Co-Founder & CEO
Neutral Path Communications
Scott Bergs is a co-founder and CEO of Neutral Path Communications, LLC, which is a provider of dark fiber and ancillary services based in Mankato Minnesota. He is also a Principal in the investment and management firm Key City Ventures. Scott has provided executive management to several companies, primarily in the communications industry, including:
- Interim CEO and Chief Operating Officer for Revol Wireless
- Chief Operating Officer for Mavericks Wireless
- SVP Customer Solutions for Alltel Wireless
- Chief Operating Officer for Midwest Wireless
- General Sales Manager for PriCellular
- Market General Manager for MobileComm, a BellSouth Company
Scott is also an attorney and practiced with the law firm of Leonard, Street and Deinard, where he was a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Information Technology Department. His practice focused in the areas of technology (computer and telecommunications) and intellectual property law. He represented primarily technology companies or companies in transactions to acquire, license, sell or otherwise bring technology enabled solutions to market.
He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from Hamline University School of Law.
Scott is and has been active in industry, non-profit and community organizations including: the Greater Mankato YMCA, United Way, Opportunity International, Children’s Home Society, Christ the King Church, Rural Cellular Association, Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association, ITech Law Association (f/k/a Computer Law Association), Minnesota State Bar Association, the Wisconsin Telephone Association Wireless Committee, the Minnesota Telephone Alliance Wireless Committee, the Minnesota Wireless Foundation, Federal Communications Bar Association.
Expression of interest:
Thank you for your consideration of my appointment to the Board of Directors of Comptel. Neutral Path Communications focus is to enable the greater deployment of high capacity data networks by creating scale across strategic long-haul fiber routes that provide service providers and other dark fiber users to deploy network and solutions more efficiently and effectively. So, by our very nature, we seek to raise the water, causing all boats to rise on the competitive fiber and broadband communications waterway. I believe that Comptel is an effective and focused organization, likewise seeking to advance the interests of all competitive service providers. By applying the skills and experience that I have developed in my professional career, industry associations and non-profits, I am confident that if appointed to the Board, I will add value to Comptel and its members as we collectively pursue this mission.
Executive Vice President, Global Sales
Global Convergence Solutions
Chris is the executive vice president of Global Sales and has responsibility for the overall management, direction and sales growth for Global Convergence Solutions, the global leader in next-gen OSS and BSS solutions. He has more than 19 years of superior sales results, successfully driving organizations as a business development strategist. Chris has a proven track record as a strong motivational leader adept in managing and motivating cross-functional teams on several continents. Prior to joining Global Convergence Solutions, he was vice president of North American Sales at NexTone, where he was a key contributor in building NexTone into one of the largest session management companies in the world. Additionally, Birdsall previously held senior sales leadership positions at Viatel Communications and REACH. Throughout his career, Birdsall has specialized in structuring and completing complex deals, bridging diverse groups to achieve implementation of advanced next-generation networks. Chris earned degrees in Organizational Communications and Finance from Creighton University.
Vice President, Sales – Carrier Solutions
With more than 30 years telecommunications and marketing experience, Gene leads the wholesale sales force as the vice president of wholesale carrier sales for the ANPI LLC. Gene joined ANPI LLC in 2004 and in his role, he cultivates the company’s wholesale sales strategy, manages key customer and industry relationships and ensures ANPI LLC has a strong presence in the industry. Before joining ANPI LLC, Gene was with Lucent Technologies as a marketing executive for their next-generation convergence technology group. He has worked for multiple organizations such as AT&T, AT&T Long Lines, AT&T Wireless and AG Communications Systems. Gene possesses a vast knowledge of telecommunications products and wholesale services, as well as marketing new technologies and managing sales operations. Gene earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
TNCI & Blue Casa Telephone
Senior Vice President – Government Affairs
Eric Einhorn is senior vice president – government affairs for Windstream. Einhorn is responsible for managing the company’s regulatory and legislative initiatives and strategies at the federal and state levels. He previously served as vice president of federal government affairs.
Prior to joining Windstream in 2006, Einhorn held positions at AT&T, SBC, and in private legal practice in New York City and Washington, D.C. He also worked at the Federal Communications Commission where he served in several roles, including chief of the telecommunications access policy division in the wireline competition bureau, and clerked for Judge Roger Strand in federal district court in Phoenix, Ariz.
Einhorn holds a law degree from Boston College Law School, cum laude, where he also served as executive editor of the Boston College Law Review, and an MBA, with distinction, from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. He also has a bachelor’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.
Greg’s experience in the technology industry began in 1984, when he formed Tel-West a telecommunications provider of PBX’s, competitive access and a reseller of voice services. In 1995, Tel-West was acquired by NEXTLINK, a Craig McCaw owned organization, (now XO Communications, NASDAQ: XOXO) in which Greg became president of NEXTLINK Washington. In 1996, he was part of the senior management team that took NEXTLINK public raising $400 million in the public markets. In 1998, after three years at the helm of NEXTLINK Washington, Greg left NEXTLINK to begin a new venture - OneEighty Communications, a competitive telecommunications provider focusing on markets with populations less than 500,000. Six months after starting OneEighty Communications, Avista Corp. (NYSE: AVA) bought majority interest in the company, renaming it Avista Communications. Greg remained with the company as president and CEO until 2001, when Avista Corp. elected to sell off its telecom division. That same year, Greg acquired certain CLEC markets from Avista Communications in the Northwest and further grew top and bottom line metrics and later sold the markets to Eschelon Telecom and OrbitCom. Today Greg leads Fatbeam, a Northwest fiber optic networking provider delivering connectivity to school districts, government, healthcare and enterprise customers. Fatbeam focuses on markets underserved by traditional carriers and delivers dark and lit high capacity 1 Gig and 10 Gig Ethernet services.
