As Vixxi Solutions (News
) transitions from relocating its corporate headquarters from Dallas to Denver in a bid partly designed to leverage Denver’s strong emphasis on public safety, the nationwide Enhanced 9-1-1 (E911) is counting on the continued strength of a solid management team.
The management team represents years of experience in emergency communications, telecommunications, Federal security, IP Networks, network design and implementation and network carrier industries.
The key members of the management team are outlined below:
Christopher Camut, President & CEO
As EVP at Vercuity from 2006 to 2008, the industry leader in telecom expense management, Mr. Camut focused on identifying deliverables and then executing on the promise. His initiatives on process efficiency dramatically increased customer satisfaction and decreased cost. One of his realized goals was to build better teamwork and a heightened spirit of competition for problem solving and customer service.
Prior to his work at Vercuity, Camut was President and General Manager at Landmark Communication, 2005 to 2006, the leading media company in South Florida, with interests in print, television, and internet services. Mr. Camut was able to manage day to day operations while leading a restructuring effort in one of their large data centers. He also implemented a new network technology of ethernet over copper in several of their businesses.
From 2002 through 2005, another venture backed company that utilized the talents of Mr. Camut was Accelacom of Maryland, a leading provider of wireless, broadband, and data services. As president and COO of Accelcom, he was charged with implementing the capital deployment plan, generating sales growth, (two consecutive years of month-over-month sales growth,) and expanding into the surrounding areas of Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. This three year process ended with the sale to Airband of Texas.
From 1995 to 2002, Camut worked in an arena that many C-level executives never have the chance to learn about -- marketing, sales and sales management. From 2000 forward, he was the senior manager of Data Sales at Nextlink/XO Communications (News
) and developed their first national Major Account team. The resultant effort catapulted the team to the #1 position nationwide in bundled product sales.
In 1999, Camut was hired in the sales department at Allegiance Telecom Inc. in Washington, DC, and within four months was promoted to sales manager. He exceeded revenue and sales quota from the beginning of his tenure until he left. At Benjamin Obdyke Inc. in Maryland, 1997 and 1998, Camut was National Marketing and Sales Manager overseeing 65 million in national sales. Here he had the opportunity to design and execute the channel/product marketing strategy to the tune of $2 million plus in the first year. From 1994 through 1997, Camut was employed as Regional sales manager with Milcor in Baltimore, Maryland, and prior to that with Green Leaf and Associates, in Cleveland, Ohio.
RIchard A. Peters, Chief Technical Officer
Peter's entire career has been a process of preparing for the leadership of VIxxi. Not only has he been a consultant in all aspects of emergency communications, he has built upon an earlier career with major telecommunications companies, including GTE, AT&T (News
) and Mountain Bell (Qwest), always in a top leadership position.
Peters was the founder and continues as CEO of Spatial Data, Inc., a company whose expertise spans the full length and breadth of GIS analysis, including emergency management, Web-based mapping applications, marketing demographics, Federal security, and wireline and wireless telecommunications planning.
Peters holds an undergraduate BS degree in engineering and a graduate degree in marketing from the University of Texas. He has attended numerous executive training programs at premier U.S. universities. As a former US Army Special Forces officer, he holds the rank of major in the US Army Reserves.
Douglas O. McKinnon, Chief Financial Officer
Prior to joining Vixxi Solutions, Inc., McKinnon served as the President and CEO of Cardinal Communications, Inc. (formerly USURF America, Inc., an American Stock Exchange company) providing voice (local and long distance telephone services), video (cable and satellite TV) and data (high speed internet) services and real estate and planned community development.
McKinnon has served as Chief Executive Officer of IP Services, Inc., a next generation communications services provider using broadband Internet Protocol (IP) and Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) based networks, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AVIRNEX Communications Group, Inc., a provider of retail telecommunications service including domestic and international long distance and enhanced services to small and medium-sized business customers and served as vice-president of ICG Communications, Inc, one of the country’s largest competitive local exchange carriers offering local, long distance, ATM, and frame relay services with a nationwide fiber optic infrastructure. Mr. McKinnon is a former practicing CPA with the SEC (News
) practice section of Coopers & Lybrand.
