Management Team

Direct Leap's team is comprised of seasoned professionals with substantial combined experience in product engineering, non-profit technology, telecom infrastructure, carrier networking, and international commerce.

  • Simon Rowland, President and CEO.
    Designed and led engineering teams for products including a WiMAX-based IP-PBX, a wireless handheld, thin client computers, and several telecom testing systems. He has also deployed calling cards platforms, VoIP service, voicemail, and other services for telecom operators in several countries. Simon was a founding shareholder of TransOrbital, Inc., which launched a test article into Low Earth Orbit in 2001. Served as an officer of several aerospace-related non-profits, and in 1995 led a team of thirty to produce a non-profit aerospace reference library. Simon studied at the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto, and ran as a candidate for public office during national elections in 2000.

  • Richard Miller, BA, MBA. COO.
    Richard spent years in the Corporate Strategy practice of Deloitte Consulting. He has over ten years experience consulting to top executives in over 15 international markets. Prior to Deloitte, Richard completed his MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Richard brings to the table the analytic skills and business background of a strategy consultant combined with the practical experience of having previously started up and run a successful NGO in Central America. He also has significant experience with the nonprofit sector in North America.

  • David Troy, Executive Advisor.
    David Troy is a technology entrepreneur. In 1995, he founded ToadNet, a prominent ISP in the mid-Atlantic area, and was also a founding investor in Core Communications, a profitable CLEC (Competitive Local Exchange Carrier) based in Annapolis, Maryland. In 2004, he sold ToadNet to Landmark Communications (parent of the Weather Channel) for cash. David has over 20 years experience with telephony and networking software and hardware platforms, and is an acknowledged expert in VoIP software architecture. David is also the creator of TwitterVision. David attended Johns Hopkins University, and is a private pilot.


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