Velocitel Management Team

Jim Estes

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Jim Estes was named Chairman of Velocitel, LLC in November 2002 and has been a member of the Velocitel Board of Directors since February 2001.  He has 30 years of experience in the wireless communications industry, most recently as an officer of Motorola, Inc.  His experience covers the spectrum from product development to large-scale turnkey network deployment, end user markets from wireless carriers to public safety, manufacturing and broad global experience including a five-year executive assignment in Europe.  Mr. Estes has a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA in Business Policy and Finance from the University of Chicago.

John C. Thompson

President

John Thompson has been with Velocitel since March 2013 as an independent contractor serving as Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer. Effective January 1, 2014, he joined the company full time as President. He will have responsibility for Finance, Legal and HR, as well as continuing his role working on the overall company strategy, growth opportunities and acquisitions. Prior to 2013, JT was President of Merit Health Systems, another Willis Stein Portfolio Company. He has over 25 years of experience in finance, development, strategy and operations. Prior to Merit, he was EVP at Ventas, a Chicago based multi-billion dollar NYSE real estate investment trust.

Dan Southwick, P.E.

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Southwick has over 26 years of engineering experience including the design and management of major wireless and wire line telecommunication programs. These programs included switches, POPS and fiber optic equipment shelters/tenant improvements. Mr. Southwick has managed programs for ATT Wireless, Bechtel Telecommunications, SBA, Nextel, Sprint PCS, Alamosa PCS, Triton PCS, Crown Castle Communications, Cricket Communications, American Tower, Carolina West and SpectraSite. Mr. Southwick has managed a full range of A & E Services including civil, electrical, structural design and environmental reviews (phase I environmental site assessments and National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) screenings/assessments). In April of 2004, Mr. Southwick, along with Bill Panek helped established PS&W Engineering, LLC, with Mr. Southwick assuming the role of Executive Vice President. In 2006 PS&W Engineering, LLC. was purchased by Velocitel, Inc. Mr. Southwick has a B.S in Civil Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Todd A. Coke

Chief Financial Officer

Todd Coke joined the company in January 2014, with over 20 years of experience in accounting and finance, and most recently served as Vice President of Accounting and Treasurer for Trilogy Health Services. Trilogy is an owner and operator of 78 skilled nursing and assisted living centers across the Midwest United States with annual revenues approximating $600 million. Prior to Trilogy, from 2004-2012, Todd served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer at Merit Health Systems, an owner and operator of acute care hospitals. Prior to Merit, he served as Director of Financial Reporting and Treasury Operations for Atria Assisted Living. Todd also served as a Senior Auditor for the national accounting firm of Ernst & Young, LLP; he is a Certified Public Accountant and Charted Global Management Accountant, as well as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants.

John Meyer

Vice President & Director of RF Engineering Services

John Meyer is a communications veteran with over 23 years experience in the industry.  He has worked at Los Angeles Cellular, o2Wireless Solutions, the U.S. subsidiary of Mobile Systems International, one of the leading engineering service firms supporting the wireless industry, Bell Labs and the Motorola Cellular Infrastructure Group.  John has a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the Keller School of Management.  Mr. Meyer served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict.  John has recently authored 3G Wireless with 802.16 and 802.11, published by McGraw Hill.

Ken Czosnowski

Senior Vice President, Business Development & Sales

Ken Czosnowski joined Velocitel as Senior Director of Sales in 2006. He has 26 years of experience in the wireless & wireline communications industry. Throughout his years in the industry, Ken has held the positions of Senior Account Manager at Motorola, Vice President of Global OEM Sales at Allen Telecom, Director of Global OEM Sales at EMS Wireless, Regional Vice President of Sales at Prism Communications, Director of Sales at AT&T Business Services and Director of North & South American Operator Sales at Powerwave Technologies. His experiences cover product development, marketing platforms and sales efforts for large-scale turnkey network deployments. Mr. Czosnowski earned a Bachelors of Science degree in both Marketing and Psychology from Illinois State University.

William Panek, P.E.

Vice President of Engineering

Mr. Panek has over 33 years experience in the consulting engineering field in various business sectors to include telecommunications, industrial facilities, the federal government and the Department of Defense. He has specialized in the telecommunications arena since 1998 and has held executive vice president positions with Alcoa Wireless Services, o2 Wireless Solutions, and O’Brien and Gere Engineers, Inc. Mr. Panek has been the director of nationwide engineering services for the last 4 years at o2 Wireless and Alcoa Wireless Services. In April of 2004, Mr. Panek, along with Dan Southwick helped established PS&W Engineering, LLC, with Mr. Panek assuming the role of President. In 2006 PS&W Engineering, LLC. was purchased by Velocitel, Inc.

Thor Erickson

Vice President & General Counsel

Thor Erickson has been General Counsel for Velocitel since 2002.  Mr. Erickson is responsible for all Velocitel legal matters, including transactions in national and international markets, general risk management and contracts administration.  Previous experience includes implementing and managing major broadband infrastructure agreements in Latin America for Diveo Broadband Networks, Inc., advising foreign companies in the rapid privatization of the Brazilian energy and telecommunications industries while at the Maine law firm of Curtis, Thaxter, Stevens, Broder & Micoleau, and consultant to the Brazilian law firm Azevedo Sodre Advogados.  Mr. Erickson is a graduate of Yale University, where he received his Bachelors of Arts in Ethics, Politics and Economics, and of the University of Maine School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate.