1025Connect – A Group of Industry Leaders


Jeff Wasserman – Chairman

Henry Bergmann – Board Member

Henry Bergmann is an entrepreneur with a special knack for re-developing distressed properties that go on to provide economic benefits to the community where those properties are located.

Early in his career he worked in Public Accounting. He later formed his own consulting company, and used his talents to guide struggling businesses through the financial turnaround process. Mr. Bergman has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Quinnipiac University and is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in New York and Florida. He serves on various local community boards and works with individuals helping make life better through representation at civil and statutory meetings.

Stephen Paolino – Board Member

Stephen Paolino is a seasoned professional who has proven himself over two decades as an owner and service provider in the technology industry. His expertise extends to project engineering, procurement, manufacturing, construction and the operation of technical facility infrastructure.

His project experience is primarily in critical MEP infrastructure of traditional and modular data center projects for the enterprise clients and includes providing solutions in web scale, colocation, and energy for Fortune 500 clients in the financial services and healthcare industries.

He is known for the success of his high-performance teams and always looks for ways to exceed client expectations and produce positive client outcomes. He has delivered hundreds of mission critical projects of every size and level, and is well versed in facility optimization best practices like redundancy, resiliency, risk mitigation, aggressive scheduling, cost control through value engineering and 100% continuous operation of existing network equipment throughout a construction process.

KJ Orth – Global Ambassador

Klaus-Jürgen Orth is the former co-founder and owner of Ancotel. This interconnection facility in Kleyerstraße 90, Frankfurt (Germany) is still one of the most interconnection dense data centers on the globe. Mr. Orth sold the business in 2012 to Equinix and afterwards created his own venture company named kj-projects, investing in international service providers as well as in diverse other industries.

His personality is still widely known and appreciated in the international interconnection community and Mr. Orth enjoys the “art of networking” as he calls by bringing people, ideas and businesses together. Given his 20+ years background in marketing and communications, he is also a very valuable help in all marketing related topics.

With his charity organization MainLichtBlick he helps sick and traumatized children and also supports new career starters as a member of the audit committee for marketing and communication at the chamber of commerce in Frankfurt, his home town.

Hunter Newby – Partner

Hunter Newby is an American entrepreneur, investor, conservationist and the owner of Newby Ventures. His primary field of interest is network infrastructure. As Co-Founder, Chief Strategy Officer and a Director of Telx, he pioneered the carrier-neutral Meet-Me Room and has championed the development of carrier hotels and data centers in the United States leading to the economic development in markets throughout the country. Since the sale of Telx, he continues to find, develop, and invest in the creation of multiple network-neutral infrastructure businesses all across North America.

Mr. Newby is a recognized authority in the network-neutral interconnection and data center industry. He serves on the board for multiple companies, is a published author, public speaker and has been quoted in several publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today. He has also received numerous awards including being named to the Global Telecoms Business Top 40 Under 40 in 201.

Mr. Newby earned a B.S. in Communications from Drexel University.

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.