We are Cross River Fiber. As a New Jersey-based grassroots organization, we collectively represent over 30 years of telecommunications industry experience in both the CLEC/Facilities-based and contracting establishments. Covering all facets of network design, management and construction, we pride ourselves on delivery and consistency.
Vincenzo 'Enzo' Clemente, President and CEO of Cross River Fiber, founded the company in 2011, bringing more than 15 years of management, network design, right of way, and construction experience to the company. Clemente is at the helm of a cutting-edge, boutique dark fiber service company that is building alternative bandwidth and communication solutions for New Jersey-based and New York-based companies that require fortified and scalable connectivity options.
Prior to launching Cross River Fiber, Clemente was the Director, OSP Design and Construction for Optimum Lightpath where he was instrumental in architecting network solutions to meet the needs of major commercial businesses throughout the New York and New Jersey metro markets. Before joining Optimum Lightpath, Clemente was the VP Operations at 4Connections LLC, a N.J. based CLEC that constructed and operated an independent Dark Fiber network throughout the Garden State. Clemente's leadership style, rooted in a true tactical fashion, creates a positive culture with a focus on implementing solutions both creatively and effectively.
Clemente has led a number of teams that have designed and constructed 1,000's of fiber route miles throughout New Jersey. He has brought together a winning and proven team to continue in his mission to create advanced fiber networks that use the latest technology while ensuring ultra-reliable and secure connectivity that is required by the most discerning service provider and enterprise organizations. Clemente holds a degree in Telecommunications Management from DeVry University and is considered a rising star and leading entrepreneur in the telecommunications industry.
Michael Sevret is the Senior Vice President of Sales for Cross River Fiber. As a telecom veteran with a proven track record that spans more than 15 years, Sevret's sales leadership and executive management experience is intrinsically valuable to his role at Cross River Fiber where he leads strategic sales functions for the organization. Prior to joining Cross River Fiber, Sevret was the Regional Vice President of Sales for Optimum Lightpath where he lead a team of 35 sales representatives with responsibility for the overall sales initiatives including maintaining a P&L based on sales revenues and forecast objectives. Sevret's experience and market savvy nature provided him a platform to focus on core sales strategies that exceeded the company's sales metrics and goals. With knowledge and relationships spanning New Jersey's leading vertical markets, Sevret has extensive experience with major enterprises, financials, government, healthcare and education sectors.
Prior to joining Optimum Lightpath in 2008, when the company acquired 4Connections, Sevret was the Vice President of Sales and Business Development and a key Executive Principal with 4Connections, LLC. 4Connections was an entrepreneurial niche N.J. based CLEC/telecommunications start-up that constructed, owned and operated its own independent Dark Fiber network assets. Sevret began his career in the telecom industry with MCI Worldcom in 1999 where he quickly established himself as a successful sales leader capable of achieving incredible results. Sevret has earned multiple top honor sales awards, achievements and certificates of management and leadership training, and has demonstrated excellence throughout his career. Sevret has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Western New England College where he also played football.
Robert Sokota is the General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer for Cross River Fiber. He brings a wealth of experience from his 20 year career in the telecom industry. Sokota served as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer for AboveNet and played a key role in the company’s management from its emergence from bankruptcy through its sale in 2012. Prior to AboveNet, Sokota worked for Metromedia International Telecommunications, Inc. In that role, he helped found and develop telecommunications ventures in the countries of the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and China. Sokota worked as an associate with the firm Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C.
He also worked as an Adjunct Professor at St. Thomas Aquinas College where he taught courses in data analysis, statistics and management finance. Sokota holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University.