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Since its launch in 1999, PEER 1 Hosting has grown into one of the world's leading hosting providers. We got here by delivering the kind of exceptional service that gets noticed. And this level of service starts with exceptional people – from those on the frontline to our leadership.

Leadership Team

Tony Ciciretto
Tony Ciciretto
President & CEO
Tony Ciciretto
Tony Ciciretto
President & CEO

As President and CEO of Cogeco Data Services and Peer 1 Hosting, Tony is responsible for overseeing Cogeco Cable’s enterprise services business.

Passionate about customer service and creating a collaborative culture within the workplace, Tony is responsible for the overall operations of Cogeco Data Services and Peer 1 Hosting. Combined, the companies deliver data centre, cloud infrastructure, managed hosting, managed IT and connectivity services to approximately 12,000 customers in a variety of industry sectors in North America and internationally.

Mr. Ciciretto has more than 20 years of extensive experience in the technology industry and, prior to joining the Cogeco Cable group of companies, held executive positions with Rogers Business Solutions and Bell Canada.

Tony holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering Technology from Ryerson University, a Master's degree in Science from State University of New York, and is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario.

Sheila Bouman
Executive Vice President & Managing Director
Sheila Bouman
Executive Vice President & Managing Director

Sheila Bouman is responsible for leading PEER 1 Hosting's efforts to ensure that our people are engaged, committed, and contributing their best to ensure that PEER 1 Hosting becomes the most human Internet hosting company in the world. As Chief People and Performance Officer, Sheila will be a strategic partner to the PEER 1 Hosting leadership team, and in an operational management role she will define and execute people plans that support the peer's vision, culture, and strategic priorities. Prior to joining PEER 1 Hosting in 2012, Sheila spent the last fourteen years providing consulting services to leaders and their teams on how to align the contribution of their people to the company's goals, specifically during times of change. As co-founder of Navigo Consulting and Coaching, Sheila and her team have worked closely with PEER 1 Hosting since 2009. Committed to community service, Sheila has served on several non-profit boards and committees and in 2011, completed one term elected as a Trustee for the Board of Education. Sheila graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education and is a certified executive coach.

Kevin Paolino
Kevin Paolino
SVP, Sales
Kevin Paolino
Kevin Paolino
SVP, Sales

For Kevin, every interaction matters—especially the honest ones. For him honest transparency is the backbone to creating a culture where people can grow and thrive. He believes that you can make the biggest impact when you are passionate, focused and disciplined.

As a military brat his upbringing has instilled a sense of hard work and accountability within him. These traits have played a key role in both his personal and his professional life over the years. Not to mention the successful running of the Tough Mudder—which he's keen to run again.

Kevin has been leading successful sales organizations for multi-national companies. He has worked with organizations such as AT&T, SkyTel and Xircom where he has been a part of remarkable growth and change—including launching the first ever two-way communications network.

At Peer 1 Hosting, Kevin leads a team of nearly 100. As Senior Vice President of Revenue, Kevin says "it's the people who make up the team that mean the very most." Enabling his team to stretch and achieve beyond expectations and get in the drivers seat (note the car reference—he's a huge car fanatic) is what he's most excited about. At Kevin's core, he believes that if you take care of your people the revenue and customer satisfaction will follow.

Kevin cares about creating an environment that will enable individuals to realize their full potential, customers to focus on their dreams, and technology to change the world for the better. At the center of that, are the people he believes in.

Ted Smith
SVP, Operations
Ted Smith
SVP, Operations

Ted Smith joined PEER 1 Hosting in October 2005 as Vice President of the Managed Hosting division. In 2007, he became Vice President of Operations and following the June 30, 2008 fiscal year end, he was appointed Senior Vice President, Operations. He is currently responsible for all IT hosting operations for PEER 1 Hosting, drawing on his experience in a variety of operational roles in the hosting and network business. His past roles include overseeing three datacenters as the AVP of operations for Interland, and building a national OC3 IP network for Hostcentric Dedicated Hosting in his role as vice president of network engineering. Ted also served as CTO at Maxim Computer Systems where he helped to develop the co-location and dedicated hosting products, designed the datacenter and network operations centers, and built the support team. Ted holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from California State University, Chico, and a Masters in Mathematics from Michigan State University.

