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The Executive Team

The V1 Fiber executive management team has over 70 years of combined telecom, operations, and construction experience and is supported by top-trained field supervisors and technicians.

Frank Del Col

President & CEO

Frank Del Col is a Senior Executive with more than 35 years of success across the telecom wireless, wireline, and infrastructure industries. Leveraging extensive experience guiding operations and deployment for telecom companies ranging from start-ups to large enterprises, he is a valuable asset for companies in the telecom/high-tech sectors working on growth plans and in need of a turnaround. Frank holds a BSEET in Engineering from Davenport University in Toronto. He has previously held board positions with Trintel, Sage Holdings, TAG Mobile, and TrueNet. His broad areas of expertise include engineering, operations, deployment, general management, restructuring, M&A, start-ups, mobile devices, CRM, Software tools, vendor management, and managed services.

Throughout his executive career, Frank has held leadership positions at ViaOne Fiber, LambdaLite Engineering, Ericsson, TrueNet Communications, TAG Mobile Inc., FiberTower, Radian Corporation, Extenet, Trintel Communications, Sprint/Nextel, Unisite, and Verizon Wireless. As President and CEO of ViaOne Fiber, he leads Via One’s latest acquisition to grow the company in the Engineering and Construction services in Wireline and Wireless sectors. This role follows two years as VP of Operations & Head of Fiber Engineering with Ericsson and three years as President & CEO with TrueNet, where he led the turnaround of a company in negative EBITDA to profitability in 18 months and a sale of the portfolio resulting in a 38% return. He previously spent four years as President & CEO of TAG Mobile, three years as Owner/Founder of telecom services private holding company Sage Holdings, and three years as VP of National Deployment with FiberTower. This was preceded by three years as Senior VP of U.S. Operations with Radian, three years as COO & EVP of Services with Trintel, and three years as Regional VP of Engineering and Operations with Sprint/Nextel. 

Ed DeLong

COO

Ed DeLong has over 35 years of wireline and wireless experience, having held leadership roles in companies including executive positions in Byers Engineering, Level 3, Fibertower, Broadwing, Bell Atlantic International Wireless, and Bell Atlantic Mobile. In 2009, Ed co-founded PEG Bandwidth where he served as COO before its sale to Uniti Fiber in 2016 for over $400M, deploying over 13,000 miles of constructed and acquired fiber across 18 states. Most recently, Ed served as Head of North America Fiber Engineering and Construction for Ericsson, leading turnkey fiber buildouts in multiple markets for Google and Verizon, and President of Lightspeed Construction Group.

Walter Rhinehart

Vice President of Business Development

Walter Rhinehart is a veteran in the telecom industry, with a well-established resume spanning three decades. He served as Program Manager for Ericsson for 12 years. His major accomplishments included overseeing the initial rollout of AT&T’s LTE network in Georgia and Verizon’s LTE integration in Florida, among others. Walter also worked for TrueNet Communications, a national infrastructure engineering company serving the broadband, telecommunications, wireless, and enterprise markets. During his tenure with the company, he managed operations in the wireless division and successfully increased annual revenues by 600% through extensive business development.

Most recently, Walter served as Vice President for KMM Logistics and Network Services where he was responsible for acquiring new contracts with Sprint, Ansco, MasTec, T-Mobile, Black & Veatch, and Verizon. At KMM, he led the addition of new divisions such as a fiber construction group and generated a new engineering business, which grew the company footprint to new markets in Ohio, Tennessee, Washington, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. Walter’s experience supports the wireless, wireline, technical, and managed services V1 Fiber offers as well as the rapid growth and expansion of V1 Fiber into new markets. 

Eric Brown

VP of Finance

Eric Brown is an accomplished senior executive with more than 15 years of success in executive management serving as CFO, COO, and CEO.  Currently, he serves as Vice President of Finance for V1Fiber where he is responsible for all financial functions of the company.Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree from the University of Utah and an MBA from the University of Rochester with concentrations in Finance and Accounting. Throughout his career, Mr. Brown has held senior management positions at companies in various industries including energy, manufacturing, tech, and software as a service (SAS). 

Prior to joining V1Fiber, Mr. Brown spent two years with Viaone Services as COO of their public portfolio company Good Gaming, Inc (stock ticker GMER). Prior to Viaone Services, he co-founded and served as CEO of Utility Rewards a SAS company that provided rewards services to utility companies. Previously, he co-founded two sister companies, Discount Energy and Hawk Energy, which competed in the deregulated energy marketplace in New York and Pennsylvania respectively. He has also served as President of Schmidt Structural Steel, a Pennsylvania, structural steel manufacturer. Prior to that, he had various positions in the investment banking industry, including leveraged finance, and energy trading.

Dean Martens

VP of Operations

Dean is a veteran in the aerial and underground construction industry with more than 40 years of experience and a well-established resume building infrastructure throughout the world.  His areas of expertise include operations, deployment, vendor management, recruiting, and training.  

Dean has held multiple executive leadership positions with companies including Lightspeed Construction Group, Quanta Telecom, Ericcson, and The Charles Machine Works Inc.

Leveraging extensive experience guiding operations, deployment, and building self-perform teams he’s an asset for companies that have aggressive growth plans or need a turn around.   

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