Dr. William Munn, Advisory Board
Bill Munn was one of the first directors of a 9-1-1 district in Texas, serving as Executive Director of the Tarrant County 9-1-1 District for more than twenty years before retiring in 2006. This district provides enhanced 9-1-1 service to 1.9 million persons through 46 PSAP’s. During his tenure at the district, he also served over nine years on the board of managers of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), and is the only person to serve twice as president of the organization. In 1992 he established the Emergency Number Professional certification program, which has now recognized over 1,000 ENP’s.
Following his retirement, Munn chaired a task force which combined the efforts of NENA, APCO, Amber Alert, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to draft a set of “Best Practices” for missing child calls. These practices will be distributed to all 9-1-1 center in the United States during the summer of 2008.
Munn also served on the Texas Commission for State Emergency Communications for thirteen years, having been appointed and re-appointed by two governors, and is an active member of the International Emergency Management Association. He is currently an adjunct professor for the Center for Integrative Homeland Security at the Bush School of Government and Public Policy at Texas A&M University
Dan Hoskins, Advisory Board
Hoskins is Managing Partner at Crescat Capital, an investment management firm managing hedge fund strategies and separately managed accounts and formerly was President of Value Growth Consulting LLC, a provider of strategic consulting and advisory services to venture / private equity investors and their portfolio companies.
From 2004 to 2006, Hoskins served as SVP of Sales and Market Development at Intrado Inc., the $150M leading provider of 9-1-1 database software and services. He previously was VP and General Manager of Intrado’s Wireless Business Unit from 2001 to 2004, which served over 60 wireless operators with wireless 9-1-1 services, and VP of Marketing and Business Development for the Public Safety Systems unit of Lucent Technologies New Ventures Group from 1998 to 2001. Dan helped to spin that unit to Intrado in 1998.
Hoskins also served on the Cellular Telephony & Internet Association’s (CTIA) Board of Directors, its Executive Committee, and the Wireless Internet Caucus Leadership Council.
Hoskins was Principal at Booz Allen & Hamilton from 1992 to 1998, focused on strategy development and operational restructuring. He earned his MBA with Honors from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business in 1992 and his B (News
).S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Mississippi, magna cum laude, in 1987 while also earning Academic All-American and S.E.C. Scholar Athlete of the Year honors as an offensive guard on the Ole Miss Football team.
Miranda Peters, Vice President Operations
Peters possesses sterling qualifications for driving Vixxi’s aggressive marketing program outlined elsewhere in this presentation. Her career in telecommunications dates back to the period immediately prior to the 1984 Modified Final Judgment that resulted in AT&T’s divestiture of its local traffic subsidiaries.
Moving forward with AT&T during the transition period following the divestiture, Mrs. Peters occupied senior marketing leadership positions for AT&T until 2004, at which time she left to become more active in Spatial Data, being recently tapped to head up the national marketing program for Vixxi.
In addition to numerous graduate level business training accreditations, Peters holds a BA Degree in Spanish Literature and MA degree in Speech Pathology, both from University of Kansas. She is a Professional Member of the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the American Marketing Association.
Bucky Wallace, Senior Vice President of Sales
With over 14 years of sales, marketing and business management experience, Mr. Wallace has become a seasoned professional. He has a track record of accomplishments such as building new markets, driving revenue growth and improving market positions for industry leaders such as Landmark Communications, XO Communications, and MCI. Being a strategic and tactical thinker, he has demonstrated success in creating direction, seizing market opportunities and establishing strong relationships to further business development.
Wallace has built and led highly motivated sales teams achieving record-setting levels of productivity and profitability in very competitive environments. Most recently, he held the position as President and General Manager for a Landmark Communications Company in south Florida, leading his $6M business unit through an acquisition and integration.
Wallace was awarded a Bachelors Degree from La Salle University and will live in Denver, CO with his wife and 2 year old son.
Mary Tuten, Vice President of Service Delivery
Tuten joined Vixxi Solutions in 2008 and is responsible for implementations, customer satisfaction and process efficiencies. She brings more than 17 years of Service Delivery experience in the telecommunications and technology industries. Before joining the Vixxi team Tuten was Vice President of Operations Support at Telwares, a provider of telecommunications spend management solutions. While there she drove significant improvements in process, which resulted in higher customer satisfaction and considerable reduction in operational expenses.
Tim Gray is a Web Editor for TMCnet, covering news in the IP communications, call center and customer relationship management industries. To read more of Tim�s articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Tim Gray