Meet our leadership team.
The Highwinds Board of Directors
Steve Miller, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Highwinds
Frank Bergen, Chief Executive Officer, Xerocole, Inc.
Don Padgett, Certified Public Accountant
Chris Petrovic, Former GM, GameStop Digital Ventures
Albert A. Prast, Chief Information Officer, Connextions, Inc.
David Fialkow, Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners
Steve Miller founded Highwinds in 2002 with the vision of growing it into the global content delivery and multi-platform IP services powerhouse it is today. He established a corporate culture that is rooted in entrepreneurialism and passion for technology and service. He enlisted the industry’s top talent. He has raised over $600 million in debt and equity financing. He has spearheaded and closed five acquisitions. He continues to tap into Highwinds’ software development pedigree to produce an innovative content delivery, network and cloud-based IP services software stack that provides unmatched value for customers. He remains committed to investing in Highwinds’ growth. Today, under Steve’s direction, Highwinds owns and operates the world’s fastest CDN, delivers games globally across the GDN, boasts a software and solutions portfolio equal to none, and is highly profitable.
Steve’s extensive experience in the technology and software space includes executive posts at Openwave and bCandid, among others. In these previous roles, he led an aggressive penetration into the enterprise IP services software market, driving sales initiatives and winning business with the world’s leading telecoms and ISPs. In recent years, Steve has twice been named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and has accepted top honors in the SMART Awards. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Alabama.
Rich Day is a technology solutions visionary with 20 years of industry experience. He has a well-trained eye for devising ways to use technology to solve complex business problems, improve operations and boost profitability. As president, he taps into his extensive knowledge base and many years of hands-on experience to continually extend the technological advantages of Highwinds’ suite of content delivery and network services while putting major emphasis on the customer experience.
Rich is no stranger to the content delivery space. In 1999, he co-founded Speedera Networks and served as its chief architect until its acquisition by Akamai in 2005. Following the acquisition, he stayed on at Akamai for several years to oversee customer transitions. Day is credited with some of the industry’s earliest CDN advances and is named as an inventor on 48 CDN-related patents.
Rich served as Highwinds’ chief architect from 2010 until 2015 when he was promoted to president. As chief architect Day engineered the global network to scale rapidly and handle explosive growth. His teams optimized CDN performance, added new PoPs (points of presence) and further boosted network capacity to maintain substantial headroom. In addition to massive capacity augmentation, engineering teams under RIch’s direction deployed upgraded hardware, enhanced global security features and added premium network peers across the globe.
Rich attended New York University before completing his bachelor’s degree in Product Design at Parsons School of Design.
Gabe Miller, in his role as chief financial officer, is responsible for Highwinds’ overall financial health and the management of all accounting, budgeting, banking, asset administration, tax, payroll, legal and insurance functions. Since 2004, Gabe has successfully directed financial operations for Highwinds from its early days as a startup in the content delivery and network services space to the high-growth phase it has experienced in recent years, navigating the company through five acquisitions and over $420 million in financing along the way, all while achieving positive operating income in each year of the company’s existence. In addition to Gabe’s financial responsibilities, he also directs all human resources functions, and during his tenure as CFO, Highwinds’ headcount has grown by 1200% and now spans three continents. Gabe possesses a keen business sense, solid negotiation skills and a sharp eye for profitability.
Previously, as a business analyst for Rotech Healthcare, he played a lead role in the integration of an acquired company with $20 million in annual sales into a parent organization with $650 million in annual sales. He also worked as a senior consultant with Nephron Pharmaceuticals and has extensive experience with world-class international billing platforms. Gabe holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from the University of Florida.
Scott Munger oversees all operational aspects of Highwinds’ content delivery network and hosted IP services, including the design, deployment and operations of large scale application and network services. His expertise – from hands-on integration to industry thought leadership – is instrumental in ensuring smooth-running operations and positive customer experiences, particularly as Highwinds continues along its high-growth trajectory. Scott’s operational proficiency is central to successfully integrating acquired network and technology companies, casting nets over emergent markets with new international points of presence, boosting network performance and unleashing new solutions. His specialties include managing a network with more a terabit per second of sustained traffic and overseeing operations in a 24x7x365 environment.
