Think you have network challenges today? Ignore the HUMAN NETWORK and you’ll have more on your plate than you can handle. That’s why ISE is devoting this special section to articles that motivate, inspire and help you prioritize what truly matters during network evolution: YOUR TEAMS!
Read, share and take to heart what these experts in motivation say here. Adopt their suggestions and watch your team get motivated and reach your objectives with enthusiasm!
Today, everyone and everything is a brand — especially online. Some are credible. Others, not so much. That’s why it’s important for ISE magazine’s 2019 ICT Visionaries to share valuable insights that can help you succeed in this competitive industry.
Our 2019 group of Visionaries bring REAL experience to the table — the kind of experience you only get by putting in your due time. And with time and experience, you gain wisdom.
These 7 professionals have the chops to stand out amongst a crowd. They are innovative, knowledgeable, and have the results in their areas of expertise backing up their opinions. Enjoy reading their insights and perspectives in the April, July, and October 2019 issues of ISE magazine.
Welcome to our prestigious 2019 ICT Visionaries
Assistant Vice President – Technology
Lisa leads AT&T’s Technology Development Program which serves as the feeder pool for the organization’s future leaders. She also has responsibility for AT&T’s Technology and Operations Skills Transformation program. Lisa is highly engaged with mentoring AT&T’s talent pipeline of both experienced and new leaders. Lisa joined AT&T in 1997 as a participant in the Leadership Development Program. Outside of AT&T, Lisa is a CASA advocate, working on behalf of children in the foster system. She is an active member of several AT&T employee resource groups, including HACEMOS, Advocates for Women in Technology, and Women of AT&T. Recently, Lisa was recognized as a 2018 Technology Rising Star by Career Communications Group’s Women of Color magazine.
At AT&T, we help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. We provide premium content, direct to consumer distribution and high-speed networks to people and businesses. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. That’s what drives us and why we’re investing to be the premier integrated media and communications company. It’s reflected in our mission: Harnessing the power of our network, people and communities to enrich lives through meaningful connection. We aim to be a truly modern media company offering the best experiences in the world that will inspire human progress through the power of communication and entertainment.
Senior Engineer – Electrical Protection, (ICEP), Global Reliability and Operations Center (GROC)
Daniel Ashton has 34 years of telecom experience, primarily in the outside plant environment. He is currently a Senior Electrical Protection Engineer at CenturyLink, focused on network reliability. Dan initiated and managed a field trial for a lightning protection system that helped reduce lightning and AC power damage to remote electronic cabinet sites. Dan continues to work with surge protection manufacturers to improve the technology. Dan currently represents CenturyLink as a member of the IEEE (PES) Wire-Line subcommittee and SPD committee, is chairman for the ATIS STEP-NEP committee and annual ATIS Protection Engineering Group (PEG) conference, and a member of the NFPA 780 working groups and TIA TR-42 standards committees.
CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is the second largest U.S. communications provider to global enterprise customers. With customers in more than 60 countries and an intense focus on the customer experience, CenturyLink strives to be the world’s best networking company by solving customers’ increased demands for reliable and secure connections. The company also serves as its customers’ trusted partner, helping them manage increased network and IT complexity, and providing managed network and cybersecurity solutions that help protect their business.
Manager, Product Marketing
Scot Bohaychyk, Manager, Product Marketing, Clearfield, has nearly 30 years in the telecommunications industry. Scot’s background includes serving in The White House Communications Agency, providing communications infrastructure support for then-President Ronald Reagan and his White House staff. Scot’s private sector experience includes OSP field and engineering experience, as well as market development and sales work in the fields of blown and pushable fiber for long-haul fiber installations — in both the US and overseas. Email: email@example.com
Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLFD) designs, manufactures and distributes fiber optic management, protection and delivery products for communications networks. Our “fiber to anywhere” platform serves the unique requirements of leading incumbent local exchange carriers (traditional carriers), competitive local exchange carriers (alternative carriers), and MSO/cable TV companies, while also catering to the broadband needs of the utility/municipality, enterprise, data center and military markets. Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, Clearfield deploys more than a million fiber ports each year. For more information, visit www.SeeClearfield.com
As Executive Vice President of Operations, Jeff Chapman provides overall operational direction and management oversight for NorthState. He has over 20 years in the telecommunications industry with extensive experience in Outside Plant Construction, Network Deployment, Engineering, Technical, and Field Operations. Prior to joining NorthState, Jeff served as Chief Executive Officer at Bridgepoint Communications and held executive management positions at FiberLight and PEG Bandwidth.
