Meet the Team

The VPLS team is composed of some of the most experienced a dedicated IT experts across the globe.

Leadership

Arman-Khalili-CEO

Chief Executive Officer

Ted-Mektrakarn-Founder-CDO

Founder & Chief Digital Officer

Jay-Smith-VP

VP, Data Center Operations

Mo Arab

VP, Cloud & Managed Services 

Ed-Buck-VP

VP, Technology & Service Delivery

John-Minnix-VP

VP, Sales and Marketing

Takahiro-Masuda-VP

VP, Network Engineering

Savi-Singh-Director

Director of Accounting Operations

Team Members

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Aaron Artea

Systems Administrator

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Adam Furukawa

Inside Sales Representative

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Ahmad Khan

Senior GL Accountant

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Air Pakdeeburee

Web Designer

Ake Sripech

NOC Analyst

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Alexandra Stone

Marketing Coordinator

Ali Hussein

Associate Network Engineer

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Anthika Bhincharern

Operations Manager

Anthony-Kessler-Sales
Anthony Kessler

Director of Sales

Anthony-Toscano-DC
Antonio Toscano

Data Center Technician

Bao Nguyen

Network Engineer

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Betty Kao

HR Operations Manager

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Betty Konadu

Data Center Technician

Blake Ferras

Account Executive, Dallas

Brian McCaleb

Senior Systems Engineer

Chai Muengsong

Web Developer

Chris-Farrell-Sales
Chris Farrell

Account Executive

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Christopher Murillo

Senior NOC Technician

Daniel-Seah-Sales
Daniel Seah

IT Solutions Manager

David-Ashworth-Sales
David Ashworth

Director of Operations, Plano

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Dean Lamb

Senior Account Executive

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Derex Espiritu

Data Center Technician

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Diego De Alba

Data Center Manager, Los Angeles

Donald Lucerno

Network Technitician

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Duanna McKinley

Technician I

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Edgar Serrano

Senior Systems Engineer

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El Dkhissi

Data Center Manager, Reston

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Fight Dounghirun

Assistant SE Manager

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Game Paythaisong

Associate Systems Engineer

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Geoffrey Ventura

Associate Network Engineer

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Guide Thaidumrongdej

NOC Analyst

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Harold Valenzuela

Associate Systems Engineer II

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Ice Prungmuang

Linux Systems Engineer

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Jericho Gutierrez

Senior Wireless Engineer

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Jermain Morris

Infrastructure Technician I

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John Headley

Senior Security Engineer

Jose Vazquez

Staff Accountant

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Junteng Tan

Systems Administrator

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Kan Andelin

Senior Sales Support Administrator

Kate Bisaillon

Senior Sales Administrator

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Ket Sangwanna

Network Engineer

Kevin-Tsai-Ops
Kevin Tsai

Sales Operations Manager

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Kimmie Nguyen

Billing Admin

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Kukkik Purayub
NOC Analyst
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Kung Janfak

Senior NOC Technician

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Lisa Ly

Marketing Manager

Mario Lopez

Senior Systems Engineer

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Mark Mayeda

Senior Account Manager

Matt Shryver

Sales Executive, Phoenix

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Melissa Corona

Marketing Associate

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Miguel Escamilla

Infrastructure Engineer II

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Mike Ly

Director of Support, Orange

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Mike Smiley

Director of Operations, San Jose

Mike-Wysocki-Sales
Mike Wysocki

Senior Account Executive, Hawaii

Mohammed Abdulrazzaq

Data Center Technician

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Mohammed Hafiz

Data Center Technician

Mohsin Bukhari

Data Center Technician

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Mon Teeranuntachai

Support Supervisor

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Mond Pengpipat

Web Manager

Monica-Hsu-Sales
Monica Hsu

Marketing Research Specialist

Natwar-Darak-IT
Natwar Darak

Senior Solutions Engineer

Nah-Y-Nguyen-IT
Nha-Y Nguyen

Systems Engineer II

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Nick Mektrakarn

Principle Solutions Architect

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Nott Kakhuen

Support Manager

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Nu Uscharaporn

Associate Systems Engineer

Oat Chanthet

Senior Network Engineer

Ohae-Radchalee-Accounting
Ohae Radchalee

Billing Analyst

Pae-Junphan-Accounting
Pae Junphan

Billing Analyst

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Panja Khuanjanthuk

Renewals Manager

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Parn Jittarom

System Engineer

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Phillip Mueller

Network Engineer

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Phuc Ngo

Associate Systems Engineer I

Pui Paha

Lead Web Developer

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Ramiro Rios

Associate Systems Engineer I

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Rick Hernandez

Network & Systems Service Manager

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Robert Peden

Associate Systems Engineer I

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Ron Gaerlan

Netwrok Engineer II

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Rory Armijo

Data Center Manager, Emeryville

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Santos Ponce

System Engineer II

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Saravanan Sadasivam

DevOps Engineer

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Satang Thongkamsopon

NOC Analyst

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Sharon Chan

Account Executive

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Sina Fallahi

Chief Facility Engineer

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Ta Kongnawang

NOC Analyst

Tap Vongprathum

Support Supervisor

Tay-Roongrawiwan-IT
Tay Roongrawiwon

Project Manager

Thanachai Dangha
Maintenance & Repair
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Tiffany Vu