Scott’s lengthy career has included high-profile technical leadership roles throughout the Highwinds organization where he has worked for ten years. Prior to joining Highwinds, he held posts at One Realm, bCandid and University of Colorado at Boulder UnixOps. Scott earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Josh Gagliardi has been scaling, tuning and extending Internet services as a software engineer since his start as a summer intern in the Distributed Systems group at BBN in 1992. His specialty is designing and building systems capable of long uptimes in the unpredictable environment that is the public Internet – suited for varying client demands and capable of leveraging constant hardware evolution to drive costs down.
Josh is a passionate leader focused on the creation and evolution of quality products through novel architectures, produced in a collaborative environment where craftsmanship and constant learning is the norm. His team’s products collect, store, index, serve, bill and analyze an ever-changing collection of billions of records comprising petabytes of data for infrastructure customers worldwide.
In addition to his work at Highwinds, Josh has served in technical roles at Openwave Systems, Software.com, Language Engineering Corporation and BBN. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from MIT and holds several patents.
Joseph Fisher III (Trey) is General Counsel for Highwinds. Trey oversees all legal and regulatory matters for Highwinds’ operations worldwide. His responsibilities include directing the company’s intellectual property, transactional, litigation, government relations and compliance matters. He brings years of experience in litigation, technology advocacy, negotiations and strategic planning.
Previously, Trey worked for Oracle after graduating from law school. Prior to joining Highwinds, Trey worked as a lead litigator for the nationally recognized law firm of Leventhal & Slaughter. At Leventhal & Slaughter, Trey handled all aspects of complex trials from jury selection through verdict. His cases included criminal copyright infringement, corporate investigations, money laundering and theft of trade secrets.
Trey earned his bachelor’s from the College of Charleston, completed the Transnational Law Program through Duke University Law School and his JD from New York Law School.
Based at the company’s headquarters in Winter Park, Florida, Marco Medugno is responsible for Highwinds business in Latin America. Having strong expertise in start-ups and aggressive growth targets, he works with the executive leadership team to shape the company’s strategy for the region and ensures its implementation accordingly. Among that, a big importance is given to business development with sales and marketing, building and mentoring an experienced team focused on establishing profitable and long-term relationship businesses to overachieve the company objectives. On top of that, Marco is responsible to bridge, extend and ‘tropicalize’ all company’s departments into the region standards and laws, which embraces Finance, Legal, Regulatory, Operations, Engineering, Supply-chain and Service Assurance activities.
Prior to joining Highwinds in 2010, Marco served as Sales Director for Global Crossing (acquired by Level3) for 10 years, building a $60 million yearly-revenue customer base. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from São Paulo State University and a Masters in Business Administration with emphasis in Marketing from the School of Higher Education in Advertising and Marketing.
Neal Bass serves as Highwinds Executive Vice President, Content Delivery and Network Services. He began his career in 1996 by founding PVNS, an ISP that served the Central Florida area. The company provided internet connectivity and web hosting services. He served as President for 4 years before merging the company with Atlantic.Net, the largest privately held ISP in the southeast. After the merger, Neal served as COO for 11 years and managed the expansion of the business from residential internet service to business connectivity and hosting. In 2001 the company acquired a data center and began providing colocation and managed services, and also formed a CLEC, Atlantic.Net Broadband, to provide competitive phone service statewide in Florida.
In 2012, Neal joined Highwinds to manage deployment and implementation of the company’s RollingThunder Network PoP expansion into Asia, Oceania and additional sites in Europe. Neal currently manages operations of all of the company’s existing PoPs on five continents. He also oversees sourcing and procurement of both network and server equipment, and sourcing of the company’s internet connectivity and backbone expenses. He and his team work closely with vendors and partners to manage PoP expenses, colocation and connectivity with peers and providers worldwide.
Bass earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.
