Kelly C. Bloss
Chairman of the Board, Independent Director
Ms. Kelly Bloss, Director since 2006, and appointed Chairman of the Board in November 2013, is the President of Knowledge Transfer Group, Inc., a strategy and technology management consulting firm she founded in 2000.
She is a seasoned entrepreneur and proven business executive. Her work remains at the leading edge of the changes permeating the highly complex industries of healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, telecommunications, media and entertainment. Creating an exceptional record of accomplishment, she is an expert in delivering strategic business solutions that drive revenue growth and cost management.
Her work includes strategic consulting in healthcare – providing strategy development and implementation services to healthcare delivery systems. She also provides governance leadership and guidance to financial institutions and leads a team that provides innovative billing data management and data analytics solutions to the cable industry.
Ms. Bloss served as Vice President for NYNEX/Bell Atlantic/Verizon responsible for their Long Distance business. Ms. Bloss holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Union College and a Master of Science degree from Polytechnic Institute of New York University (formerly Polytechnic University) Ms. Bloss was recruited as a director because of her industry-based knowledge as well as her varied skill set as a consultant within the telecommunications industry. Ms. Bloss brings a unique understanding of the technology and emerging and converging technologies within the industry, marketing and sales-enhancement skills, as well as corporate governance experience in her capacity as a consultant to our board.
Jeffrey D. Alario
Mr. Jeffrey D. Alario, Director since 2006, has been the Managing Member of Alario & Associates, CPAs, an auditing, financial reporting, tax compliance, and planning firm since 2000. Prior to that, and from 1996 through 2009, he was Chief Financial Officer of Person-to-Person Marketing LLC, a telemarketing firm. Mr. Alario also serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Alario holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Alario has been a licensed certified public accountant in practice in New York and New Jersey since 1986 and is qualified to review and analyze audited financial statements. As such, he is specifically qualified to serve on our audit committee as its chairman and he possesses the qualifications to be designated as the committee’s financial expert. Mr. Alario also provides accounting services to small and mid-sized businesses and his skill set meets our board’s requirement for financial experience and expertise in the small to mid-sized business segment in which we operate.
Douglas B. Benedict
Mr. Douglas B. Benedict, Director since 2007, is a Managing Director of OEM Capital, an investment banking firm specializing in technology and communications and focusing primarily on small and middle-market public and private companies. Mr. Benedict joined OEM Capital in May 2011. Previously, he was a Managing Director at MTN Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on small and middle-market opportunities. Prior to that, from 2001 to 2008, Mr. Benedict served as Senior Vice President of Business and Strategic Development for Cendant Corporation and Lockton Companies. Prior to 2001, he spent 15 years as an investment banker in New York and London, primarily with Citigroup, Bank of America and Legg Mason, specifically focusing on telecommunications, technology and financial institution companies. Mr. Benedict also serves as Managing Principal of Regent Advisors LLC, a private strategic and business consulting firm. Mr. Benedict holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Mr. Benedict’s investment banking advisory and industry-specific skill set provides our board with the knowledge necessary to confront emerging issues in the rapidly-changing capital markets as well as the rapidly-changing telecommunications and technology industries.
Brian J. Kelley
Mr. Kelley Director since November 2013, is the Chief Executive Officer of Alteva. Mr. Kelley also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Four Winds Advisors LLC, focused on advising technology focused clients on restructuring, turnaround and business development. Prior to establishing Four Winds, Mr. Kelley served as CEO, snom Technology, Inc., Woburn, Massachusetts, a leading global provider in designing, manufacturing and marketing VoIP communications equipment. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Kelley served on the Board of Directors of Tii Network Technologies, Inc., in Edgewood, New York, serving as Board Chairman beginning in 2010, and President and CEO beginning in 2011. Previously, Mr. Kelley was the President of TAMCO Technology, Tampa, Florida, a financial solutions-focused business management and development company, focusing on telecommunications asset management and financing solutions; was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cognitronics Corporation, Danbury, Connecticut, a company that provided central-office communications technology hardware and software solutions. Mr. Kelley also held senior management positions with TIE Communications, Inc., Seymour, Connecticut, a publicly-traded diversified telecommunications services company. Mr. Kelley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of New Hampshire and a Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of Connecticut.
Edward J. Morea
Mr. Morea, Director since November 2013, is a Client Services Executive for Cisco Systems Inc., Moorestown, New Jersey, a worldwide leader that designs, manufactures, and sells Internet protocol (IP) based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology industries. Currently, Mr. Morea leads a team that focuses on Services Sales in the Cable/Multiple System Operator (“MSO”) segment. From 2005 until recently, Mr. Morea was a Sales Director at Alcatel-Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, New Jersey, a company that provides networking and communications technology, products, and services to service providers, enterprises, and governments worldwide. At Alcatel-Lucent, Mr. Morea successfully led the company into MSOs with Services Sales supporting projects such as Cell Site Backhaul, Wi-Fi Planning, Multi-Vendor Support, Design and Deployment Services, as well as Network Operations outsourcing. Previously, Mr. Morea was Vice President of the Northeast for TechMahindra, South Plainfield, N.J., a global system integrator and business transformation consulting organization focused on the communications industry. Mr. Morea has also held executive positions at Telcordia Technologies, Inc., Red Bank, New Jersey, a leading global provider of telecommunications network software, and services for IP, wireline, wireless and cable; and Verizon, New York, New York, a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services. Mr. Morea holds a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Maritime College-State University of New York and a Masters in Business Administration degree in Finance from Fordham University.