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Leadership Team

Our leadership team brings decades of experience, a proven track record of success, and resumes that include some of our industry’s most well-known companies, communities, and accreditations. They bring a constant focus on what’s next—giving our partners the technology they need to communicate into the future.

Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team brings decades of experience, a proven track record of success, and resumes that include some of our industry’s most well-known companies, communities, and accreditations. They bring a constant focus on what’s next—giving our partners the technology they need to communicate into the future.

Aaron Leon

Co-Founder & CEO

Aaron Leon, Co-Founder and CEO, leads our strategic planning and product vision. Prior to founding thinQ, Aaron held multiple executive-level roles at leading nationwide VoIP provider Bandwidth.com beginning in 2002. During his 8-year tenure, he managed teams of engineers and consultants as they developed and sold large-scale telecom solutions to enterprise and wholesale customers. As SIP technology became more prominent, however, Aaron quickly saw its potential to meet the telecom market’s needs and learned the technology from the ground up. Armed with his new skills, market acumen, and vision to bring SIP-enabled routing technology to the cloud, he teamed up with Bandwidth.com colleague Michael Tindall to make this vision a reality.

Aaron holds a B.S. in Chemistry from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When he is not realizing his vision of bringing communications to the cloud, you’ll find Aaron spending his time camping, fishing or spending time with his family.

Aaron Leon

Co-Founder & CEO

Aaron Leon, Co-Founder and CEO, leads our strategic planning and product vision. Prior to founding thinQ, Aaron held multiple executive-level roles at leading nationwide VoIP provider Bandwidth.com beginning in 2002. During his 8-year tenure, he managed teams of engineers and consultants as they developed and sold large-scale telecom solutions to enterprise and wholesale customers. As SIP technology became more prominent, however, Aaron quickly saw its potential to meet the telecom market’s needs and learned the technology from the ground up. Armed with his new skills, market acumen, and vision to bring SIP-enabled routing technology to the cloud, he teamed up with Bandwidth.com colleague Michael Tindall to make this vision a reality.

Aaron holds a B.S. in Chemistry from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When he is not realizing his vision of bringing communications to the cloud, you’ll find Aaron spending his time camping, fishing or spending time with his family.

Aaron Leon

Co-Founder & CEO

Aaron Leon, Co-Founder and CEO, leads our strategic planning and product vision. Prior to founding thinQ, Aaron held multiple executive-level roles at leading nationwide VoIP provider Bandwidth.com beginning in 2002. During his 8-year tenure, he managed teams of engineers and consultants as they developed and sold large-scale telecom solutions to enterprise and wholesale customers. As SIP technology became more prominent, however, Aaron quickly saw its potential to meet the telecom market’s needs and learned the technology from the ground up. Armed with his new skills, market acumen, and vision to bring SIP-enabled routing technology to the cloud, he teamed up with Bandwidth.com colleague Michael Tindall to make this vision a reality.

Aaron holds a B.S. in Chemistry from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When he is not realizing his vision of bringing communications to the cloud, you’ll find Aaron spending his time camping, fishing or spending time with his family.

Aaron Leon

Co-Founder & CEO

Aaron Leon, Co-Founder and CEO, leads our strategic planning and product vision. Prior to founding thinQ, Aaron held multiple executive-level roles at leading nationwide VoIP provider Bandwidth.com beginning in 2002. During his 8-year tenure, he managed teams of engineers and consultants as they developed and sold large-scale telecom solutions to enterprise and wholesale customers. As SIP technology became more prominent, however, Aaron quickly saw its potential to meet the telecom market’s needs and learned the technology from the ground up. Armed with his new skills, market acumen, and vision to bring SIP-enabled routing technology to the cloud, he teamed up with Bandwidth.com colleague Michael Tindall to make this vision a reality.

Aaron holds a B.S. in Chemistry from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When he is not realizing his vision of bringing communications to the cloud, you’ll find Aaron spending his time camping, fishing or spending time with his family.

Michael Tindall

Chief Architect & Co-Founder

Michael Tindall leads our product development and engineering teams. Michael’s career started while attending Clemson University in 1998 when he co-founded Tsoft Solutions—a technology company that provided a host of networking services to off-campus locations. Tsoft was purchased by Atlanta-based competitor ClearSky Networks in 2001, hiring Michael as the Network Operations Manager, where he designed and implemented their WISP back-office systems and network topology. In 2003, he built and ran a top-notch support team for US Networks. Recognizing his talent, Bandwidth.com hired Michael in 2005 as Director of Network Services and Sales Engineering until he was approached by Aaron in 2009 with the idea of building a cloud-based routing system. The rest is history.

