Kelley Dunne is an original Co-Founder of Warriors4Wireless (W4W). W4W is a non-profit formed to bridge the gap between the demand for trained and deployable wireless technicians and qualified servicemen and women eager to transfer the skills they’ve learned in the military to civilian careers. Kelley was previously designated by then FCC Chairman, Julius Genachowski as the leader of the a national broadband adoption initiative – Connect 2 Compete bringing more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He is recognized as an industry pioneer in deploying some of the first 4G broadband wireless capabilities across the country. Additionally, Kelley has served as the President and CEO of One Economy, a 12 year old global non-profit that brings broadband and technology to underserved communities in the United States and in 14 countries around the world. Prior to One Economy, Kelley was the founder and CEO of Digital Bridge Communications Corporation from 2005 – 2010. Digital Bridge is a provider of broadband wireless to small and medium-sized communities. As CEO, Kelley created the company’s initial strategic vision, market plan, and led the company from concept, planning funding, and execution to become the second largest wireless WiMax operator and first VoIP over WiMax in the United States. Kelley selected and led the senior management team, including the President and Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Information Officer/Chief Technical Officer, the Chief Financial Officer, the Vice President for Marketing and Sales. Under his leadership the company grew to 25,000 subscribers, 90 employees, with operations in 6 states; he also completed four rounds of fundraising for a total of $50+ million in funding. From 2000 to 2005, Kelley served as Executive Vice President, Operations for Verizon Avenue, the Verizon subsidiary focused on providing bundled communications services to concentrated communities nationwide. His responsibilities included leadership of Network Operations, Program Management, Customer Care, and Field Operations for Verizon’s multi-dwelling unit and concentrated community markets. Kelley was also responsible for initiating and leading Verizon’s Rural Broadband Initiative, leading some of the most innovative broadband wireless deployments in rural markets, Native American reservations, low-income housing areas and U.S. military bases. Previously, Kelley held positions as Vice President of HR, Vice President of Provisioning and Customer Care, and Director of Carrier Services at OnePoint Communications prior to Verizon’s acquisition of OnePoint in 2000. For seven years Kelley worked at AT&T and Bell Labs, where he held management positions in Network Operations, Data Network Planning, and Network Security. In addition, Kelley served as an enlisted serviceman and later as an Army Officer in the US Army’s Signal Corps. He received his BS degree in Communications Systems Management from Ohio University and his MS degree in Information and Communications Sciences from Ball State University.
Retired Navy Rear Admiral Jamie Barnett is Senior Vice President for Government Services for RigNet, Inc., a global remote communications and technology company bringing broadband communications, hardware-based encryption, cybersecurity and real-time machine learning to the harshest and most difficult environments on Earth. . He is formerly the Chair of Venable's Telecommunications Group and a partner in the firm's Cybersecurity Practice. He has an unusual combination of experience in public safety communications, emergency communications, 9-1-1, alerting, cybersecurity, Universal Service Fund (USF), Telecommunications Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), FirstNet, national defense, homeland security. He was named a Top Lawyer in DC for Cybersecurity by Washingtonian Magazine for 2015. A surface warfare officer, he has over 30 years of experience in the United States Navy and Navy Reserve, rising to the rank of Rear Admiral and serving as Deputy Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and Director of Naval Education and Training in the Pentagon. Among other personal awards, he has received four Legion of Merit medals. In addition to his military service, Admiral Barnett served as the Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission where he executed major cybersecurity initiatives. As Chief of the Bureau, Admiral Barnett created the Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability Division at the FCC. He also led major rulemakings and projects in public safety interoperability, emergency alerting and Next Generation 9-1-1, working closely with industry and government stakeholders. Under his leadership, the Bureau proposed major initiatives for Next Generation 9-1-1. He worked actively on a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network for first responders (FirstNet), including a rulemaking that designated the Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology for that network. He established the Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability Division in his bureau and led the Commission’s team in developing policy to fight botnets and improve the security of Internet routing and the Domain Name System. He proposed the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, which occurred on November 9, 2011. He has also testified before Congress and is a noted speaker on cybersecurity. For nearly 20 years, Admiral Barnett worked as an attorney in private practice. He represented cities, counties, school districts, law enforcement agencies and development authorities in the board room and in state and federal court advising on a range of topics including constitutional law, governmental liability, personnel and employment law, education and school law, policy development, legislation, procurement, and ethics. Prior to joining Venable, Admiral Barnett served as Senior Vice President for National Security Policy at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, a premier not-for-profit science and technology policy research institution in the Washington, DC area. He remains a Senior Fellow of Potomac Institute. Jamie Barnett received his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he was named the Dean Parham Williams Outstanding Student, and his undergraduate degree from the University, where he was President of the student body and member of the Hall of Fame.
Ken Boben is the Crown Castle Midwest Area President. Crown Castle is the nation’s largest provider of shared wireless infrastructure, helping enable the essential services that people rely on to stay in touch, conduct business, and live their lives every day. Ken’s team is responsible for operating and ensuring the site integrity of over 10,000 towers and developing strong, long-term customer relationships. In his career at Crown Castle, Ken has held several roles including Vice President of Service Delivery, Director of National Sales, and Project Manager. Previously, Ken spent 11 years as a U.S. Naval Officer and two years working for Northrop Grumman in their E-2C Hawkeye Flight Test program. Ken lives in the Pittsburgh area with his wife and enjoys spending time outdoors. His interests include horses, hunting, fishing, golf and tennis.
