DF&I names Tim Leighton as Chief Financial Officer

CFS Partners LLC is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Leighton as Chief Financial Officer with DF&I, a portfolio company of IPI Partners. Mr. Leighton will lead the strategic financial management, capital planning, and capital deployment for DF&I as the company enters new markets and searches for new growth opportunities.

Scott Bergs, DF&I CEO, noted, “Tim is a great addition to the DF&I team. We so appreciate how CFS Partners took the time to understand what would make the best fit for our next CFO and found the person that embodies those skills, experiences and characteristics.”

As a 25+ year veteran in the telecom and fiber market, Mr. Leighton brings a keen sense of operational excellence with people, processes, and systems. Mr. Leighton was most recently the Senior Vice President Financial Planning and Analysis at Conterra Networks. In his tenure there, Mr. Leighton was instrumental in the execution of capital raises, debt restructurings, and related consent agreements. Mr. Leighton was also responsible for a team in charge of managing financial planning and analysis, corporate development, network cost and internal sales commission functions.

CFS Partners had the privilege to represent DF&I in the search for a Chief Financial Officer during a crucial chapter of their national growth charter. As a leading pure play dark fiber and wholesale infrastructure, DF&I and IPI required both a due diligence subject matter and operational expert to lead a broad consensus to conviction on investment decisions from a myriad of options. As a portfolio company of IPI Partners, DF&I complements other companies engaged in different aspects of the digital infrastructure ecosystem of data centers and connectivity.

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Horizon Telcom announces hire of Michael Snyder as Vice President of Marketing, Residental / FTTP



COLUMBUS, Ohio – May 9, 2022 –  Horizon, an Ohio-based fiber-optic broadband company, is proud to announce the strategic addition of its new Vice President of Residential Marketing: Michael Snyder. Snyder’s addition to the Horizon team comes at an extremely opportune time for the company, complementing and empowering Horizon’s aggressive Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network expansions across Ohio.

Horizon, a dedicated Midwest network partner, is committed to supplying Midwestern businesses and communities with the mission-critical, high-value connectivity they require to grow and thrive. To support this dedication, the company has been in the midst of an ongoing effort to expand its regional state-of-the-art, fiber-optic network. To date, the company has announced or begun build-outs in a number of Ohio markets, including Greenfield, OH, Washington Court House, OH, Lancaster, OH, Zanesville, OH, Athens, OH, Logan, OH,  Johnstown, OH and Hillsboro, OH. These builds will pass thousands of homes and businesses and add hundreds of miles of new fiber to Horizon’s existing footprint — and more markets are on the way.

Snyder will be instrumental in the continued success of this expansion initiative, and he will be spearheading all aspects of residential fiber marketing and sales to consumers and small businesses across all service areas. Snyder brings more than 35 years of rich marketing experience — much of which is telecommunications-specific — to the Horizon team, leveraging keen insight into direct-to-consumer and B2B segments. Notably, Snyder has also been head of strategy for an award-winning ad agency in Philadelphia, PA. Snyder’s addition to the team will ensure Horizon can quickly meet and exceed the subscriber and revenue goals it has set out, especially as it quickly expands to connect more communities.

“I was so impressed by the management team at Horizon, which is stacked with ultra-intelligent industry veterans, and I knew that joining this team would present the perfect opportunity to take everything I’ve learned from an extensive career in marketing and put it to work for the great cause of closing digital divides,” comments Snyder. “Horizon’s corporate environment is exactly the kind I thrive in, and I look forward to employing my knowledge to support its community dedication and continued fiber network growth.”

The past couple of years’ unprecedented global disruption shined a light on the acute need for equitable sharing of affordable, reliable access to powerful internet services. Horizon’s FTTH provides crucial reliability and consistency for businesses and families throughout the company’s growing footprint with a level of value that competitors can’t achieve. For instance, Horizon delivers symmetrical upload and download speeds at every price point.

