Affiliation: WISPA – Broadband Without Boundaries
Nominee Classification: Well Qualified
1. ARIN Board of Trustees Qualifications and Responsibilities
Please review the ARIN Board of Trustees Expected Qualifications and Responsibilities thoroughly. Please describe, providing specific details, any barriers you foresee to your fully meeting those qualifications and undertaking those responsibilities. A Trustee’s responsibilities have usually required about 5-10 hours per week.
2. Conflicts of Interest
a) Please disclose any conflicts of interest you may have, real or perceived, that would impact your ability to perform your duty as a member of the ARIN Board of Trustees. (If no conflicts, please enter “N/A”)
b) How do you propose to resolve any conflicts identified in (a)? (If no conflicts identified, please enter “N/A”)
d) If not currently eligible, describe how you will become eligible to serve, if elected (i.e., “If elected, I will resign from the position of ____________ before 31 Dec 2023”). If currently eligible, please enter “N/A”.
a) Please list any educational degree(s) you received, the institution and the date issued.
BSEE, Rice University, May 1981
b) Please list any professional designations, certifications, or development education (non-degree) and the dates completed.
- Registered Professional Engineer (TX 66292), July 1989
- Fellow, Radio Club of America, November 1998
4. Employment and Experience
a) Please provide the name of any company or organization you currently are employed by, or from which you receive directly or indirectly a material portion of your compensation. Please describe the business of each such entity, your current title, and the office address of the organization.
WISPA – Broadband Without Boundaries (Wireless Internet Service Providers Association)
President & CEO
200 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20001
WISPA’s members are comprised of wireless Internet service providers (WISPs) – innovative entrepreneurs who provide fixed wireless, fiber and other connectivity solutions to consumers, businesses, first responders and community anchor institutions – and the industry which supports them, including equipment suppliers and support services. WISPs bring critical Internet access to millions of Americans in unserved and underserved rural, suburban, urban and Tribal areas.
b) Please refer to the ARIN Board of Trustees Guidance to the 2022 Nomination Committee in answering this question: Please describe your relevant professional experience and expertise and explain how this background will make you an effective trustee.
As detailed more fully in my resume/CV, I presently serve as President & CEO of WISPA, a membership Association comprised of Internet service providers who provide fiber, fixed wireless and other connectivity solutions to millions of Americans in unserved and underserved rural, suburban, urban and Tribal areas, and the supplier industry which supports them.
Prior to my current role with WISPA, I served as:
- Chief Operating Officer of a major Internet Service Provider in the US Virgin Islands;
- CEO/Executive Director an instrumentality of the USVI government formed to establish and grow a vibrant network-connected, knowledge-based sector in the Territory’s economy; and
- Chairman and CEO of a leading provider of radio frequency (RF) engineering and operational support system software and services to the worldwide wireless communications industry.
Each of these experiences have included Board and C-Suite roles for network-connected businesses and initiatives, with responsibility for their activities and long-term strategic direction.
In addition, I have served on the Boards of, and as a transitional chief executive in, several venture capital and private equity-backed businesses, working closely with management teams, stakeholders, capital partners and governmental/regulatory counterparts, spanning private sector, public sector and academic initiatives. I have also served on the regional Boards of two national non-profits.
I am confident that I can be of service to ARIN’s mission.
Attach a resume, curriculum vitae, or other biography highlighting your experience most relevant to the duties of the ARIN Board of Trustees. (PDF, DOC, DOCX files only) Remove any personal contact information (postal address, email, and/or phone number) from your resume/CV, as it will be posted publicly as part of the candidate information.
You may also optionally include additional web links to external websites (e.g., social media), though not as a substitute for your biography. One URL per line.
5. Governance Experience
a) Please identify any boards on which you currently serve that carry fiduciary duties, whether at a for-profit or nonprofit organization. Please note how long you have served and what offices, if any, you have held.
Director, WISPA PAC (affiliated with WISPA) – June 2022 to present.
b) Please identify any other boards on which you have served in the past 10 years that are not included in answer to (a), listing your dates of service.
Director, Boy Scouts of America, National Capital Area Council (USVI District Chair), 2013-2015
(significant additional for-profit and non-profit Board experience prior to 10 years ago)
c) How does your past governance experience prepare you to help fulfill that role by serving as an ARIN Trustee?
I understand the division of responsibilities between Boards and Operating leadership, and the duties of Directors (care and loyalty, for example). Having served as a Board Chair, Member, Committee Chair and Member, I understand Board governance matters and the unique value each Member brings to the Board.
6. Describe any past experience or involvement with ARIN or other Internet governance bodies.
7. Aside from any governance experience, describe your specific skills, background, and/or areas of expertise you believe will assist the Board in carrying out its duties.
In addition to the details provided in my resume/CV and responses to other questions, I am strategic, professional, patient, and have a calm demeanor. I possess “technical curiosity” and a management style that focuses on “standing up” rather than tearing down.