Overland Park, Kansas – (The Hosting News) – September 24, 2008 – Web host and Internet solutions provider, Aplus.Net, has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer, Phillip Spencer, as part of its executive management team enhancements.
Tyler Newton, Chairman of the Board of Aplus.net and General Partner at Catalyst Investors, the majority owner of Aplus.net noted, ”We are excited to have Phil join the already-strong Aplus.Net management team. Phil has a successful track record of profitably growing businesses. He is a high-energy, goal-focused leader that will help us grow the business by expanding our customer base and product offering.”
Mr. Spencer succeeds Gabriel Murphy as the company’s CEO. Mr. Murphy will remain President of Aplus.Net and will also take on a more tactical oversight role as the company’s new Chief Strategy Officer. Mr. Murphy played a pivotal role as Aplus.Net’s President and CEO during the company’s ownership transition in 2006, and during its move from California to Kansas in 2007.
Mr. Spencer comes to Aplus.Net directly from a highly successful tenure as President and CEO of Everest Connections, Inc., a Lenexa, Kansas-based cable, telephone, and Internet access provider that thrived in a market dominated by larger competition. Under Mr. Spencer’s leadership, the company grew to more than $60 million in annual revenues and was named as one of the fastest-growing companies in the Kansas City area in 2005 by Ingram’s Magazine and Ernst and Young.
Mr. Spencer remarked, ”Aplus.Net has a strong foundation, with a team that has done an outstanding job of building the business into one of North America’s top ten hosting companies. I am looking forward to helping the organization continue to grow its revenue and expand its product offering. Aplus.Net will continue to be the premier provider of web hosting, online marketing, e-commerce, domain name registration, and web design.”
Responsible for developing, overseeing, and guiding the execution of Everest’s business strategy, Mr. Spencer successfully led that company from its origins as a modest start-up into a local industry leader with an enterprise value of more than $175 million. During his time at Everest, the company boasted 20 consecutive quarters of growth in EBITDA, revenue, and customer count. Everest was acquired by California-based SureWest Communications earlier this year.
Prior to his tenure at Everest, Mr. Spencer’s experience encompassed senior sales, marketing and business development positions with AT and T, Global Crossing, GE Capital Communications Services, and Advantech, Inc. – a telecom firm that he also shepherded from a start-up into a significant industry presence.
A Marquette University graduate, Mr. Spencer has also served on several Kansas City-area boards of directors, including The Blue Valley Schools Foundation, Enterprise Center of Johnson County, Broadband Service Providers Association (BSPA), and Midwest Angel Investors.
In February, the company rebranded its line of dedicated hosting servers, with a shift toward a more hardware-based naming system, with the dedicated hosting plan names based on each server’s CPU. The company’s website has been reconfigured to highlight these new names, and also to present the servers in three new categories: Single-Core Servers, Multi-Core Servers, and Multi-Processor Servers.
Aplus.Net has provided web services since the Internet’s commercial start in 1995. Aplus.Net is one of the top ten privately held hosting companies in the United States. Specializing in helping small businesses build a customer base via the Internet, Aplus.Net offers award-winning services that include web hosting and design, dedicated servers, online marketing, e-commerce, domain name registration, and much more. Aplus.Net has been awarded many honors for excellence, including the prestigious CNET Editors’ Choice Award, and has been featured in top U.S. business publications such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, Black Enterprise, and PC Magazine.
For more information about Aplus,Net, please visit: www.aplus.net.