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Meet The Speedconnect Team

Not only is your SC team leading one of the nation’s largest, secure and robust fixed-wireless broadband internet, satellite TV and telephone service providers, but they are one of the best teams around. These well-trained, professional employees are dedicated to not only the technology and services, but to your needs as customers. They pride themselves on being accessible, solutions-based, and work toward building long-term relationships with you the customers. The SC team and their passion for providing internet services to customers like you is what sets them apart.

Founder and CEO

John Ogren is the founder and managing partner of SpeedConnect. After a successful career in the cable television industry, Mr. Ogren and his business partner Robert Liggett, Jr. purchased the rights to the 2.5GHz spectrum in Alpena, Michigan and began offering wireless broadband service in Northern Michigan. Subsequent spectrum acquisitions have led to successful expansion in seven states: Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Texas. Mr. Ogren earned a BA in Telecommunications, and an MBA from Michigan State University.

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Chief Technical Officer

Mike Denny joined SpeedConnect in November of 2014 as Chief Technical Officer, bringing more than 30 years experience in the telecom business, including Vice President of Engineering for People Choice TV that provided wireless video and launched the country’s first 2.5 GHz wireless system in 1999. Denny was also Director of Network Operations for Sprint, managing all build and technical operations for Sprint’s 2.5 GHz Broadband Direct southwest region, and Vice President of Engineering for CommSpeed, LLC, directing all build and technical operations. Denny leads SpeedConnect’s network deployment and operational departments in all markets.

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Chief Development Officer

Philip Merrill is one of the wireless communications industry’s earliest pioneers, including president and founder of the original Wireless Cable Television Association, member of the Cable Television Pioneer’s Club and board member of the Wireless Cable Television Association. Merrill’s long and substantial career and history within the cable TV and wireless industries today spans more than 35 years. Prior to joining SpeedConnect, Merrill owned and operated many wireless internet and cable TV companies, including American Cable Television, Inc., Universal Wireless Corporation, Wellton Cable TV, CommSpeed, LLC and BeamSpeed, LLC. Merrill graduated with a BS in finance from Arizona State University. He is also a member of Flying Samaritans International, as a private pilot flying medical personnel to clinics in Mexico to provide medical attention to the indigenous population.

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Chief Marketing Officer

Christopher Kourtakis joined SpeedConnect in May 2017 and has more than 17 years of experience in sales, marketing and customer experience. Kourtakis holds an MBA from Tiffin University and a Bachelors in business management from Western Michigan University. As Chief Marketing Officer for Speed Connect, Kourtakis is responsible for the overall marketing needs of the company and customer care.

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Business and Customer Relations Manager

Mary Kay Lucio joined SpeedConnect in August of 2002, and is responsible for office management, human resources, accounts receivable, and all billing functions at SpeedConnect. Prior to her tenure with SpeedConnect, Mary Kay has more than twenty years of human resources, payroll, and benefits administration experience.

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Director of Network Engineering

Randy Valentine joined SpeedConnect in August of 2009 as Technical Operations Manager. Randy has worked in the IT industry since 1995 as a network administrator, and since 2000 has been a consultant working on many advanced telecommunication technologies. Valentine is responsible for the daily performance and future technology growth of SpeedConnect's network. Valentine’s extensive experience in the IP industry has been crucial for the growth of SpeedConnect’s customer base.

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Customer Support Manager

Ron Kelso joined SpeedConnect in February of 2010 as the Customer Support Manager. Kelso leads the daily operation of SpeedConnect's customer care group. He is currently responsible for the recruiting, hiring, training, staffing and managing of the customer contact center as well as planning for future growth and staffing needs. A 1995 graduate of Saginaw Valley State University with a BA in Secondary Education, History, Science and Computer Science, Kelso has 19 years of telecommunications and customer service management experience. Kelso’s main focus is the excellence in quality of support each and every SpeedConnect customer receives.

