Gil Santaliz is the Founder and Managing Member of New Jersey Fiber Exchange (NJFX), as well as the visionary behind developing NJFX as North America’s preeminent international hub for subsea communications, interconnecting many international carriers across three continents with multiple predictable, private backhaul and U.S. termination options. In order to satisfy the market, Mr. Santaliz developed the concept of "Tier 3 by the Subsea", a purpose-built facility for high- and low-density data center space as well as colocation of subsea systems interconnecting global backbone networks to unique metro fiber assets providing safe, diverse and unique backhaul options. This is a paradigm shift from traditional backhaul to the nearest metro without consideration of potential bottlenecks found in congested areas such as New York and Northern New Jersey.
Mr. Santaliz was previously the CEO, Founder and Managing Member of 4Connections LLC, a metro fiber network provider he founded in 2001. Under Mr. Santaliz's leadership, 4Connections pioneered the deployment of carrier-neutral dark fiber services for both New Jersey and New York City. In 2008, Mr. Santaliz successfully exited the business in a preemptive transaction with Optimum Lightpath, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cablevision.
Prior to founding 4Connections, Mr. Santaliz, who has over two decades in the communications industry, was the General Manager of a joint venture company between GPU Telecom and Telergy, which leased dark fiber network. During his early career, Mr. Santaliz held several management positions at the Williams Company and PSE&G. He began his career at MCI in New York, Atlanta and Mexico City.
Today, Mr. Santaliz serves as a member of the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center Board of Trustees as well as the Morristown-Beard School Executive Board. He has also recently led as Interim CEO of fiber companies such as 24/7 Fiber Network, and supported private equity groups such as Spire Capital through acquisition strategies.
Mr. Santaliz received his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.
Doug Corbett is Vice President of Sales and Customer Relations for New Jersey Fiber Exchange, responsible for developing strategic domestic and international subsea partnerships for interconnection within NJFX’s Tier 3 carrier-neutral collocation facility. A telecommunications industry veteran with over 25 years of sales leadership experience, Mr. Corbett has driven revenue growth and profitability and contributed his expertise to the go-to- market strategies of a number of high-profile telecom and technology companies.
Prior to joining NJFX, Mr. Corbett was Vice President of Allied Fiber, where he expanded the company’s dark fiber and collocation business and developed sales campaigns across various industry segments in the U.S. and internationally. Previously, he held senior sales executive positions at Tellabs, Dell, Force 10 Networks and Turin Networks. While Executive Account Manager at Tellabs, a provider of optical network solutions, and Global Sales Director at Turin, a carrier Ethernet solutions provider for wireline and wireless network operators, Mr. Corbett developed strategic multinational partnerships that resulted in the deployment of over $200 million of optical and packet transmission equipment in total. He began his telecommunications career in networks sales at Rochester Telephone. Mr. Corbett earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
John A. Danko is Director of Business Development for New Jersey Fiber Exchange (NJFX), and is responsible for the negotiation and acquisition of domestic, international and subsea businesses for the NJFX colocation campus. A professional with over 20 years of experience in all aspects of telecom and network neutral infrastructure, John has developed interconnection space around the U.S.
Prior to joining NJFX, John was the Director of Business Development for Jamestown 325 Hudson LP, and was responsible for the negotiation and acquisition of U.S. domestic, international, and subsea business for Carrier Hotel Meet Me Room (MMR) infrastructure, space, colocation, interconnection, riser shafts, POEs, environmental controls, power and technical support. He was the first employee for the initial business, developing pre-sales opportunity that started in February 2013. John is directly responsible for growing the MMR from zero tenants to 37 network operators, including execution with the New York City franchise operators in pulling 11,592 fiber strands from ECS to the MMR. John has also initiated a strategy to transform 325 Hudson to a “Media & Entertainment Hub” for New York City, working with Sony, Embassy Row Productions, Sohonet and Metropolitan Entertainment.
