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Hellman Electric, a datacom services contractor, has named Sam Compton as director of wireless implementation. With 15 years of experience in wireless construction management, as well as proven expertise in the New York City market, Compton will oversee wireless projects for Hellman Electric as part of the growing Datacom Division.
Throughout a long career in telecom and construction, Compton has managed DAS / C-RAN projects for all major telecom carriers. He has demonstrated his expertise in planning and coordinating complex projects, forecasting cost estimates, and executing speed-to-market strategies to complete initiatives on time and within budget. Most recently, he served as NYC Director of Engineering and Implementation for Extenet Systems, managing over $180 million in budgets. He has also held positions with Airosmith Development, Metro PCS, BCI Communications, Aeon Technologies and Clearlinx, and worked as a contract employee for AT&T Wireless.
Hellman Electric’s Datacom Division offers design-build projects for collocation facility build-outs, data center design and construction, and the build and maintenance of carrier backbone and local loop fiber networks. The company’s primary service area is New York Metro, with strategic partnerships that allow the team to cover the entire East Coast. Hellman has also provided services to Chicago and can mobilize to other locations for select assignments.
ExteNet Systems has appointed Garth Williams as executive VP and chief financial officer. Williams brings deep expertise in finance and accounting as well as management of finance departments to ExteNet. For the past six years, he served as the chief financial officer and chief administrative officer for Kroll, a global cyber security, risk management and information services company. Previously, he served at American Tower in various senior finance roles including Investor Relations, International Reporting and Treasury. He began his career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley and worked in their Melbourne, Hong Kong and New York offices. Mr. Williams has degrees in accounting and finance from the University of Auckland and a law degree from Melbourne University.
Garth Williams succeeds Dan Timm, who has been with the company for nearly nine years. Dan will stay with ExteNet for an interim period to ensure a smooth transition.
“I am extremely pleased to welcome Garth Williams to our executive team,” said Jim Hyde, President and CEO, ExteNet Systems. “Garth’s wide-ranging experience in managing high-impact financial activities as well as his industry knowledge will help us continue to accelerate growth and profitability. I also want to thank Dan Timm for his leadership at ExteNet as he’s been critical to our success and growth over the years and is leaving us with a strong foundation on which to build. We are grateful for his service and wish him the very best.”
The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) has named Grant Seiffert Vice President of Workforce Development and Executive Director of Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP).
“We are excited that Grant has joined the WIA team to help implement our vision of developing a stronger wireless workforce to build and maintain 5G networks,” said WIA President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein. “Grant’s executive experience and extensive leadership in the telecommunications sector will help strengthen and grow training and apprenticeship programs for the entire wireless industry to get us ready for 5G.”
“For the United States to lead the world in 5G, and to build on President Trump’s recent remarks, it is imperative to have a workforce properly trained in deploying next-generation networks. As an industry leader for workforce training and apprenticeships, the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) looks forward to Grant building on the successes of the program and on diversity and inclusion initiatives,” said TIRAP Chairperson David Sams.
“With extensive experience in program development, Grant will bolster WIA’s efforts to equip the workforce with the skills and training necessary to connect a 5G world,” said WIA Executive Vice President Tim House. “WIA initiatives to expand workforce development, specifically through the Telecommunications Education Center (TEC), are now more critical than ever as the industry faces a shortage of skilled workers just as 5G deployments are picking up steam.”
Prior to WIA, Grant served as President and CEO of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) for nine nears. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for Connected Nation and on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Advisory Council (NAC).
Airwavz Solutions, a provider of in-building wireless infrastructure, today announced the appointment of Chris Zack to the role of Chief Revenue Officer. In this capacity, Zack is responsible for strategic development and execution of initiatives that support Airwavz’s continued explosive growth and expansion into new markets in the commercial real estate sector.
During his more than 20-year career in technology infrastructure, Zack has held various sales and development roles with some of the most recognizable brands, including Verizon, AT&T, SBA Communications, ExteNet Systems and Mobilitie, where he has a proven track record of scaling business development organizations and securing investment rights for wireless infrastructure.
Over the past decade, Zack has focused on the contractual and financial modeling to support both the needs of commercial real estate owners and investors and the wireless carriers. Zack has negotiated numerous master agreements with REITs and portfolio owners for both cellular and Wi-Fi network investments as well national technology upgrades by the carriers.
“The addition of Chris in the role of Chief Revenue Officer is an asset to Airwavz and we welcome his insights and leadership,” said Brad Davis, CEO of Airwavz. “His achievements as a leader in results-focused organizations will be invaluable to Airwavz’s continued growth as we deepen and expand our relationships in current markets and look towards future opportunities.”
“I am excited for the opportunity to join the seasoned executive team at Airwavz,” said Chris Zack, CRO of Airwavz. “Our approach to addressing in-building wireless coverage and capacity is unique in terms of how we productize the investment for both the wireless carriers and commercial real estate owners. Our model translates into value creation for the commercial real estate industry by enhancing the competitiveness of their building assets, attracting and retaining tenants, and enabling increased building rents.”
Industry veteran JM Brierly has been promoted to Vice President of Legacy Telecommunications. Brierly has served as the branch manager of eastern Washington for the wireless infrastructure, RF solutions, standby power and remote services firm for the past five years.
Brierly has been a leader within Legacy Telecommunications for the past 14 years. He has developed a well-known troubleshooting mindset and customer service unparalleled in the wireless industry. He is known throughout the pacific northwest as an expert in comprehensive wireless telecommunications logistics and operations.
“JM is a seasoned trail blazer who ascended through the wireless ecosystem from the ground up. His boots on the ground management experience has earned the respect of our people and clients alike”, said Bob Irving president of Legacy.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead team Legacy as we further enhance our position as the wireless service firm of choice across the Rocky Mountains. In the short-term, we will continue to provide the highest quality in the marketplace and continue the long tradition of safety that is the hallmark of Legacy.” stated Brierly. “For over 14 years I have been a part of this team who created the best reputation available for building robust wireless infrastructure.”
“JM’s knowledge across this diverse and challenging industry will augment Legacy’s ability to sustain growth without sacrificing our quality or client centered emphasis.” added Jim Tracy who is a founder and CEO of Legacy. “He has proven to be an extension of Legacy’s entrepreneurial spirit. His business savvy, industry experience and strong contacts within the wireless industry are outstanding.”
Advanced RF Technologies (ADRF) has appointed Andrew Jun as the chief technology officer. In this role, Jun will drive tech advancement within the company, leading product strategy and R&D. He brings over 25 years of experience in telecommunications, including previous work at CS Corp, Korea Telecom, and RF Window.
Jun joins ADRF from CS Corp, where he served as the head of business operations. Prior to that, he was the Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at RF Window and VP of Mobile Network Strategy for Korea Telecom. He has been involved in a diverse spectrum of telecommunication and wireless technologies including 5G, distributed antenna systems (DAS), small cells, CRAN, V2X, Wi-Fi, and LTE-FDD/TDD systems.
Boingo Wireless has elected Mike Finley as chief executive officer. Finley will continue as a member of the board, where he has served since August 2013. Finley succeeds Boingo’s current CEO and chairman of the board Dave Hagan, who announced retirement after 17 years of service to the company. Hagan will continue to serve as a member of the board, while Lance Rosenzweig, Boingo’s lead independent director, will become chairman of the board. All changes will take effect March 18, 2019.
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP (WBK) has announced that Josh Bercu, Sean Conway, Mark Wiranowski and Rachel Wolkowitz have been elevated to partners at the firm.