Vice President - Regulatory
tw telecom, Inc.
Rochelle is currently the vice president – Regulatory for tw telecom and is responsible for legislative and regulatory matters in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States. Rochelle also is heavily involved in federal issues. She currently serves on the USAC Board of Directors and is the chairperson of the Carrier-to-Carrier working group operating under the auspices of the New York PSC. Rochelle joined tw telecom’s predecessor, Time Warner Telecom in January 1995. Prior to joining Time Warner Telecom, Rochelle was employed by Southern New England Telecommunications Corporation (SNET). She joined SNET after graduating from Smith College in 1978. Rochelle held a variety of positions at SNET, including district manager of Investor Relations, assistant corporate secretary, and director of State and Federal Regulatory Matters. Rochelle lives in New York City.
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Founder and CEO
TeleQuality Communications, Inc.
Tim Koxlien is the founder and CEO of TeleQuality Communications, Inc., a telecommunications provider that works exclusively in rural markets to deliver quality services to remote locations in the U.S. Tim began his career in telecommunications as a sales representative for US West in Minneapolis. In 1991, he founded his first company, The Koxlien Group, a WAN design and sales agency for a number of large carriers, including AT&T, Qwest and Ameritech. Over the past 20 years, Tim’s businesses have evolved and grown to include TeleQuality Communications, Inc., which was established in 2006. Today, TeleQuality Communications, Inc. operates in more than 30 states, and was named as one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in 2011.
Senior Vice President of Public Policy
Julia has 30 years of telecommunications industry experience and currently represents Cbeyond in its federal government relations. Prior to co-founding Cbeyond, Julia was with Intermedia Communications, where she was responsible for federal and state regulatory issues associated with implementing the 1996 Telecommunications Act. She also held various marketing and regulatory positions at BellSouth Telecommunications and began her career in sales with ATT Information Systems. Julia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from the University of Texas, Austin.
Kurt Van Wagenen
President and CEO
Kurt Van Wagenen is the President and CEO of FirstLight Fiber. Prior to that, Mr. Van Wagenen was President and Chief Executive Officer of FiberTower from April of 2008 until November of 2012. He was the President and CEO of NEON Communications from January of 2007 until NEON was acquired by RCN Corporation. He also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Globix Corporation. Mr. Van Wagenen began his career at Verizon Communications and its various predecessors, holding positions of increasing responsibility.
Mr. Van Wagenen earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. Mr. Van Wagenen is a long-time Board member of non-profit organizations A Better Chance and Pathways To College.
Expression of interest
As President and CEO for FirstLight Fiber and a well-known telecommunications industry veteran, Kurt Van Wagenen is highly suited for re-election to COMPTEL’s Board of Directors. Mr. Van Wagenen recently rejoined the Comptel Board, replacing his predecessor as CEO of FirstLight, and had previously served on the COMPTEL Board as well as COMPTEL’s Membership Committee as the CEO of FiberTower. Mr. Van Wagenen remains committed to furthering the mission of the association and supports its efforts to help guide the future direction of not only COMPTEL itself, but of the competitive industry as a whole.
Leading a fiber-based, independent CLEC like FirstLight, Mr. Van Wagenen understands the important role COMPTEL plays supporting its members. COMPTEL provides a ‘voice’ to regional providers and helps to equal the playing field - making meaningful competition a reality. In his continued role serving on the COMPTEL Board, Mr. Van Wagenen will leverage his knowledge of the industry, his strong business acumen, and his experience interacting with the FCC to the benefit of all COMPTEL members.
Vice President Emerging Solutions
Alpheus Communications, LLC
Scott Widham is an experienced telecommunications and cable industry executive. He is currently the CEO of Alpheus Communications. Prior to Alpheus, he served as CEO of Cobridge Communications, an owner and operator of cable television systems in the Central portion of the United States. From 2000 – 2007, Widham was CEO of Broadwing Communications, a billion dollar fiber and data center company offering voice, data and video services to enterprise and wholesale customers. Broadwing was acquired by Level 3 in 2008 for $1.6B. Prior to joining Broadwing, Widham was the founder and CEO of Capital Cable, a multi-system operator that owned cable systems across the U.S. and in Latin America. Capital Cable was acquired by Charter Communications. Widham also served as EVP of Corecomm and was a Director at MTV Networks. Widham earned a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin.
Expression of interest:
I have been an advocate for keeping the telecom/cable competitive environment fair and equitable for over 20 years. Having served in the CEO position for both telecom and cable companies, I believe our industry will continue to grow and innovate only if players can compete fairly to provide consumers more choices and better pricing. COMPTEL is THE organization where this advocacy happens and I would like to serve on the board to ensure a vibrant future for our industry.