LeadershipExecutive Team Board of Directors
Day-to-day operations and functioning of the corporation is managed by the Executive Leadership Team. These senior leaders guide and motivate employees to align performance with Solix’s Core Values.
Jack Miller | President & Chief Executive Officer
Jack Miller was elected Chief Executive Officer in 2014 and oversees all Solix operating units as well as strategic business planning and corporate development activities. He began working for Solix in 2001. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as COO and was primarily responsible for growing and diversifying the Company's service offerings and customer base. Before joining Solix, Miller had more than 20 years of experience in a variety of senior strategic planning, business development, and operations positions at Bell Atlantic, NYNEX (now Verizon), and Digital Equipment Corporation. He received a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Northeastern University. He has also completed Executive Education at Harvard Business School and the Duke Fuqua School of Business.
Carol Kenner | Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Carol Kenner was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Director of Finance in 2004. She is responsible for budgeting and financial reporting for all corporate economic activity, pricing for new business ventures, and regulatory requirements compliance. Kenner has over 25 years of financial management experience. Prior to joining Solix, Kenner was Manager of Financial Reporting for NECA. Prior to NECA, she was Director of Finance for Alive Hospice in Nashville, Tennessee and Financial Manager for the Jewish Family Service of Greater Hartford. She began her career in public accounting in 1977. Kenner has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Tufts University, a Masters in Accounting from New York University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Eric Seguin | Senior Vice President – State and Local Government Programs
Eric Seguin was appointed Vice President, State and Local Government Programs in March 2012 after serving as General Manager, State & Local Government Programs for several years. He is responsible for administration and management of state and local government programs including Grant Management Solutions and for business development activities. Seguin has 18+ years of telecommunications regulatory, financial, operational, and business development experience. Prior to joining Solix in 2007, he served as Chief of Telecommunications at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Before that, he was Director of State Program Operations at NECA Services, preceded by a variety of financial, operational, and policy analysis roles at NECA. He also served as a reservist in the 50th Armored Division of the NJ Army National Guard, and was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant in 1996. Seguin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Rutgers University, a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from St. Leo University, and an M.B.A. in Finance from The College of William & Mary. He has completed Executive Education at the Harvard Business School and has maintained the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation since 2004.
Tom Clarke | Vice President – Commercial Programs
Tom joined Solix in 2012 as Vice President of Commercial Programs. His responsibilities include leading and growing Solix’ Lifeline operations, billing and collection programs, and call center and fulfillment businesses in Parsippany NJ, Terre Haute, In, Charleston and Mattoon, Ill. Tom has over 30 years of Operations, Sales and Call Center management experience with ATT, Verizon, and Fairpoint Communications. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and completed the Greater Boston Executive Program at MIT Sloan School
Jim McCarthy | Vice President – Sales
Jim McCarthy joined Solix in May 2012 as Vice President of Sales and is responsible for the company’s sales strategies and marketing efforts. Jim’s extensive experience includes a record of achievement at Verizon where he progressed through the sales, marketing and business planning ranks beginning as a sales account executive and culminating as a regional vice president responsible for managing the company’s 60 largest accounts. In addition, he served as Vice President of Sales for a web infrastructure startup where he launched the sales force and built an indirect channel organization. In his last position before coming to Solix, Jim served the U.S. division of British Telecom Conferencing as Regional Vice President of Collaboration Sales and Business Development where he played an integral executive role in the launch of BT’s American unit that grew from zero to $130M in revenue over nine years. McCarthy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Wheeling Jesuit University and an MBA from Babson College.
Cathy Rahlfs | Vice President & Corporate Compliance Officer
Cathy Rahlfs was appointed Vice President & Corporate Compliance Officer in January, 2011 with responsibility of ensuring compliance with federal and state laws and regulations regarding information security and privacy across Solix’ enterprise-wide operations, including Solix, its affiliated companies and subcontractors. Ms. Rahlfs has worked at Solix since 2002. Rahlfs' career spans more than 30 years with information systems experience in the steel industry as well as product and business management experience in the telecommunications industry. Rahlfs' prior assignments at Lucent Technologies include an expatriate role in Europe as business development director for network support software products for the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions. She holds a B.S. in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Mathematics from the University of Illinois.
