CEO Greenlight Networks
Years in current role: 11
What do you enjoy most about your role?
Getting asked when Greenlight will be available in a neighborhood. I’m so proud of the team we’re building to expand New York’s fastest Internet service across our community and the state. People have been waiting a long time for a choice of broadband providers, and it’s very rewarding to see how eager people are to get our service. I also enjoying watching our team members continue to be promoted and advance their careers as we’ve grown over the past 10+ years. The opportunity to work with, and learn from, Tom Golisano over the past 4-years has been the highlight of my career. As good as his books are, he’s even better in person!
What has been your organization’s biggest success over the past year?
Doubling the size of our employee base and the number of homes where we can provide service. Getting great people in this environment can be challenging, and our team has done an amazing job of filling the positions we need to fuel our growth and accelerate our expansion. We now can offer service to over 80,000 households in New York, and plan to double that again in 2022.
What do you see as the biggest changes in the technology industry over the next year?
Fiber network deployments for broadband will continue to accelerate across the country and the world. Carrier backbones will leverage lower cost 400Gb optics and residential customers will have access to speeds 2Gb/s and faster. Billions of dollars for broadband stimulus, in addition to massive amounts of private money will be deployed to provide fiber to homes, to businesses, and to support wireless technology upgrades. Unfortunately, supply and labor shortages may impact the industry’s ability to keep up with demand and exacerbate inflationary pressures. If the NYS PSC is able to take positive action on its proceeding to accelerate broadband deployment–especially resolving issues around utility pole attachments–many more New Yorkers will have access to broadband.
What community organizations do you support as a volunteer and why?
Many of us at Greenlight have been volunteering at The Champion Academy (www.championacademyroc.org). The Champion Academy helps urban teens in poverty overcome their traumatic experiences and use them as fuel to drive their improvement as students, citizens and future professionals. We’ve met some impressive young men and women who are putting in the time and the work to dramatically improve their GPAs, graduate from high school, and learn the critical life skills necessary to survive and thrive in the workforce of the 21st century