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“We believe in doing good, valuing life’s moments, and keeping connected to everyone and everything important to us.”
Elauwit was born to connect communities. All over U.S.A the company is empowering remarkable communities with remarkable connectivity experiences unlike any other. And they do it while enhancing the actual dollar value of one’s investment.
“Elauwit” is an American Indian word meaning “the hunter”. Headquartered in historic Charleston, South Carolina, the company is been in business since 2002, growing from media to telecommunications, expanding from one coast to the other, while serving owners, developers, builders, investors and managers of multi-family housing. Elauwit has deep roots in southern hospitality teaching them all about customer service.
Inception of Elauwit
In 2002, the early stages of “all things connected” began to disrupt the print media business. That’s when Elauwit Founder Dan McDonough left legendary newspaper publisher Gannett Co. to start a newspaper business where everybody in the community got the newspaper each week, in their mailbox, at no charge. He founded the company as a hyper-local news organization.
This model of connecting local communities proved successful. While the industry was shrinking in the midst of a global recession, Elauwit was twice named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing companies in America. The company’s 20+ newspapers spanning New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and South Carolina were winning awards for journalism while growing in value.
As the proliferation of internet connectivity spread, Elauwit wanted to discover a better way to connect communities – combining both reliable service and unique customer experience. Still true to its initial purpose; The Company used the 2008 acquisition of a small, regional Internet Service Provider in South Carolina to begin building a business around connecting multi-family communities.
Elauwit’s focus at first was on the growing segment of purpose-built student housing. Providing internet access to this most demanding segment of the population (college students) was a great way for us to build expertise and an unparalleled model of customer service. Today, Elauwit is leading the evolution of the Wi-Fi managed service business.
Elauwit installs and operates privately owned telecom networks in high-rise towers, mid-rise buildings, garden apartments, townhomes, cottage communities, hotels and medical facilities. Elauwit cut its teeth providing great Internet experiences to college students in on-campus and off-campus housing.
Meet the Head Crew
Dan McDonough, Jr., Chairman and Founder
Dan started his career in media as a teenager, being named executive editor of The Observer in Northern New Jersey at the age of 19. In Elauwit’s beginnings, before pivoting to becoming a customer-experienced internet service provider, Dan led a start-up community newspaper publishing business to become the fastest-growing newspaper publisher in America in 2009, as rated by Inc. magazine. Under Dan’s tenure, Elauwit’s media group also was rated among the 10 fastest-growing companies in Southern New Jersey, according to Philadelphia Business Journal. Dan leads Elauwit’s strategic efforts and helps craft the vision for the company. Up until 2012, Dan also served as chief executive of Elauwit. Dan received a BA in Political Science and Communications from William Paterson University, and studied for an MBA in finance and economics at Baruch College — City University of New York.
Barry Rubens, Chief Executive Officer
Barry serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Elauwit, LLC. Prior to joining Elauwit’s Board of Directors in 2009, he started Davidson Telecom to provide telecommunications services for large shopping mall developers. Barry has also served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CT Communications, Inc. (CTCI). He serves or has served as a director or officer for BellSouth Mobility’s Carolinas PCS Partnership, Access/On, Carolinas FiberNet, DDR Broadband, Maxcom Telefonia, and AvidExchange. Barry is married with two children and lives in Davidson, North Carolina. He serves or has served as a director for Cannon School, United Way and the Boy Scouts of America.