Management Team - Bios:
Advisor - Bios:
- George Naspo, President, CEO
Mr. Naspo has over 30 years of business experience and a proven senior executive track record with telecommunication start-ups, turnarounds and emerging growth companies. He joined IKANO in 2005 and worked previously at three other Insight portfolio companies. He has a strong sales and marketing background with prior sales and management positions at Motorola, Timeplex, Sierra Wireless and Securicor Wireless. Mr. Naspo was recently named Entrepreneur of the Year by his alma mater, University of Toledo. He also holds an MS degree from University of Southern California.
- Bob Kalchthaler, CFO
Mr. Kalchthaler joined IKANO in August of 2011 as Chief Financial Officer, having most recently served as CFO for C5i Corporation. Kalchthaler holds a BS in Accounting from Fairfield University and has over 20 years of successful business experience working in start-up environments, including C5i Corporation, Secure Elements, Network Security Technologies and APPNET. His background provides a great fit for the organization at this time in their evolution to build integrated growth strategy amongst all subsidiary companies, and help guide Virtacore through the competitive cloud computing landscape.
- Douglas Pollei, VP Internet Strategy and Corporate Development
Mr. Pollei has over 10 years experience in Internet technology services. As a senior manager for IKANO, Pollei's skills include comprehensive leadership experience in target marketing initiatives, digital communications, product due diligence, vendor relationships, competitive analysis, and strategic planning in diverse B2B and B2C environments. Mr. Pollei is responsible for driving new business development and expansion strategies and has also worked on new media and IP application projects for numerous clients.
Prior to working for IKANO, Mr. Pollei worked for SISNA as the Director of Creative Services. He also worked for Wellpappe Ansbach as an Export Sales Specialist in Nuremberg, Germany. Mr. Pollei holds an MBA from the University of Utah's David Eccles School of Business where he is a guest lecturer on new media and Internet strategy. Mr. Pollei is also a member of the following organizations; AlwaysOn, CommunityNext, Minnesota Management Society, Internet Strategy Forum, German MBA Club, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts.
- George Mitsopoulos, VP & General Manager
Currently VP & General Manager of DSL Extreme & Virtacore, with over 10 years of experience in management, Telecom, IP services and customer service. Mr. Mitsopoulos specializes in leading service based recurring revenue businesses that offer both retail and wholesale access and IP services. He joined IKANO in March of 2006 as part of the acquisition of DSL Extreme that he helped grow to being the largest independent Internet Service Provider based in California and both AT&T and Verizon’s second largest wholesale DSL provider. Currently Mr. Mitsopoulos leads an 80 person operation located in Los Angeles focused on using technology to automate systems to reduce costs, improve efficiency and overall customer service. Mr. Mitsopoulos has also helped to innovate unique marketing relationships with personalities like Leo Leporte of TWiT and Jason Calacanis of TWIST.
Currenly leading strategy elements for DSL Extreme and Virtacore assisting small businesses to “compute in the cloud” using VMware vCloud and Google Apps services, Mr. Mitsopoulos earned Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University with an emphasis in Operations and Management Information Systems.
- Ed Dailey, Financial Advisor
Mr. Dailey has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, senior manager and strategic advisor at emerging companies. He joined IKANO in 2005 as a virtually full-time advisor, having worked together with Mr. Naspo at several companies over the past eight years. Mr. Dailey was co-founder and former CFO of ezboard, a leading web-based social networking provider, where he continues to serve as a director. Mr. Dailey earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Notre Dame and an MBA with distinction from Cornell University.
- Dr. Alan Spizman, Management Consultant
Dr. Alan Spizman is the Founder and CEO of Management Resource Associates, Inc. (1973), Organizational Psychologists and Management Consultants with offices in New York City, New Jersey and London. Dr. Spizman holds a Ph.D. degree in Psychology and Applied Human Behavior with specializations in Psychometrics and Organizational Psychology. He completed graduate studies at Rutgers, Walden and New York Universities and conducted two years of research and scholarship as an American Friends Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel.
Dr. Spizman’s specialized training in Psychodrama and Sociometry has been instrumental in his work with diverse management and leadership teams. His 35 years of experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors include consultations with over 500 national and international corporations, government agencies, colleges and universities, financial institutions and social, human and health care facilities.