In conjunction with and prior to Jamestown 325 Hudson, John was also the Sales Manager at Allied Fiber, LLC, and was responsible for developing customer opportunities and negotiating customer agreements for communications infrastructure including, but not limited to, dark fiber, access and colocation. He was directly active in sales and marketing activities, conferences, trade shows, company strategy and partnerships, as well as procuring and fully customizing Salesforce CRM tailored specifically for the dark fiber, access and colocation industries.
Prior to Allied Fiber, LLC, John was the Managing Director at Ulysses Stone Media, and previously held positions of Account Manager and Director of Media & Entertainment at The Telx Group. Mr. Danko earned a Bachelor of Arts from Winthrop University, and is a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers organization.
James Martini is the Chief Financial Officer for New Jersey Fiber Exchange. Martini brings a wealth of experience to the company previously serving as the CFO for Cross River Fiber, Inc. where, as part of the senior management team, he led the company through a successful sale of a majority interest to a private equity firm in 2014. Prior to Cross River Fiber, Martini was the CFO of 4Connections where he also played an instrumental role in the company's sale, to Optimum Lightpath in 2008. Martini is a hands-on executive who contributes to every aspect of the businesses he imparts upon from operations to contract negotiations and the eventual sale of the companies.
With decades of experience in private accounting practices as well as telecom companies, Martini's illustrious career brings tremendous insights, accounting leadership skills and strong management experience to his role at New Jersey Fiber Exchange. With roots as a certified public accountant working for both small and large public accounting firms as well as a business owner of an accounting practice for over twenty years, Martini also served as an associate professor of accounting and tax at Montclair State University for five years. He is a graduate of Bryant College with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a Master's degree in Taxation.
Frank Farrugia is the Director of Operations for New Jersey Fiber Exchange, responsible for leading efforts in building, managing and improving processes and capabilities related to the successful and profitable management of day-to-day operations.
Mr. Farrugia brings over 28 years of facilities operations experience to NJFX, previously serving as the lead facility manager for Equinix’s New York data center portfolio, where he earned notable recognition for initiating energy and revenue improvement projects that led to over $20M in annual recurring revenue. As Equinix’s Senior Manager of Facilities Operations, Mr. Farrugia managed a $10M operating budget and led all facets of operations and procurement initiatives. He was also responsible for overseeing a team of 25 engineers, technicians and administrators in the planning and execution of over $500M in capital projects, including: selection, design and construction of sites ranging up to 400K sq. ft.; space planning, installation and provisioning power and connectivity for over 7,000 computer racks; deploying DC infrastructure comprised of multiple 2000A DC plants; chiller installs; UPS upgrades; power distribution expansions; and physical space re-configurations.
Prior to Equinix, Mr. Farrugia served as Project Manager and Assistant Chief Engineer at Morgan Stanley and Barclays Capital. From 1986 – 2001, he held the title of Assistant Chief Operating Engineer for Cushman Wakefield at the Salomon Smith Barney account (now Morgan Stanley), where he was responsible for managing a 6.7M sq. ft. corporate complex as well as a team of 15 operating engineers in all aspects of design and construction, electrical, and mechanical building projects.
Felix Seda is the Director of Administration for New Jersey Fiber Exchange. Mr. Seda is responsible for managing and overseeing the day-to-day operations of NJFX’s processes and facility. As part of this role, he manages the company's budgetary outlook and ensures proper protocol and documentation is followed in the administration of contractors, vendors, and existing and onboarding customers. Additionally, Mr. Seda is responsible for oversight of NJFX's security policies, and the development and implementation of the company's Standard Operating Procedures.
Mr. Seda possesses a background in operational management and financial planning. Prior to joining NJFX, he held a management position at Barclays Wealth, serving as an Assistant Vice President for the firm's Private Wealth arm. During his tenure at Barclays, Mr. Seda was responsible for overseeing the firm's Advisory Middle Office, whose activities spanned North America.
Mr. Seda received his Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College and is a member of the Posse Foundation Alumni Network, one of the most comprehensive and renowned college access and youth leadership development programs in the United States.