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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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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Priscilla Grainger
Priscilla Grainger

DIRECTOR, SALES OPERATIONS & CLIENT SUPPORT

Priscilla comes to AQUABLUE with over a decade of telecom experience in both Business Operations and Customer Service. Priscilla began her career in telecom in 2010 working for Hibernia Networks (then Hibernia Atlantic). At Hibernia she worked on all aspects of the business as the company grew, with roles ranging from Global Sales Assistant, Business Operations Executive to Client Relationship Manager. She continued her career in telecom as a Customer Account Manager at GTT when Hibernia Networks was acquired in 2017. In 2018, Priscilla moved to the voice arena where she became a Senior Customer Success Manager at Vonage, managing some of the top customer accounts; most recently finishing 2020 over 100% to plan. Priscilla is recognized for her attention to detail, customer-first approach and relationship-building skills.

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Byron Pollard
Byron Pollard

DIRECTOR OF NETWORK OPERATIONS

Byron is a proven technical leader and operations manager with extensive telecom sector experience. Byron started his career as a network engineer in 2003 at MetTel communications. There he provisioned and turned up customer DSL, HDLC, and T1 circuits. He conducted onsite Verizon Central Office testing of OC3, DS3, T1, and On-net DSL circuits and maintained radius, email, web, and DNS servers and network server issues.

Byron accepted an even more challenging role at Everest Broadband in 2005 where he was
quickly promoted to Chief Network Engineer. He led engineers in all aspects of network design, development, and support and oversaw the technical team in network operations center (NOC)
management. Byron is well respected among his colleagues and has a proven track record of providing quality service.

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Hui Jin

FINANCE MANAGER

Hui Jin started his career in finance 2010 joining Wall Street Network Solutions as Financial Analyst. He handled all billing related activities, including invoicing, collections and billing disputes. Jin was also instrumental in sales support and assisting in various operations projects as IT support. In 2014 when Wall Street Network Solutions was acquired by GTT, Hui joined the GTT Sales Operations team as an IT support for all sales reps globally. He also trained and directed his peers. He is considered an expert in CMD, an in-house developed software by GTT. Hui was a member of the GTT Presidents Club. In 2018, Hui decided to join ITL Global Services to further his career in finance to take on a broader range of responsibilities, such as financial reporting and human resources.

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Connell Foley LLP
Timothy E. Corriston, Esq.

COUNSEL

AQUABLUE CARES

AQUABLUE takes pride in giving back to our community by supporting extraordinary people and organizations with the sole purpose of improving life and humanity for all. 

AQUABLUE is an independent supporter of the following organizations:

To reinforce our mission to protect natural resources and restore environmental quality, AQUABLUE pledges to support the following practices at our offices:

  • Minimization of waste generation through source reduction, re-use, and recycling
  • Conserve energy/water and improve the energy/water efficiency of our operations

Check out our social media to follow along our donation journey or email us for more info at abcares@aquabluenetwork.com.

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