“No press release is more personally fulfilling than one announcing the promotions of members of Team WBK,” said WBK Managing Partner Bryan Tramont. “These four rising stars of the bar typify the legal excellence, client service first and character that the Firm stands for. Our future is brighter because of the role they will play in it.”
Playing a leading role in the Firm’s burgeoning privacy and cybersecurity practice, Josh advises clients on a variety of legal and policy issues related to data privacy, security and consumer protection. His work includes developing and executing advocacy strategies on behalf of industry trade associations and companies before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), including on emerging topics like the Internet of Things and enduring ones like the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Josh joined WBK in March 2011.
Sean advises clients on strategic, policy and legal matters before the FCC and related Executive Branch agencies. Prior to joining the firm, Sean served at the FCC as the Deputy Director of the Commission’s Office of Legislative Affairs. This capped a two-and-a-half year period during which he also served as a Legal Advisor to the Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and as an Attorney Advisor in the Wireline Competition Bureau. While in the Wireline Competition Bureau, he was part of the team that modernized the E-rate program, the government’s largest educational technology program. Sean joined WBK in March 2017.
Mark represents emerging and established companies in corporate and commercial transactions in the energy, communications and information technology industries. Among utilities, developers, power marketers, commercial and industrial companies, and investors, Mark has quickly earned a reputation as an expert legal advisor on power purchase agreements and the development and acquisition of energy infrastructure, including wind, solar, battery and microgrid projects. Mark also represents carriers, infrastructure companies and emerging ventures in communications infrastructure and cutting-edge technology transactions. In 2017, Mark was named to the Colorado 2017 Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list. Mark joined WBK in April 2015.
Rachel helps clients understand and shape the regulatory process as they introduce new technologies into their businesses and onto the market. She helps technology and media companies, carriers and manufacturers comply with and develop FCC regulations related toaccessibility, hearing aid compatibility, equipment authorization and marketing. She also guides clients with emerging legal and policy issues before the FTC, FAA and other agencies related to the Internet of Things, drones, privacy and consumer protection. Having been a client when in-house at a Microsoft and the Technology Association of America, Rachel appreciates the pressures in-house counsel face and leverages her experience into exceptional client service. Rachel joined WBK in May 2014.
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, one of the largest law firms in the nation dedicated primarily to the practice of communications and energy law, is ranked as a “First Tier” firm by Chambers USA (Telecom, Broadcast, and Satellite: Regulatory), and Legal 500 (Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory), and is the only firm to be named “Law Firm of the Year” in communications law four times by U.S. News – Best Lawyers (2012, 2014, 2018 and 2019). The firm, with offices in Washington, DC, and Denver, Colorado, advises clients ranging from global Fortune 100 companies to small start-ups in regulatory, transactional, privacy, consumer protection, intellectual property, corporate and litigation matters involving all aspects of communications and energy law, at both the state and federal levels.
Jeff Eiseman has joined SQUAN to oversee management and growth of SQUAN’s nationwide fiber splicing and construction initiatives.
A highly experienced telecommunications professional, Eiseman has more than 25 years of experience across many facets of the CATV industry. Eiseman’s executive position at SQUAN includes oversight of and responsibility for growing SQUAN’s fiber splicing and construction business. He will be based out of the Company’s Fishkill, NY location and will oversee SQUAN’s expansion throughout the United States.
Zinwave has announced two new executive appointments: Brad Kitterman as CEO and Dennis Burke as COO. With both executives bringing decades of leadership experience from prior roles, Kitterman and Burke now join Zinwave from divisions of its parent company, McWane Inc.
“The wealth of knowledge and experience Brad and Dennis bring to the company will help accelerate Zinwave along our path of growth and innovation,” said Key Foster, Senior Vice President of McWane Inc. “Zinwave continues to offer the highest-performing, most cost-effective and future-ready DAS solution on the market for in-building applications, which our blue-chip customer base demonstrates.”
As CEO of Nighthawk, a McWane Technology Group company, Kitterman achieved significant growth while enhancing the company’s product portfolio and improving customer service. He also brings substantial leadership experience from his previous roles as CEO of Aclara, Asahi Glass Company, Logica-CMG (North America Energy & Utilities Division) and Schlumberger (North America Utilities Division).
To reinforce the company’s commitment to growing its business and enhancing its technology, Kitterman will oversee Zinwave’s drive toward developing leading industry innovations while continuing to focus on providing comprehensive in-building cellular and public safety connectivity with its UNItivity 5000 DAS solution.
“With Zinwave’s patented technology and unique approach to solving in-building connectivity issues, the company is the leading provider of solutions to global Fortune 100 customers,” said Kitterman. “I am looking forward to helping build on this success, working closely with our customers and partners and continuing to take Zinwave to new heights as the industry evolves.”
Dennis Burke is also a seasoned telecom and technology business leader. As vice president at McWane, Burke worked closely with Zinwave over the last three years, during which time he developed a deep knowledge of the business. In prior roles, Burke held leadership positions with mobile and wireless companies such as Motorola and Asurion, where he distinguished himself in the areas of operations, strategy and product development.
“Since its inception, Zinwave has fulfilled its goal of providing an unrivaled indoor wireless solution,” Burke said. “I look forward to building on the trajectory the company is on and driving growth within the industry.”
Kitterman’s predecessor, Scott Willis, will assume a new role as strategic advisor to the McWane Technology Group, where he will focus on a variety of important alliances, partnerships and strategic initiatives related to the group’s portfolio of companies.
Steve Roessler has been promote to president of Vertical Limit, after 18 months as executive vice president. His responsibility was expanded into several facets of the company, during that time. As the company continues to grow, his knowledge, experience and vision continue to help shape the path forward into a very bright future.
“Our industry changes constantly, and Steve is the perfect fit to help guide the organization through it all,” said Eric Bicknese, CEO. “This promotion is well deserved, he’s been nothing short of exceptional and Vertical Limit is fortunate to have him.”
“I love being part of the Vertical Limit family and am deeply honored to have the opportunity to help lead this amazing team. I knew I wanted to be part of an amazing organization that believes in its employees and has an unrelenting focus on quality, safety and integrity,” said Steve. “Vertical Limit has been all of that and more! I look forward to continuing to build on our solid foundation as we extend our industry leading position even further.”
Steve has led high performing operations and cultural change management programs in nationally recognized companies over the past 26 years.
BroadStaff, a staffing firm that specializes in the wireless telecommunications industry, today announces the appointment of Carrie Charles as Chief Executive Officer. Carrie has more than two decades of experience helping thousands of individuals grow personally and professionally and assisting large organizations in their efforts to attract, retain, and develop high-quality employees. In this role, Carrie will carry out a four-pronged plan for organizational advancement throughout 2019, focusing on growth, culture, recruitment, and philanthropy.
Growth: BroadStaff has an aggressive growth plan for 2019, including a move in February to a new, larger space. The organization plans to grow its team, adding recruiters, account managers, and business development executives to expand the business further into Western and Central U.S.
Culture: As companies face one of the most severe talent shortages in the history of the telecommunications industry, BroadStaff plans to develop a customer-focused culture, working as an advisor to clients to help them thrive in the current job market, stay ahead of industry trends, and adopt new strategies to attract and retain top talent.
Recruitment: BroadStaff will work to provide candidates with every opportunity to be successful in their career pursuits. The BroadStaff recruitment team will continue to have access to training, development, and daily inspiration that will fuel their desire to provide an outstanding candidate experience.
