct Professor at the Quinlan School of Business of Loyola University in Chicago where he teaches courses on Data Analytics, Capital Markets Theory and Corporate Finance. He also serves on the Board of Advisors to the Quinlan School’s Graduate Finance Program. He is active in several industry and trade organizations. Previously, Corey was Partner and head of Finance at a Wall Street institutional broker-dealer specializing in algorithmic trading of derivatives and equities. He has served as a Director on the boards of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. He is a frequent speaker and writer on topics in data analytics.
Brad Raymo is the Director of Peering Strategy at StackPath where he is responsible for peering and interconnection strategy. He has been involved in interconnection in various aspects for over 10 years. During this time he has also been involved with NANOG. He previously served on the communication committee and now he is serving on the Program Committee. Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/braymo
Matt Griswold is a founder of United IX, an Internet exchange in Chicago, runs a software company, 20C, and serves on the board for Open-IX. He has been instrumental in launching several technology companies, playing key roles in development, networking and system administration. Mr. Griswold is passionate about peering and Internet communities and has volunteered for many organizations including Euro-IX, NANOG, Open-IX and PeeringDB. He has also been known to enjoy automating everything he can find. He served on the board for the last couple years, before that as Chairman for the IX Group. "I'm excited about all we've accomplished and would love to continue to help the organization to move forward."
Aaron Hughes is a veteran technologist and entrepreneur who has served on the Open-IX Board since 2017. He also serves the Internet Engineering community in many elected and volunteer roles including serving as the current President of PeeringDB (since 2015), former ARIN Board of Trustees (6 years), and PeeringDB Admin (10+ years). He also serves on several commercial advisory boards. In addition, Aaron is the President and CEO of 6connect, Inc. a network automation & provisioning software company. He is also the Chief Network Architect at UnitedLayer, LLC. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaronhaaronh/
Arnold has a Diploma in Mathematics with minors in Computer Science and Physics, he started his career at the University of Karlsruhe as a Research Assistant working on the first German Internet connection. This project led to a spin-off of one of the first German commercial ISP where he served as CTO for several years until he took over the role as CTO/COO of DE-CIX. Since 01/2016 Arnold has been Chief Technology Evangelist at DE-CIX. He has been involved in PeeringDB since 12/2008 and served as a Board Member from 12/2015 until 05/2019. Arnold still helps out on several committees. He is also a founding member, Board Member and Treasurer of DENOG.
Mona is currently the VP, Real Estate Sales and Marketing for Digital Crossroads at Lake Michigan, a mission critical Data Center Development in the NW corner of Indiana, servicing Chicagoland. She is also a Director at Colliers International, a global Commercial Real Estate firm, where she works for the Management team of 60 Hudson in New York and most specifically supports the largest Tenant, DataGryd Data Centers. Mona Weisberg launched her Real Estate career in the late 1980’s and partnered to launch the Philadelphia tri-state area’s first and most successful on-going Retail Tenant Representation firm, Solomon Associates (now part of CBRE). Ms. Weisberg moved to Manhattan and became Director of Real Estate for Eureka Broadband Corporation, where 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 including New York, PA, Miami, TX and SoCal responsible for managing in-building services division for this leading provider of integrated communication services. Later, as Director of Real Estate for RCN Business Services, a tier one fiber provider, she was responsible for gaining the “access rights” for advanced and dedicated data, voice and video services. she works with the. Ms. Weisberg graduated from Drew University and has been an active member of both ICSC and REBNY; she is the board liaison of the Marketing Committee of Open-IX and sits on the Board of TEX 2.0.
Shawna Bong is currently CEO of 20C, a software development company specializing in automation software. She is new to the computer networking field and became part of the industry a few years ago when she began working with United IX, an internet exchange in Chicago IL.