Management

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Ernest Ortega is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Towerstream Corporation.  Mr. Ortega was named to his current position in January 2017.  Mr. Ortega also served in an advisory role to Towerstream's Board of Directors since January 2016.  As CEO, Mr. Ortega will be positioning the company to take advantage of the continued adoption of wireless technologies, while leveraging the fixed wireless network Towerstream owns and operates in 12 major cities throughout the United States.

Before assuming his current role, 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. 

He also held various senior management roles at MCI prior to this which began his 29-year career in the telecommunications industry.

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Arthur G. Giftakis is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Towerstream Corporation. His current responsibilities include maintenance and advancement of the company's network development, customer acquisition and product oversight for Towerstream's On-Net building and wireless backhaul initiatives. Prior to his current role, Mr. Giftakis served as the Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations.  Mr. Giftakis’ technical vision has established Towerstream as the leader for fixed wireless services. Regularly described as  a thought leader, he routinely speaks at industry events to share his knowledge and insight on topics including small cell, heterogeneous networks and the future of 5G.  Prior to Towerstream, Mr. Giftakis was a Director at Sockeye Networks, a BGP optimization company that was acquired by Internap. He has over 20 years of experience in telecommunications and wireless infrastructure, having started his career with New England Telephone.

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Ms. Thomas, a veteran of the telecommunications industry since 1984, is a results-oriented and visionary financial professional who most recently held the position of Chairman of the Board for Impact Telecom. Prior to that, Ms. Thomas served as Chief Executive Officer for TNCI, a national telecommunications provider of business enterprise voice, data and cloud-based services. Additionally, Ms. Thomas spent 14 years at XO Communications, an award-winning telecommunications company with $1.5B in revenue. Ms. Thomas held both the CEO and CFO positions at XO Communications after progressing through the finance organization.