Jay Moore is a creative professional with 20 years of marketing accomplishments at Internet technologies, sports, media, and entertainment companies. As vice president of marketing for Highwinds, he owns the responsibility of promoting the highest performing CDN on the planet. He does this by seamlessly integrating all aspects of marketing, communications, public relations, and social media to raise awareness, attract customers, and promote the Highwinds brand. Jay joined Highwinds in 2007, the year the CDN was launched, and as such, he has played a key role in building the Highwinds’ marketing arm and in the CDN’s continued success in the market.
Jay previously served in high-ranking marketing roles for XOS Technologies, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Orlando Magic – where his hard work, steady flow of ideas, and proven track record of implementing innovative marketing solutions created a buzz and generated revenue for these organizations. Over the years, he has leveraged and further honed his skills in product marketing, advertising, public relations, web site architecture, search engine optimization, event marketing, brand management, social media, and business development. Jay holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master’s degree in sports administration from Florida State University.
John Cahill is responsible for Highwinds’ global sales organization and revenue growth of its content delivery, cloud storage and network services portfolio. He recruits, motivates and mentors an ever-growing sales team spanning the globe. He embraces the dynamics of the content delivery ecosystem and works closely with Highwinds’ partners to provide customers with added value. He is an expert at listening to customers’ needs and matching their needs to innovative technology solutions. And he has a keen eye for managing profit and loss and strategic initiatives for large sales organizations.
John joined Highwinds in 2008 and was appointed vice president of global sales in 2013. In this role, he leverages almost two decades of executive-level sales experience in the technology space. He came to Highwinds from NaviSite (now a Time Warner Cable Company), where he led sales for NaviSite’s global CDN offering. Prior to Navisite John led sales at several venture backed and bootstrapped technology ventures in the network services field, including TIAC, Digital Island and Invisiblehand Networks. John received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Julio Seijo leads the Highwinds Software Engineering team which is responsible for all aspects of new and continuing development of its global CDN. Since joining Highwinds in 2008, Julio has been instrumental in driving and managing the expansion and streamlining of Highwinds CDN and its product suite, which today is one of the largest and most feature-rich CDNs in the world.
Julio has a strong technical background in software engineering, specializing in CDN, music streaming, and media delivery. He brings a keen vision and insight regarding the technical function and enhancement of the complex, large scale, and diverse network which is the CDN. His down to earth management style keeps leadership as well as development teams grounded and focused on consistent performance, product optimization, and achievable growth.
Julio received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Central Florida, and got his start developing software for Xerox Corporation. He then created software for a music streaming startup called Musicmatch, Inc. Before joining Highwinds, he worked for Yahoo.com developing the Yahoo! Music Engine, an online music and media streaming product.
As Vice President of Systems Engineering, Maxim Porges leads the technical operations, systems engineering, and network engineering teams for the Content Delivery Network Services division.
After spending 11 years in enterprise IT, Max brought his extensive experience as a career software engineer and systems architect to Highwinds in 2008. Initially leading development of the award-winning StrikeTracker console, Max went on to wear many technical leadership hats across all aspects of the CDN, from software engineering and solutions architecture to implementation and technical operations. As the longest-tenured employee within the CDN technical teams, Max has a deep understanding of all aspects of the system and has played a crucial role throughout its growth into a global world-class content delivery and network services platform.
Max took the helm for systems engineering and technical operations in 2012. Always looking for the simplest solution, Max has led his teams to refine the system into its purest implementation. This approach has allowed the CDN to achieve previously unseen levels of operational stability and performance, resulting in unprecedented growth and the record traffic levels seen today. To stay ahead of this growth, Max works closely with hardware vendors to ensure that the Highwinds CDN remains on the cutting edge of server and networking technology, drawing upon his roots in software development to consult with Highwinds’ software engineering teams to guarantee a perfect marriage between the hardware, software, and operating system in the final solution. This cohesive full-stack approach to systems design ensures that Highwinds delivers the high performance, stability, and value that CDN customers demand.
Max earned his A.A.S. in computer programming & analysis from Valencia College in 2002. Since then, he has supported his alma mater as chairman of the IT Advisory Board, working with Central Florida technology leadership to ensure that students are exposed to the most relevant coursework during their degree programs and graduate with the skills required to succeed.