Founded in 2011, Cross River Fiber provides custom, scalable, and secure high-speed fiber network solutions for carriers, wireless mobility providers and enterprise businesses. Our purpose-built fiber network extends into key data centers, carrier hotels, enterprise buildings, wireless access points, and financial exchanges within New Jersey and New York. Providing dark and lit transport solutions, Cross River Fiber connects businesses to a digital world and creates unsurpassed networking options for our clients.
Cross River Fiber is a Delaware LLC owned by employees, business partners and Ridgemont Equity Partners. Ridgemont is a Charlotte-based private equity firm that specializes in middle market buyout and growth equity investments. Since 1993, the principals of Ridgemont Have invested more than $3 billion in more than 110 companies.
Vincenzo 'Enzo' Clemente, President and CEO of Cross River Fiber, founded the company in 2011, bringing more than 20 years of management, network design, right of way, and construction experience to the company. Clemente is at the helm of the cutting-edge, network infrastructure company that builds custom fiber connectivity options in the NY-Metro area for enterprises, carriers and wireless mobility providers. Prior to launching Cross River Fiber, Clemente was the Director, OSP Design and Construction for Lightpath (Altice) where he was responsible for architecting network solutions to meet the needs of major commercial businesses throughout the New York and New Jersey metro markets. Before joining Lightpath, Clemente was the VP of Operations at 4Connections LLC, a NJ-based CLEC that constructed and operated an independent Dark Fiber network throughout the region. Clemente has designed and constructed 1000’s of fiber route miles and his leadership style, rooted in a true tactical fashion, creates a positive culture with a focus on implementing solutions both creatively and effectively. His mission has always been to create superior fiber networks that deploy latest technology, while ensuring ultra-reliable and secure connectivity that is required by the most discerning organizations. Clemente holds a degree in Telecommunications Management from DeVry University and is considered a thought leader and leading entrepreneur in the telecommunications industry.
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.