Project Manager, Service Delivery

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Toh Chainarong

Support Supervisor

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Tom Arakelian

Senior System Engineer

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Tong Khemleg
Support Supervisor
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Tosh Kittikeyrechaikun

Senior Network Engineer

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Tyron Williams

Data Center Technician

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Victor Yu

Senior Solutions Architect

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Vince Tran

Engineer II

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Walter Pronozuk

Development Manager

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Wendy Perez

Senior Accountant

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Wilai Sohheng
Maintenance & Repair
Wilson Avatar
Wilson Zhou

Engineering Manager

Winnie-Sung-Accounting
Winnie Sung

Executive Accountant

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Yui Homthong

Web Developer

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Arman Khalili is the CEO of VPLS/Evocative and brings with him over 25 years of experience in Internet Infrastructure industry.

Prior to joining the company, Arman served as a Principal at Industry Capital a real assets based private equity firm in San Francisco. He was the founder and CEO of CentralColo also known as Element Critical. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Black Lotus, a leader in DDoS mitigation company, which was acquired by Level 3, and was the Founder/CEO of UnitedLayer, the largest privately held colocation provider in San Francisco. He was the founder of Sirius – one of the first ISPs in Silicon Valley, as well as the Co-founder and CTO of MusicBank, the first music subscription company. He has held numerous senior consulting positions at Level3, AT&T and Apple Computers.

As Chief Architect & Senior Advisor, Ted Mektrakarn brings over 15 years of experiences in technology development and management. Ted is responsible for the company’s vision, strategic direction, and operational management. Ted carries significant multi-industry knowledge and experience, advancing high-growth technology startups and industry-leading Fortune 500 companies alike. He is known for his ability to take promising technologies and organizations to the next level.

Ted’s experience in the industry includes past positions with companies like Brocade Communications thru the acquisition of Foundry Networks, Vivendi Universals – MP3.com and AT&T CERFnet. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the largest Internet exchange system, Coresite’s Any2 Network Exchange.

A pioneer in data center infrastructure development, VPLS is proud to have Jay Smith as the company’s Vice President of Data Center Operations. Jay has over 20 years of experience in telecommunication and data center management including deep knowledge of voice and data communication, fiber optic connectivity, data center design, colocation, managed services and related technologies.

Prior to joining VPLS, Jay was the co-founder of Cyberverse. Established in 1994, Jay’s leadership over the past 25 years enabled Cyberverse to earn the reputation as one of the most trusted Internet infrastructure services companies in the industry.

Today, Jay is responsible for all VPLS data centers operations across the United States and consults with clients on determining the most appropriate combination of physical data center locations and customized infrastructure solutions to meet their specific needs.

Mohamed Arab serves as the company’s Vice President of Cloud and Managed Services. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s strategic direction, operational management, and technical product innovation. Prior to joining VPLS, Mohamed served as VP of Technology for Hivelocity and Chief Technology Officer for Rack Alley LLC, which he founded, grew, and divested in 2017. He holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering and brings to VPLS decades of experience in the area of Internet technologies specifically design, security, support, and sales. 

Mohamed is fluent in three languages and, in his spare time, he enjoys cycling, sailing, and a good ebook.

Edward Buck is the Vice President of Technology and Service delivery at VPLS. Ed’s executive responsibility includes the design, delivery, maintenance, operations and support of all Evocative services. Prior to joining VPLS, Ed was a VP at UnitedLayer, a San Francisco based Colocation and Hosting Company.

Ed also founded ASPextra in 2003, a company focused on providing scalable and highly available managed hosting solutions. At ASPextra, Ed built a network and service delivery internet infrastructure compromising of multiple, geographically dispersed data centers serving clients in the US, Europe and Asia.

Ed is a regular contributor to a number of open source projects. He received his B.A. from Pomona College.

John Minnix serves as Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the company. John brings over 10 years of technology sales experience to all VPLS group brands and companies, including Account Executive positions at Nortel Networks, Foundry Networks and Brocade Communications. He is fluent in technologies including ethernet switches, routers, voice solutions, security solutions, cloud computing and professional services.

John holds a B.A. in History from Emory University and a Masters in Business Administration with a Marketing focus from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He is also a Brocade Certified Network Engineer.

Takahiro Masuda joined the team in March of 2006 as a NOC Technician and currently holds the position of Vice President of Engineering. His team is responsible for designing, implementing, operating, and optimizing systems and networks in order to provide increased availability, speed, performance, and agility for all company web hosting product lines.

Takahiro has earned a B.S. in Mathematics, specialized in Applied and Computational Mathematics, and a minor in Information and Computer Science.

Savi Singh has over 10 years of experience in accounting, with five years of experience in the data center and telecommunications industry. He has successfully led financial and accounting operations through numerous acquisitions.

Savi started his career as a Tax Specialist and then broadened his professional expertise by moving into a corporate and startup sector. Prior to joining Evocative, Savi served as a Revenue Manager of 365 Data Centers.

In his free time, he enjoys photography and hiking with his dog.