Philanthropy: Throughout 2019, BroadStaff plans to create initiatives that give to causes that employees support. The company will also support organizations that grow and develop the telecom workforce in the U.S.
Carrie is an entrepreneurial thought-leader, and a master certified life, business and career coach. Throughout her career, Carrie has worked with major organizations in their efforts to attract and retain talent, including General Dynamics, Hewlett Packard, and Eli Lilly. She is also a professional speaker and author and has been a featured expert on NBC, HSN, and Clear Channel networks. Carrie began her career serving her country as a Telecommunications Specialist in the United States Marine Corps.
“As CEO at BroadStaff, I look forward to furthering our mission to provide telecommunications organizations with the necessary resources to build and evolve the communications infrastructure needed for the technology of the future,” shares Carrie. “The tech and telecom skills gap is a rising epidemic, and we, as an industry, need to attract and train new talent while making retention a high priority. BroadStaff is 100 percent committed to helping managers, companies, and candidates thrive in this challenging talent landscape.”
5G Americas, the industry trade association and voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas, today announced that Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President for T-Mobile U.S., Inc. has been elected to serve as the 2019 Chairman of the 5G Americas Board of Governors. 5G Americas Board has also elected Jim Nevelle, President and CEO of Kathrein USA, to serve as the organization’s Treasurer.
Neville Ray has more than 25 years of experience in the design, deployment and operational management of wireless networks in the United States and worldwide, and is recognized for his leadership in the telecommunications industry. His work comprises all aspects of wireless network deployment, including radio planning and optimization. Ray is responsible for the national management and ongoing development of T-Mobile’s wireless network, as well as the company’s technology innovations, IT services and operations. Ray has been a member of the 5G Americas Board for more than eight years including past terms as Chairperson.
Jim Nevelle has more than 20 years of experience in the mobile industry, and serves as the top executive at Kathrein USA. Nevelle is responsible for Kathrein’s strategy and development of wireless infrastructure including mobile communication antennas, broadcast solutions, connected car solutions, and radio frequency products for North America. He has been active with the 5G Americas Board of Governors for two years and is serving his first term as Treasurer.
Clearfield has announced that Kevin Morgan, the company’s Chief Marketing Officer, will serve as the 2019 Chairman of the Board for the Fiber Broadband Association (FBA). Morgan will focus his efforts on enabling the industry to manage the rapid increase in fiber deployments throughout the Americas as the market moves toward a fully connected, multi-Gigabit world.
Morgan served as the organization’s Vice Chairman in 2018. He was first elected to the Board in 2010 and has served as Chair of both the Government Affairs committee and Marketing committee for the FBA. Morgan began his career at BellSouth, now a part of AT&T, where he worked as the lead product evaluations resource of broadband technologies in the Science & Technology department. Over his 30-year career, he has gained extensive experience in advanced communications technology, fiber optic systems and business product marketing. Clearfield has been a member of the Association since 2002
Sitetracker, project management software provider, has hired veteran software-as-a-service (SaaS) executive Shannon Cunningham. As a global education and client services leader, Cunningham will expand Sitetracker’s extensive education and adoption services for customers, partners, and employees.
Cunningham has a proven track record of program creation and team building in both the cloud software and critical infrastructure industries. She aims to create effective content that delivers measurable, sustainable, and progressive business results for the Sitetracker customer community.
“Education isn’t something we do at the end of a project, it’s something we do throughout the life of our relationship with a customer,” said Cunningham. My job is to get the equivalent of an MBA with every customer — to deeply understand their business so that we can help them reach their targets. We empower all of our customers to maximize their investment and accomplish their most important goals,” she continued.
To Cunningham, education means something different. She sees education and community building as a way to enable customers to strive to be their best and discover how they can best utilize the tools and resources available to them. She emphasizes that training isn’t just about learning to use an application. Rather, it’s results-oriented, teaching customers how to accomplish their own objectives with Sitetracker as a part of that strategy.
Education is at the core of being able to accomplish strategic objectives. Knowing how to use resources and tools effectively is what gets great results and separates industry leaders from laggards.
PCTEL has named Kevin McGowan as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In this role, McGowan will oversee all financial functions for the company, participate in business planning and strategy and play an active role in communications with shareholders and analysts. He will succeed John Schoen who served a 17-year tenure as CFO.
McGowan joined the company in 2005 and has served as Vice President, Finance and Corporate Controller since 2010. Prior to joining the company, he commenced his career as an auditor for Arthur Anderson for four years and served in various finance and controller roles for a manufacturer of communications network hardware for 12 years.
McGowan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration from University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He is a registered CPA.
Vertical Bridge Holdings has named Allan Tantillo as Vice President of New Technologies. In his new role, Tantillo will focus on identifying and creating opportunities that help clients deploy new wireless technologies utilizing Vertical Bridge’s wide range of assets.
“These are exciting times in the wireless industry as new technologies such as 5G, CBRS and edge computing become available, providing new opportunities for Vertical Bridge to support our clients and partners,” said Bernard Borghei, Executive Vice President of Operations and Co-Founder of Vertical Bridge. “We’re extremely excited to have Allan join our team. His understanding of carrier needs and network development will be invaluable as we continue to offer wireless operators new ways to build out faster, more robust networks.”
Tantillo comes to Vertical Bridge with nearly two decades of experience in the wireless industry. Most recently, he served as Senior Director for National Site Development at T-Mobile USA, the nation’s third largest telecommunications carrier. Tantillo has also held additional management roles at T-Mobile including Director for T-Mobile Towers, Senior Manager of National Development and Area Development Manager.
“Vertical Bridge is an innovator in its space and has a unique understanding of how the industry will be impacted by new technologies – in-building wireless networks and micro data centers are just two examples,” said Tantillo. “I am thrilled to join the company and look forward to helping our partners take advantage of the industry’s new technological advances.”
Infinite Electronics has announced the appointment of Penny Cotner as President and CEO. Current Chief Executive Officer Terry Jarnigan will be transitioning to the role of Executive Chairman. The changes are effective October 30, 2018.
As CEO Penny will now take full leadership responsibility for all aspects of the company. She has more than 25 years of experience in the electronics industry, holding engineering and leadership positions at Hughes Aircraft Company, Rockwell’s Space Station Program, and Arrow Electronics.
“Penny is uniquely qualified to continue Infinite’s journey. Her extensive background in engineering, sales and marketing combined with a deep knowledge of our customer base, business model and strategic direction, has positioned her and the company for great success. I am very excited for her to take Infinite to its next level, and for the opportunity to continue to work with Penny and the executive team in my new role,” said Jarnigan.
Penny joined Infinite in 2013 as vice president of sales and service for Pasternack, the original Infinite brand. She most recently served as chief revenue officer for the company and was responsible for all revenue generating processes within the organization, driving strategy and coordination across the key functions of product management, R&D engineering, marketing and sales. Under her leadership, the company has enjoyed consistently high revenue growth.
Under Jarnigan’s leadership, Infinite Electronics has experienced explosive growth driven by major expansion of product lines, deep investments in technical resources and multichannel marketing to communicate with engineers worldwide.
“Infinite has a unique and compelling customer value proposition and has maintained a solid business model to deliver it over many years. We’ve been fortunate to have a private equity partner like Genstar Capital who has fully supported our accelerated growth plans 100,” Jarnigan said.
