Sara Poole joined CIT in January 2019 and is responsible for overseeing and implementing all forward-facing communications and public relations for CIT initiatives throughout the state of Virginia. Her professional experience is centered around building successful businesses, brands, products, and teams.
She is currently responsible for creative/strategic oversight and execution of all forward-facing communications and PR initiatives for the Virginia Center for Innovative Technology.
Poole has been a part of the commercial Internet industry from the very beginning, working side by side with many of the most influential and successful names in Virginia's early internetworking high-tech community. She was one of the first 20 employees at UUNET Technologies, recognized as the first commercial Internet Service Provider (now Verizon). And part of the three-person team that founded UUNET's Web Hosting Business Unit, the first commercially available web hosting service.
She advanced into the role of front-line sales & marketing lead responsible for creating the web hosting products from idea through execution, helping define and deliver salable, scalable, supportable web hosting service offerings from ground zero. She worked directly with CEO John Sidgmore and the executive team on the UUNET pre-IPO Road Show, helping craft, create, and deliver the story on the potential of web hosting to investors, boards, analysts, press, strategic partners, and the world.
An active contributor in UUNET's ascent from early-stage seed funding through hyper-growth, Poole was an integral part of the team that took organic revenue from hundreds of thousands to $3.6 billion and the third most successful IPO in NASDAQ the year it went public.
After UUNET's acquisition, the company's founder, former UUNET executives, and the CEO of (then) MCI recruited her to join them to help launch new business & non-profit initiatives. Deals included private equity transactions, seed-stage venture capital, private funding, M&A, start-ups, commercial real estate acquisition/development, charitable actions, tech, and creative/luxury lifestyle projects across the U.S., U.K., and Milan, Italy.
As VP of Business Development for the private LLC, Poole was responsible for C-level oversight, owner representation, communications, and tactical support of private portfolio assets over $100 million.
An only child, Sara, provided care for her dad through Cholangiocarcinoma and mom through Alzheimer's (and Hospice for both) while maintaining a career and raising two young children. As a result, family caregiving is both a passion and expertise. She is Co-Chair of the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) National Advisory Council, (a 501c3 GuideStar Platinum organization headquartered in Boca Raton, FL) and creator of the Poole family advocacy project KidsAreCaregiversToo.com - a platform to raise awareness, support legislative efforts and develop solutions for over 1.4 Million caregiving youth in the United States.