Board of Directors

  • Mr. Urso, co-founder of Towerstream, Inc, has served as the Company's director and chairman since inception and was Chief Executive Officer from inception until November 2005.  Mr. Urso was named Interim Chief Executive Officer in February 2016.  Mr. Urso has extensive business management expertise and significant experience in the wireless broadband and tower industries.  In 1995, he co-founded eFortress and served as its president through 1999. From 1983 until 1997, Mr. Urso owned and operated a group of radio stations. In addition, Mr. Urso co-founded the regional cell-tower company, MCF Communications, Inc. Philip Urso graduated from Portsmouth Abbey and holds a B.A. from Northwestern University's American Studies program.

    • Mr. Ortega has served as Chief Executive Officer since January 2017, and was named director in January 2018.  Mr. Ortega previously served in an advisory role to Towerstream's Board of Directors since January 2016.  He also held various senior management roles at MCI prior to this which began his 29-year career in the telecommunications industry.

      Before assuming his current role as CEO at Towerstream, Mr. Ortega held the Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) position at Colt Technology Services where he had global responsibility for sales, marketing, operations and sales engineering spanning 3 continents:  Europe, North America, and Asia.  In addition to this, his charter was to develop and implement a new strategic approach for Colt that would enable them to grow their $1.6B base of revenue.  Prior to that, he held a similar role at Cogent as their Chief Revenue Officer where he was responsible for the growth of Cogent's $400M revenue stream.  Previous to these roles, Mr. Ortega spent 14 years at XO Communications where he held various leadership positions most recently as their Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  In this role, Mr. Ortega was responsible for the growth of XO's $1.6B revenue stream. 


      • Dr. Haronian has served as a director of Towerstream since inception in December 1999. Dr. Haronian is an interventional cardiologist and has been president of Cardiology Specialists, Ltd. of Rhode Island since 1994. Dr. Haronian has also been a member of the clinical faculty of the Yale School of Medicine since 1994 and has served as the director of the cardiac catheterization program at Yale-New Haven Hospital since 2003. Immediately following our reverse merger with Towerstream on January 12, 2007, Mr. Haronian became a director.
      • Mr. Bush has served as a director since January 2007. Mr. Bush has been an executive officer of Handheld Entertainment, Inc. (NasdaqCM: ZVUE) since January 2006 and became its chief financial officer on June 26, 2006. Mr. Bush has over 15 years of experience in accounting, financial support and business development. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Bush was the chief financial officer and secretary for International Microcomputer Software, Inc. (OTCBB: IMSI.OB), a developer and distributor of precision design software, content and on-line services. Prior to that he was a director of business development and corporate controller for, Inc. Mr. Bush was one of the founding members of, Inc., a privately held company spun off from Autodesk, Inc. in 1999, focusing on online collaboration, printing and procurement applications. From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Bush worked as corporate controller at Autodesk, Inc. (NasdaqGM: ADSK), the fourth largest software applications company in the world. Prior to that, Mr. Bush worked for seven years in public accounting, first with Ernst & Young, and later with Price Waterhouse in Munich, Germany. Mr. Bush holds a B.S. in Business Administration from U.C. Berkeley and is a Certified Public Accountant.