ABOUT

We manage the partnerships and create value for you.

AQUABLUE is a leading communications provider specialized in responding to enterprises’ most complex connectivity needs. We unify network custom design, engineering, implementation, cost optimization and account management into a single, managed and transparent service model that financial and enterprise organizations rely on to perform.

Our tagline “Designed-to-Perform,” encompasses both our core essence and value proposition to customers. Focusing on three key tenets, we deploy “Designed-to-Perform” infrastructure, “Designed-to-Optimize” cost management, and “Designed-to-Simplify” account services.

A LEGACY OF ENTERPRISE EXPERTISE

AQUABLUE, formerly ITL Global Services, has serviced leading Enterprise customers for over 25 years. Through years of dedicated service and success, the team has become subject matter experts in the infrastructure and network design field. 

Working with organizations in healthcare, financial services, media and content, government, education, and large enterprises, the AQUABLUE team provides customized network design, deployment and account services to drive the highest levels of performance for customers.

We are dedicated to respond to the market’s two key issues – consolidation in the carrier space and internal client resources at an all-time low. Continuing our customer-first culture and taking a bold approach to simplification, transparency and bespoke services, we are now structured to provide customers with greater intelligence and support as an extension of their team. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Brett Diamond
Brett Diamond

Brett advises on strategic corporate initiatives to drive revenue growth. Through his many years of voice and data management experience, Brett is adept at all aspects of telecommunications management, from network services and implementation to project management and hardware consultation services.

He began his career with Atlantic Communications, and later Teligent and Net2000 Communications. As co-founder and president of Hudson Fiber Network, a premier data transport provider offering high-bandwidth, low-latency fiber networking solutions, Brett guided the company through to acquisition by ExteNet Systems. 

Originally from Huntington, New York, Brett attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

 

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Chris Marino
Chris Marino

Chris has extensive experience providing network services and leading innovation for the financial services industry for over 34 years. During this time he started several successful companies including Wall Street Network Solutions, a niche connectivity provider to the financial markets, acquired by GTT in 2014, and TRM Solutions, acquired by CS Technology in 2010.

Prior to these ventures, Chris was the Sales Leader for Con Edison Communications, where he developed the company’s first financial sales vertical, building a business with over $32 million in revenues within 5 years. In 1995 he joined IXnet, his first entrepreneurial venture, leading sales efforts and growing revenues to $100 million in less than six years. 

Chris began his career as an individual contributor at MCI and went on to lead the financial services vertical as Sales Director at TRT/FTC Communications.

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Jim Erickson
Jim Erickson

Jim is a founding principal and SVP of Sales. Prior to AQUABLUE, Jim launched ITL Global Services in 2017 to offer professional managed services and network solutions to the enterprise marketplace.

Starting his career as an investment advisor with the boutique bond house W.J. Nolan in New York City, he honed his financial market skills joining Waterhouse Securities as an investment advisor, and eventually moving into their Institutional Services Division.

Jim decided to make a career change into financial markets technology where he joined IXnet as part of their financial markets division where he managed large enterprise customers. He also worked for Con Edison Communication’s (CEC) financial markets group, helping to build that division into a multi-million-dollar operation that was eventually sold to RCN Business Solutions.

Jim has an Economics degree from the University of Rhode Island.

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MANAGEMENT TEAM

Chris Marino

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Chris has extensive experience providing network services and leading innovation for the financial services industry for over 34 years. During this time he started several successful companies including Wall Street Network Solutions, a niche connectivity provider to the financial markets, acquired by GTT in 2014 and TRM Solutions acquired by CS Technology in 2010.

Prior to these ventures, Chris was the Sales Leader for Con Edison Communications, where he developed the company’s first financial sales vertical building a business with over $32 million in revenues within 5 years. He joined his first entrepreneurial venture IXnet in 1995 leading sales efforts, and growing revenues to $100 million in less than six years. 

Chris began his career as an individual contributor at MCI and went on to lead the financial services vertical as Sales Director at TRT/FTC Communications.

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Jim Erickson

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES

Jim is a founding principal and SVP of Sales. Prior to AQUABLUE, Jim launched ITL Global Services in 2017 to offer professional managed services and network solutions to the enterprise marketplace.

Starting his career as an investment advisor with the boutique bond house W.J. Nolan in New York City, he honed his financial market skills, joining Waterhouse Securities as an investment advisor, eventually moving into their Institutional Services Division.

Jim decided to make a career change into financial markets technology where he joined IXnet, as part of their financial markets division where he managed large enterprise customers. He also worked for Con Edison Communication’s (CEC) financial markets group, helping to build that division into a multi-million-dollar operation that was eventually sold to RCN Business Solutions.

Jim has an Economics degree from the University of Rhode Island.

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Tamir Barsik

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS

Tamir is recognized for his customer-first approach, creative problem-solving and leading technical expertise.

He began his career in 2000 at Everest Broadband Networks, a provider of high-speed Internet access, long-distance voice, VoIP, digital broadcast satellite TV and broadband applications in commercial buildings and hotels.

In 2009, Tamir moved on to head engineering and operations at a telecom startup focused on financial markets technology services. He was tasked to design, build and maintain global transport and IP networks, as well as direct the Network Operations Center.

In 2018, Tamir joined ITL Global Services to head Engineering and Infrastructure. He is a principal member of AQUABLUE. In his role of overseeing solutions architecture, he and his team are able to design and support unique network solutions across multiple verticals.

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Tina Davis

GENERAL COUNSEL

Tina has over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Most recently, she was Lead Counsel for Hudson Fiber Networks and prior to that Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of tw telecom inc. prior to its merger with Level 3 Communications (LVLT).

Previously, Tina served as General Counsel of TeleWest International, a European telecommunications and cable television provider, Senior Counsel – Mergers and Acquisitions at US WEST Inc., specializing in international acquisitions and joint ventures, Chief Counsel for US WEST Cable Communications and partner of Mayer, Brown & Platt specializing in securities law, mergers and acquisitions, commercial lending and corporate finance.

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Joseph Sestito

VICE PRESIDENT OF SERVICE DELIVERY

Joe has held senior level positions at Citibank, Mocatta Metals and Standard Chartered Bank, where he was Senior Vice President of Technology for the Americas. Prior to joining AQUABLUE, he was SVP of Service Delivery and Assurance for ITL Global, and held positions as Manager of Service Delivery for BGC and Director of Engineering for Wall Street Networks. Joe has also worked as an independent consultant for large banks and brokerages with mission critical projects, including Prudential, NYSE and Citigroup. He founded MJI Communications, a specialized company providing niche, point-to-point telecommunications solutions to the financial services industry.
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Gary Prestipino

VICE PRESIDENT OF CLIENT SERVICES

Gary began his career in 1976 working for SPC (Sprint) as a NOC technician. In 1985 he joined trt/ftc to head the sales engineering group and develop international direct dialing services for financial market clients. In 1995, Gary joined his first entrepreneurial venture, IXnet and managed the sales engineering department globally. IXnet was acquired by Global Crossing for $3.8 billion in 2000. Gary left Global Crossing to join KGM Circuit solutions a start up offering Tradervoice services. At KGM Circuit solutions Gary was VP of operations and Client services. KGM Circuit solutions was sold to One Equity partners (Wescom) in 2006. Gary’s next start up was at Avanti Network group where he managed the day to day Operations. Avanti Network Group was acquired by GTT in 2016. There, Gary supported the transition with business and strategic clients.
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Simplify Your Infrastructure

The AQUABLUE team is standing by to streamline and optimize your network infrastructure.