“We’re very excited to bring Michael on, and we look forward to leveraging his expertise to tell our story. Horizon has been a neighbor to its customers and communities for more than 125 years, providing the most advanced telecommunications technologies to ensure these communities can flourish. We’re always looking to build on that community-first and connectivity-centric heart of our business,” states Jim Capuano, President and CEO of Horizon. “Our local expertise and dedication to empowering next-generation capabilities for homes and businesses are what sets us apart, and we’re thrilled to welcome Michael to the team.”



PRESS RELEASE >> https://www.horizonconnects.com/horizon-welcomes-new-vp-of-marketing/?e=0

UpStack Appoints Andrew Reiben as Chief Financial Officer


No press release.

Andrew’s Bio:

Andrew Reiben has 30 years of experience as a Chief Financial Officer with extensive financial and operational experience in demanding, high-velocity businesses. As the Chief Financial Officer at UPSTACK, Andrew’s expertise in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, board relations, compliance, strategic planning, and operational improvement will strategically propel our business and operationally enable us to execute our vision.

Previously, Andrew was the CFO at Dale Carnegie & Associates, a worldwide training company with operations in over 80 countries, and SPS, a $300M private equity-backed UCaaS company. Prior to SPS, Andrew was CFO of Sterling Infosystems which grew from $40M to approximately $250M in revenue during his tenure.

Andrew is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with an M.S. degree in Accounting from Long Island University.


Andrew Reiben LinkedIn Profile >> https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-reiben-bbb75b11/

Learn More About UpStack >> https://upstack.com/

UpStack Welcomes Karla Meyers as Vice President, Financial Diligence & Acquisition Engagement


No press release.

“UPSTACK has a unique and dynamic group of people. We’ve assembled a team of people that are the best at their function and willing to come together to do something new in a startup environment.” – Karla Meyers




Karla Meyers LinkedIn Profile >> https://www.linkedin.com/in/karla-myers-5b730a4/

Learn More About UpStack >> https://upstack.com/

Horizon Telcom announces hire of Glenn Lytle as CRO


Columbus, OH – April 30, 2019 – Horizon, an Ohio-based regional fiber broadband company, announced the appointment of Glenn Lytle as Chief Revenue Officer. Glenn will report directly to Bill McKell, Horizon’s CEO.

CFS Partners is privileged to announce a successful partnership with Horizon Telcom in the search, selection, and hire of Glenn Lytle as Chief Revenue Officer.

“I’m excited to join the growing team at Horizon as they continue to expand their fiber network throughout Ohio and surrounding states,” Lytle added. “We have a tremendous opportunity to leverage a strong, well-established brand with growing fiber assets and top-notch customer care.” Horizon Telcom, Columbus OH, and their Private Equity partner, Novacap Capital, Montreal CAN, sought to hire a Chief Revenue Officer to drive corporate value via organic revenue growth and remaining attentive of acquisition opportunities in its core markets across the Midwest. After an extensive search of fiber specific senior sales and business development executives, Glenn was selected due to his consistently positive track record of building teams and exceeding revenue targets in multiple environments. Glenn will leverage his cumulative experience in authoring and executing an updated go to market playbook at Horizon.

“I am excited to announce the hire of Glenn Lytle as our CRO,” says Bill McKell. “His experience in building sales teams and extending networks matches very well with our future plans. Taking advantage of the strong backing of our equity partner, Novacap, Glenn will be able to take our legacy of creating carefully tailored solutions for our customers into our new markets.”

According to Ted Mocarski, Senior Partner at Novacap and Board Chairman of Horizon, “Adding a CRO, especially one with Glenn’s background, to Horizon’s executive team fits perfectly into the growth plan we have envisioned for the company. We are excited to welcome Glenn to the team.”



LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/glennlytle/

PRESS RELEASE >> https://www.horizonconnects.com/horizon-names-glenn-lytle-as-chief-revenue-officer/