Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Wes Cummins currently serves as the CEO and Chairman of Applied Digital (Nasdaq: APLD) and is one of the company’s cofounders. Prior to Applied Digital Mr. Cummins was the founder and CEO of 272 Capital LP, a registered investment advisor, which focused primarily on investing in technology hardware, software and services companies. Wes sold 272 Capital LP to B. Riley Financial (Nasdaq: RILY). Following the sale he joined B. Riley as President of B. Riley Asset Management, the institutional asset management arm of B. Riley. Wes has been a technology investor for over 20 years and held various positions in capital markets including positions at investment banks and institutional asset management firms. Prior to founding 272 Capital, Wes led technology investing at Nokomis Capital, L.L.C., an investment advisory firm. Mr. Cummins serves as a member of the Board of Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS), a fabless designer, developer and supplier of cellular semiconductor solutions for massive, broadband and critical Internet of Things (IoT) markets. He also serves as a member of the board of Vishay Precision Group (NYSE: VPG) an internationally recognized designer, manufacturer and marketer of resistive foil technology, sensors, and sensor-based systems to niche, industrial applications. Wes holds a BSBA from Washington University in St. Louis where he majored in finance and accounting.
Jason Zhang is an entrepreneur and investor in the technology sector. From 2017 to 2019, Mr. Zhang was an investment analyst at Sequoia Capital, an investment firm that specializes in backing companies across the technology sectors. Before that, Mr. Zhang was an investment analyst at MSD Capital from 2015 to 2017. MSD Capital is a private investment firm established in 1998 to exclusively manage the assets of Michael Dell and his family. At both Sequoia Capital and MSD Capital, Mr. Zhang focused on investments in crypto, enterprise software, internet, consumer products and hardware. Mr. Zhang graduated from Harvard College in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics.
Chief Financial Officer
David Rench is a Senior Financial Executive with experience leading the full spectrum of accounting, budgets, financial analysis, forecast planning, IT strategy, and reporting processes to achieve and exceed corporate financial goals. He has demonstrated expertise in developing and implementing streamlined tools and procedures to maximize departmental efficiency. Mr. Rench holds a BBA from the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, and an MBA from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University University. He is in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Rench started his professional career as an analyst working for Citi Group and American Airlines. He later led M&A transactions as a Senior Associate for Essilor of America. Mr. Rench then co-founded and served as the VP of Finance and Operations for a software startup, ihiji, until the company was acquired by Control4 in 2017. After the sale, Mr. Rench joined and served as Chief Financial Officer of Hirzel Capital. Mr. Rench is skilled in talent management and focused on long-term business growth, revenue, and profitability. He currently consults with and advises various companies and boards of directors.
Chief Technology Officer
Michael Maniscalco is a recognized speaker and technology leader across numerous industries. Mr. Maniscalco is a serial entrepreneur with multiple startups and exits and previously served as an Entrepreneur In Residence with StanleyX. He holds a degree in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Michael has been involved with software and network engineering for Fortune 1000 companies in the web3, IoT, financial, telecommunications, and healthcare industries for over 20 years.
EVP of Finance
Mr. Mohmand is a finance executive that assists in day-to-day analysis and planning. Prior to joining Applied Digital, Mr. Mohmand was Director of Research at 272 Capital LP, a registered investment advisor, which focused primarily on investing in technology hardware, software and services companies. Following the sale of 272 Capital to B. Riley Financial (Nasdaq:RILY), he joined B. Riley as Director of Research at B. Riley Asset Management. Prior to 272 Capital, Saidal was Director of Research at GrizzlyRock Capital, a value oriented long/short fund based in Chicago. Saidal started his career as an analyst for a regional bank’s sponsor leveraged finance team focused on fundamental analysis and credit risk. He holds a B.B.A. in Finance and Accountancy from Western Michigan.
EVP Hosting Operations & Public Affairs
Nick has owned and operated several technology companies across multiple industries since 1999. He previously owned a traditional data center with two locations and was instrumental in launching one of the largest North American Blockchain Hosting companies in North America in 2017 and 2018. He has been active in legislative affairs and government relations since 2013 and was lead in passing complex state-level legislation in 2015 and 2019. Nick enjoys simplifying complex projects and making them come to life in extremely compressed timelines through building relationships and technology.
EVP of Power
Since 2017, Mr. Snyman has provided development and operations advisory services to data centers through a consultancy firm. In this role Mr. Snyman was involved in the development and operations of over 200 MW of data center capacity. From July 2012 to August 2017, Mr. Snyman held managerial roles at ATCO Power Canada Ltd., a developer, builder and operator of power generation faculties. Prior to joining ATCO power Canada Ltd., Mr. Snyman had leadership roles at China National Offshore Oil Corporation, and ENMAX Energy Corporation, spanning all aspect of electricity industry, including regulatory oversight, energy trading, commercial analytics, development, and construction. Mr. Snyman had a leading commercial role in transactions totaling of over $1.5 billion in transmission, wind, hydro, and thermal energy infrastructure.
Mr. Nicholas brings extensive experience in organizing and leading teams in the transformation of real estate assets for business expansion. He applies the business vision, operational values and funding strategies to the planning, design and construction efforts. Renowned institutions like Penn Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHoP), Johns Hopkins Medicine, Penn State- Hershey Med Center, Ohio State Univ. Med Center, Rutgers Univ. Med Center, Boston Med Center and others, have leveraged the services of Mr. Nicholas in the development and repurposing of properties. Mr. Nicholas built and managed the $200M annual Capital Improvement Plan for Steward Health Care, a multi-state health system. Over his career, Mr. Nicholas has managed over $4B in campus master planning and $3B+ in capital improvements for medical institutions, higher education campuses, medical research institutions and infrastructure development initiatives. Mr. Nicholas is a registered engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut.
EVP of Real Estate Development
Brad has executed over $2.5 billion in mission critical data center projects in the US and Mexico. More recently, he delivered multiple hyperscale, wholesale, and collocation data centers totaling over 150 megawatts for large REITs, social media clients and financial institutions. Brad has held leadership roles in an ENR top 5 General Contractor working within Lump Sum, Design-Build, Design-Bid-Build, and Integrated Project Delivery contracts. He received a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Brigham Young University. He enjoys building the right teams and executing technical projects.
EVP of Engineering
Roland Davidson is Applied Digital's EVP of Engineering. His goal is to provide leadership in electrical design for our facilities during construction and operations. Roland brings over 30 years of expertise to the team and specializes in substations, equipment manufacturing, power system design, maintenance of facilities, leadership, and managing subcontract trades. Roland is a graduate of the Saskatchewan Technical Institute and is a NETA Level IV Certified Technician. He combines his knowledge with the work ethic he acquired while being raised on the family farm to succeed in his projects. With an entrepreneurial spirit, Roland thrives in a fast-paced environment and effectively deals with the day-to-day technical challenges he encounters along the way. Roland will continue to leverage his proven track record of success to be a part of the team and help execute the rapid growth plan we all strive for.