Ken Stauffer, Co-Founder
Ken has spent 30+ years in the telecommunications industry. In 1983, he graduated from the Academy of Aeronautics, now Vaughn College, and began his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories at Holmdel, NJ – in 1986 he received his Masters of Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University, now NYU POLY. Ken started as a Systems Engineer in the Data Services Performance Group where he and the team designed a system called Packet-ASPEN to measure performance in packet networks. He was also instrumental in establishing the Data Applications Labs to measure data application performance over various types of networks. Later Ken moved into International Operations Group to design and deploy AT&T’s Global Network Management Center in NYC, and then lived in Europe from 1992-1995 to deploy the Global Network Management Centers in England and the Netherlands alongside a Pan-European Frame Relay network. For AT&T’s Global Strategy and Business Development Group, he developed both business and technical models for WORLDPARTNERS2, participated in the creation of CONCERT, the AT&T/BT Joint Venture, and managed the business relationship with Japan Telecom in Japan.
Ken left AT&T in 2000 to become part of a start-up management team creating EPIK Communications, a wholesale carriers’ carrier based in Orlando, Florida. He designed EPIK’s advanced services strategy, created both the Product Innovation Group and EPIK Labs, and implemented a suite of “enlightened” IP and Ethernet products. He later served as EPIK’s Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Technology Officer. He also led a team to create the vision for “The NAP of the Americas” and ensure it was implemented in Miami, Florida. In Jan 2003, Ken continued as an entrepreneur and formed Technology Assurance Labs to provide consulting, design, and testing services to venture capital groups, network equipment manufacturers, and service providers. Technology Assurance Labs started developing products in 2010 and in 2011 received venture capital funding to develop RFID products used in the rail industry and wireless sensor products for the propane and natural gas industry.
Ken is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), was published in IEEE Communications Magazine, and was Vice Chair of the 2014 IEEE Ad Hoc Committee for Entrepreneurship. He is a Board member of Vaughn College and the 2016 Strategic Planning Committee for the IEEE Technical Activities Board. Ken was born and raised in Tanzania, East Africa–during his lifetime he lived or worked in over 35 countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa. He volunteered as an Alzheimer caregiver for Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey for many years and served on nonprofit boards such as Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity and Friends of Shirati.
Shane Owens, CEO
Shane Owens has experience in both the technical and business-related aspects of designing, implementing, and managing networks. Shane was a founder and owner of DNA Communications where his role as Chief Technology Architect was to select the technology, architect and design the network, then install and manage the network and IP services. He brings additional expertise in advanced network development and communication systems through his work with the U.S. Air Force, MCI/Worldcom, and Global Systems. Prior to DNA Communications, Shane was Senior Manager of IP Engineering at EPIK Communications where he was responsible for the network architecture and services of an IP network which included a gateway to Latin American customers via the “NAP of the Americas”. Shane holds a Bachelors of Technology Management from DeVry University along with numerous vendors’ certifications.
Doug Peeples, Former Co-Founder
Doug Peeples and Ken Stauffer founded Technology Assurance Labs in March 2003. They met at EPIK Communications in 2000 and formed a wonderful working relationship and friendship. In May 2010, Doug passed away from cancer. His presence is missed, but his memory lives on in the Labs.