Michael holds a B.S. from Clemson University, is a “40 under 40” winner, and is one of only 18 OpenSIPS Certified professionals worldwide. When he is not coding the future of telecom, you’ll find him enjoying movies, cars, entertaining, and exercising.

Michael Tindall

Chief Architect & Co-Founder

Michael Tindall leads our product development and engineering teams. Michael’s career started while attending Clemson University in 1998 when he co-founded Tsoft Solutions—a technology company that provided a host of networking services to off-campus locations. Tsoft was purchased by Atlanta-based competitor ClearSky Networks in 2001, hiring Michael as the Network Operations Manager, where he designed and implemented their WISP back-office systems and network topology. In 2003, he built and ran a top-notch support team for US Networks. Recognizing his talent, Bandwidth.com hired Michael in 2005 as Director of Network Services and Sales Engineering until he was approached by Aaron in 2009 with the idea of building a cloud-based routing system. The rest is history.

Michael Moran

President

Michael is passionate about leading high-performing teams at innovative, technology-focused companies. As President, he is responsible for the day-to-day business operations at thinQ and driving our long-term success strategy. Michael began his career in publishing and communications software, where he held senior-level positions at both RR Donnelley and the Thomson Corporation. From there, he became the CEO of ichat, which was purchased by Apple in 2002. Later, he founded Mosaic Networks, a telecom VAR. It was during this time that he was asked to sit on thinQ’s Advisory Board, where he helped lay our strategic foundation before joining the team full time in 2014 as COO.

Michael holds a BS in Economics from Purdue University, and attended Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. When he is not testing the limits of his FitBit, he enjoys spending quality time with his wife and four children.

Michael Moran

President

Michael is passionate about leading high-performing teams at innovative, technology-focused companies. As President, he is responsible for the day-to-day business operations at thinQ and driving our long-term success strategy. Michael began his career in publishing and communications software, where he held senior-level positions at both RR Donnelley and the Thomson Corporation. From there, he became the CEO of ichat, which was purchased by Apple in 2002. Later, he founded Mosaic Networks, a telecom VAR. It was during this time that he was asked to sit on thinQ’s Advisory Board, where he helped lay our strategic foundation before joining the team full time in 2014 as COO.

Michael holds a BS in Economics from Purdue University, and attended Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. When he is not testing the limits of his FitBit, he enjoys spending quality time with his wife and four children.

Michael Moran

President

Michael is passionate about leading high-performing teams at innovative, technology-focused companies. As President, he is responsible for the day-to-day business operations at thinQ and driving our long-term success strategy. Michael began his career in publishing and communications software, where he held senior-level positions at both RR Donnelley and the Thomson Corporation. From there, he became the CEO of ichat, which was purchased by Apple in 2002. Later, he founded Mosaic Networks, a telecom VAR. It was during this time that he was asked to sit on thinQ’s Advisory Board, where he helped lay our strategic foundation before joining the team full time in 2014 as COO.

Michael holds a BS in Economics from Purdue University, and attended Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. When he is not testing the limits of his FitBit, he enjoys spending quality time with his wife and four children.

Michael Moran

President

Michael is passionate about leading high-performing teams at innovative, technology-focused companies. As President, he is responsible for the day-to-day business operations at thinQ and driving our long-term success strategy. Michael began his career in publishing and communications software, where he held senior-level positions at both RR Donnelley and the Thomson Corporation. From there, he became the CEO of ichat, which was purchased by Apple in 2002. Later, he founded Mosaic Networks, a telecom VAR. It was during this time that he was asked to sit on thinQ’s Advisory Board, where he helped lay our strategic foundation before joining the team full time in 2014 as COO.

Michael holds a BS in Economics from Purdue University, and attended Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. When he is not testing the limits of his FitBit, he enjoys spending quality time with his wife and four children.

Sam Duffort

CFO

Sam Duffort joined in March of 2020. He brings with him over 20 years of financial, accounting and management experience in the technology and services industries. Prior to joining thinQ, Sam held financial leadership positions with Percona, Greene Resources and Duke University, as well as finance positions with Red Hat, IBM and BlackRock.

