About Us

The Vero team has an extensive background in building and operating fiber network companies. The management team has decades of experience operating internet infrastructure companies for some of the most demanding bandwidth customers.

Matt Erickson

Matt Erickson, is a founding member of Vero Networks and has served since its inception as Managing Partner. Prior to Vero, he was part of the senior executive team that founded Zayo (NYSE: ZAYO). Matt was at Zayo from 2006-2016. Over his ten years at Zayo, Matt held various roles including Chief Operating Officer, President of Dark Fiber and Mobile Infrastructure Services, and SVP of Corporate Strategy and Development. While at Zayo, Matt oversaw the successful construction of ~17,000 route miles of new fiber network. Prior to Zayo, Matt was a member of the senior team that successfully sold ICG to Level 3 Communications in 2006. Earlier in his career Matt worked at Level 3 Communications and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Matt earned a B.S. (Summa Cum Laude with Honors) in Accounting from Colorado State University.

Zach Nebergall

Zach Nebergall is a founding member of Vero Networks and serves as its COO. Zach has 16 years of experience in the Communications and Internet industries. Before Vero, Zach worked 7 years at Zayo holding various leadership roles. His role at the time he left Zayo was Senior Vice President of Zayo’s largest business segment, the Metro Dark Fiber Group. In this role, he was responsible for managing the full operations and financial activities of the Metro Dark Fiber business, including pricing, capital management, engineering, service delivery, and network planning. Before joining Zayo, Zach held a variety of leadership roles at Level 3 Communications, including oversight of the Enterprise Voice Product Management and VoIP Services Product Management groups. Zach earned a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Colorado.

Greg Friedman

Greg Friedman is a founding member of Vero Networks as the CFO. Greg has 15 years in the telecommunications and real estate industries. Greg was previously Executive Vice President at Zayo Group, LLC, where he managed the datacenter, real estate and cloud computing businesses. Prior to that, Greg held various executive roles at Zayo, as well as management positions at Level 3 Communications, Deloitte, and Cap Gemini. He received a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School.

John Real

John Real is a founding member of Vero Networks and serves as EVP of Sales. Prior to Vero Networks John spent over 7 years at Zayo holding various executive roles, charged with leading sales and support for school districts networks. John established a team focused on E-Rate and helped deliver Zayo’s first handful of major successes in the school/E-Rate, space including Weld County Schools District 6 in Greeley, Colorado and Tucson Unified School District. Prior to Zayo, John spent 3 years as CEO of VoicePipe, an internet and telephony provider that was acquired by Zayo in 2007. John started his telecom career at ICG Communications.

Gregg Strumberger

Gregg Strumberger is a founding member of Vero Networks and serves as its CLO. Gregg has over 22 years of experience in the Communications and Internet industries and 19 years of experience as an attorney. Prior to Vero, Gregg held several leadership roles at Zayo, including General Counsel of Dark Fiber and Mobile Infrastructure Services and General Counsel of Zayo Canada, Inc. During his years at Zayo, Gregg was responsible for legal and business areas including Rights of Way, Procurement, Contracts, M&A, Regulatory, Litigation, Real Estate and Human Resources. Gregg negotiated many of Zayo’s most valuable customer deals and oversaw the development of Rights of Way and Vendor Management programs that enabled Zayo to quickly and efficiently build thousands of route miles of new fiber optic network. Prior to Zayo, Gregg served as Corporate Counsel at Level 3. During his early career, Gregg worked at the law firms of Swidler & Berlin and Hughes, Hubbard & Reed. Gregg earned his B.S. at Eastern Michigan University and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Dave Jones

Dave Jones is a member of Vero Networks and serves as its CTO. Dave has 25+ years of technical leadership experience in the fiber and wireless industries. His responsibilities have included network design, implementation, operations, technology assessment, business development, and overall P&L responsibility. Prior to joining, Vero Dave spent five years at Zayo in various leadership roles, the most recent being EVP of Dark Fiber Solutions, where he had overall responsibility for Zayo’s Dark Fiber and Mobile Infrastructure product groups. Before joining Zayo, Dave held senior management and technical positions with FiberTower, International Mobile Communications, Formus Communications Europe, Sprint PCS, US WEST, and the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Dave earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M. S. in Telecommunications, both from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy joins as member of Vero Networks serving as EVP of Sales & Business Development. Chris has 22 years of experience in the Communications & Internet industries. Prior to Vero, Chris was part of the original management team that founded Zayo (NYSE: ZAYO). Having joined Zayo at its inception, Chris held various Sr. Sales roles, supported M&A activity & participated in Zayo’s funding efforts through the company’s debt and equity partners. Most recently Chris served as SVP of the Strategic Customer Group. In that role Chris lead an organization responsible for Commercial Offer Management, Sales and Implementation for the largest Wireless, Carrier, Cable & Content customers. During his tenure the Strategic Customer Group grew to 400M of annualized revenue and enjoyed an annualized growth revenue rate of 17%. Prior to Zayo, Chris held various leadership positions in Sales, Business Development, Product & Carrier Relations, having worked at Level 3 communications, ICG & JATO. Chris began his career at TCG/AT&T. Chris received his B.S in Communications from the University of Colorado Boulder. Both of Chris’ parents dedicated themselves and their careers to public education. As such, working to achieve Vero’s goal of providing critical communications infrastructure to enhance public education is a uniquely personal interest of his.

Nathan McGinn

Nathan serves as the Senior. Vice President of Operations. Nathan has 12 years experience in the communications infrastructure and commercial real estate industries. Prior to joining Vero, Nathan spent 8 years at Zayo Group holding various leadership positions with focus on operations, construction, network development & client services. Prior to Zayo, Nathan was the Chief Operating & Financial Officer of Palm Beach Title Services.

Early in his career Nathan was a PGA Class-A credentialed golf professional in West Palm Beach, Florida. Nathan earned a B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in Mathematics from the University of Vermont and a JD/MBA from the University of Colorado.

Jake Fuller

Jake Fuller is the Senior Vice President of Product Management for Vero Fiber Networks and has 10 years of experience in the telecommunications and internet industries. Prior to Jake joining Vero, he worked at Zayo Group for 9 years where he held multiple senior leadership positions. Most recently, he was responsible for the Southeast Dedicated Fiber Region, guiding the day to day strategy and execution for Zayo’s fastest expanding region. Previously, he oversaw the Mobile Infrastructure Group, which was responsible for the Fiber to the Tower and Small Cell businesses, driving the majority of Zayo’s new fiber construction. For both of the aforementioned positions, his responsibilities included full P&L Management, Pricing Strategy, Executive Customer engagement, Product Marketing/sales, Implementation and Operations. Jake holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder.