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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.

Levi Smylie

Senior Vice President of Wireless
(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.

Stephen Shafer

Stephen Shafer

Senior Vice President of Wireline Operations
(214) 957-5775

Stephen Shafer is the Sr. Vice President of Operations of Butler America Telecom LLC.  He has a long and successful history in the telecommunications industry in both the Engineering and OSP Construction fields.  His start in the telecommunications industry began with Verizon FIOS in Southern California. Throughout his career, he has had the opportunity of being the first OSP Engineering hire for companies such as Pearce, AmDocs, and WT Group.

He attended the University of Texas at Austin for studies in Mathematics and Economics. With an admirable data-driven background and his experience leading large teams, it is no surprise that Stephen Shafer is recognized for being focused on processes and organizational management.

In 2017, Stephen started Arcturus Telecom in a one-bedroom apartment. The company generated $750,000 in revenue in six months, signed a multimillion-dollar contract, and was sold to a private equity firm in NYC before the end of the first year. Stephen’s vast experience and knowledge in both telecommunications and leadership prove to be great assets for Butler America LLC.

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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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