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1025Connect – A Group of Industry Leaders


Frank J. Zachmann – Executive Director

Frank J. Zachmann is the Executive Director of 1025Connect – a premier, carrier-neutral interconnection facility in Long Island, NY (US). Mr. Zachmann runs the business with a clear focus on developing this data center into a globally known, central connection point between North America and Europe with access to premier connectivity and Internet Exchange opportunities. Mr. Zachmann is a seasoned data-center industry professional, and has worked as a senior executive for global companies, as well as running his own, award-winning service provider and consultancy business. His management background in Information Communication Technology (ICT) over the last 15 years has amply prepared him to step into leadership positions, such as Vice President of Business Development EMEA at Equinix; Group Director Marketing and Strategy at Interxion and Country Manager for the global market leader Exodus Communications. Mr. Zachmann studied economics in Mannheim and holds an MBA from Goethe Business School in Frankfurt in cooperation with universities in Shanghai (China), Hyderabad (India) and Durham (USA). He also serves as a chairman of the DigitalHub FrankfurtRheinMain e.V. – a local partner of eco, the German Association of Internet Industry eV – and internationally supports business for the region as business ambassador for the city of Frankfurt. Mr. Zachmann, whose motto is, “He who does not move himself, does not move anything, “manages to stay in motion, both professionally and privately. He commutes globally while residing with his family in Frankfurt, Germany.

John A. Danko – Director of Business Development

John A. Danko, Director of Business Development for 1025Connect, is responsible for negotiation and acquisition of domestic, international and subsea business for the 1025Connect Carrier Hotel  colocation facility. A professional with over 24 years of experience in all aspects of telecom and network neutral infrastructure, John has extensive experience developing interconnection space around the U.S.

Prior to joining 1025Connect, John held similar positions for ColoGuard and Jamestown 325 Hudson LP, executing the acquisition of U.S. domestic and international business for Carrier Hotel Meet Me Room (MMR) infrastructure. At 325 Hudson, he was directly responsible for growing the MMR from zero tenants to 37 network operators, including execution with the NYC franchise operators in pulling 11,592 new fiber strands to the MMR. An earlier position at Allied Fiber, LLC, allowed John to develop customer agreements for dark fiber, access and colocation. John started his interconnection career with the Telx Group, now Digital Realty, where he was an Account Manager and Director of Media & Entertainment.

John earned a Bachelor of Arts from Winthrop University, and is a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers organization.

Rob Poopan – Director of Operations

Rob Poopan is the Director of Operations with over 20 years of experience in telecommunications. Mr. Poopan is directly responsible for ensuring that the day to day processes at the company run efficiently and without error. He leverages his excellent leadership and teamwork skills in order to ensure that objectives are completed on time for delivery to the clients.

Johannes Schäfer – Project Manager

Johannes “Joe” Schäfer has extensive experience working for government institutions, chambers of commerce, economic development corporations, and many IT companies including international data center operations. He has a diverse background and has held positions with the U.S. Department of State, Group Deutsche Boerse AG, Frankfurt Chamber of Commerce and multiple IT companies. His current focus is on the expansion and improvement of digital infrastructures and related IT companies. Mr. Schafer received a B.A. from Juniata College, Huntingdon (PA), USA, and an M.A. from Münster University, Germany, (Political Science) with a focus on German American relations, and military strategy.

Rodney Ceant – Project Manager

In a company specializing in connectivity, Mr. Ceant plays a key connectivity role. He facilitates all client communication, scheduling meetings, travel, and providing seamless support to the customers, partners and team members at 1025Connect. Mr. Ceant is an integral part of the 1025Connect culture and is committed to supporting customer growth, maintaining an environment of collaboration, uncompromised integrity and confidentiality. His energy and attention to detail are key ingredients to successful client outcomes here.