Mr. Thompson co-founded Towerstream in December 1999 with Philip Urso. Mr. Thompson has served as a director since inception and as chief operating officer from inception until November 2005 when Mr. Thompson became president and chief executive officer. In 1995, Mr. Thompson co-founded and was vice president of operations of EdgeNet Inc., a privately held Internet service provider (which was sold to Citadel Broadcasting Corporation in 1997 and became eFortress ("eFortress")) through 1999. Mr. Thompson holds a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts.
Joseph joined the Company as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in May 2008. Prior to joining Towerstream, Joseph served as CFO of Aqua Bounty Technologies, Inc., a public biotechnology company where he was part of the management team which completed an initial public offering in London in 2006. Previously, he was CFO of Alseres Pharmaceuticals, (formerly Boston Life Sciences Inc.), a NASDAQ listed, biopharmaceutical company where he was involved in a number of public and private financings. Earlier in his career, he spent almost 10 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, L.L.P., an international auditing, tax, and consulting firm. Joseph is a certified public accountant and holds an M.S. degree from Bentley College and a B.S. degree from the University of Lowell-Massachusetts.
Mr. Giftakis currently serves as the Vice President of Engineering and Network Operations at Towerstream. Formerly Mr. Giftakis was Director of Engineering at Sockeye Networks, a BGP optimization company that was acquired by Internap. Prior to joining Sockeye, he was a Director at Navisite and Digital Broadband Communications. Mr. Giftakis spent 10 years with Bell Atlantic and has spoken in several forums on the future of telecommunications with fixed wireless. He has over 15 years of experience with advanced solutions in telecommunications. Mr. Giftakis started his career with New England Telephone.
As VP of Sales for Towerstream, Mr. Tooker will be responsible for expanding the company's reach in existing and future markets with a focus on revenue generation. Mr. Tooker will also concentrate on developing and implementing sales strategies while monitoring and analyzing results vs. goals. In addition, he will oversee training of incoming sales team members and management of the sales center.
Prior to joining Towerstream in October 2007, Mr. Tooker served as Regional Vice President at HSBC where he was responsible for the overall coordination, functional management and leadership of the Northeast Region wholesale sales group. Mr. Tooker previously held the position of Vice President of Sales at GE Capital. Matt graduated with a BA in History from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA.
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