Management Team

Felipe J. Alvarez

Chief Executive Officer

Felipe Alvarez

Felipe J. Alvarez has thirty years of telecommunications experience, the last fifteen of which were spent helping startups and new businesses grow. He has worked with such companies as Axiom Fiber Networks, Hibernia Networks, Sidera Networks (formerly RCN Metro), and Con Edison Communications, Inc. Presently, Mr. Alvarez serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Axiom Fiber Networks, which is located in Jersey City and serves New York City and the surrounding areas. With an extensive background in business, technology, global fiber networks, mission critical, and metropolitan fiber infrastructure, Mr. Alvarez offers expertise and a deep understanding of the complexities of deploying and operating a successful telecommunications network infrastructure.

At Hibernia Networks, Mr. Alvarez was responsible for developing and implementing the evolution of its global fiber network. As President & COO of Sidera Networks (formerly RCN Metro, the telecommunications business unit of RCN Corporation), Felipe spearheaded a variety of organic and acquisition-driven strategies. As a result, RCN Metro grew to $200M in annual revenues and 36% EBITDA, becoming a premier provider of tailored, high-capacity mission critical communications services to enterprise and service providers. While in the role of COO at Con Edison Communications Inc., Mr. Alvarez developed and led the team responsible for building a 175-mile metropolitan fiber network and lit-service infrastructure from a greenfield condition, notably securing contracts with companies such as the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and other Fortune 1000 companies.

To contact Felipe directly, please email, or follow him on Twitter at @fjalvarezllc.


Patti Paulo

Vice President of Business Operations

Patti Paulo

Patti Paulo joined Axiom Fiber Networks with over fifteen years of Telecom Operational experience, having held various senior level roles at XO Communications, RCN Metro, and Glowpoint Inc. Her responsibilities involve driving the traditional Telecom Operational functions, which include providing long-term technology vision that supports and aligns with the company’s goals and strategies, business plans, operating requirements, and overall efficiencies by focusing on innovation and client adaptive measures.

Patti has developed and led large support teams, focusing on process improvement and unparalleled customer service. Most recently, Patti was a key contributor in the design and development of an application that leverages automation including call processing, routing, and monitoring of managed services. Earlier in her career, Patti was instrumental in integrating processes and support systems at RCN Metro, as well as maintaining and exceeding installation revenue goals year after year. Patti received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Montclair State University.

To contact Patti directly, please email


John E. Trodden Jr.

Senior Vice President of Sales

Trodden-John-0001John E. Trodden Jr. is the Senior Vice President of Axiom Fiber Networks, a telecommunications infrastructure services provider,specializing in dark fiber, serving carriers and enterprise customers in the greater New York City Metropolitian region. Most recently, he was the Vice President/General Manager of Windstream Communications National Accounts Group, supporting Windstreams largest customers throughout the U.S. In prior assignments John served as the Regional Vice President at PAETEC and has held various sales leadership assignments with AT&T. He also served as Global Account Director for AT&T Business Worldwide,the company’s sales channel for multi-national corporations formerly served by Concert,the global joint venture between AT&T and BT.

John holds a BA from The State University of New York at Oswego. His office is located in New York City. And he resides in Smithtown, New York, with his wife Lauren and their two children.

To contact John directly, please email, or follow him on Twitter at @TroddenJr.

John Rooney

Vice President of Finance

John Rooney has over thirty years of experience in Finance, the latest as Managing Director at Capstone Advisory Group. Prior to joining Capstone, John was a Managing Director at the Policano & Manzo legacy practice of FTI Consulting. Previously he was CFO of Roper Starch Worldwide and Corporate Controller of Movado Group Inc.

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Manhattan College. He is a CPA and member of the AICPA and New York State Society of CPAs. John is also a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor.