Aaron Hughes is a veteran technologist and entrepreneur who currently serves as the Chair of the Open-IX Board. He also serves the Internet Engineering community in many elected and volunteer roles including serving as the current President of PeeringDB (3 years), 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.
Eli D. Scher is the founder of New Continuum Holdings Corporation, and serves as its Chairman and CEO. Mr. Scher is also the co-founder of United Internet Exchange, LLC and serves as its CEO. He is an entrepreneur with a broad array of investing and operating experience.
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.
Mr. DeVita leads the sales and marketing strategy for fifteenfortyseven Critical Systems Realty (1547). He has an extensive background in management, direct and indirect sales, and development for datacenter technology. Mr. DeVita has presented at many new technologies and applications top tier conferences, with sessions including “Cloud and Mobility” at 7×24 Exchange; “Patriot Act & NSA: Protecting Your Data” at HostingCon; and “Connectivity Challenges & Opportunities in 2014, including Adoption of the Open IX Model in the U.S.”; at CRE’s Texas Data Center Summit & Peer 2.0 Conference. He has been a panelist at many IMN events as well.
Mr. DeVita served as the President of the Dallas-Fort Worth AFCOM Chapter and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Metroplex Technology Business Council.
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.
Sagi Brody is the Chief Technology Officer of Webair, responsible for all technical infrastructure, design, and operations. Under his leadership, the company has evolved from a web host into one of the top 100 high-touch, agile Cloud and fully managed infrastructure service providers in the world. Throughout his tenure, Mr. Brody has been involved in all aspects of the hosting and data center industry. His expertise spans cloud computing, network design and build, site surveys and selection, data center build-out and upgrades, server automation, green data center technologies, resource management, staffing, and budget planning. He is an active participant of the data center community, having spoken at DatacenterDynamics, IMN, PTC, HostingCon, Cloud Expo, LinuxCon, the Greater New York Data Center Summit, and more. Mr. Brody is also a strong proponent of data center efficiency, having worked with PSEG, NYSERDA, and EnerNOC on implementing various efficiency programs.
Sagi has been a member of the Open-IX Data center standards committee for 2 years, and its chair for 1 year.
During his time there, he’s helped the committee introduce updates to the OIX-2 standards as well as publish the HIPAA crosswalk.
Matt Griswold is currently CTO for United IX, an Internet exchange in Chicago, runs a software company, 20C, and serves on the board for Open-IX as Secretary. 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."
My reason to run for the Open-IX is to bring in my experience in running an very successful IXP (DE-CIX) and being involved in the community (RIPE, NANOG, PeeringDB, DENOG, Euro-IX, IX-F) for decades. A minor aspect also is to bring a bit of non US flavourto the board.
With this background I would concentrate on the IXP part of Open-IX and especially work on more IXP certifications. Having a Diploma in Mathematics with minors in Computer Science and Physics I started my career at University of Karlsruhe as 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 I served as CTO for several years until I took over the role as CTO/COO of DE-CIX.
Since January 2016, I am the Chief Technology Evangelist at DE-CIX, a Board Member of PeeringDBsince December, 2015 and Treasurer of DENOG since November, 2017.