Lucy Smith | Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
Lucy Smith was appointed Vice President, Human Resources in September, 2005. She is responsible for overseeing all human resource functions. Smith has over 28 years of progressive human resources experience. Prior to joining Solix, she served as the Manager, Staffing and Relocation for NECA. She currently serves on the College of St. Elizabeth’s Advisory Board and Employment Horizons' Business Advisory Board. Smith holds a BS degree in Business with a concentration in Human Resource Management and a Master of Science degree in Business with a concentration in Organizational Change both from the College of St. Elizabeth in Madison, NJ.
David Gorbunoff | General Manager – Federal Programs
David Gorbunoff was appointed General Manager, Federal Programs in January 2009 with responsibility for overseeing all aspects of the Schools & Libraries and Rural Health Care Programs. David has been with Solix since 1999 and for the last 12 years, David has served in many capacities including Director in the Schools and Libraries Program with responsibility for overseeing the processing of 40,000 applications and invoices for over $2.5 Billion in funding, managing 250+ staff members, and ensuring processes are in agreement with the Telecom Act of 1996 and FCC Rules. Gorbunoff has 28 years of experience in business operations. Prior to Solix, he has held positions at CIGNA and Stratford Industries. Gorbunoff's education includes a B.S. in Accounting from Lehigh University and an M.A. in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. He has also completed professional courses at the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Janice Molloy | General Manager – Program Management
Janice Molloy joined Solix in 2007 as the General Manager of Program Management, bringing with her over 20 years of experience. She is responsible for all program management activities for the corporation including launching new customer programs and strategic initiatives. Prior to Solix, she was a Vice President at Technology Solutions Company running an eBusiness practice focused in IT services and systems implementations. Her background includes business development, procurement and consulting with organizations including Verizon and GE Aerospace. Janice holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Drexel University.
Lisa Singer Fitzpatrick | Director – Marketing
Lisa joined Solix in October, 2012 and is responsible for demand generation, digital/Web marketing, brand awareness and marketing communications. Lisa has over 20 years of experience in marketing communications and business development, specializing in messaging, content strategy and digital marketing campaigns. Prior to joining Solix, Lisa spent 7 years at Dow Jones, most recently leading the Global Marketing Communications team. Prior roles included managing Americas Regional Marketing and Global Marketing Strategy for Dow Jones Client Solutions. Lisa also managed marketing and sales efforts in engineering SaaS and financial services industries. Lisa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design and has completed financial services programs at NY Institute of Finance and Social Media Marketing and Digital Marketing Programs at Rutgers University.
Gene King | Director – External Corporate Communications
Gene joined Solix in March of 2010 and serves as Solix’s media representative, spokesperson and public liaison. His responsibilities for external corporate communication activities include leading public and media relations efforts as well as providing support for investor relations, government affairs, and community relations. Gene has nearly 25 years of experience in communications beginning with several years of work as a journalist covering politics in New Jersey. His work as a public and media relations professional began at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ and also includes serving several public relations firms where he led efforts in managing major accounts including IBM, Gartner, Nikon and Investors Savings Bank.
Board of Directors
Solix is a private corporation with approximately 200 shareholders. The members of Solix’s Board of Directors are elected by, and responsible to, the company’s shareholders and represent a variety of business experience. It is the Board’s responsibility to endorse Solix’s business strategy, appoint and supervise senior executives and ensure accountability of Solix to its owners, employees and customers.
Gualberto Medina | Chairman of the Board
Gualberto Medina, currently an Executive Vice President with CBRE Global Corporate Services, is an attorney and CPA with extensive expertise in technology, regulatory and administrative matters; he has served as a consultant to city, state and federal government bodies, specifically on economic development policy in New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. Medina also served as Secretary of Commerce for the State of New Jersey. At present, he serves on the boards of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, Urban Land Institute of New Jersey District Council, Biotechnology Council of New Jersey, Puerto Rico Science and Technology Trust, and New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute. He holds a JD degree in Law from Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law and a BS degree in History and Literature from Rutgers.
