INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INNOVATOR AWARD
James Sheward is CEO, Co-founder, and Director of Fiberlink Communications Corporation. Jim built the team and secured the funding that has enabled Fiberlink to become a leading provider of managed Internet-based virtual private networks. Jim’s leadership and focus on the customer shaped the company and made Fiberlink a profitable, customer-centric company that was recently named to the Hot 100 by UPSIDE magazine.
Before co-founding the company with Paul Russell in 1991, Jim was the Western Regional Sales Manager for Systems Industries, which was acquired by Micro Technologies and had a revenue base of more than $50 million.
He was the winner of the Blue Chip Enterprise Award Year 2000, sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Mass Mutual Financial Group, and has been recognized as Greater Philadelphia’s 2001 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Software and Technology Services Category. His articles on backbone-neutral VPNs have appeared in publications such as TMCnet.com. Jim received a dual degree in economics and communications from the University of Virginia.