Robert R. Davenport III
Chief Executive Officer/President
In addition to serving as Chairman of Up Communications Services, LLC (UCS) Rob is also the Managing Partner of Brightpath Capital Partners, LP (BCP). Prior to BCP and UCS, he was President and CEO of Covad International, a broadband services provider in Asia and Europe. He also served as SVP of Tele-Communications, Inc. (now Comcast), where he managed the broadband data business unit and was a member of the board of directors of Teleport Communications Group and Sprint PCS. He began his career in private equity, risk arbitrage and business development at First Boston, Lehman Brothers and TLC Beatrice Foods. He has served on the board of directors of MCI, Inc. and St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Oakland, California and is currently Chairman of Sungevity, Inc. Rob also serves as a director of Blu Homes, Inc., One Pacific Coast Bank, FSB and the East Bay Community Foundation. He earned his AB and MBA from Harvard University and completed postgraduate work in political economy at the University of Nairobi, Kenya as a Rotary Fellow.
Chief Financial Officer
Ron has over 25 years of experience in corporate finance, strategic planning, sales management and business process outsourcing. Prior to joining UP Communications, Ron served as Chief Financial Officer of Hi-TekPOS, a start-up software company providing point of sale and inventory management support for concession operations at professional sporting events. During a ten-year career at Convergys Corporation, a global leader in call center operations and business process outsourcing, Ron held several executive positions in Finance, Sales and Operations. Following Convergys’ IPO in August 1998, he started and ran the Investor Relations function and was a member of the company’s Operating Committee. Prior to Convergys, Ron held various management positions in finance and planning at General Electric, GE Capital and TRW Inc. He began his professional career as a commercial banker in Cleveland, Ohio and led relationships with Fortune 1000 companies in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Ron earned his BA in Business Administration from Cleveland State University. Later, as a Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Fellow, he earned his MBA with a concentration in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis.
Andrew “Pete” Peterson
Chief celebrity news Technology Officer
Pete brings over 25 years of experience developing enterprise-class software to the Up Communications team. Previously, Pete served as VP of Product Development and Operations at Xtiva Financial Systems in San Francisco, managing all aspects of Product Development and Data Center Operations. Pete also served as VP of Information Products at Callidus Software, where he architected and oversaw the development of the company’s portfolio of information products, including the introduction of TrueAnalytics. Prior to Callidus, Pete served as VP of Product Development at nQuire Inc. and led the development of the nQuire Server — a next generation analytics engine employed to analyze some of the world’s largest data warehouses. The nQuire Server is currently the foundation for Oracle’s Business Intelligence offerings subsequent to nQuire, Inc.’s acquisition first by Siebel Systems, Inc., followed by the Oracle Corporation. Pete was also responsible for over $100 million in annual revenues as General Manager and VP of Engineering of Database Products at Platinum Technology. Platinum was acquired by Computer Associates in 1999. He began his career developing the DB2 database in concert with researchers at IBM’s Almaden Research Center in Silicon Valley. Pete earned his BS in Computer Science from Purdue University and MBA from the University of San Francisco and volunteers with a number of non-profit community organizations.
Vice President of Operations
Dean brings 20 years of operations and leadership experience to the UCS team, having overseen multiple large-scale network construction and deployment projects as well as the restructuring of a nationwide field services workforce with Covad Communications. Prior to transitioning Covad’s Field Operations Group into the Installation Services Group (ISG) and becoming Director of ISG East, Dean was recruited by UniSys to form IDI, a small business infrastructure design and management company. Dean devoted a decade of his life and career to the United States Marine Corps with responsibility for Airfield Operations for the Presidential Helicopter Squadron HMX-1, qualification as an air traffic controller and as a Water Safety & Survival Instructor, and several tours in and out of the country, including as a Marine Corps Drill Instructor at MCRD Parris Island and as a Airfield Operations Liaison Officer between Kadena Air Base and Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan.