Dave Schaeffer
CEO, Cogent

Dave Schaeffer founded Cogent Communications in August 1999 and is the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to founding Cogent Communications, Mr. Schaeffer founded Pathnet, Inc. He also developed a regional paging carrier and numerous SMR systems throughout the United States. Mr. Schaeffer has founded and operated a total of seven successful businesses, including the second-largest delivery and ground transportation enterprise in the United States and a property and casualty underwriter. Mr. Schaeffer has also developed 46 commercial real estate properties in the Washington D.C. metro area. Mr. Schaeffer holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of Maryland, where he was also a Ph.D. candidate in Economics. His diverse background has allowed him to build entrepreneurial management teams capable of building and managing national networks.