Based in High Point, N.C., NorthState is a technology company that provides Internet-driven services to residential consumers and businesses of all sizes. Using its fiber-fast network, NorthState supplies Internet, television, and voice services, to customers in North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad. Through its NorthState Technology Solutions business unit, the company provides technology assurance with business-specific IT and data center solutions to clients throughout the Southeastern United States.
SkyLine Membership Corp / SkyBest Communications
Kim Shepherd is the new CEO of SkyLine Membership Corporation, North Carolina’s largest telecommunications cooperative, and is carrying the company’s visionary legacy forward. Over the past 20 years, she has managed multiple areas of SkyLine’s operations, including Customer Service, Business Sales, Support Services, and Field Services. Kim now leads SkyLine and its growing number of subsidiary operations during a dynamic era of telecommunications with a focus on connecting customers to the latest technology with the highest level of customer service.
SkyLine/SkyBest has a long and established history of providing advanced telecommunications services to areas of northwest North Carolina and east Tennessee. We were established as a member-owned cooperative to bring telephone service to rural areas, and today SkyLine/SkyBest is among the largest and most progressive rural telecommunications providers in the US with its state-of-the-art, Gig-capable fiber network, offering a Triple Play of services, VoIP business systems and solutions, security, medical alert, and automation/surveillance services. With an employee group of 156, SkyLine/SkyBest is forging new paths toward company growth through company acquisitions, expansion of service territory and utilizing our network assets to implement innovative workplace solutions at SkyLine/SkyBest, such as teleworking.
Vice President of Network Services
Ben joined TDS Telecom in 1999 and was named VP of Network Services in January 2019. Today, he has responsibility for the team of employees who focus exclusively on the planning, engineering, implementation, and project management, of TDS’ network build projects. These include ongoing execution of A-CAM project build-outs across the country and fiber overbuild projects in nearly a dozen new communities.
TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed Internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across the US. With more than 1.2 million connections, TDS is one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 1 Gigabit Internet speeds and offers Internet-protocol based TV entertainment solutions along with traditional phone services. TDS also offers businesses VoIP advanced communications solutions, dedicated Internet service, data networking, and hosted-managed services.
TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs nearly 2,700 people, and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, TDS Inc. employs 9,400 people and has approximately 6 million connections nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service. In 2018, TDS Inc. has been named to several recent Forbes lists, including America’s Best Employers for Diversity, Best Large Employers, and Best Employers for Women.
Director of Engineering and Operations
Ashley Travers is the Director of Engineering and Operations for Verizon Communications. Currently, she has responsibility for Outside and Inside Plant construction and engineering for the Southeast region. Her team designs, implements and optimizes Verizon’s fiber network which supports consumer, enterprise and wholesale customers both wireless and wireline. Previously, Travers led end-to-end logistics for Verizon Enterprise Solutions’ Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) worldwide. She supported and managed startup operations for the Verizon Services Ireland Limited sourcing organization. During the course of her career, Travers held positions of increasing responsibility leading Go-to-Market for the Verizon Wireless Indirect Channel and Sales Operations for Verizon Business medium and enterprise segments. She began her career in outside plant wireline operations as a field supervisor then ascended to lead the Dispatch Center in New York City.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City, generated revenues of $130.9 billion in 2018. The company operates America’s most reliable wireless network and the nation’s premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated solutions to businesses worldwide. With brands like Yahoo, TechCrunch and HuffPost, the company’s media group helps consumers stay informed and entertained, communicate and transact, while creating new ways for advertisers and partners to connect. Verizon’s corporate responsibility prioritizes the environmental, social and governance issues most relevant to its business and impact to society.