Sam is a Certified Public Accountant in North Carolina and is involved in the Raleigh-Durham start-up scene as an angel investor and advisor. He earned a bachelor degree from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When he is not working, he enjoys running and spending time with his family in Wake Forest, NC.

Sam Dufford

CFO

Sam Duffort joined in March of 2020. He brings with him over 20 years of financial, accounting and management experience in the technology and services industries. Prior to joining thinQ, Sam held financial leadership positions with Percona, Greene Resources and Duke University, as well as finance positions with Red Hat, IBM and BlackRock. Sam is a Certified Public Accountant in North Carolina and is involved in the Raleigh-Durham start-up scene as an angel investor and advisor.

He earned a Bachelors from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When he is not working, he enjoys running and spending time with his family in Wake Forest, NC.

Eric Leon

VP Sales

Eric Leon has been with thinQ since its inception in 2009. Over the years, he has served multiple roles in sales and marketing. As Vice President of Sales, Eric is responsible for scaling our sales team, defining the sales blueprint to enter new markets, forging strategic relationships with customers, and ensuring that every partner receives outstanding service. Prior to thinQ, Eric served as a Visual Effects Designer, where he developed content for major brands such as Budweiser, Jaguar, and Hyundai.

Eric holds a B.S. in communications from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. When Eric’s not using thinQ’s disruptive technology to unlock the exceptional value you can find him geeking out in the Arduino community.

Eric Leon

VP Sales

Eric Leon has been with thinQ since its inception in 2009. Over the years, he has served multiple roles in sales and marketing. As Vice President of Sales, Eric is responsible for scaling our sales team, defining the sales blueprint to enter new markets, forging strategic relationships with customers, and ensuring that every partner receives outstanding service. Prior to thinQ, Eric served as a Visual Effects Designer, where he developed content for major brands such as Budweiser, Jaguar, and Hyundai.

Eric holds a B.S. in communications from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. When Eric’s not using thinQ’s disruptive technology to unlock the exceptional value you can find him geeking out in the Arduino community.

Tim McLain

Marketing Director

A passionate technologist at heart with more than 25 years of marketing experience, Tim loves using technology to help businesses solve problems and grow their bottom line. Tim is happiest brainstorming new approaches to marketing and communications to help thinQ’s partners better understand, trust, and embrace our cloud communications solutions. As a lifelong learner, Tim has helped bring four Internet startups to life since 1993, spent several years as a newspaper reporter and TV news producer at the Reading Eagle/Times and WGAL-TV respectively, and boasts long marketing management stints at ProQuest and Netsertive (a top Google Premier Partner).

Tim holds a B.S. from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and has Hubspot, Google Ads, and several marketing technology certifications. In his spare time, he loves shooting and editing video, spending time with his wife Debbie and son William, riding long distances on North Carolina’s amazing bike trails, and enjoying the darkest craft beer he can find.

Tim McLain

Marketing Director

A passionate technologist at heart with more than 25 years of marketing experience, Tim loves using technology to help businesses solve problems and grow their bottom line. Tim is happiest brainstorming new approaches to marketing and communications to help thinQ’s partners better understand, trust, and embrace our cloud communications solutions. As a lifelong learner, Tim has helped bring four Internet startups to life since 1993, spent several years as a newspaper reporter and TV news producer at the Reading Eagle/Times and WGAL-TV respectively, and boasts long marketing management stints at ProQuest and Netsertive (a top Google Premier Partner).

Tim holds a B.S. from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and has Hubspot, Google Ads, and several marketing technology certifications. In his spare time, he loves shooting and editing video, spending time with his wife Debbie and son William, riding long distances on North Carolina’s amazing bike trails, and enjoying the darkest craft beer he can find.

Evin Hunt

CTO

With a passion for emerging technology and innovation, Evin has created a career path that has given him a unique perspective and insight for bridging “over-the-top” innovation to traditional telecom services and helping to evolve the industry. Since the 1990s, Evin has worked in many different technical and executive capacities from the largest enterprise networks, tier-1 internet backbone providers, and several software startups in the telecommunications space. 
  
In addition to achieving various industry certifications, Evin is a graduate of the B.S. in Management track at Baker University.  In his personal time, Evin enjoys spending time with his three boys, playing guitar and drums, world travel, and attending live music events.  Evin is also passionate about self-defense, holds three black belts, and in 2007 was inducted into the U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Kyusho Jitsu instructor of the year. 
 

