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Walter Gorman

(615) 579-7181

Walter Gorman is President of Butler America Telecom LLC. Prior to joining Butler, Walter had accumulated over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. His background includes rebuilding, restructuring, and reorganizing regional sales teams as well as developing solutions in today’s changing markets and industry. He also has a background in recruiting top industry talent. Previously, Walter was a Regional Vice President for Windstream Communications, where he was responsible for successfully rebuilding four different sales regions.

He was also the Vice President for Government Service for Globalstar Satellite Communications. In that role, Walter was instrumental in developing and implementing emergency response procedures during Hurricane Katrina. Working directly with Governor Barbour’s and General Honore’s staff, Globalstar was able to deploy emergency communication equipment across the entire Gulf Region during and after the disaster. Walter also provided testimony to the Senate Subcommittees on emergency response procedures and Interoperability Communications Capabilities based on the experience gained from Hurricane Katrina. He was also involved in gaining approval for Globalstar’s ATC license from the FCC in 2004.

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Michael Bellas

Vice President Wireline
(615) 579-x7181

Michael Bellas is Vice President, Wireline Operations having previously served as Director of Operations at Butler. Prior, Michael served as a partner with E & I Solutions, a broadband services organization specializing in engineering and installation services. From 2006-13, Michael led the engineering efforts for the number one contractor in the mid-Atlantic region on the Verizon FioS rollout providing engineering for over 100,000 living units in six states and the District of Columbia in addition to providing MDU sales and construction services to various clients on the FioS project.

A 34 year veteran of the telecom industry, Michael has previously served in various senior management capacities having launched Cox Communications New England business services unit in 1998 and Xspedius Communications entry in the CLEC business in North Carolina in 2001. From 1985-1997 Michael had an award winning sales career with organizations such as MCI and Brooks Fiber Communications annually maintaining one of the highest sales performances with each company.

Levi Smylie

Vice President Wireless & Staffing
(805) 448-9426

Prior to joining Butler America Telecom, Levi served as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State where he led the economic and commercial sections of the U.S. Embassies in Skopje, Macedonia, Guatemala City, Guatemala, and Dakar, Senegal. As a U.S. diplomat, Levi worked closely with executives of major international telecom companies to fight political corruption and graft within the telecom industry. Additionally, Levi led U.S. government efforts in Senegal to develop the mobile smart phone industry and to support the development of mobile apps to solve problems unique to the Senegalese economy and digital ecosystem. Levi helped U.S.-based companies open new markets for their goods and services in Eastern Europe, Central America, and West Africa. Prior to joining the State Department Levi practiced law in New York City and was an adjunct professor at Parson School for Design & Management where he taught courses in business law and social entrepreneurship. Levi served as the Country Director for Choice Humanitarian in Guatemala where he led grassroots development projects in education, vocational training, medical relief efforts, and communal banking. Levi completed his Juris Doctorate at the University of Utah and a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from Brigham Young University.

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Jim Shriver

Vice President Business Development
(404) 895-8338

Jim is an Executive Level Telecom technology professional with a career signature of launching new technology practices, products, and services with a specific concentration in Telecom. Jim is a specialist at turning around under-performing markets and sales territories for telecom, consumer electronics, and technology companies. Jim is a fluent technologist in Telecom infrastructure design, delivery, and implementation of mission-critical solutions offerings.

Jim has served in Executive Level positions at some of the industry’s leading telecom companies including Windstream, Onepath, GlobalStar, and Global Crossing. Jim is experienced at enabling organizations to develop technical sales teams and distribution networks for technical solutions in Govt., B2B, and SME channels at Regional, National and International levels. Jim's experience in Telecom includes UC and UcaaS, DAS, CLEC, Small Cell, Fiber, Data Center, IoT, 5G, Ethernet, WAN, LAN, HPBX, White-label, & Channel Management Development.

John Koos

Vice President Site Acquisition (Core Development Services)
(714) 614-8404

John has been a hero to the masses since 1995. In 1999, he began his career as a land-use entitlement manager. He quickly developed a reputation as the person who can get difficult cell sites approved. In 2005, he co-founded Core Development Services. Since that time, Core has deployed large wireless deployments for every wireless carrier. In 2019, Core was acquired by Butler America Telecom.

John also has a storied history of public service. He has served on the Orange County Parks Commission since 2017, representing Orange County's Fourth Supervisorial District, and currently serves as Chair. He also was appointed to two terms each on the cities of Anaheim (1998) and Brea (2007) planning commissions. He also served as Chairman of the Board of the Brea Chamber of Commerce. John is heavily involved in Rotary International. He is a past-president of the Brea Rotary Club and has served in a number of leadership positions at Rotary District 5320. John has received many awards and recognitions for his public service.

Ron Rippley

Vice President Wireless Construction (Pioneer Communications Group)
(509) 366-9105

Ron Rippley has decades of experience in the wireless industry. Ron has a background in Radio Frequency Construction and has specialized in all forms of backhaul transport. He is trained and certified with various OEM equipment providers, as well as Fiber connectivity. Ron holds various certifications with years of experience installing and turning up a variety of DAS installations from Carrier-based to the private sector and public safety. Ron has worked with all the major wireless carriers and is known for fulfilling challenging run rates and on-air projections.

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Akian Aleong

Operations Manager - Wireline, West Region
(909) 284-1180

Akian Aleong is Operations Manager, California and has 22 years of experience in the telecom industry. Starting out as a Level 1 installer in 1999 for Butler, he rapidly put a strong foothold in this industry. Akian previously had 14 years of experience in the construction industry which was a perfect match for Butler. Akian progressed rapidly at Butler through several positions becoming a Level 4 installer certified through Fujitsu test & turn-ups for the FW4500. Akian then became Project Manager for the Verizon Turf installations.

Akian has been with Butler in an Operations Manager role responsible for Butler’s Pacific Region since 2013. Akian experience includes installations of all types of equipment including tower removals and is also involved with all financial and operational responsibilities for Butler’s West coast operations. Akian has an outstanding knowledge of the GR1275 and all other practices in the Telecom industry serving as Butler’s resident expert in this area.

Larry Ferracioli

Operations Manager – Wireline, Central Region
(972) 479-9761

Larry Ferracioli is Operations Manager, Texas, and has over 27 years of experience in the Telecom industry. His experience includes installation of facilities transport and switch equipment, CPE Installations, data center, and mobility installation supervision, Field Engineering, Quality Auditor, Procurement, Project Management, Operations Management, and Business Development. Larry has been the Texas Operations Manager for over 5 years and he also was Butler Telecom’s Operations Manager in San Diego for 8 years handling their AT&T turf.

Prior, Larry was the Operations Manager with Tel Pro Technologies in Plano, TX where he handled day to day operations, Field Engineering for AT&T projects, Quality Auditing, Procurement, and inventories. Currently, Larry is working closely with Frontier FIOS & I&R services, business development, managing installation resources, finances, staffing for Telco clients, and Planning. The current customer base includes Frontier Communications, Level-3 Communications, Alpheus Communications, Genband, Digital Realty & Telepacific.

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