Chet Thaker, Chief Executive Officer
Chet has been a telecom industry entrepreneur since 1986 and has a keen professional interest in developing database solutions to help businesses and consumers sort through the maze of telecom options. During his 25 years in the telecom industry, Chet has worked with some of the nation’s largest service providers including Pacific Bell, Bell Atlantic, NYNEX and BellSouth to help them design innovative systems solutions for sales and marketing management, complex voice and data network design systems, and operations performance management. Chet has also authored a book entitled Negotiating Telecommunications Contracts and taught two popular college courses on the telecommunications industry at the University of California, Irvine; Engineering Extension. He graduated from UCLA. Chet was a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2002 for Greater Washington Area.
Raymond W. Smith, Board of Advisors & Investor
Ray is a Partner at Arlington Capital Partners in Washington DC and Chairman of Rothschild North America, Inc. Ray also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Atlantic (BEL) where he transformed the company from a regional telephone operation into a global telecommunications leader. Before being appointed Chairman and CEO, Ray served as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer as well as President and Chief Operating Officer. He has also held senior management positions at AT&T and Bell of Pennsylvania and Delaware. Ray graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. and from the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned an MBA.
Julie Dobson, Board of Advisors & Investor
Julie is Non-Executive Chairperson of the Board at LCC International (LCCI) appointed in March 2005. Previously, she served as TeleCorp PCS’s (TLCP) Chief Operating Officer from July 1998 to February 2002. She has held a number of positions at Bell Atlantic over an eighteen year career as President of Bell Atlantic Mobile Systems’ New York/New Jersey Metro Region and as CEO of Bell Atlantic Business Systems Services. Julie earned a B.S. from the College of William and Mary and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
Richard J. Bove, Board Member & Investor
Rich is President of Bove & Associates, a financial services firm (tax and investment matters) based in Los Angeles. He is also General Partner of Bartol Family Capital Partners, an investment fund. Rich is an attorney and a Certified Public Accountant.
Drew C. Smith, Board Member & Investor
Drew is an entrepreneur in the ready-serve food industry with over 25 years of corporate, consulting and investment experience. Drew was the CEO of VIPC, a broadband communications consulting company based in Silicon Valley. VIPC specialized in helping both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies leverage emerging technologies for the delivery of high-speed data and video. Before founding the consulting firm, Drew was the Worldwide Planning and Finance Manager of ASK, a $400 million software company. He has also held positions at Silicon Graphics, Unisys, and Northern Telecom. Drew has served on the Boards of ten companies. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University and he earned an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.