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IPR International Board of Managers


Chairman of the Board

Mike Emmi acquired IPR International, LLC, in January 2002, and served as its CEO through August 2013. At the behest of now-CEO Tami Fratis, he has agreed to remain on as IPR’s chairman. During his decade-plus tenure as CEO, he transformed IPR into a data management and datacenter services company providing a comprehensive suite of business continuity services for complex IT environments.

Mike arrived at IPR having just retired as chairman and CEO of Systems and Computer Technology Corporation (SCT). During his 17 years with SCT (now SunGard Higher Education), the annual revenues of the company grew from $35 million to more than $450 million. Before heading SCT, Mike spent 18 years with General Electric, where he served as vice president of world operations for several divisions involved with information services and worldwide communications networks.

Mike’s honors over the years are too long to list, but some include Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, the 1995 Enterprise Award of the Pennsylvania Council on Economic Education, the 1995 CEO of the Year of the Greater Philadelphia Technology Council, and the 1995 CEO of the Year by Business Philadelphia. He also received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from Temple University, Business Leader of the Year from St. Joseph’s University, “Top Catholic CEO” from Legatus International, and the Corporate Achievement Award from B’nai B’rith.

A graduate of the State University of New York, Mike currently serves on the board of CDI Corporation. He has also been a past member of the boards of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Team Pennsylvania, Safeguard Scientifics, COMPUCOM, the Franklin Institute, the World Affairs Council, Greater Philadelphia Technology Council, and Avenue of the Arts, Inc.


Tami L. Fratis is an executive with 20 years of board experience and more than 25 years of business experience in portfolio management and all aspects of the direct investment process. She has served as an interim CEO, CFO, CMO, and COO for start-up to pre-IPO companies and has provided services at the request of family offices, private investors, creditors, and Mid-Atlantic—based venture capital and private equity funds, including TL Ventures, Safeguard Scientifics, IL Management, LLR Equity Partners, Murex Investments, Meidlinger Partners, Innovation Ventures, Holding Capital, Liati Group, and Broadway Direct Investments/Waypoint Residential. Tami has served on both private and public company boards ranging in market cap from $10 million to just under $1 billion.

Tami became IPR’s chief executive officer in 2012, prior to which she served for nine years as a member of IPR’s board, audit, compensation, and strategy committees. She is a senior advisor to Meidlinger Partners, a sustainable PE firm focused on investing in middle-market water technology and services companies in the United States and Western Europe.

Prior to IPR International, Tami represented Broadway Direct Investments as the chief marketing officer, where she built an investor platform through which international and domestic family offices and high-net worth individuals could invest in domestic multi-family projects.

Tami’s community service activities include serving as a trustee of Northwestern Human Services (NHS), a $600 million, multi-state, provider of mental health and human services, and Wilson College, where she serves as part of the investment and audit committees. She is active with the West Point Society of Philadelphia and serves as an Ambassador for Wharton Business School. She is also a former director and chairman of the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT), an association of 66 venture funds and private equity investors that manage in excess of $15 billion, and a former executive committee member and director of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. She is also the former president of the Wharton School of Business Alumni Association of Philadelphia.


Ronald Kozich serves on the Board of Directors of professional services company CDI Corporation, as well as the Board Of Directors of Tasty Baking Company. Ronald retired in 1999 as managing partner from Ernst & Young LLP Philadelphia.

Prior to that, he served in a variety of positions with Ernst & Young, including managing partner of the Northern New Jersey and Baltimore offices and national director of industry services. He was also a member of the firm’s Operating Committee.


Jack McMeekin has served since 2009 as a consultant to the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance, assisting in the further promotion and increased participation by eligible children in the State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). He is also a long-standing member of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the largest private foundation focused solely on health research and health delivery. A large portion of Robert Wood Johnson’s estate is set aside to support efforts to improve the health of New Jersey residents through an initiative called the New Jersey Health Initiative (NJHI). Jack has served since 2000 as a member of its NAC and as a grant reviewer.