Ryan Murphey
VP, Datacenter Operations
Ryan Murphey
VP, Datacenter Operations

With more than 13 years of experience in datacenter management and customer service management within the hosting and network industry, Ryan Murphey currently directs the design, budget and capacity planning for PEER 1 Hosting's 16 datacenters across the United States and Canada. Prior to his current position with PEER 1 Hosting, Ryan was the director of operations for ServerBeach. His responsibilities included the design and supervision of the build out of multiple datacenters across the US, management of the datacenter operations teams and management of product engineering within ServerBeach. For seven years prior to joining PEER 1 Hosting, Ryan owned a private technology consulting firm specializing in the design, installation and support of local and wide area networks, managing associated connectivity, security aspects and disaster recovery.

Scott Davis
Scott Davis
VP, Customer Experience
Scott Davis
Scott Davis
VP, Customer Experience

Scott Davis joined PEER 1 Hosting as Vice President, Customer Experience in August 2012. Bringing more than 25 years of global customer service experience to his role, Scott is responsible for leading a team of more than 100 front-line employees, ensuring the delivery of an exceptional experience to PEER 1 Hosting customers.

Prior to joining PEER 1 Hosting, Scott honed his customer service skills and expertise at companies both large and small, including AT&T, LexisNexis, TMP Worldwide and Sykes Enterprises.

Scott has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and two daughters. 

Steve Paton
Steve Paton
VP, IT & Networking
Steve Paton
Steve Paton
VP, IT & Networking

Steve never accepts the norm; in fact the status quo bores him. While he respects the past, he refuses to do something because it’s what has always been done.

He’s an innovator, always striving to find better ways to do things, and a self-professed process improvement person.

Before joining Peer 1 Hosting, Steve worked for a large phone provider in the United States and prior to that he worked as a radio tech in the Air Force. When he came on board at Peer 1, as Vice President of IT and Networking, he was attracted to the company’s values, its people and the way it was run.

He took what he liked and set out to make it even better—redesigning the way the organization runs. Steve is most proud of the way the networking and IT teams work and communicate together. In his role, he tends to deal with things when they’re at their worst, so communication is key, and Steve and his teams are the experts.

Steve believes in the uniqueness that connects us and the colorful personalities that shape us. In fact, you’ll notice that Steve is extra colorful; wearing bright shirts is his thing. It’s also his thing to bring together ideas in new and meaningful ways as a catalyst for growth.

Ben Young
Ben Young
VP, General Counsel
Ben Young
Ben Young
VP, General Counsel

Ben Young is an avid outdoor enthusiast. So much, in fact, that he’ll hike 50 kilometers in one day just to prove it.

The Baden Powell trail along Vancouver's North Shore Mountains is a strenuous undertaking, but Ben has hiked it in a single day every year since he came to Vancouver. That's 16 straight hours of hiking. It's a grueling day, but one he absolutely relishes.

And he does it for charity—supporting the community of Vancouver that he’s grown to love so much. It has since grown into an annual fundraiser, yet one which early cynics said was an unrealistic goal. It was too far to hike in one day, they claimed.

Not so for this former Eagle Scout. Ben subscribes to Vince Lombardi's philosophy of achievement: "We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."

Whether at work or play, in the mountains or at the office, Ben rises to every challenge.

Ben holds degrees from both Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville, Tennessee. He moved to Vancouver four years ago from Atlanta, Georgia, to take the job of General Counsel at Peer 1 Hosting.

Since then he has quickly become one of the city's biggest proponents. The proximity of mountains and ocean, encircled by rugged Pacific Northwest, makes Vancouver a place like no other. As Ben will tell you himself, he's an American in paradise!

Ben knows a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when he sees it. Leaving his partner-track job at a big law firm for the position with Peer 1 was exactly that.

Ben is the legal face of the company. His department defends, protects and enforces Peer 1's legal and business interests. They advise and support every business unit in the company.

Ben believes that to be a good lawyer, you have to not only be comfortable taking on other people’s problems, you have to enjoy it. "You become an advocate. You have to care about their problems as much as your own."

And Ben does care. What's most important to him is that his team, which includes the Abuse and the Compliance & Risk Management groups, are seen as partners in business development, not as the “Department of 'No'". He ensures that the legal team adds value to every interaction by identifying risks and finding the right solution to mitigate them.