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.
Kelley Dunne and Earl Scott were the original Co-Founders 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.
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.
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.
Karen is a Telecommunications Leader of 20+ years with a unique blend of fiber, copper and wireless knowledge. Her background includes sales, channel management, product management, product development & launch, marketing, wireless voice/data services, data analytics, fiber/copper planning/engineering, construction, workflow, and public speaking. In addition Karen led the comprehensive turn down of Cincinnati Bell Wireless in 2014 after the announcement to sell spectrum to Verizon. She is focused on building an exceptional team, execution, organization & leadership. In her current role as Vice President of Design, Construction & Operations for the Central Region at Crown Castle she is responsible for the design, implementation, and ongoing operations for all small cell, enterprise, and carrier business in the region. Previously in her role of Vice President of Product & Strategy at Cincinnati Bell she was responsible for managing $1.1B in revenue and $200m+ annual expense budgets as well as the product line, & CBT’s Fiber to the Home (FTTH) strategy/execution in both Hawaii and Cincinnati markets. Crown Castle has actively and proudly supported W4W since its inception.
John Vento is the Executive Vice President of Operations for MasTec Network Solutions, a leading telecommunications engineering, and infrastructure company. He is responsible for MasTec’s national wireless and wireline, tower and civil technicians. One of the industry's largest field force operations. John's diverse Telecommunications career began in 1986 after obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Bridgeport. John started his career as part of a core team that developed Cable Television properties in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom. He held various positions responsible for outside plant engineering and construction, MDU design and installation, customer premise installation, and operations. In 1994, John transitioned into wireless and was part of the team that constructed and launched the industry's first PCS Network in the Baltimore/Washington market. During his career he has held executive management positions with cable television operators, start-up telecommunication service organizations, and large national OEM and Turnkey service companies. Additionally, John's background includes financial management, business development, mergers & acquisitions, construction, and engineering. MasTec has been a key partner to the W4W Program since 2014 and have continued their commitment to the Program by hiring veterans year after year.
Mark Walker runs Novation Networks, where he is responsible for the performance and profitability of the organization. Novation Networks recruits transitioning military veterans, develops and prepares them, and finally employs them in National Infrastructure roles focusing on clean energy, fiber construction, and wireless infrastructure. Prior to joining Novation, Mark was a Regional Vice President for Sprint where he was responsible for providing the best possible network experience for customers 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 improve their employee productivity. It is this experience understanding customers’ needs and the passion for delivering excellent customer service that influence his decisions 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 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.
Warriors 4 Wireless is a charitable organization existing solely to help veterans find decent paying careers in the growing 5G wireless workforce. We have invested well over $1,000,000 of contributed funds to lower veteran expenses while they trained to join this promising career field. We have connected over 2,700 veterans to wireless career opportunities and we stand ready to help you!
Contact promising veterans about decent paying wireless career opportunities.
Coach interested veterans on both the “train and place” or “direct placement” paths to these careers.
Connect qualified veterans to climbing and non-climbing wireless career opportunities.