Russ Hamm - President & Founder
Russ Hamm founded Rainbow Broadband in 2004 with the vision of a new and highly advanced — yet easily implemented — broadband network for New York City.
Hamm has more than 30 years experience with media technology, recording top musical artists, producing sound for films and developing leading-edge technology solutions. Before starting Rainbow Broadband, Hamm founded Qmedia, a milestone provider that leveraged broadband opportunities for media customers using the newly built national fiber infrastructure, establishing network technology that is currently used by ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN and FOX.
Prior to that, he collaborated with Bell Labs on large-scale digital systems for music and film, and was president of Gotham Audio Corporation and G Prime Limited, a leading distributor of professional audio products.
Hamm has led media industry engineering and technical organizations and twice received the Audio Engineering Society Board of Governors award for outstanding service. He is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, Recording Academy, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
Jacob Gold - Executive Chairman & Director of Investor Relations
With over two decades of venture capital/private equity investment and operational experience, Gold has continued to demonstrate a savvy for recognizing and developing promising tech companies, notably investing $5 million in Raqia Networks, a semiconductor chip company, which he sold for over a 300% return in a bear tech market.
Currently, Gold is Chairman of the Board of Rainbow Broadband and is Chairman and Founder of Gold Venture Group. Prior to starting his own firm, Gold was an Executive Vice President at a $500 million venture capital firm. Before his involvement in venture capital he was an analyst at the New York-based institutional research firm Merger Insight, and has also worked in investment banking at Forest Hill Capital Management and Lehman Brothers.
Gold interned at Paine Webber's Real Estates division and worked with the lawyer in charge of negotiating all real estate leases. He has an M.B.A. and an M.S.B. from Johns Hopkins University.
Tom Martinson - Chief Technology Officer
As CTO of Rainbow Broadband, Tom Martinson brings 15+ years of proven expertise in System and Network Operation experience to this position. He is passionate about developing sophisticated communications networks, and shares Rainbow Broadband’s vision of making high-speed Internet easily available to all New York City businesses.
Prior to joining Rainbow Broadband, Martinson was an in-demand networking engineering consultant providing engineering and operational support for service provider networks; he also served as Principal Systems Engineer for Active Broadband Networks, Vice President of IT/ISP Services for Broadstripe, and Director of Advanced Services Engineering at Bresnan Communication.
He holds five advanced certifications for education with Juniper, Brocade, Extreme Networks, Red Hat, and CompTIA.
Rich LaFemina - Vice President of Real Estate Management
Rich LaFemina joined Rainbow Broadband in November 2008. He brings a combined 20 years of graphics expertise with 10 years of sales experience. Rich focuses on relationships with landlords and building/property managers, helping them to understand the benefits that Rainbow Broadband’s technology brings to the tenants of NYC commercial buildings especially in a media-centric world.
“I am extremely fortunate to be in a position that combines my two passions, and I’m having a blast working for Rainbow Broadband,” LaFemina said.
Jonathan Nelson - Controller
Jonathan Nelson joined Rainbow in June 2009, after being with JPMorgan Chase for more than 15 years. He had various roles at JPMorgan Chase including Manager of the Equipment Asset Management Department and CFO of the Client Services Division.
Nelson has an outstanding track-record of cost savings, accounting, expense reductions, financial analysis, and project management. He has a broad-based and successful experience of streamlining processes and achieving financial goals.
Nelson is a licensed New York State Emergency Medical Technician and volunteers extensively in community services.
Chris Van Deusen - Events & Marketing
Chris joined Rainbow Broadband in 2015, and has been instrumental in the company’s branding and marketing. An experienced graphic designer from the world of wine and spirits, Chris has seamlessly translated his visual prowess and skill with multiple content platforms to Rainbow.
At Rainbow, Chris designed and maintains the current Website, and oversees all Social Media activity and SEO. He is also the lead graphic designer for all online, printed and POP assets. In addition, he collaborates with Rainbow Broadband’s PR team on marketing strategies, advertising copy, and more.