Reese, Gus

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Affiliation: Cogent Communications Inc.

Nomination Committee Evaluation: Qualified

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Nominee Questionnaire

1. Public Contact Information

a) Please provide one URL to an online location (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) where community members can dialogue with you. [Optional.]

b) Please identify your organizational affiliations. Note that Advisory Council (AC) members serve as individuals required to take ARIN’s best interests into account—not those of organizations with which they are affiliated.

IP Administrator for Cogent Communications Inc.

2. Relevant Biography

a) Please refer to the ARIN Advisory Council Guidance to the 2022 Nomination Committee in answering this question:

i) Please describe your relevant professional experience and expertise and explain how this background will make you an effective AC member.

I have worked for ISPs since the start of my career in 1998.  I have spent most of my career working for Tier 1 carriers which has provided me a different perspective on issues that our community faces.  I have spent the past eight years becoming more involved in the ARIN community and more recently started to cultivate relationships with other ARIN members.

ii) Attach a resume, curriculum vitae, or other biography highlighting your experience most relevant to the duties of the AC.

iii) You may also optionally include additional web links to external websites (e.g., social media), though not as a substitute for your biography.

None provided.

b) The role of the Advisory Council is to advise the Board of Trustees on Internet number resource policy and related matters. Describe a similar experience you have had in such an advisory role.

In my current position I find myself evaluating new technologies and products and making recommendations to my senior management on their viability.

3. Eligibilty

a) Please disclose any conflicts of interest you may have, real or perceived, that would impact your ability to perform your duty as a member of ARIN’s Advisory Council. How do you propose to resolve any such conflicts?

I do not believe I have any conflicts of interest.

b) Are you currently eligible to serve on the Advisory Council according to the Conflicts of Interest Policy?


c) If not currently eligible, how will you become eligible to serve if elected (i.e. “If elected, I will resign from the position of ________ before 31 Dec 2022”). If not applicable, simply enter “N/A”.


d) Describe any limitations on your ability to: attend AC and Public Policy Meetings in person; or serve all of the elected term.

As long as I have my health and sufficient notice to travel, I do not see any limitations.

4. Nominee Information

a) Have you attended ARIN meetings or otherwise participated in ARIN activities in the past? What did you find the most rewarding from those meetings or activities? What suggestions for improvement do you have?

Yes.  I was at ARIN 49 in person and have joined the past few years virtually at the meetings.  What I found most rewarding from ARIN 49 was the face to face time with new friends & collogues and meeting some of the current AC members and being able to pick their brains during the social events.  I’m still new to these meetings and do not have any suggestions for improvement yet.

b) What areas of Internet number resource policy, if any, need more attention by ARIN; why?

I cannot identify any areas currently.  My only suggestion is one the AC is currently undertaking with some of the older policies by revisiting and changing language for clarification of said policy.

c) In what ways could the AC’s role managing ARIN’s Internet number resource policy be improved, if any?

I can offer no improvement suggestions at this time.

d) What are your thoughts on the rights and responsibilities of legacy IP address holders?

We are at a very interesting time in our industry.  I am biased on this issue as I do have a lot of IPv4 space that is listed as legacy and not covered under an LRSA.  I know what barriers I face with the LRSA and I hope lowering those barriers with certain key language changes may entice more legacy holders to sign the RSA.  I would need a better definition of which rights before I spoke more about my thoughts.

e) What are your thoughts on needs-based justification for the receipt of IP addresses?

I am biased on this question because of having applied needs-based justification for over eighteen years of allocating IP resources to my end users.  The justification for IP space should be on current and 12 month future requirements.  With the exhaustion of available IPv4 resources from the RIRs my want does not trump your actual need.

14 responses

  1. Stephen Kierzewski

    I have worked with Gus Reese for over 15 years at Cogent and he has always been a go to resource whenever I have had questions on Cogent or ARIN/RIPE IP policy. He is very thorough in his answers and willing to entertain changes to current policy if needed and demonstrated that it will benefit our customers. He has been a great steward of Cogent IP resources always keeping in mind what is best not just for Cogent customers, but for the general Internet community as a whole. Gus is a consummate professional, very knowledgeable and more importantly willing to share that knowledge or his perspective to help people make the best use of the Internet. Gus will definitely not only bring a lot of knowledge to the council but also his outstanding character and willingness to work together for the common good.

  2. Chris Smith

    I have worked with Gus for more than five years. He is well suited to serve on an Advisory Counsel as he is frequently sought out to answer questions on a wide range of networking and policy issues. He is able to communicate the answers to these questions in clear and understandable language framed to meet the technical level of the person or group asking.

  3. Virgil Smith

    In the 18 years of knowing and working with Gus, I’ve come to admire his technical knowledge, dedication, and passion for problem solving. We have worked together on many cases involving the misappropriated use of number resources where his expert knowledge of Arin and other RIR policies was instrumental in quickly adjudicating these cases. He is a consummate professional with an unwavering support for deploying IPv6. He is a thought leader within Cogent and is frequently sought out to assist with technically challenging network and number issues. His pragmatic worldview, technical acuity, and knowledge and understanding of the challenges facing the industry today would be a major asset to Arin’s Advisory Council body.

