Kevin Rubin is the president and Chief Information Officer of Stratosphere Networks and Converged Communication Systems. He holds a bachelor of business administration, marketing and finance from Loyola University in Chicago. During his time as CIO, he has earned various certifications concerning technical engineering and security subjects.
Through his earlier work in the telecom industry, Kevin met Steve Melchiorre, the current CEO of Stratosphere and CCS. In 2003, they co-founded CCS, which produced $116,000 in revenue during its first year. Since then, the company has seen its revenue grow every year, increasing by an average of 40 percent on an annual basis and reaching 9.7 million by 2021. The company has received a number of accolades - such as the Channel Partners 360° award, Inc. 5000, and CRN MSP Elite 150 - for its performance as a provider of IP telephony and unified communications solutions and services. Stratosphere has earned recognition as one of Crain's Best Places to Work in Chicago numerous times.
Seven years after founding CCS, Kevin and Steve launched Stratosphere Networks, a multifaceted provider of IT managed services and solutions. From 2010 to 2021, Stratosphere’s state-of-the-art Network Operations Center (NOC) in Evanston leveraged the latest diagnostic tools, monitoring solutions and other technologies to deliver the highest quality proactive support for its clients.
In 2021, Ascend Technologies acquired Stratosphere’s managed IT and security services division. The company continues to operate as a client-side technology advisory firm, helping businesses bypass the traditional sales process and efficiently find their ideal Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS), customer experience (CX), digital transformation, business process outsourcing (BPO), managed IT and cybersecurity solutions.
Kevin has also received recognition for his work in the realm of IT managed services. He has been named as one of the Top People in Managed Services by MSPmentor with the MSPmentor 250 award. Additionally, he previously served on the leadership committee of the Managed Services Community and is currently a member of the IT Security Community Executive Council for CompTIA, a non-profit trade association for the IT industry. He also serves on the selection committee for the CompTIA ChannelChanger Award, which honors future IT industry leaders.
Drawing on his extensive experience in the IT industry, Kevin also regularly offers insights into topics such as cloud computing, cybersecurity, unified communications, building a career in IT, and more as a public speaker. He delivered the keynote to the Creating IT Futures IT-Ready class of 2019 and has spoken at the Data Center Investment Conference & Expo (DICE) Midwest, Chicago & Midwest Data Center Summit, and the Wilbur Wright College IT Club, among other engagements.
Stratosphere and CCS are also committed to giving back to the community and support charitable organizations such as GRIN2B Foundation, Lawrence Hall, the International Justice Mission, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, among many others. Stratosphere has a corporate policy in place that gives staff members two additional paid days off for the purpose of participating in sponsored volunteer activities, and the company also runs a Choose Your Charity program that allows team members to select a charity that Stratosphere will then donate to on their behalf.
Commitment to Leadership
Global Leadership Summit 2015 - Present
Crain's Leadership Academy 2018
Lake Forest Graduate School of Management Workshops: Self-Awareness & Managing Self 2017
Elevate Performance Solutions Workshops: Communication and Coaching; Delegating with Accountability 2018
CompTIA Executive Board
ASCII Council 2017