Leadership Team

us nextDavid Crawford is CEO and holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi.  He is also a graduate of the Venture Capital Institute in Chicago. Before joining USNX, David was founder of Ayrix Technologies, a regional Internet service provider, and led Ayrix through a private stock offering, its acquisition of seven other ISPs, and its sale to Michigan-based BigNet. David is a CPA, and has 19 years of public practice experience including tenures with Ernst & Young and KPMG. He serves on the Board of the Annandale Property Owners Association, and is former chairman of the Industry Committee of the MSCPA.



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Kristen Fowler is Vice President of Operations and Senior .NET Developer.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Millsaps College.  Kristen began her career as web developer with World Access Solutions, and has more than fifteen years of experience in developing and implementing websites, intranet systems, and online databases.  She was formerly the Director of Operations at Big Net South, and presently serves on the Board of Directors for Atco Co., Inc., a privately held finance company.



us nextBuddy Sharp is Vice President of Managed Services.  Prior to joining USNX, Buddy was owner of Accessible Computer Experts, LLC and has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry, with his career starting in the United States Marine Corps as a computer programmer. Buddy has extensive knowledge in server and workstation management, virtualization, email systems, backup technologies and networking.




us nextKeith Liberto is Project Manager and holds a Bachelor's degree in communication from Mississippi State University. Before joining USNX, Keith was the senior account executive for D2 Interactive, a Jackson-based web services company. At D2, he helped the start-up company grow and support its client base across Mississippi.  Before his career in the web service industry, he served as both an editor and production manager at various newspapers across the state, which included managing their online versions.




us nextTom Herrington is Senior Sales Executive and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Mississippi. Tom was a founder and Vice President of Sales at Total Office Solutions. He was also Director of Sales at Mindbender New Media and has 20 years’ experience in consultative sales.         




us nextDavid Harris is Senior PHP and Database Developer.  Prior to joining USNX, David was Associate Business Systems Analyst with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.  He holds an Associate of Arts degree from Southwest Mississippi Community College and is pursuing a degree in Software Engineering from Mississippi State University.




us nextKathy Thomas is Senior Copywriter and graduated summa cum laude from Belhaven University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Kathy's successful experience with product supply companies and IT consulting firms gives her a unique edge in helping businesses and organizations deliver their unique messages on their websites.




us nextSteven Beitz is Senior Graphic Designer and Front-End Developer. Before joining U.S.NEXT, Steven was a front-end developer for D2 Interactive, a Jackson-based web services company. He was formerly systems administrator at Skylight Internet Solutions in Richlands, VA and Director of the Cumberland Plateau Electronic Business Village, a non-profit entity formed to encourage small rural businesses to leverage the internet to grow income.




us nextBrian Jackson is Senior Network Engineer.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Millsaps College, where he was later employed for 19 years as a Systems Administrator in the Information Technology Services department.  Brian has extensive experience in the design, implementation, management, and troubleshooting of a wide range of technologies including virtualization, storage, web, databases, and networking.