The company has grown from a single brand and one location with less than 100 employees, to over 1,000 employees offering 12 highly recognized brands to more than 175,000 customers. With the recent additions of L-com, KP Antenna, Transtector, Polyphaser, Radiowaves, Kaelus, Integrated Network Cables and ShowMe Cables, the company has extended its range of service, capability and commitment to customers across the electronic components and assembly spectrum.
Jacobs Engineering Group announced three key executive appointments to its professional services division, including Marietta Hannigan, chief strategy and communications officer; Darren Kraabel, chief technology and innovation officer; and Madhuri Andrews, chief information officer.
Marietta Hannigan has been promoted to the new position of chief strategy and communications officer to lead the development, articulation and execution of Jacobs’ brand leadership, corporate strategy and portfolio transformation to capitalize on attractive, non-traditional growth opportunities playing to Jacobs’ unique strengths, that ultimately expand the company’s capacity for superior value creation.
Darren Kraabel has been promoted to the new role of chief technology and innovation officer, leading a new corporate function driving the company’s transformation into an innovative, data-driven provider, building on the catalyst of Jacobs’ connected enterprise solutions strategy, which addresses clients’ highest-priority needs associated with urbanization, resource scarcity, security and widening workforce gaps. Capitalizing on Jacobs’ deep knowledge of client applications and broad-based experience delivering smart-enabled, sustainable management approaches, including analytics, networking and cybersecurity solutions, Kraabel will work across business lines to leverage investment, development and extension of the company’s unique thought leadership and deep client-domain experience in emergent technologies and broad-based applications to deliver mutual value creation.
Madhuri Andrews has joined Jacobs as chief information officer to lead the development of the company’s IT organization and systems as key enablers of efficiency and innovation. In this role, she will the optimize the company’s data architecture and platforms as a competitive advantage to enhance agility and operational excellence with seamless, mobile collaboration throughout Jacobs’ global supply chain.
About Marietta Hannigan
Since joining Jacobs in 1999 via the acquisition of Sverdrup Corporation, Hannigan has played a leading role on the company’s most significant mergers, acquisitions and integration efforts. She most recently served as senior vice president of growth and sales for Jacobs’ Buildings, Infrastructure and Advanced Facilities business, and before that, served as senior vice president of the Sales Center of Excellence; senior vice president of global outside sales; and vice president of global inside sales in the Americas, U.K., Europe, Middle East, India and Asia Pacific. She also was vice president of design operations for Jacobs’ U.S. Federal Civilian sector. Hannigan is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University.
About Darren Kraabel
Kraabel previously served as senior vice president and general manager of mission solutions for Jacobs’ Aerospace, Technology, Environment and Nuclear business, where he was responsible for delivering solutions focused on information technology, cybersecurity, and intelligence analysis for clients in defense and intelligence. He also provided business development leadership to grow Jacobs’ global portfolio of technology-driven solutions. Prior to joining Jacobs, Kraabel served a distinguished, 10-year career with the U.S. Air Force. He earned his Bachelor of Science in engineering mechanics, with both Academic and Military Distinction, from the United States Air Force Academy, and a Master of Science in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
About Madhuri Andrews
Andrews brings more than 20 years of experience leading IT transformation and global digital strategies at previous companies, including DynCorp International and Trinity Industries. A recent recipient of Dallas Business Journal’s Women in Technology Award, Andrews earned a BS in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from Northrop University in Los Angeles, and a BS in Mathematics from St. Stephens College, Delhi University, India. She also has completed the Management Challenge continuing education program at the University of Texas Graduate School of Business in Austin.
Industry veteran Shane Hague has joined LINX and will be handling sales and business development for the LINX Wireless division. He brings 22 years of experience in the telecom and wireless industry, with 20 years in the in-building wireless market. Most recently, Shane helped build business for SOLiD as sales director for the Western United States, followed by channel management and business development activities for the third-party owner and neutral host customer segment. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Zac Champ has been promoted to Vice President of Government Affairs and Don Andrew is now Vice President of Spectrum Management at the Wireless Infrastructure Association.
“Zac has led the Government Affairs team for more than five years. He has effectively overseen its expansion to include dedicated Congressional lobbying and state affairs resources. The association has extended its reach and improved on its already excellent reputation under Zac’s leadership,” said WIA President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein. “He has forged a team that has become a valued and trusted juggernaut of advocacy for our members and industry, with an impressive track record of success in Washington and states around the country. I am grateful for Zac’s and his team’s many contributions and look forward to more successes to come.”
“Don has been a great leader for our association and is now a growing legend in the spectrum management and frequency coordination industry. We are lucky to have had Don’s skill, dedication and positive attitude as part of the association since he joined WIA in 1994,” said Adelstein. “Over 24 years, and despite significant changes, Don ensured that WIA remained well-positioned as a leader in market share and customer service and has also created a world-class team.”
ExteNet Systems has appointed Richard Coyle as Chief Development Officer. Coyle succeeds Eric Lekacz, who left the company to pursue new opportunities.
Coyle is an industry veteran with two decades of experience helping to grow and improve the operations, finances and market positions of businesses in the telecommunications sector. Most recently, he served as Operating Partner for Fiber at Digital Bridge Holdings, LLC where was responsible for executing the firm’s investments in global fiber networks and businesses. Prior to his work with Digital Bridge, Coyle was Senior Vice President of Network Operations at Wilcon, where he helped build the company into a leading fiber provider in Los Angeles. Previously, Coyle was Senior Vice President of Operations at Zayo Group and held management roles at American Fiber Systems, IDACOMM and Sierra Pacific Resources.
SQUAN has appointed John C. Ferrara as their new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Ferrara has 30 years of experience guiding top financial companies’ initiatives including as CFO for TheStreet and SPACE.com. Ferrara has held several other CFO positions including EDGAR Online, Inc.
Ferrara has significant experience in strategy, finance, and operations through his background at two Fortune 500 corporations and a Big Four public accounting firm. As an advisor to the CEO, partner to operating management and key contact to the financial community, he has developed and executed plans to improve operational efficiencies, increase profitability and build shareholder value. He also has served on the board of directors at four public companies.
Anna M. Gomez, partner in Wiley Rein’s Telecom, Media & Technology Practice and co-chair of the firm’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Practice, has been named Vice Chair of the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) by the FCC.
Gomez previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. She advises clients in regulatory, policy, and transactional matters related to domestic and international telecommunications and unmanned aircraft systems. Gomez also serves as chair of Wiley Rein’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and was recently named Secretary of the Federal Communications Bar Association.
The ACDDE — first announced by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in 2017 —provides advice and recommendations to the FCC regarding how to empower disadvantaged communities and accelerate the entry of small businesses, including those owned by women and minorities, into the media, digital news and information, and audio and video programming industries.
Steve Vondran, who has been with American Tower for 18 years, has been named to head the U.S. Tower Division of American Tower.
Vondran joined American Tower in 2000 and was appointed senior vice president of its U.S. leasing operations, in August 2004, where he oversaw project management, operational finance and national sales teams. In August 2010, Vondran was named senior vice president, general counsel, U.S. tower division, where in addition to leading the legal function, he oversaw the integration of acquisitions and the negotiation of tenant master lease agreements.
Rinne, who held a number of senior executive positions at AT&T’s family of companies over the course of almost four decades, most recently served as senior vice president, network and product planning, at AT&T Services, Inc. In this role, she was responsible for leading the team charged with planning the technology evolution of AT&T’s global IP backbone, the wireless network, wireless device requirements and certification, as well as the technical solutions for the company’s products and services.
