Richard Licursi (Chairman of the Board)
Mr. Licursi is the CEO and co-founder of Spectrum Bridge, a company created to facilitate the sale and acquisition of licensed wireless spectrum. He was also a co-founder, President and CEO of MeshNetworks Inc., which became recognized as the global leader in ad hoc peer-to-peer mobile broadband communications. After Motorola’s acquisition of MeshNetworks in 2004, Mr. Licursi held the position of Vice President and Director of Operations for the Mesh Product Group. Over the past forty years, he has served as President and CEO of AUXCO, Cincinnati Bell Information Systems (CBIS), SHL/Systemhouse, Phoenix Wireless Group, and others. While at MeshNetworks, Mr. Licursi received the Abacus Award in September 2003, for the “Florida High Tech Small Company CEO of the Year.” He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.
Dean Fresonke (Director, SVP Business Development)
As co-founder of ClearSky, Mr. Fresonke drove the introduction of entertainment services and downloadable content to wireless carriers in the U.S. and Latin America. He also founded Data on Air, Inc. in 1995 to help wireless carriers launch the first generation of wireless data services. When Data on Air was acquired by Brience in 2000, he served as Executive Vice President of its Carrier Services Division. Mr. Fresonke graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a Masters degree in robotic engineering, and started his career at Bell Laboratories, managing software development for semiconductor plants in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
Osmo Hautanen (Director)
A recognized leader in managing and organizing operations for major international companies as well as start-ups, Mr. Hautanen is currently CEO of Magnolia Broadband. Earlier, he served as the CEO of Fenix LLC, the holding company for Union Pacific Corporation’s extensive portfolio of technology assets, as well as CEO of Formus Communications, an international wireless communications company, and was President of the Americas for Philips Consumer Communications. An 18-year veteran of Nokia, Mr. Hautanen built a new division for Personal Communications Services in 1994, which led Nokia’s dominance in the North American handset market. Mr. Hautanen holds a BSEE from the Technical College of Varkaus in Finland and an MBA from Georgia State University. He is fluent in Finnish, German and English.
Bill Poellmitz (Director, President & CEO)
A co-founder of ClearSky, Mr. Poellmitz played a major role in defining the “hosted services” business model that has been the primary source of revenue since 1999. Earlier, he co-founded Cerulean Technology, developer of mobile data software for law enforcement, where he served as CFO and VP Marketing. Three years after venture funding was completed, Cerulean was sold for $150 million. Mr. Poellmitz also served as a committee chair in the CDPD Forum and was co-founder and co-chairman of the WAP Developer Expert Group of the WAP Forum. From 1988 to 1995, he served as a Board Member for three cellular companies in the Caribbean. Mr. Poellmitz earned degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics and speaks several languages.
Rich Rudow (Director)
Currently, Mr. Rudow is General Manager of Trimble Outdoors, which provides GPS applications on cell phones for the consumer outdoor recreation market. Earlier, he was President and CEO of PROLINK, the leading provider of GPS based distance measurement and golf course management solutions. Later, he became President and CEO of GRID DATA, a leading provider of GPS based fleet management solutions, which was sold to Trimble Navigation (NASDAQ: TRMB) in 2001. Over the years, Mr. Rudow has built crucial business relationships with prominent U.S. companies, analyzed investment opportunities, raised $40 million in venture financing to fund his start-up businesses, and has been a Director of six start-up companies. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from DeVry in 1985, and has done graduate work in Engineering at Arizona State University. He currently holds 8 U.S. patents.