Meet Our Team
From our founding team to our business leaders that have joined along the way, Apcela brings deep expertise and experience across all domains, IT and networking technologies, and industries. Innovation, integrity and excellence in service delivery are core to our founding principles and part of the way we do business. With nearly 200 years of professional experience across industry-leading companies including Verizon, AT&T, Accenture, LightSquared, BroadSoft and Level 3, our leadership team’s practical experience is balanced by innovation and entrepreneurial drive.
Mark Casey, CEO
Mark Casey, Apcela’s Founder and CEO, is a progressive leader intensely focused on leveraging emerging technologies and his deep knowledge of the global telecom and IT markets to deliver top results for clients, associates and stakeholders.
Mark’s experience and reputation is built on a successful track record of over 25 years in the communications industry delivering results for industry heavyweights including AT&T and Verizon. Mark joined railroad operator CSX in 2001 to lead CSX Fiber Networks supporting large carriers with complex network optimization. In 2005, Mark led the acquisition of FiberSource,® the core intellectual property among other assets of CSXFN, to form the nucleus of CFN Services.
Now leading Apcela, widely recognized as one of the fastest growing technology firms in North America, Mark and his team specialize in developing high-performance solutions for globally distributed, real-time, mission-critical applications. Under his leadership, Apcela pioneered the development of the Alpha Platform™, an award winning high-performance private cloud for global, low-latency electronic securities trading.
Mark holds a BBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MBA from American University.
Jack Dziak, President and COO
As President and COO of Apcela, Jack Dziak is responsible for the implementation, reporting, and oversight of Apcela’s sales, product, operational, financials and administrative functions. Reporting to the CEO, Jack serves as a key member of the Apcela’s management team, ensuring the realization of the company’s strategic objectives.
Jack brings 30 years of experience as a c-level executive and board member in the enterprise IT and communications services industries. Throughout his career, he has managed complex technology P&Ls, product and solutions management and engineering, strategy formulation and financial planning (including corporate development activities).
Prior to Apcela, Jack was Executive Vice President, Global Products at Sungard Availability Services, overseeing the P&L for their global Hybrid IT and Recovery services portfolio. Throughout his executive career, Jack has held additional c-level positions with Neustar, Inc., Sprint Nextel, and MCI Communications. He led a successful 15-year career in strategy and technology consulting, during which he was a Partner in Accenture’s Communications and High-tech industry practice. Jack started his consulting career at Coopers & Lybrand LLP where he was the lead financial economist for the privatization of many national telecommunications concerns. His experience is global, having worked in over 30 countries through the course of his career.
Jack holds a BS (Cum Laude) in economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Todd Akers, Chief Revenue Officer
Todd Akers is Chief Revenue Officer at Apcela, responsible for leading global sales, services, and business development. Todd is relentlessly focused on customer success and his track record proves that is the right approach. His customer focus has delivered exceptional value to his clients while consistently exceeding his business objectives.
Todd has more than 20 years of experience in sales and as an executive. He is a successful technology industry veteran having started his tech career at Computer Associates and has worked at other high growth companies like Verisign and Akamai Technologies. Todd most recently held leadership positions at Adobe, and Acquia.
Todd is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Executive Management Program and George Mason University.
Travis Shank, Vice President of Operations
As the Vice President of Operations, Travis directs Apcela’s operations supporting the growth of the company. Bringing deep experience in operations for companies ranging from startups to the Fortune 100, he spearheads the company’s strategic planning, while overseeing day-to-day operations of sales, marketing, finance and operations. Additionally, Travis leads Apcela’s execution in building an innovative “global application delivery platform.”
Prior to Apcela, Travis was at Monitor Deloitte, the strategy consulting arm of Deloitte Consulting LLP. At Monitor Deloitte, he held senior roles working with executives in developing and implementing strategies to improve operational performance and initiate business and operating model transformations. Throughout his career, he held various senior positions in operations.
Travis holds a BS in economics and an MBA both from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.
Mike Weaver, Vice President of Client Solutions
As VP of Client Solutions, Mike is responsible for the growth and delivery of Apcela’s managed services solutions with a focus on ensuring quality, consistency and overall client satisfaction. Mike also oversees Acpela’s network planning, engineering and architecture, as well as the financial management of carrier relations, to ensure alignment with Apcela’s overall product growth and expansion strategy.
With more than 20 years of experience in business development, finance, strategy and program management in the communications and technology sectors, Mike has a proven record leading cross-functional programs ranging from launching new services and lines of business to leading large-scale network optimization and cost-reduction initiatives with both domestic and international scope.
Prior to Apcela, Mike served as Director of Strategic Programs at XO Communications where he led the company’s $150M transformation program, helped define and launch its Cloud IaaS solutions, and was responsible for end-of-life cycle planning and execution of the company’s legacy TDM services. Mike also held multiple leadership roles at MCI and played a significant role in helping the company emerge from bankruptcy and chart a new strategy for growth and eventual sale to Verizon.
Mike has a BS from Indiana University.
Michael Annessa, CFO
As Chief Financial Officer of Apcela, Michael oversees the overall financial strategy and direction of the company. Within finance, he guides the controller, treasury, accounting, tax, and financial planning and analysis functions to continuously optimize Apcela’s financial performance.
Before joining Apcela, Michael served as Vice President of Finance and Controller at Greensmith Energy, a leader in grid-scale energy storage technology. He joined when the company was in the start-up phase and was a key financial and operational executive that scaled the business to close its $170 million sale to Wärtsilä in July 2017. Prior to Greensmith, Michael worked at Presidio, where he managed the accounting and financial reporting functions, supporting buyside M&A transactions and Presidio’s eventual sale to private equity investors. Michael began his public accounting career at Deloitte, where he served as a lead auditor on several large SEC filers in the financial services industry.
Michael holds a BS in accounting and an MBA from George Mason University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).