Rinne, who retired from AT&T in 2014, brought early leadership in deploying GSM technology in the United States, setting the stage for the success of the 3GPP family of technologies. While with AT&T, she served many roles, including heading the company’s network technologies organization. A “Women in Technology” Hall-of-Famer, as well as a member of the “Wireless Hall of Fame,” Rinne formerly held the posts of vice president of technology strategy for SBC Wireless and managing director of operations at Southwestern Bell Mobile Services. Her contributions to the industry also include serving as chairperson of the Board of Governors at 3G Americas, LLC, and the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS).
Sonya Roshek has joined B+T Group as vice president of field services. The Tulsa, Okla.-based company is continuing its push to grow nationally, providing services to major telecommunications carriers, tower owners and asset managers with a wide variety of engineering, construction and technical needs.
Roshek is a results-driven telecommunications and technology executive with 20+ years of experience in the industry, most recently serving as director of strategic national accounts in the telecom division at Black & Veatch in Kansas City
“I’m excited to join a team that has such a strong existing platform and great expertise. B+T Group’s strategic vision aligns with the type of work and momentum that I look forward to helping drive,” Roshek said. Roshek has also held executive positions at Mycom, Black & Veatch, Mastec, and Alcatel-Lucent, and she earned a master’s degree in organizational leadership and development from Chapman University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Drake University.
Chad Tuttle, CEO and president of B+T Group said, “Sonya makes a great addition to our team. She brings a unique combination of hands-on, roll-up-your-sleeves drive with the ability to take a 30,000-foot look at an initiative.”
B+T Group was founded in 2000 as a home-based consulting company in Tulsa, Okla., and has grown to a full-service engineering, construction and technical services firm dedicated to building and maintaining the safest, most reliable wireless network infrastructure in the country.
Lowell C. McAdam will be succeeded as CEO of Verizon Communications by Hans E. Vestberg, currently EVP and president of Global Networks and Chief Technology Officer, effective Aug. 1. McAdam, 64, will serve as Executive Chairman of the Board through his retirement at the end of the year, at which time he will become Non-Executive Chairman.
Vestberg’s current responsibilities include further developing the architecture for Verizon’s fiber-centric networks, including a 4G LTE network, a 5G deployment, a residential fiber network, and a global internet backbone and undersea cable network carrying internet traffic.
SQUAN has appointed Don Henry as general manager of engineering. Henry, who has two decades of network infrastructure experience, will report to Duane Albro, CEO at SQUAN.
In this role, Don will be responsible for the management of SQUAN’s multi-office engineering division, including P&L, business development and all operations functions. He will oversee a staff of project managers, outside plant engineers, CAD drafters and support personnel as defined by customer needs.
Don has held several key leadership positions including director of dispatch operations and general manager at Frontier Communications and director of operations and director of construction titles at Verizon. Before joining Verizon, Henry was a combat arms officer in the Army, assigned in Germany and in the southwestern region of the United States. During this time period, he attained the rank of Captain.
Henry holds an MBA from the Simon Business School, University of Rochester and a BS in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He is on the Advisory Board to the Master’s in Telecommunications Management program at Canisius College. Don is also a trained facilitator through FranklinCovey and has conducted several workshops.
KP Performance Antennas, a manufacturer of wireless internet service provider (WISP) antennas, has appointed two industry veterans, Michael Inverso and Mike Hoprich, to lead the company’s sales initiatives throughout North America and abroad.
Mr. Michael (Mike) Inverso joins KP as the new Director of Sales. Mike brings over 20 years of experience in the RF/Microwave communications industry and the global WISP market. His experience includes sales engineering, sales management, customer service management, channel management and technical support, for brands including Trango Systems, Inc. and Z-Communications, Inc. Mr. Inverso has a unique mixture of technical expertise and customer facing skills that will allow him to expand KP Performance’s market share. Mike will oversee all of KP’s sales initiatives, including leading the KP sales personnel and driving the company’s reseller/distribution channel, both domestically and internationally.
Mr. Mike Hoprich joins the company as the Regional Sales Manager for the Eastern territory. Mike brings a decade of experience in the wireless industry, having worked in numerous roles from sales leadership, product management, technical support, field engineering and marketing at SWG Inc., based in Pennsylvania. Mr. Hoprich has extensive hands-on WISP industry knowledge having sold and licensed over 500+ links for various point-to-point and point-to-multi-point networks. Mike’s history working with key industry manufacturers such as Cambium, Ceragon, DragonWave, Mimosa, Radwin, RFS, SAF, Siklu, and Telrad, make him a very valuable asset to the KP sales team.
The Transit Wireless Members Committee has today announced the appointment of Melinda White as Chief Executive Officer of Transit Wireless, a BAI Communications majority-owned company, effective May 2018.
Ms. White’s most recent tenure at telecommunications company Frontier spanned over a decade from Vice President and General Manager of Electric Lightwave, Inc., a Frontier subsidiary, to Senior and Executive Vice President and ultimately Region President.
Prior to Frontier, Ms. White held senior leadership roles at Wink Communications, Cox Communications and Cellular One.
Reporting to the Chairman of Transit Wireless Members Committee, Jim Hassell, who is also Chief Executive Officer of BAI Communications, Ms. White will be responsible for driving and delivering strategic growth for the Transit Wireless business.
NATE Board members Jim Tracy, Jim Miller and Kevin Dougherty have been elected to serve on the association’s executive committee for the upcoming year. The association made the announcement on the first day of the NATE UNITE 2018 Conference and Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee.
Jim Tracy, CEO of Legacy Telecommunications, Inc. in Burley, Washington, was re-elected to serve as NATE Chairman. Tracy has been a member of the NATE Board of Directors for seven years and has fulfilled a variety of other leadership roles during his tenure with NATE, including Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Board Oversight for the Member Services Committee, a member of the Legislative & Regulatory Committee and as a member of the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Committee.
Jim Miller, President and CEO of EasTex Tower, LLC in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was re-elected to serve as the NATE Vice Chairman. Miller has been a member of the NATE Board of Directors for nine years and been active in leadership roles as Board Oversight for the Safety & Education Committee and a member of the Legislative & Regulatory Committee.
Kevin Dougherty, CEO of MILLLENNIA CONTRACTING, INC. in New Castle, Delaware, was re-elected to serve in the position of Secretary/Treasurer on the Executive Committee. Dougherty has been a member of the NATE Board of Directors for two years and has fulfilled a variety of other leadership roles during his tenure with NATE, including service on the OSHA Relations Committee and STAR Initiative Ad-Hoc Committee.
“I would like to congratulate Jim, Kevin and Jim on being elected by their colleagues on the NATE Board of Directors to serve on the Executive Committee,” stated NATE Chief Operating Officer Paula Nurnberg. “NATE continues to grow and evolve as an organization and the Association’s leadership is doing a great job presiding over very exciting and innovative times in the industry,” added Nurnberg.
During the first day of the NATE UNITE 2018 event, NATE also formally recognized departing Board members Don Train and Ben Little for their leadership and dedication in serving the association.
DartPoints, a provider in the micro edge data center market, has added Michael Ortiz, as chief development officer, which marks a new stage of growth andwill leverage its scale and tenure of delivering edge IT infrastructure custom solutions. The company’s purpose-built, fully-operational, carrier-neutral, and automated data centers, can be located near any commercial building, warehouse and cell tower.
