Cliff Rees, President

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Cliff has more than 25 years of experience as an executive and entrepreneur in the telecommunications industry. His expertise is rooted in building new businesses and rapidly growing existing ones. Cliff has held executive leadership roles with a number of global VoIP providers, including Leading Edge Communications, which offers SIP Trunking solutions. He was the Founder, President and COO of GlobalTouch Telecom, Inc., a switched-based carrier with its own proprietary Voice over Internet technology. He then founded and led XCast Labs, Inc., a developer of Software as a Service VoIP applications that sells residential, SIP Trunking and hosted IP-PBX services.

Cliff also served as President of Convergia, Inc., where he managed all aspects of the business in implementing a pan-American VoIP network in Canada, U.S., Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina and Chile. With Cliff’s leadership, the company grew from $0 in sales in October 2001 to $4M in December, 2002, with a gross profit margin in excess of 30%.

He is well-known for his work in executive positions at World Access, Inc., a key player in the bandwidth market. There, he was responsible for dedicated bandwidth agreements, operating licenses and other strategic relationships with incumbent carriers and new telecom entrants in key European, Asia-Pacific, African and Latin American markets. He was also responsible for all aspects of North American sales, marketing and operations, which included 400+ employees and an annual revenue stream of $450 million. During his tenure, World Access closed 8 acquisitions totaling over $1 billion in annual revenue.

In addition, Cliff played a critical role in the success of Telegroup, where he spent 10 years as Founder, President and CEO, growing the business from concept to a NASDAQ-listed company with $330 million in sales and over 1000 employees globally.

Cliff graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. He is the recipient of the Iowa/Nebraska Telecommunications Entrepreneur of the Year Award, sponsored by Ernst and Young.