  4. Victor Harvell

    I have worked directly with Gus Reese on the IP Engineering team for the past 12+ years. Gus is always helpful, approachable, fair-minded, and willing to be of assistance. He is an excellent communicator and conveys solutions in a pragmatic way that is easy to follow and understand. Gus is a wealth of knowledge and experience, and has played a critical role in my success within this industry. I highly recommend Gus Reese for the Advisory Council role at ARIN.

  5. Jim Shields

    I have had the pleasure of working with Gus Reese at Cogent the past 13 years. His knowledge, experience and positive attitude have been a great benefit Cogent and Cogent Customers. He is always available to answer questions and quickly resolve issues that may arise. His insight and willingness to share has helped me personally to understand more about this Industry and I truly believe he would be a great addition to the ARIN

  6. Kevin Pack

    I worked with Gus for several years while we were at Verio. I found Gus to be reliable, knowledgeable and strong work ethic. Twenty plus years after we worked together, Gus is still the first person I contact for issues pertaining to Cogent and NTT. Gus would make a great addition to the Arin AC.

  7. David Nagy

    I’ve worked with Gus for more than 15 years now and have come to know him to be a knowledgeable, well versed leader in his field. A pragmatic problem solver interested in finding the best solutions, Gus gets involved and has proven time and again to not be afraid of taking on the hard work necessary to get things done.

  8. Eric Delmas

    I support Gus candidacy. He has an excellent background dealing with the five RIRs and a long technical experience.
    He is a very temperate manager, approachable and able to work hard to reach a common goal.

  9. Dan Bruns

    I have worked with Gus Reese since 2004. He is an intelligent, friendly, and trustworthy person. He’s an excellent leader and an effective communicator. He is unafraid to ask questions, give his opinion on an issue, and he is a wealth of information if I have questions on IP policies across multiple organizations. I believe he would be a valuable asset to the ARIN advisory council.

  10. Christopher Altman

    Working with Gus over the last 17+ years has been a pleasure. In addition to his management of the IP Engineering team he also tirelessly works across many departments at Cogent to ensure internal policies/procedures are aligned with customer needs without sacrificing the integrity of the network and IP resources. He is quick to answer escalations and provides additional training to the Sales Engineering, Service Delivery, and Customer Support teams. When issues arise, Gus takes a thoughtful and balanced approach and also considers the larger implications of his decisions when it comes to the different global policies surrounding the Internet. His day to day interactions with teammates and customers allows him an in the trenches view in real time of what is happening on the Internet each day. Gus would be an excellent addition to the advisory council.

  11. Mark Luptak

    I’m trying to figure out what to say about Gus…

    It’s easy to say he’s a wunderkind when it comes to this field. I’m sure the membership gets it. And I do as well.

    I could give him platitudes about how we interact. But that’s lacking in so many ways. He’s been so helpful to me as I migrated from that dreaded “Sales” role to a Sales Engineer. I can’t say enough about his help.

    All of you have gotten to know him over the years. You know who he is.

    People may look at his employer and take a second thought. But….

    None of us should. He gets it. And he’s a type of person that cares about the greater good of the Internet.

    That’s the reason he needs to be more involved. Cause that’s the guy he is.

  12. Douglas Segura

    I have worked with Gus Reese at Cogent Communications for the past 12 years. His ability to take a problem and come up with a quick solution is impressive. He has assisted not just our internal entities but has gone above and beyond by providing helpful advise to resolving issue customers may have within their own networks. His knowledge and his attention to detail is irreplaceable and unmatched. The ARIN Advisory Counsel would be a perfect fit for all parties involved and they would be gaining a real asset to the team.

  13. Marie May

    I’ve had the pleasure of working with Gus for the last 16 years. He is an exceptional leader. He has a unique ability to determine issues, develop quick solutions and garner support to implement those solutions flawlessly. He has a wealth of technical knowledge that he freely shares with others. Gus is the “go to” guy with any questions regarding IP engineering and IP products at our company and I believe would be an excellent addition to the ARIN Advisory Counsel.

  14. I have worked with Gus Reese in his capacity as Manager of IP Engineering at Cogent Communications for the last 8.5 years. Gus has been a huge resource for me as he sets policy at Cogent in terms of what and how we can sell our IP service offerings, in addition to running the team that provisions all IP orders at Cogent. He is always available to answer questions, and is able to explain complex topics to both technical and non-technical people alike. He has also repeatedly proven himself to be flexible when it comes to adding new features for our customers. Finally I would just add that he is a straight shooter and an extremely trustworthy individual. He would be a great addition to your advisory council, both in terms of industry knowledge, and character.

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