Ortiz was previously VP of Site Selection and Acquisitions with DuPont Fabros Technology, a data center solutions provider that built a portfolio of data center facilities across five major markets, including Northern Virginia, Toronto, Chicago, Portland, and Silicon Valley, CA. Prior to DuPont, Ortiz helped architect and implement Digital Realty’s IT solutions strategy for the west region, managing approximately 2 million square feet of data center space.
For more than five years, DartPoints has been involved in discovering how critical infrastructure will support the rapid technological advance of mobile edge computing, 5G, interconnectivity and distributed enterprise data at the edge of the network.
Applied Wireless Technology Executive Editor Ernest Worthman has been elevated to Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). His 20-plus years of editorial experience includes being the Editorial Director of Wireless Design and Development and Fiber Optic Technology, the Editor of RF Design, the Technical Editor of Communications Magazine, Cellular Business, Global Communications and a Contributing Technical Editor to Mobile Radio Technology, Satellite Communications, as well as computer-related periodicals such as Windows NT.
His technical writing practice client list includes RF Industries, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Agilent Technologies, Advanced Linear Devices, Ceitec, SA, and others. Before becoming exclusive to publishing, he was a computer consultant and regularly taught courses and seminars in applications software, hardware technology, operating systems, and electronics. Ernest’s client list has included Lucent Technologies, Jones Intercable, Qwest, City and County of Denver, TCI, Sandia National Labs, Goldman Sachs, and other businesses.
His credentials include a BS, Electronic Engineering Technology; A.A.S, Electronic Digital Technology. He has held a Colorado Post-Secondary/Adult teaching credential, member of IBM’s Software Developers Assistance Program and Independent Vendor League, a Microsoft Solutions Provider Partner, and a life member of the IEEE. He has been certified as an IBM Certified OS2 consultant and trainer; WordPerfect Corporation Developer/Consultant and Lotus Development Corporation Developer/Consultant. He was also a first-class FCC technician.
HMI Technical Solutions LLC has appointed of Erin Hiney to Program Manager, Small Cell. In this role, Erin is responsible for project implementation, coordination, and execution of small cell projects within HMITS.
Ms. Hiney comes to HMITS from Crown Castle, where she most recently managed site modifications of small cell networks in the western half of the United States, and previously managed new outdoor distributed antenna system (oDAS) implementation. Prior to her tenure with Crown Castle Erin worked in commercial construction and commercial real estate development. Erin brings with her to HMITS an advanced knowledge of small cell project management and has extensive experience working with wireless carriers on infrastructure projects in the communications market.
Erin holds a degree in construction management from Colorado State University.
Advantage Engineers, LLC, a professional services company providing comprehensive consulting solutions in the highly specialized fields of telecommunications, geotechnical and environmental engineering, today announced that Megan Langley has joined the leadership team as the company’s director of marketing. Megan, known for bringing her data and business intelligence background into her marketing strategy, was previously the vice president of marketing at Tracx, an enterprise-grade social listening tool, where she led the demand generation efforts in a highly competitive software space. Before Tracx, Megan was instrumental in leading her team at StraighterLine, a technology startup disrupting the education space, in shifting the company’s go-to-market strategy to better diversify the company’s growth position. Previously, Megan also held senior marketing roles at Vocus, and following the Vocus acquisition, was on the leadership team that launched OutMarket, which spun out from the Vocus Marketing Software. At OutMarket as the director of marketing, Megan built an integrated marketing program from the ground up.
Sprint has named seasoned Internet of Things (IoT) executive Ivo Rook to the newly created position of senior vice president of IoT. Rook will lead and build Sprint’s IoT business and will be a strategic advisor to Sprint and Softbank. Rook has spent his last seven years at Vodafone, most recently chief executive officer for Vodafone’s IoT Business, which has $1B in revenue, 50m connections and 1,400 employees spanning 30 countries. In that role, he led Vodafone’s IoT strategy, driving its growth, products, operations and profit and loss globally. He also held positions at Vodafone Global Enterprise as director of Northern Europe and director of Germany and Central Europe. Rook will lead a group of world-class product specialists to develop and operationalize IoT solutions in a category that continues to grow exponentially. He will be responsible for driving B2B and B2B2C growth strategies, including funding, alliances and development of operationalized solutions.
Crown Castle International announced today that James D. Young, Crown Castle’s previous Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, has been designated to lead Crown Castle’s fiber solutions activities and appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer – Fiber. In addition, Robert C. Ackerman, who previously served as an Area President of Crown Castle’s operating subsidiaries, has been appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer – Towers and Small Cells.
Young joined Crown Castle in October 2005 and has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since 2009. Mr. Ackerman joined Crown Castle in August 1998 and has served as an Area President of its operating subsidiaries since 2002. Young and Ackerman have approximately 30 and 20 years of experience, respectively, in the telecom industry.
The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has elected Board of Directors member Kevin Dougherty to serve on the Association’s Executive Committee. NATE made the announcement at the organization’s 2017 Summer Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Kevin Dougherty, CEO of MILLENNIA CONTRACTING, INC. in New Castle, Delaware, was elected to serve in the position of Secretary/Treasurer on the Executive Committee. Dougherty has been a member of the NATE Board of Directors for two years and has fulfilled a variety of other leadership roles during his tenure with NATE, including service on the OSHA Relations Committee and STAR Initiative Ad-Hoc Committee.
Centerline Solutions has named Tom Prestwood as the company’s new CEO. Mr. Prestwood brings over 30 years of experience in the wireless and broadband telecom industry, including a successful track record of scaling growing businesses and orchestrating collaborations among carriers, tower operators and infrastructure providers. Mr. Prestwood is taking on this role immediately, stepping into the CEO position where he will be responsible for day-to-day operations and overall direction of the company, as well as serve on the Board.
Prior to joining Centerline Solutions, Mr. Prestwood was the CEO of TrueNet Communications, which provided high-quality network design, planning, implementation and support to major cable/fiber service operators, wireless carriers and service providers. He has also held executive positions at Conterra Tower Group, Conterra Broadband, NSORO Telecom Services, Spectrasite Communications and Vanguard Cellular One/AT&T Wireless.
“Everyone with experience in the wireless industry knows the quality of work that Centerline Solutions provides. I am excited to join the Centerline team and work with such great people as we build on the company’s success,” said Prestwood. “With the push for new technologies such as 5G, LTE, small cells and IoT, Centerline has tremendous opportunity for growth. The company has earned every bit of its great reputation as a trusted partner in wireless and is top of mind in the industry when it comes to quality work, expert problem solving, tower safety leadership, and much more. Our goal is to be the most trusted provider of wireless infrastructure services and we have a great team to make that vision a reality. We will continue to create success for our clients and embrace the future of wireless together.”
TESSCO Technologies has announced the hiring of Joe Cawley as Vice President/CIO. Cawley has 25 years of experience in the technology industry and IT. Prior to joining TESSCO Cawley was most recently Vice President/CIO of IT for Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia. There, he led more than 80 IT employees to transform the Foundation’s assets and drive innovation in strategy, software development, cybersecurity, and service management for the hospitality, retail, admissions, research, and donors businesses. Cawley’s addition is part of TESSCO’s efforts to meet customer demand for a more streamlined online experience, where a growing number of customers are conducting their business.
Hodge Structural Engineers (HSE) has appointed John W. Robinson, P.E. as Principal Structural Engineer, Tower Division, where he will supervise the engineering analysis, design and specialty services/structures for Broadcast and Communications clients.