Eric Dudek is the Vice President of Network Operations for American Tower, a leading independent owner, operator and developer of wireless and broadcast communications real estate. He is responsible for the field operations and maintenance of American Tower’s 40,000+ assets in the United States. He joined American Tower in 2012 as Vice President of Network Development. Eric’s career in the wireless telecommunications industry began with Nextel in 1994. He has been involved with the design, deployment and system performance for several major cellular network initiatives over the past two decades. This includes leadership positions in radio frequency engineering, field operations and network deployment. Eric spent the majority of his career leading radio frequency planning and performance teams as well as site development in Northeast markets, deploying iDEN, CDMA, and 4G wireless networks for SprintNextel, Clearwire, and Lightsquared. Eric has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Western New England University. Eric has been a member of the W4W board since 2016. American Tower has been actively involved with W4W since the inception and is proud to support an organization committed to the training and recruitment of our veterans for the wireless industry.
John Hunter is the Senior Director of Technology and Engineering Policy for T-Mobile US where he is responsible for the development and acquisition of electromagnetic spectrum and emerging technologies. Prior to his current role Mr. Hunter served several years in government as a Telecommunications Advisor with the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), advising policy makers on wireless technologies and lawful intercept. As an eight-year Army veteran, Mr. Hunter started his career in telecommunications as a Signal Support System Specialist where he served throughout CONUS and Europe, along with a combat tour in Mogadishu, Somalia. Following his military service Mr. Hunter entered the wireless industry as a Field Engineer and has steadily worked in a variety of leadership and engineering roles throughout his 20-plus year career. He holds an Associate degree in Electronics Technology from Pierce College, a Bachelor’s of Science in Business & Computational Science from Liberty University and a Master’s of Science in Information Technology Management from Grantham University.
As vice president of engineering and network operations for U.S. Cellular, Robert is responsible for ensuring the superior quality of U.S. Cellular’s high-speed network so that customers have the world’s best wireless experience. Jakubek joined U.S. Cellular in 1993, and prior to U.S. Cellular Robert served in the United States Marine Corp. Jakubek has a doctorate degree in computer science from Colorado Technical University, a master’s degree in business administration from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and a bachelor's degree in Engineering Management from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. Dr. Jakubek is a senior member of IEEE and ACM. His area of research is disaster preparation and recovery. He is a member of NIST’s community resilience panel. He is also a board member with Warriors for Wireless and on the advisory board for Milwaukee School of Engineering. Robert lives in Barrington IL with his wife. His hobbies are marathon running, triathlons, rock climbing, ice climbing, camping, biking, and spending time outdoors.
Rick Suarez heads MasTec Network Solutions, a worldwide telecom industry leader, as Group President. He is responsible for the financial well-being of the company, strategy for growth business growth, and bottom line performance. Rick joined the W4W board in 2014 and jumped-started the program by offering hundreds of new tower crew jobs to veterans who had completed the W4W program. MasTec continues its commitment to hiring veterans through the W4W program year after year. Rick attended Florida Atlantic University where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He is also a University of Miami alumnus where he earned his Master’s in Business Administration as well as his Master’s in Industrial Engineering. Rick began his career in telecommunications with Southern Bell in Florida in 1988. Through his 23 years with AT&T, Rick held various positions from network engineering, construction, maintenance, technical support centers, and finished his career there as the Vice President of Construction and Engineering for the SE region. As Vice President of Construction and Engineering at AT&T, Southeast, Rick was responsible for the planning, design and construction of wireline and wireless communication, data and video network for the AT&T Southeast Region. Rick joined MasTec Network Solutions in 2011 and has continued to build upon his reputation as a compassionate leader, always ensuring the best for employees and customers by instilling an employee covenant built on mutual respect and trust. Personally experiencing every facet of the telecom industry helped him develop into a leader known for his deep appreciation of MasTec’s employees and the challenging work they perform every day.
Mark Walker is a Network Regional Vice President for Sprint where he is responsible for providing the best possible network experience for Sprint users in the Northeast Region. Previous network roles include Director of RF Engineering and Director of Operations. Prior to joining the Sprint’s Network team, Mark served as Director of Solutions Engineering at Nextel and Sprint working directly with customers across all channels and segments to develop wireless, wireline and converged solutions to enable their employee productivity. It is this experience understanding customers’ needs and the passion for delivering excellent customer service that influence his network decisions made today. While at Sprint Mark also architected development programs to be used as the framework and content for 1000+ employee organizations and was introduced to W4W when discussing with a colleague the possibility of bringing military talent into Sprint to fill existing and future openings. Prior to Sprint, Mark worked for Motorola in Test Systems Engineering and Field Engineering. Mark holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University.
John Paul (JP) has worked in the telecommunications tower industry since the age of 16, and has built, modified and maintained all types of towers and antenna systems in 27 different countries over the past 42 years. For 20 years John has also been an advanced instructor for fall protection, rescue, tower safety and tower construction safety. In those 20 years the number of Tower Technicians JP has trained now reaches into the thousands. JP is the President of Tower & Turbine Technologies LLC , and also the President of Safety LMS , both based in Austin, TX. JP also serves as a member of the NATE Board of Directors, is the Chairman of the NATE OSHA Relations Committee, a member of the NATE Legislative and Regulatory Committee and is also a Subject Matter Expert for both the NWSA and TIRAP.
Warriors4Wireless (W4W) is a non-profit formed to bridge the gap between the demand for trained communication industry professionals and qualified service men and women eager to utilize the skills they learned in the military. W4W contacts promising candidates, coaches them on career paths and requirements, connects them with approved training providers, and helps connect them with our over 200+ partner companies. We provide transitional support giving veterans the building blocks they need for an exciting and fulfilling career in this rapidly growing industry.