President / CEO
Cyrus Nooriala has served from July, 1998 to present as President and CEO of Cywest Communications, Inc. Prior to Cywest, Mr. Nooriala founded various companies providing bleeding-edge technologies to meet the demand for faster and more cost-effective means of communication. He has held various positions from software design in early virtualization technologies, to bridging the gap between mainframe systems and the Internet. Mr. Nooriala attended the University of California, Irvine as a Mathematics Major, and California State University, Fullerton where he double-majored in Computer Science and Business Marketing. During this time, Mr. Nooriala began his entrepreneurial endeavors and has remained as a solid influence in the industry ever since.
VP of Sales
Rafael Cantu is VP of Sales and joined Cywest after eleven successful years developing sales teams in the technology sector. Mr. Cantu’s reputation for innovation and crafting strategies that stimulate growth and ROI have proven to be an excellent match for Cywest’s active agenda of expansion.
VP of Data Center and Infrastructure
Steven H. Buck graduated in 2001 from California State University, Fullerton with a BS in Computer Science. Mr. Buck has worked in the IT field for over 15 years, holding positions which include Software Designer, Systems Administrator, Systems Engineer, Cloud Engineer and Infrastructure Designer. Mr. Buck’s certifications include VMware VCP6-DCV, VCAP5-DCV, MCITP Server Administrator Windows 2008, MCT Windows 7, MCT Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, MCT Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure Configuration, MCT Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration.
VP of Marketing and New Business Development
Robert R. Ricks is the VP of Marketing and New Business Development. Responsible for creation and expansion of the software that controls the company’s customer support tools as well as creation of systems for new Business Development. Previously before joining Cywest, Mr. Ricks had his own design / marketing company where he did projects of various sizes for clients such as The Biggest Loser, NBC, McDonalds, Sony, Microsoft and Fujitsu to name just a few. With over 24 years of online design and marketing behind him, Mr. Ricks is excited to push Cywest to the edge whether it be internal user interfaces or managing the social identity of the company.
Advisor to the Board
James P. Stapleton, Mr. Stapleton is currently the CFO at Ozone International, LLC, which provides ozone equipment and solutions to food processors. From February 2012 to June 2012 Mr. Stapleton was the CFO for Jones Soda (NASDAQ: JSDA). From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Stapleton was a consultant and advisor to small, publicly traded companies. From May 2005 through July 2007 Mr. Stapleton was the Chief Financial Officer of Bionovo (NASDAQ: BNVI). From January 2003 through April 2005 Mr. Stapleton was the Chief Financial Officer of Auxilio (OTCBB: AUXO). From 1996 through 2002, Mr. Stapleton was employed in a variety of positions for Prosoft Training (NASDAQ POSO), including Corporate Secretary, Vice President of Investor relations, and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Stapleton was Chief Financial Officer of BioTek Solutions, Inc. from 1995 through February 1996. Mr. Stapleton graduated from the University of California at Irvine (UCI) in 1995 with a MBA, and from the University of Washington in 1985 with a BA in Economics.
Advisor to the Board
Brent A. Andrewsen, Brent A. Andrewsen is currently a Shareholder of the law firm of Kirton McConkie, PC, and he serves on the firm’s Board of Directors. Mr. Andrewsen was selected as one of Utah Business Magazine’s top “Forty Under Forty” up and coming business leaders for 2012, and was selected to be included in The Best Lawyers in America, 19th edition, for his work in the Trust and Estates area. He also has been recognized as one of Utah's Legal Elite and one of Mountain States Super Lawyers Rising Stars for estate planning and nonprofit law. Mr. Andrewsen graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Political Science in 1997, and graduated cum laude from Washington & Lee University Law School, Lexington, VA, with a Juris Doctorate in 2000