Robinson joins HSE following a 23-year career as Senior Engineer, Structural Division at ERI – Electronics Research, Inc.
A Professional Engineer licensed in 18 states, Robinson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in both Civil and Mechanical Engineering, and Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Evansville. He is a member of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) T.R. 14 Committee and contributing author of the current TIA-222 and 322 Design Standards.
Christopher Fisher is the new managing partner of Cuddy & Feder, succeeding Joshua Kimerling. Fisher joined Cuddy & Feder in 1994 and was named a Partner in 1999. During his tenure at Cuddy & Feder, he has held various positions of leadership within the firm. He is currently chairman of the Firm’s Telecommunications Group, a practice he founded and will continue to head up, and is former chairman of the firm’s land use, zoning & development group, two of the largest infrastructure practices in New York and Connecticut. Fisher also served as a member of the Firm’s Management Committee from 2003-2013.
Over the years, Fisher has demonstrated, through his professional and personal endeavors, his commitment to the growth and development of Westchester County. In October 2016, as Chair of Broadband Technology for the Westchester County Association, Fisher helped launch the WCA’s Smart Growth Compact with the county’s four major cities – Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, White Plains and Yonkers – to bring gigabit technology to the region. The mayors of the four cities hailed it as the most significant and ambitious undertaking in more than a generation to secure the region’s economic future. Fisher was instrumental in bringing the cities together and helping move the WCA plan forward.
Fisher is also president and a founding board member of the New York State Wireless Association, which brings together wireless telecommunications professionals, government officials and the public to create a platform for a unified voice among the wireless industry.
Henkels & McCoy (H&M) has appointed Duke Horan to Senior Director of Telecom for the West Region. In this role, Duke is responsible for identifying markets, budgeting projected sales and revenues, and managing projects and programs that support the communications business in the West Region.
Horan has spent more than 18 years in the telecom engineering and construction industry. He has worked across the United States on last mile, middle mile, long-haul fiber, and wireless networks. Prior to joining H&M, he held multiple positions at Adesta (now G4S Technology, LLC), MFS Network Technologies, and Ecklebe Building Co Inc.
Horan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Nebraska Wesleyan University and is an active member of the Nebraska Association of Student Councils.
The Safer Buildings Coalition selected John Foley as Vice President, Operations. Foley also serves as Operating Executive for Priority RF, an in-building wireless developer-manager that guides businesses in developing, designing, financing and managing mobile and public safety wireless systems. And before that he was with Henkels & McCoy.
“We are delighted to have John serve as Vice President, Operations of the Safer Buildings Coalition,” said Board President Jeff Hipchen. “John brings a strong combination of sales, marketing, technical knowledge, and business planning experience to the Safer Buildings team. He will lead our efforts to serve the evolving needs of our members and the public, and to advance Safer Building’s mission.”
Telewave has named Robert Bagheri as chairman and chief executive officer. Bagheri has more than 35 years of experience in executive, management, and engineering positions within the electronics industry. Before joining Telewave, Bagheri was founder, investor, and chairman of a stealth start-up serving the wearables and mobile markets.
He was formerly chief operating officer of 3D additive printing pioneer EoPlex executive vice president of operations, quality, reliability, and software at media conversion company Zenverge senior vice president of central engineering and operations, quality, and reliability at Applied Micro Devices, and executive vice president of operations at Silicon Image and SiRF Technologies.
He earlier held product engineering and management positions at S3, Zoran Corp., Microchip Technology, IMP, and Monolithic Memories.
Legacy Telecommunications, a wireless services company, has appointed Adam Mills as chief financial officer. Mills joins Legacy from a regional hospitality firm where, since 2011, he has served as director of accounting over two brands with thirteen separate locations. He also has experience in the audit arena and as a staff accountant. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Army after earning a degree in accounting from the University of Utah.
Jeffrey Ginsberg has joined Digital Bridge as managing director and chief operating officer, bringing more than 30 years of entrepreneurial and executive experience in telecom infrastructure and services, real estate and private equity. For the last nine years, he served as managing director and operating partner at Mistral Equity Partners. Before that, Ginsberg was the executive chairman of InfoHighway Communications, CEO of Eureka Broadband, co-founder and executive chairman of Apex Site Management, and co-founder of Horizon Cellular Group.
Benjamin Afton, Safety & Health Manager for the Telecom Business Line with Black & Veatch, has joined The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) Board of Governors. Afton was appointed to fill one of the seats reserved for the Large General Contractor sector of the industry.
NWSA is a national non-profit assessment and certification organization that has been established to provide thorough, independent assessments of knowledge and skills and provide verifiable worker certification in order to enhance safety, reduce workplace risk, improve quality, encourage training, and recognize the skilled professionals who work on towers and other non-standard structures.
Since joining Black & Veatch, Benjamin Afton has worked in various B&V telecom markets on a variety of construction projects from wireless to wireline. He formerly managed the B&V West Coast markets as a Regional Safety Manager for the San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, and Las Vegas markets before taking an assignment overseas for the Black & Veatch Energy Group in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Upon return from that project, Afton became Regional Manager for the Midwest, primarily working on the AT&T Turf Project. Afton has currently transitioned to a new role of Business Line Manager for Telecom Operations within Black & Veatch, which is based in Overland Park, Kansas.
Wireless Telecom Group has hired Michael Kandell as chief financial officer, effective January 2, 2017. Kandell has more than 18 years of financial management experience. He held various positions of increasing responsibility in finance at Avaya. Prior to Avaya, Kandell worked at Precision Partners, Inc. for 3 years and at Ernst & Young in New Jersey for 7 years. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in accounting from College of New Jersey. Kandell is a Certified Public Accountant. Kandell will succeed Robert Censullo, who has served as Wireless Telecom Group’s CFO for five years. Censullo will report directly to Kandell as Corporate Controller.
Zinwave has named Slavko Djukic its chief technology officer (CTO) to lead the development and refinement of technologies to improve the cellular and wireless experience for Zinwave’s enterprise customers. He has 18 years’ experience in indoor wireless technology development. He most recently served as Ericsson’s head of strategy and solutions for small cells, DAS, and Wi-Fi. Prior to Ericsson, Djukic served in a global technical role for Corning. Djukic also held a leadership role with Powerwave, where he built and led the technical indoor and outdoor DAS solutions organizations for North, Central and South America.
Cuddy & Feder has added to Kristen Motel and Allison Sloto its Real Estate, Land Use and Telecommunications practices in White Plains and Hudson Valley, New York. Kristen and Allison are new to private practice, and they both come with backgrounds in land use and environmental law.
Prior to law school, Kristen worked as an environmental consultant, where she helped clients with compliance issues on projects ranging from wastewater treatment, air quality permitting and hazardous materials management. Prior to law school Allison Sloto received a Masters in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, with a concentration in research and writing on local land use and environmental protection.
Mark Athearn has been named East Region Public Safety Director for Black & Veatch’s Telecommunications business. Athearn brings nearly 35 years of experience in public safety communications and technology implementation including land mobile radio (LMR), broadband/LTE, system design and optimization as well as program management and procurement support.
Athearn has served as Black & Veatch’s Regional Director throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions since 2013. He will continue to serve clients in these regions and provide business development, sales and service quality support in the Southeast and Northeast regions, such as Baltimore County and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. His expanded role will comprise the states east of the Mississippi River.
