Joseph E. HartChief Executive Officer
Joseph E Hart was appointed as our President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2018. Mr. Hart served in this capacity on an interim basis beginning in July 2018. Prior to joining the Company, from November 2015 to March of 2018, Mr. Hart was the CEO of Aero Communications, Inc., which was a private equity owned company that performed installation, maintenance, and network design and construction for the telecommunications industry. From 2006 – 2014, Mr. Hart served as the Executive Vice President of Network Infrastructure Services and Wireless Operations for Goodman Networks, Inc., a provider of end-to-end network infrastructure, professional services and field deployment to the wireless telecommunications industry. For the previous 25 years, Mr. Hart served in various executive leadership positions for AT&T and other various telecommunication and wireless companies. Mr. Hart holds a master’s of science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baldwin-Wallace College. Mr. Hart’s extensive management experience in operations and corporate strategy in the telecommunications industry allows him to provide significant input to our Board of Directors and develop and grow our management team.
Kevin D. BrownChief Financial Officer
Kevin D. Brown was appointed on March 1, 2019 as our Chief Financial Officer. Since 2011, Mr. Brown has served as a Partner at 4M Investments ("4M"), a family office private investment firm. In this role he oversaw the performance and financial management of 4M's portfolio companies, including leading its telecom infrastructure efforts and evaluating tower, fiber, DAS and small cell opportunities. He has also served in several executive positions within 4M Investments' portfolio companies, including Global CFO, and ultimately the CEO, of Intercomp Global Services (2011-2014). Prior to 4M Investments, Mr. Brown worked at M7 Aerospace LP, serving in varying levels of seniority, including as its CFO and ultimately as its CEO. From 1998 to 2004, he worked in Strategy and Corporate Development at Crown Castle International, one of the largest telecom infrastructure businesses in the world.
Colby J. EmpeyPresident – Wireless
Colby J. Empey started on March 1, 2019 as our President of the Wireless Segment. Prior to joining the Company, from 2017 to 2019, Mr. Empey served as Chief Operations Officer at Fulton Technologies, Inc. Before he worked at Fulton Technologies Inc., Mr. Empey was Director of Business Development at Paragon Facilities Group where he was responsible for expanding its services specifically in the southwest region with an initial focus on Texas. From 2015 to 2016 he served as Vice President of Business Development at Xcell Inc., a telecommunications services business, where he oversaw approximately 115 employees generating $22M in revenue in 2015, with $8M coming from new customers. From 2008 – 2015, Mr. Empey served as Vice President of Operations for the Southwest at Goodman Networks, a provider of end-to-end network infrastructure, professional services and field deployment to the wireless telecommunications, where he oversaw approximately 240 employees generating $300M in revenue in 2014. In addition, his other responsibilities included negotiating contracts with new vendors to handle site acquisition and engineering, building the first trial market for testing and analyzing LTE performance and commercially launching 3 of the first 5 LTE markets.
Scott A. FrancisChief Accounting Officer
Scott A. Francis has been a Vice President since September 15, 2008, our corporate secretary since August 6, 2009, and our Chief Accounting Officer since March, 2019. From September 15, 2008 through March, 2019, Mr. Francis served as our Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Francis has over 25 years of finance and management experience. Prior to joining ADDvantage, he served as a controller of accounting at Vanguard Car Rental USA, Inc. from June 2004 until September 2008. Prior to that, he served as manager of financial reporting for WilTel Communications, Inc. from 1997 through May 2004. Mr. Francis is a certified public accountant with a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from Oklahoma State University.
Donald E. KinisonPresident – Telecommunications
Donald E. Kinison started in May 2017 as our Vice President, Sales. In December 2018, Mr. Kinison was promoted to President of the Telco segment. Mr. Kinison has over 20 years of sales experience in the telecommunication, software and cloud industries. Prior to joining ADDvantage, Mr. Kinison was the Senior Vice President of Commercial and Enterprise Services for Impact Telecom LLC, a provider of a full range of telecommunication services for carriers, businesses and homes from 2014 to 2017. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Kinison was the Senior Vice President of Sales for Associated Network Partners, Inc., a provider of various telecommunications services for carriers. From 2003 to 2012, Mr. Kinison held various senior management positions, including the Vice President and General Manager of Cbeyond, Inc., a telecommunications and information technology company.