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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.