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 29 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.
Mr. Southwick has over 25 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.
Steve Chiotti was named Chief Financial Officer in 2002. He spent three years as an auditor for a major
accounting firm and then 15 years in a broad range of Motorola's wireless businesses gaining experience in
manufacturing, service, distribution, joint ventures, and wireless carrier operations. Most
recent Motorola positions include Director of Finance for the Strategy & Business Development organization,
a three year assignment in Japan as Director of Finance Operations, and Chief Financial Officer of
Nexnet, Inc., a wireless network operator in Japan. Mr. Chiotti is a
Certified Public Accountant with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from the
University of Kansas and an MBA in Finance from University of Chicago.
John Meyer is a communications veteran with over 22 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 joined Velocitel as Senior Director of Sales in 2006.
He has 25 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.
Mr. Panek has over 32 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 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.