Digital Fortress works closely with its Board of Directors to ensure that our Datacenter grows in a positive trajectory. We are proud of our strong working relationship with its members:
Mark Hughes – Chairman of the Board
Mr. Hughes currently serves on several technology company Boards supporting merger-acquisition and integration activities. Mr. Hughes is also a technical and business executive consultant to the Air Force on major space and fighter weapons systems. Mr. Hughes served as Executive Vice President of Operations at SunGard Availability Services, Inc. where he operated a $1.8B disaster recovery and managed services entity. During his tenure, he led the acquisition and integration of the $100M VeriCenter Hosting operation. Prior to SunGard, Mr. Hughes served as Chief Financial Officer of Inflow. Prior to his CFO role, he served as Inflow’s Vice President of Finance and Business Operations. Mr. Hughes served 24 years in the Air Force. He retiring as a Colonel, leading the development and acquisition of our nation’s most advanced aircraft and satellite systems. Mr. Hughes holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a master’s degree in management science from the University of Dayton and a master’s degree in national security strategy, concentrating on information warfare and strategy from the National War College.
Paul Gerrard – CEO
Prior to joining Digital Fortress, Mr. Gerrard was the EVP of Sales & Marketing at ViaWest, one of the largest privately held datacenter, cloud computing and managed services providers in North America. During his tenure, Mr. Gerrard was successful in building a strong team that grew bookings significantly and completed an award-winning rebranding initiative. Mr. Gerrard previously served in leadership roles for managed services providers, including SunGard Availability Services, mindSHIFT Technologies and Inflow. In addition, he spent over 20 years in sales and sales management at Hewlett Packard where he demonstrated managerial excellence, a passionate dedication for customer support and deep knowledge of solution-selling methodologies.
Robert B. Nolan, Jr.
Mr. Nolan is the managing partner of Halyard Capital and chairs the Investment Committee for the two respective funds, totaling more than $600 million. He represents Halyard on the Boards of EducationDynamics, Practice Insight, HCPro Inc., Women’s Marketing, Inc. and Digital Fortress and previously sat on the Boards of American Consolidated Media, Inflow, North Dakota Holdings and TRANZACT. From 2001 until January 2006, he was the CEO of the BMO Private Equity Group, overseeing an investment portfolio with $800 million in capital. Previously, he was Managing Director and Head of Media & Telecommunications Investment Banking at CIBC World Markets. Prior to CIBC, Mr. Nolan was Telecommunications Group Head at UBS Securities. He also worked for nine years at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Telecommunications, Media & Technology Group. Mr. Nolan is a member of the New York and Washington, D.C. Bar Associations. Mr. Nolan received a J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law and a B.S/B.A. from Georgetown University. Mr. Nolan is a member of the Georgetown University Board of Regents and the Business School Board of Advisors.
Mr. Solomon has 14 years of operating and entrepreneurial experience and 13 years of public accounting experience. He is a Founder and Managing Director of Meritage and currently serves on the Board of Meritage portfolio companies EdgeConnex, Digital Fortress, IP Commerce and PeakColo. Formerly, he was the Executive Chairman of NuVox. He joined NuVox as CEO concurrent with Meritage’s investment in November 1999 and grew the company from annual revenue of less than $200,000 to more than $530 million. Windstream Corporation acquired NuVox in November 2009 in a transaction that valued the company at approximately $643 million. Prior to NuVox, Mr. Solomon served as CFO at Brooks Fiber Properties immediately following the company’s formation in 1993 until its sale to WorldCom in 1998 for $3.4 billion. From 1981 to 1993, Mr. Solomon was in public accounting with KPMG.
Mr. Marraccini is the Founder and Managing Partner of Sweetwater Capital, a family office, private equity fund. Sweetwater invests primarily in communications infrastructure service business, taking advantage of Mr. Marraccini’s distinguished track record of over 30 years as an entrepreneur and investor in many areas of wireless communications.
Mr. Marraccini was the Founder, Principal Owner and long-time CEO of AAT Communications, the largest privately owned communications tower operator in the U.S. He was also an original investor and served on the Board of Metro One, the initial non-ROBOC cellular phone company serving New York City. Mr. Marraccini has successfully invested in companies in such diverse industries as rural cellular, PCS, private cable, distributed antenna systems, datacenters, cloud providers and land and marine communications.
Mr. Schwartz joined Halyard in 2008. Prior to joining Halyard, he was an analyst in Bear Stearns’ Telecom, Media & Technology Group where he worked on M&A transactions as well as debt and equity financings. Mr. Schwartz received a B.B.A in finance and accounting from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
Mr. Pilling joined Meritage in 2003, bringing seven years of experience as an operating executive at NetLibrary, a venture-backed digital media company, and as an investment banker with The Wallach Company. Mr. Pilling earned a degree in business and finance from Indiana University and an MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern University. He currently serves as a director of Meritage portfolio companies Digital Fortress, Crisp Media and IP Commerce.