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Members Elected to INCOMPAS Board of Directors PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 November 2018 07:24


Members of INCOMPAS, the internet and competitive networks association, elected companies to serve on the INCOMPAS Board of Directors for the 2018-2020 term during the annual membership meeting at the 2018 INCOMPAS Show. These newly elected Board members join the others who are currently serving their 2017-2019 terms.

At its first meeting with the newly elected directors, the Board elected Kurt Van Wagenen, President and CEO of FirstLight Fiber to serve as its Board Chair. He will replace Deborah Ward, CEO of Televergence, who has served as Board Chair for five terms. The Board also selected Michael B. Galvin, General Counsel of Granite Telecommunications LLC as Vice Chair; and Dale R. Schmick, COO of TerraCom, as Treasurer.

Rounding out the Executive Committee are four at-large members: Paula Boyd, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Microsoft Corporation; Grey Humphrey, Chief Revenue Officer of Spirit Communications-Lumos Networks; Charles McKee, Vice President of Government Affairs Federal and State Regulatory for Sprint; and Deborah Ward, CEO of Televergence.

"I am honored that my peers selected me to serve as Board Chair of INCOMPAS, and I appreciate the trust they put in me to continue building on the strong momentum under the leadership of my predecessor Deb Ward," Van Wagenen said. "As we enter 2019, I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues on the Board and the highly capable INCOMPAS staff to carry on the excellent advocacy the association does on behalf of our industry, and to further enhance the business opportunities and benefits available to our robust and growing membership."

Companies joining the Board for the 2018-2020 term include:

Small Company

  • Comspan Communications Inc. - Mark Scully, President
  • Fatbeam - Greg Green, Co-Founder and President
  • Gorge Networks Inc. - Dan Bubb, President & CEO
  • IdeaTek Telecom LLC - Daniel Friesen, Managing Member and Innovation Officer
  • Mammoth Networks - Brian Worthen, CEO
  • Socket Telecom LLC - Carson Coffman, President
  • Telestax - Ivelin Ivanov, Co-Founder and CEO

Medium Company

  • Crown Castle* - Chris Levendos, Vice President, Network Engineering and Operations
  • FirstLight Fiber - Kurt Van Wagenen, President and CEO
  • Inteliquent - Jon Clopton, Vice President of Network Cost, Planning and Carrier Relations
  • LOGIX Fiber Networks* - Patrick Lentz, CFO
  • TeleQuality Communications Inc. - Tim Koxlien, CEO

Large Company

  • Granite Telecommunications LLC - Michael B. Galvin, General Counsel
  • GTT - Chris McKee, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Corporate Development
  • Sprint - Charles McKee, Vice President, Government Affairs Federal and State Regulatory
  • Windstream - Thomas Whitehead, Vice President, Federal Government Affairs

The 2019 INCOMPAS Show will take place November 4-6, 2019, at the Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.

"Louisville is an up-and-coming meeting destination in the heartland of America, and is reflective of the type of markets that our members seek to serve with competitive networks and innovative services," said INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering. "With a vibrant social and culinary scene, state-of-the-art meeting facilities, and convenient access to transportation, Louisville offers the ideal setting for our 2019 show."

Louisville is an easy drive from many popular East Coast and Midwest cities, and a quick and cost-effective flight from many other cities around the country. The convenience has encouraged five of the Top 25 tradeshows in the U.S. to hold their annual events in the city. The 2019 INCOMPAS Show host hotel - the Omni Louisville Hotel - is a luxury facility located only seven miles from the Louisville International Airport. In the heart of downtown, the Omni offers newly constructed meeting facilities and a variety of onsite dining options.

After a day of networking and deal making, 2019 INCOMPAS Show attendees will be able to take in the city's culture, walk down Main Street or take free public transportation throughout the city. While exploring Louisville, attendees will be able to enjoy Louisville's bourbon culture at many popular distilleries. Come early or stay late to traverse the famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and visit the nearby Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and Churchill Downs horse racing track. Join INCOMPAS at this bucket-list destination to experience the spirit of the city while taking in all the benefits The INCOMPAS Show has to offer.