From 2001 to 2004, Jack served as president and chief executive officer of University Technology Park, a not-for-profit joint venture economic development effort sponsored by Widener University and the Crozer-Keystone Health System to recruit 21st century, technology-based companies to locate in the City of Chester, Pennsylvania. From 1990 to 2001, he served as president and chief executive officer of Crozer-Keystone Health System (CKHS), the largest not-for-profit integrated health delivery system serving the Delaware County and surrounding populations. CKHS is made up of five voluntary acute care hospitals, a large employed physician network, a 170,000-square-foot Wellness and Health Promotion Center, and an array of ambulatory care facilities.

From 1983 through 1990, Jack served as president and chief executive officer of Crozer-Chester Medical Center (CCMC), a large, not-for-profit, 420-acute-care-bed hospital serving primarily the City of Chester and surrounding communities in Southeast Delaware County and the State of Delaware. Prior to that, he held a number of senior executive positions for Blue Cross of Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia Health Management Corporation, Pennsylvania Hospital, and the Pennsylvania State University Continuing Education Division.


Chris Palermo – (CEO, Global Communication Networks) – Mr. Palermo joined IPR’s Board of Directors in 2013 and is the founder, CEO & President of Global Communication Networks, Inc. Founded in 1997, GCN represents more than 175 service providers worldwide, from the largest international carriers to smaller domestic ones in emerging markets. Customers include leading Global 10 to 1000 and Fortune 500 companies. GCN’s ability to deliver extremely cost-effective data, cloud, colocation, voice and managed data services solutions anywhere in the world drives the company’s success.

Chris started his career with Allnet Communications, AT&T and Cable & Wireless were he won perennial sales awards as a Global Account Manager. With each of these renowned service providers, he could only address customers’ requirements with the solutions offered by his employer at the time. Too often that kept him from delivering complete solutions tailored to a customer’s particular situation. Gaps in geographic coverage, technology patchworks, and bandwidth bottlenecks were typical frustrations for his large corporate customers, especially international ones. Since founding GCN as a global agency for a range of service providers, he is now able to offer his customers the best from each carrier’s portfolio, providing a custom fit every time.

Chris has led GCN to win numerous industry accolades and awards. Among its many carrier awards are: Telx Channel Partner of the Year, two years in a row; several top sales awards from Level 3; nine-time Sprint President’s Club Winner; Intelisys Top Performance Club, 2011, 2013, 2014; MicroCorp Top Sales, 2010-2015. In addition, Chris has sat on the advisory boards of Level 3, QTS, Global Crossing, Telx, Pacnet, IPR, Zayo, MicroCorp and Latisys.

In past years, he earned the informal title of “Bandwidth Doctor” from one of GCN’s largest clients. Best-selling author Bruce Judson referenced Chris’s success story in his book “Go It Alone.” Chris’ sales success was the subject of a cover story “Capitalizing on Colo” in Phone + magazine (now called Channel Partners). Chris was also interviewed by Joe Namath on “The Competitive Edge” TV show.

As hard as he works serving GCN’s customers, Chris carries a deep commitment to his wife and three children with whom he enjoys spending time and staying engaged in their many activities. He combines his interest in triathlons and physical fitness along with community-building activities having raised more than $55,000 for cancer research, and the George Snow Scholarship Foundation between 2012-2015. As a 1991 graduate of the University of Florida, Chris is an avid Gator fan, sits on the Advisory Board of the Boca Raton Resort and Club and is a board member of IPR, a cloud computing, colocation and managed services company.


Michael Platner – Strategy Chair (Chairman and Founder BCN) – After attending Law School at Emory University and practicing corporate law for a number of years, Mr. Platner went on to invest the next 20 years building companies whose objective is to connect companies and consumers via the web. Michael’s first startup was LifeFiles, where, as CEO, he built the first online memorial and obituary focused company. Next he founded Aldor Solutions, a SaaS application provider. Mr. Platner proceeded to build his technology expertise by founding an early entrant into the cloud computing space called Layered Technologies. holds the distinction as one of the fastest growing web hosts during the last decade. Under Michael’s leadership, these technology companies have built thousands of business websites, hundreds of thousands of consumer focused websites and hosted millions of websites. In the case of LayeredTech this business grew virally.

