Executive Management

The AIS Leadership Team

CEO Matt Thoene
Mr. Thoene is a skilled operations manager and capable leader. He brings a deep knowledge of systems, executive leadership management and network planning to AIS and has over 15 years of experience working with global Fortune 50 Telecommunications Corporations and internet and technology-based startups.

Prior to joining AIS, he was the Senior Vice President of Global Operations at Uptime Institute where he helped grow the company as an independent advisory organization committed to improving the performance, efficiency and reliability of business-critical infrastructures.

Before Uptime Institute, he spent three years as Managing Director at KIO Networks USA, where he managed strategic direction and provided leadership over all aspects of KIO Networks U.S. operations. He also has operations, project management, and business development experience with AT&T and aap3.

Mr. Thoene holds a BS in economics from San Diego State University and is a board member of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, where he contributes to the support and encouragement of the development of local San Diego companies.

Ken Carter

Mr. Carter is a professionally certified Data Center Design Electro-mechanical engineer, with over 18 years of experience designing, building, and maintaining Tier II-III data centers across the country for companies such as LexisNexis and Fidelity Information Services.

Throughout this time his key focus has been ensuring continuous reliability, availability, and uptime, ensuring large, complex organizations can remain productive in the face of unpredictable circumstances.

During his five years at Fidelity and six years at LexisNexis, Mr. Carter oversaw an unprecedented level of continuous uptime. During his tenure there was not a single revenue-impacting outage.

Mr. Carter holds a BS in Engineering from Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Dayton. He is the recipient of the 2012 IT Executive of the Year award from the San Diego Business Journal.

Mr. Fitzpatrick is a respected and seasoned professional bringing over 17 years of experience in the technology sector to AIS. Before joining AIS, Mr. Fitzpatrick was VP of Sales at KIO Networks, where he aided in the company’s transition from focusing on data center operations to providing a balance of colocation, network operations and managed services. Prior to Kio, he worked as a Strategic Account Sales Manager at Ricoh Business Solutions in the Greater San Diego area. Mr. Fitzpatrick holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Marketing from California State University, Chico.

Mr. Bauer brings over 20 years of experience in information technology and the OEM industry to AIS. As Director of Technology he oversees the technology team in designing custom hybrid cloud architectures for AIS clients. Prior to joining AIS, Bauer worked for KIO Networks —recently acquired by the Zayo Group — for over two years leading the solutions architecture team in aligning the company’s existing solutions with its business objectives as well as client needs. Before KIO, Bauer led the managed service provider DigitalDose Inc., providing enterprise solutions and customized cloud services to businesses in San Diego and beyond.

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