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National Build Manager

Tom Carey joined the SpeedConnect team in May 2012 as Technical Operations Manager for Idaho, bringing an abundance of wireless and network experience. Carey’s background includes extended tenures at DigitalBridge Communications and Teton Wireless, where he led teams in the successful construction of more than 65 WiMAX transmission sites in 15 markets, and developed standardized processes for site selection and construction. Carey is heading up SpeedConnect efforts in Idaho for mission-critical network operations, centralized warehouse systems, and technician recruitment, training and management, in addition to new technology deployments and network expansion.

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Network Operations Manager for Montana

Dave Clark joined SpeedConnect in June of 2012 as Network Operations Manager for Montana. Clark has worked in the IT industry since 1986 and in the wireless Internet field since 2000 with both Sofast Communications and DigitalBridge Communications. Clark leads SpeedConnect efforts in Montana for mission-critical network operations, centralized warehouse systems, and technician recruitment, training and management, in addition to new technology deployments and network expansion.

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Technical Operations Manager Michigan

Ed Homminga joined SpeedConnect in June of 2004 after a successful installation career with Microcom Wireless Cable Television in Saginaw, Michigan. In his current responsibility as Technical Operations Manager for the Michigan region, Homminga manages SpeedConnect’s mission-critical network operations, technician recruitment, training and management, as well as new technology deployments and network expansion. Homminga’s hands-on approach and real world field knowledge ensure a superior broadband connection for SpeedConnect’s valuable customer base.

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Technical Operations Manager for Idaho

Jake Hurt has been with SpeedConnect since May of 2012, having begun in the wireless industry in 2006. Hurt began as a field technician and was then promoted to maintenance supervisor. During this period, he took part in launching the first WiMAX tower in Rexburg Idaho, and then went on to assist in the launch of many more sites in the area. Hurt was instrumental in the maintenance and build out of multiple WiMAX sites and provisioning modems for sites throughout the Idaho Falls area. Hurt was promoted to Technical Operations Manager for SpeedConnect in 2015.

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Technical Operations Manager Arizona & Texas

Patrick McDougal serves as Technical Operations Manager for SpeedConnect in Arizona and Texas. He has been with SpeedConnect since August of 2011. McDougal has an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from the American Military University, and a Certified Electrician Degree from the United States Army. Prior to joining SpeedConnect, McDougal served in the United States Army as Missile Systems Technician, Team Leader, Squad Leader, making the rank of Sergeant after two years in the service. McDougal served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and Operation New Dawn in Iraq.

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Market Manager Idaho and Montana

Keisha Dial joined SpeedConnect in October 2014, and she is the Market Manager for Montana and Idaho. Dial brings an abundance of wireless experience. She was part of the launch of the first Wimax Network in Idaho. As Market Manager, Dial’s focus is on growth in Idaho and Montana markets, management of day-to-day operations, and ensuring the exemplary service SpeedConnect’s customers expect and appreciate. Dial is also very active within the community, the Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals Network.

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Market Manager Texas

John Paul Boisse, born and raised in San Angelo, TX, is Market Manager for SpeedConnect Texas. Boisse’s professional expertise is in sales, including sales management, business development and customer service. Boisse’s work history includes a technological focus on the wireless industry, serving such companies as AT&T, Sprint, and ClearTalk.

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Market Manager Michigan

Derek Eager is available to explain all of SpeedConnect’s high-speed Internet service options for your home or office, and provide you with personal service throughout the decision-making process. Please contact Derek via email or at 866-297-2900. We appreciate the opportunity to earn your business.

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Market Manager Arizona

Tony Lounsberry serves as the Market Manager for Arizona. He joined SpeedConnect’s executive team in early 2009, and has been instrumental in strategically identifying and successfully launching new market expansion for SpeedConnect. Tony holds a B.B.A. in Marketing and Management from Northwood University in Midland, Michigan, and is actively involved in Rotary Club and Junior Achievement.

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Administrative Coordinator

Hilary Daly coordinates with the executive team, including accounts receivable, residential and business customer care, human resources and SpeedConnect University resource coordination.

In addition, Daly will assist the CEO with team member event planning, travel planning, customer communications, regulatory authority communications, vendor communications, board meetings and board member affairs, and overall team member communications. Daly holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Baker College.

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