Michael has also advised and invested in software, infrastructure and internet companies from early stage to exit. Currently, he serves as the national chairman of the Corporate and Technology Practice Group at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, which is one of the 20 largest law firms in the country. His practice is focused on helping companies and their owners build value and manage risk. His specific legal industry experience includes software, e-business, manufacturing, restaurant and hotel management and operating agreements, computer systems acquisition and internet strategies.

Michael is a member of the Computer Law Association and the International Franchise Association, as well as a founding director of the Florida-Israel Chamber of Commerce. He is a past member of the Independent Computer Consultants Association, the Canadian American Business Alliance of South Florida, Inc., past director of the British American Chamber of Commerce, Fort Lauderdale Chapter; the Jewish National Fund, the Fort Lauderdale Jewish Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. He was also previously-of-counsel for the Broward Economic Development Board and immediate past special counsel for the Broward Alliance (Economic Development Organization).

Michael is regularly engaged to speak on topics ranging from how to avoid suboptimal relationships while growing a company to what you need to know when contracting for cloud computing. He is also the author of “Business Due Diligence Strategies, Leading Lawyers on Conducting Due Diligence on Today’s M and A Deals”.

Mr. Platner joined IPR’s Board of Directors in 2013, was instrumental in helping IPR identify their most recent acquisition of Axios/NSG and serves as the chairman of IPR’s strategy committee, which focuses on corporate strategy and overall marketing and sales strategy including the use of a digital marketing strategy to create sales leverage.


John Ryan was the founder of SunGard Data Systems (SDS) in 1977 and served as its chief executive officer and chairman—through its MBO from Sunoco in 1983 and its IPO in 1986—until 1988. In the 20+ years since, he has served as principal of Devon Hill Ventures, Inc., a venture investing firm focused on development-stage technology companies. During this period he has been an investor and/or a director in more than 25 IT companies with angel and/or venture financing progressing to sale/merger or IPO, including eResearchTechnology (ERES), Neoware Systems (NWRE), Integrated Systems Consulting Group (ISCG), Quadritek, Thermacore, Analytics, and Control Software.

In addition to serving on IPR’s Board of Managers, John also serves on the boards of Health Market Science, SevOne, Healthy Humans, and CogniPower and as advisor to Cross Atlantic Capital Partners and Stage2 Ventures. He has also served on the boards of area non-profits including PAFA, the Mann Center, the Philadelphia Liberty Medal, and the Ryan Family Fund.


Paul Woodruff is president of investment firm Mistwood Enterprises and a partner in Roskamp Management Company, which develops, owns, and operates Continuing Care Retirement Communities and medical office buildings in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Arizona. He is also president, chief executive officer, major shareholder, and a director of ECOR, an environmental remediation company, as well as the managing partner in several related limited liability companies that own and operate a marina and housing development project in northern Michigan and a director and manager in several other privately held businesses.

In 1977, Paul founded Environmental Resources Management (ERM) Inc., a global environmental, health, and safety consulting firm. He was CEO of the ERM Group, chairman of ERM Inc., and the largest shareholder of the $400 million consulting organization until he retired in 2001, and he remains a trustee.

Paul served as a trustee of the National Society of Professional Engineers Political Action Committee (NSPE-PAC), a member of the Board of Directors of the Water Environment Research Foundation, and chairman of the Steering Committee of Water Quality 2000, a coalition of more than 80 national organizations in a joint effort to recommend a plan of action to help meet the nation’s water quality needs in the 21st century.

In addition to his service as part of the IPR Board of Managers, Paul is also currently serving as a director and vice chairman of Community Volunteers in Medicine and as a trustee and past chairman of several committees of the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia. He is also a trustee of A Prepared Place, a public charity, and he and his wife are both trustees of the Woodruff Foundation, a private charity.

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