DENVER--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Zayo Group’s Dan Caruso was announced the winner of the Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement award at the Colorado Technology Association’s 2013 APEX Awards. The prestigious technology awards recognize outstanding accomplishments and leadership by Colorado’s advanced technology companies and professionals. The awards were handed out at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Denver to a crowd of more than 850 attendees on Wednesday, Sept. 10.
“At CTA we wanted to recognize the best and Dan is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Colorado.”
The Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding achievements and commitments to furthering innovative technology in our community and the state, and has contributed to the initiatives of Colorado Technology Association (CTA). In addition to expanding Colorado’s technology footprint through the companies he has led, Caruso was recognized for consistently giving back to the startup community through education, mentoring and angel investing.
“Dan is a well deserving winner because of his involvement in Colorado technology economic development,” said Erik Mitisek, chief executive officer at CTA. “At CTA we wanted to recognize the best and Dan is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Colorado.”
Dan Caruso is president and CEO of Zayo Group, a $1 billion international fiber-based Bandwidth Infrastructure provider to enterprise and carrier customers, and recently served on the boards of Colorado-based Envysion, as Chairman, and New Global Telecom. Dan was also a board member of GTS Central Europe. Dan has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois.
As one of the founding executives of Level 3 Communications, Dan was responsible for Level 3’s engineering, construction, and operations organizations. Between 2001 and 2003, most of Level 3’s lines of business and marketing functions fell under his jurisdiction. Earlier, Dan was part of the MFS Communications senior management team. After leaving Level 3, Dan headed ICG Communications from 2004-2006, taking the debt-challenged provider to a successful buyout by Level 3.
Dan Caruso is an active supporter of entrepreneurial and educational ventures along the Front Range. Dan co-teaches a class on raising venture capital and private equity in the Leeds MBA Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is also an Entrepreneur in residence at the Daniels College of Business at University of Denver. Dan is on the Entrepreneurial Advisory Board of Silicon Flatirons, a center for law, technology and entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado, as well as an active supporter of Start Up Colorado. He also is actively involved in the CU’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences as a frequent guest lecturer and supporter of the Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship program.
Since the APEX Award’s inception in 2000, CTA’s APEX Awards have acknowledged the top technology company success stories produced in Colorado.
“I am honored to be recognized by CTA,” said Caruso. “Colorado has a fantastic entrepreneurial environment which nurtures the technology and telecommunications companies in the region. Zayo is proud to be part of a community that fuels innovation and economic development. We aspire to play a major role in the advancement of telecommunications for decades to come.”
About Zayo Group
Based in Boulder, Colo., privately owned Zayo Group (www.zayo.com) is an international provider of fiber-based Bandwidth Infrastructure services and carrier-neutral colocation and interconnection services. Zayo serves wireline and wireless carriers, data centers, Internet content and services companies, high bandwidth enterprises, and federal, state and local government agencies. Zayo provides these services over metro, national, international and fiber-to-the-tower networks. With its acquisitions of USCarrier, FiberGate and AboveNet, Zayo’s network includes 74,300 route miles, serving 45 states and Washington, D.C. Its network serves approximately 11,740 on-net buildings, including 571 data centers, 563 carrier PoPs, and 3,045 cell towers. Zayo’s colocation assets include 141,000 billable square feet of interconnect-focused colocation space.
Apex Awards: APEXColorado.com
When: September 10, 2013, 5:30-9:00pm
Where: Hyatt Regency at Convention Center, 650 15th St, Denver, Colorado 80202
APEX is the Colorado technology industry’s annual conference encompassing the 13th Annual APEX Awards, a single track conference, an interactive floor space and the Challenge featuring emerging tech genius from around the state. Past speakers at the event have included: David Cohen, CEO & founder of TechStars, Governor John Hickenlooper and Scott McNealy, former CEO of Sun Microsystems. Presented by the Colorado Technology Association (CTA), the event will be held on September 10-11, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Denver. For more information on the event, please visit www.APEXcolorado.com.
About the Colorado Technology Association
The Colorado Technology Association (CTA) represents Colorado’s $49.6 billion technology industry, one of the fastest growing sectors in the state. Colorado ranked second for its high-tech business concentration and the nine-county metro region ranked tenth out of the 50 largest metro areas in software employment concentration. Since 1994, Colorado Technology Association has provided a voice for technology professionals in legislative issues and public policy. The Association provides more than 50 programs, events and connections to support the industry. CTA's membership includes 500 Colorado companies from startup to enterprise. For more information, visit www.ColoradoTechnology.org.