Lance Craft, former vice president of sales of Dali Wireless, will join USA Group as its Chief Operating Officer of the DAS and Small Cells Group. Craft will be based out of USA Group’s regional office in Houston, Texas, in addition to operating out of their headquarters in Sarasota, Florida. Lance Craft has more than 25 years of experience in senior leadership positions in wireless telecommunications infrastructure design, development and project management, including American Tower, Powerwave and Verizon Wireless.
Westell Technologies has named J.J. Swartwood Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales. Swartwood joined Westell in 2005 and brings nearly 20 years of experience in the wireless industry to his new position. Prior to joining Westell, Swartwood served in a number sales roles at HyperEdge, including vice president of sales.
Richard Ruben, chairman of Sandy Feet Advisors LLC, and Jake MacLeod, founder and president of Gray Beards Consulting, have been appointed to the board of FDH Velocitel. MacLeod is a communications industry veteran with over 35 years of experience in network design, deployment and operations. He is the former executive vice president of Powerwave and former principal vice president/chief technology officer of Bechtel. Ruben is the former vice chairman and CEO of PEG Bandwidth. Before that, he headed XOS Technologies, WireOne Communications and V-SPAN.
Herndon, Va. — Rivada Networks, a New York-based designer and operator of wireless interoperable communications networks, has named Joseph Sanzo as its chief network officer. Sanzo spent the past 10 years as the chief technology officer (CTO) of SAC Wireless. In his new role, he will oversee network deployment and operations for Rivada Networks, and also serve as the chief network officer of Rivada Mercury, a company formed by Rivada and its partners to bid for the contract to build and operate a nationwide public-safety broadband network for FirstNet.
Cayla Crisp has joined Wilkinson Barker Knauer in the Denver office as an associate attorney! During law school at the University of Colorado, Ms. Crisp served as a research assistant to Professor Ahmed White and interned for Judge Nancy Lichtenstein at the Colorado Court of Appeals and Judge William D. Robbins in Colorado’s Second Judicial District. She also served as associate editor of the University of Colorado Law Review and participated in moot court. She has experience working for a wireless infrastructure company.
Sprint has appointed of Jan Geldmacher, a veteran of European telecom companies, as president of Enterprise. He will oversee business-to-business sales and business development, supporting enterprise customers with wireless communications solutions and services. Reporting to Marcelo Claure, Sprint president and CEO, Geldmacher joins Sprint from Vodafone where he led Vodafone Global Enterprise, a business unit responsible for defining the strategy and operational execution of the company’s relationship with multinational corporate customers. He also previously served as Vodafone’s director of the Enterprise Business Unit, CEO of British Telecom Germany.
Preethi Pillaipakkam has been hired as Business Director – Public Safety Communications for Black & Veatch’s Telecommunications business. In this role, Pillaipakkam will lead sales and execution of all public safety engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects. She will utilize her experience managing large scale strategic sales initiatives and be based out of the company’s Dallas, office. Pillaipakkam has nearly 15 years of experience in public safety mission critical radio systems with specialized expertise in land mobile radio (LMR) industry, LTE and FirstNet.
Alastair Williamson has been appointed as CEO of wireless network design specialist, Ranplan. Williamson brings over 25 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry working for companies such Cambridge Broadband Networks, Alcatel Lucent and Krone, most recently working as head of Global Sales at Ranplan, which is a UK-based developer of software tools for outdoor/indoor wireless network planning, design and optimization, using advanced 3D building modelling and radio propagation simulation
Thomas Dolislager has been named vice president of wireless for Communications Sales & Leasing (CS&L) in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is responsible for the acquisition, development and operation of wireless assets for CS&L, which is a REIT spun out of Windstream Communications in 2014 that owns nearly 4 million strand miles of fiber, 85 cell towers, and 1,100 fiber rich sites for new towers.
Amanda O’Connor was named Business Development Manager – Southwest at Flash Technologies. She joined business development team last November and is based in Dallas. Connor Costelllo was named Business Development Manager – Northwest. He came to Flash from Cargill, where he managed sales for their metals division. Octavius Price joined the Service Department as Tower Technician. Previously Price was a top hand tower technician at General Dynamics and has worked on Verizon LTE and ASW projects with Goodman Networks.
Jocko Vermillion has joined CITCA, the safety training organization, as Vice-President of Safety Management Services. He will work with both CITCA clients and with clients of CITCA’s sister company, Sorensen, Wilder & Associates. Vermillion previously was the Vice-President of Safety Controls Technology in Ohio.
ICC Wireless welcomes Sean O’Reilly, RCDD/DCDC to the team as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Located in southern California, O’Reilly will be leading the company’s business development initiatives, leveraging its established presence in key western U.S. states. O’Reilly has been working in the telecom industry since 1999, and is currently one of fewer than 200, dual-certified, RCDD/DCDC designers globally.
(Overland Park, Kansas) – The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today the hiring of wireless industry veteran Chuck Slagle as the organization’s Executive Director. Slagle, who previously served NWSA in a consulting capacity, is a former Sprint Environmental Health & Safety Executive with over 38 years of experience in the industry. NWSA’s leadership announced the hiring at the 2016 Wireless Infrastructure Show in Dallas, Texas.
“NWSA is ecstatic to announce Chuck Slagle as the organization’s first official Executive Director,” said Board of Directors President Don Doty from FDH Velocitel, Inc. “Chuck has been instrumental to NWSA during the organization’s formative stages and in his enhanced role as Executive Director will be able to spearhead the initiatives necessary in getting NWSA’s ANSI Accredited assessment and certification programs to market,” added Doty.
NWSA is a non-profit assessment and certification organization that has been established to provide thorough, independent assessments of knowledge and skills and provide verifiable worker certification in order to enhance safety, reduce workplace risk, improve quality, encourage training, and recognize the skilled professionals who work on towers and other non-standard structures.
“I am honored to serve as the Executive Director of NWSA and look forward to working with the organization’s Board of Directors, Board of Governors, Committee Members and Subject Matter Experts,” declared Slagle. “I believe that the national assessment and certification program currently under development by Task Force members from across the Industry will have a positive, transformational impact on the industry long-term,” said Slagle.
Prior to his retirement from Sprint, Slagle held various positions within the Sprint EHS department, including Director of EHS. He holds certifications in Safety, Risk Management and Business Continuity. Slagle has also held leadership roles with the Environmental Health and Safety Communications Panel (EHSCP) and Wireless Industry Safety Task Force. He serves on the Crisis & Disaster Management Degree Advisory Board at the University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg, Missouri) and the Safety Degree Advisory Board at Purdue University (Calument, Indiana). He is a past member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and served as a member of the NFPA 76 Standards Committee for Fire Protection of Telecommunication Facilities.
Sprint recently announced three new sales directors reporting directly to Jim Mills, president of Illinois and Wisconsin region. Russell Heder will lead Sprint’s retail organization, Mike McCauley will lead the indirect distribution organization and Monty Sauder will lead the small-medium business organization for the Illinois and Wisconsin region.
Heder, McCauley and Sauder’s appointments follow Sprint’s announcement that it will restructure the company into four geographic areas – West, Central, Northeast and South – with targeted resources devoted to 17 top regions, including Chicago.
Connie Lewis has joined Columbia, MD-based SCE, a subsidiary partner of S&N Communications, as construction project manager. In her new role, Lewis is responsible for bid walks, crew hiring and oversight, and ensuring projects complete on time and on budget. Lewis, whose father owned a construction company, has more than 20 years industry experience. Former positions include technical projects and construction project manager for Sprint, as well as project manager positions at Alcatel-Lucent and Nexlink Global Services.