Evin Hunt

CTO

With a passion for emerging technology and innovation, Evin has created a career path that has given him a unique perspective and insight for bridging “over-the-top” innovation to traditional telecom services and helping to evolve the industry. Since the 1990s, Evin has worked in many different technical and executive capacities from the largest enterprise networks, tier-1 internet backbone providers, and several software startups in the telecommunications space. 
   
In addition to achieving various industry certifications, Evin is a graduate of the B.S. in Management track at Baker University.  In his personal time, Evin enjoys spending time with his three boys, playing guitar and drums, world travel, and attending live music events.  Evin is also passionate about self-defense, holds three black belts, and in 2007 was inducted into the U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Kyusho Jitsu instructor of the year. 

Mark Speer

VP of Product & Carrier Relations

As VP of Product Management & Carrier Relations, Mark ensures that thinQ’s products deliver maximum value and efficiency across a wide variety of implementations. Mark began his career in 1986 at US WEST (now CenturyLink) and spent many of his early years as a financial manager for their government contracting division supporting large customer projects for the Department of Energy’s nuclear facilities. In 1996 he shifted his efforts to helping MCI enter the local telecommunications market by negotiating and implementing local interconnection agreements with the Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers. As the Internet evolved, he worked for a DSL startup, Level 3 Communications and most recently VoIP providers IntelePeer and ANI Networks managing carrier relations.

Mark earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Colorado State University. When he’s not working with our carriers to make sure calls complete, he enjoys classic cars, traveling, artwork and exploring the desert southwest. He also enjoys spending time with with wife and family in Tucson, Arizona where they reside.

Mark Speer

VP of Product & Carrier Relations

As VP of Product Management & Carrier Relations, Mark ensures that thinQ’s products deliver maximum value and efficiency across a wide variety of implementations. Mark began his career in 1986 at US WEST (now CenturyLink) and spent many of his early years as a financial manager for their government contracting division supporting large customer projects for the Department of Energy’s nuclear facilities. In 1996 he shifted his efforts to helping MCI enter the local telecommunications market by negotiating and implementing local interconnection agreements with the Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers. As the Internet evolved, he worked for a DSL startup, Level 3 Communications and most recently VoIP providers IntelePeer and ANI Networks managing carrier relations.

Mark earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Colorado State University. When he’s not working with our carriers to make sure calls complete, he enjoys classic cars, traveling, artwork and exploring the desert southwest. He also enjoys spending time with with wife and family in Tucson, Arizona where they reside.

Sam Shiffman

Chief Strategist

Sam Shiffman has served at executive and managerial levels in the communications and IT industries for over 25 years. Joining thinQ as part of its recent acquisition of Commio, Sam brings a wealth of hands-on experience, including architecting, deploying, and managing a range of telecom networks over the years, including one of the first ethernet-based optical IP networks that provided broadband services to businesses and off-campus students at the University of Texas at Austin. Sam also created one of the first Internet Services Providers (ISPs) in the state of Texas, as well as a number of nationwide IP backbones and VoIP networks that have processed billions of communication sessions. 

Sam holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin, holds several patents in the IP communications field, and has served on the Customer Advisory Board of Alcatel, North America. Sam has spoken as a leader and visionary at conferences hosted by Cisco, Alcatel, NexTone, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), VON, & CompTel, and TEXALTEL.

Sam Shiffman

Chief Strategist

Sam Shiffman has served at executive and managerial levels in the communications and IT industries for over 25 years. Joining thinQ as part of its recent acquisition of Commio, Sam brings a wealth of hands-on experience, including architecting, deploying, and managing a range of telecom networks over the years, including one of the first ethernet-based optical IP networks that provided broadband services to businesses and off-campus students at the University of Texas at Austin. Sam also created one of the first Internet Services Providers (ISPs) in the state of Texas, as well as a number of nationwide IP backbones and VoIP networks that have processed billions of communication sessions. 

Sam holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin, holds several patents in the IP communications field, and has served on the Customer Advisory Board of Alcatel, North America. Sam has spoken as a leader and visionary at conferences hosted by Cisco, Alcatel, NexTone, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), VON, & CompTel, and TEXALTEL.