Robert Gaida | Vice Chairman of the Board and Audit Committee
Bob Gaida currently leads a private consulting practice which he founded after retiring from BDO Seidman where he served a variety of key leadership positions for thirty-six years. While at BDO, Bob’s duties included serving as Vice Chairman and providing oversight to National Human Resource, Leadership Development, Sales and Marketing, Education, and Partner Matter functions. His line leadership responsibilities at BDO included serving as New Jersey Office Managing Partner, New York Metro Managing Partner and Northeast Region Managing Partner. Bob was also a member of BDO’s Board of Directors from 1999 through 2005. Under Bob’s leadership, BDO established its first New Jersey office in 1990 with a small group of people and guided it over a short amount of time to become a successful model for the entire firm to emulate. While overseeing National Sales and Marketing, Bob initiated and built a highly successful sales team and created BDO’s National Leadership and Business Development College, a two-year educational program established primarily for partner level individuals to promote the principles of leadership and relationship building.
Carol J. Grant | Corporate Secretary and Chair – HR Committee
Carol J. Grant currently serves as Senior Vice President-External Affairs with First Wind with responsibility for external affairs including public affairs, public relations and communications. Ms. Grant served as Chief of Operations for Mayor David Cicilline in the City of Providence from 2003 to 2007, leading ten departments and two strategic initiatives in the areas of neighborhood services and economic growth. She was previously vice president of human resources for Textron. From 1983 to 1997, Ms. Grant held executive positions in law, external affairs, and operations for NYNEX, including leadership of the entire business in Rhode Island. She also served as the founding Chair of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation during the period that the quasi-public organization was created and the new terminal at T.F. Green Airport was built. Ms. Grant has held a wide variety of civic leadership roles, including Chair of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and membership on the Governor’s Economic Policy Council and the Board of the Rhode Island Foundation. Ms. Grant received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan, School of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Missouri. Her honors include the Athena Award, and the New England Council’s Women in Leadership Award.
Tom Bracken | Member of the Board
Tom Bracken a veteran of the banking and financial services industry, Bracken has more than 40 years of experience in the sector including serving as president of TriState Capital Bank’s New Jersey Operations. Prior to that, he served as Sun Bancorp’s President and CEO and also held executive positions with First Union Bank. Bracken, named president and CEO at the Chamber in 2011, has been involved with the state’s business advocacy organization for more than 30 years and served its Board of Directors as chairman from 2005 to 2007. He is a former chairman of the Economic Development Corporation of Trenton and New Jersey Bankers Association. A graduate of Bucknell, Bracken currently serves the Finance Committee of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey Foundation, as a board member of Public Media NJ and New Jersey Alliance for Action Foundation as chairman.
Edward Evans | Member of the Board
G. Edward Evans is CEO of Inteliquent, a company that provides voice, data and video interconnection services worldwide to wireless carriers, cable companies and CLECs. He is also the owner of Oak Tree National and is a founder and Board of Managers member of Stelera Wireless in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has held executive positions with industry leaders such as Dobson Communications Corporation, BellSouth Mobility, U.S. Cellular and GTE Mobilnet. In 2005, Evans was elected Syniverse’s chairman of the board after serving as director for three years. He concurrently served as their Chief Executive Officer from February 2002 through January 2006. Today Mr. Evans serves on the boards of Solix, CTIA – The Wireless Association, Carolina West Wireless, and the Network Reliability and Interoperability Commission, an advisory committee to the FCC. He holds a master's degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University.
Jerry Levenske | Member of the Board
Jerry Levenske, now retired, was the General Manager/Executive Vice President of Nelson Telephone Cooperative in Durand, Wisconsin for more than two decades. Mr. Levenske began his career in 1966 as a lineman for Gopher State Telephone Company, Two Harbors Minnesota, and was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility, eventually joining Communications Systems, Inc. in Hector, Minnesota in 1972. Mr. Levenske is a past director of the Wisconsin State Telephone Association and past chairman of the National Cooperative Telephone Association’s Retirement and Securities Trustee Committee. He also served on the Board of Directors of Midwest Wireless Company’s cellular operations and as director of Security National Bank in Durand.
John C. Parry | Member of the BoardSolix's former Chief Executive Officer, John Parry also served as Executive Director of Program Operations at The National Exchange Carrier Association, Inc. (NECA) for six years. He has more than 40 years of experience including serving as President of Bell Atlantic Network Systems and Vice President of the Bell Atlantic Global Systems Company (now Verizon). A Lieutenant of the United States Navy, Parry served in Vietnam with various assignments including Surface Warfare, Aviation, Logistics and Intelligence tasks. Parry’s educational background includes a BA in English from University of South Carolina and an MBA from Pace University. He also completed the Tuck Executive Program at Dartmouth College.
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