The CompTel/ASCENT Alliance will hold its annual membership meeting and board elections 5 p.m. today. This is the first round of board elections since the Alliance was formed in November. Thirty-one nominees are vying for one of 21 seats on the consolidated board (see list below).
The membership meeting is open only to Alliance members and only voting members may take part in the board elections, immediately following the membership meeting.
The elected Alliance board comprises six representatives in each of the medium and large company segments and nine representatives from among the small company members. Voting members in good standing with the Alliance as of the time they cast their ballots are eligible to vote for candidates not exceeding the number of seats available in their membership category.
Elections for directors representing small companies (annual revenue less than $25 million) will be in Room 213-A; elections for directors representing medium companies (annual revenue between $25 million and $250 million) will be in Room 213-B; and elections for directors representing large companies (annual revenue more than $250 million) will be in Room 213-C.
Only one person per voting member company may vote. Anyone wishing to vote must present Alliance staff with valid identification and proof of employment at the voting member company.
If unable to attend the meeting, voting members can participate in Early Bird voting in a special voting area near the registration center until noon today. However, if a second ballot is required due to a tie or other circumstances, Early Bird voters will not be able to mark a second ballot unless they attend in person.
A call for nominations was sent to all voting members in December and nominations for candidates for the board of directors closed Dec. 31.
@dek:CompTel/ASCENT Alliance Board of Directors Nominees 2004
@subhead:Large Member Category
@body:Annual revenue above $250 million<$>
Company Name Title
AmericaTel Alejandro Vargas Executive VP & Corporate CLO
AT&T Barbara Peda SVP, Product Management/Marketing
Covad Communications Susan Jin Davis VP, Government & External Affairs
ITC^DeltaCom Drew Walker President & COO
MCI Jim Lewis SVP, Law & Public Policy
PaeTec Communications Joe Ambersley Executive VP, Business Development
VeriSign Vernon Irvin Executive VP
Z-Tel Communications Rob Curtis President
@subhead:Medium Member Category
@body:Annual revenue between $25 million and $250 million<$>
Company Name Title
Broadview Networks Eric Roden COO
Cinergy Communications Corp. Al Cinelli Chairman
FiberNet Telecom Group Inc. Thomas Brown SVP Sales & Marketing
FPL FiberNet Neil Flynn President
Grande Communications Jerry James President
InfoHighway Communications Joe Gregori CEO
Lightyear Communications Sherman Henderson President & CEO
New Edge Networks Dan Moffat President & CEO
NewSouth Communications Jake Jennings VP, Regulatory Affairs
nii Communications Richard Burk President & CEO
Progress Telecom/EPIK Communications Joe Stockwell President/Ron Mudry President & CEO
TSI Communications Jerry Easom VP, Industry Relations
Xspedius Communications Jim Falvey SVP, Regulatory Affairs
@subhead:Small Member Category
@body:Annual revenue under $25 million<$>
Company Name Title
Alliance Group Services Thomas Coughlin Chairman of the Board
American Farm Bureau Inc. Casey Wojciechowski General Manager
CIMCO Communications William Capraro CEO
El Paso Global Networks Bryan Neskora President
Granite Communications Robert Hale Chairman of the Board
Homisco/VoiceNet Ron Contrado President
Looking Glass Networks Inc. Lynn Refer CEO
PPL Telecom LLC David Kelley President
Remi Communications David Malfara President & CEO
USCarrier Telecom Philip Forbes Executive VP