Chief Executive Officer
Paul Pierron became FiberLight’s Chief Executive Officer in 2014. As CEO, Mr. Pierron oversees the day-to-day activities of FiberLight’s Sales, Marketing, Operations and Finance departments and is responsible for the company's overall growth strategy and corporate culture. Under his direction, FiberLight has secured a number of major sales wins, enhanced internal systems and procedures and implemented aggressive growth plans for each of our markets.
Mr. Pierron brings 39 years of telecommunications and business experience to his position with FiberLight. He previously served in leadership roles with AT&T, SBC, Sprint, Nuvox, LightCore and Xspedius. Prior to becoming FiberLight's CEO, he also served as Chief Operating Officer for the company.
Chief Financial Officer
Kevin Coyne is a founding member of the FiberLight team. In his capacity as CFO, Mr. Coyne manages the day-to-day activities of the organization's Finance, Legal and Human Resources departments.
Before joining ACSI NT in 1998, Kevin was with Deloitte & Touche, LLP. He worked for 10 years as a public accountant serving high exposure clients such as Nextel and Cendant Corporation. At the end of 2002, he joined Internap Network Services Corporation as Vice President of Finance where he restructured $25 million of capital leases and participated in a $10 million common pipe transaction.
Mr. Coyne earned his MS in Taxation at University of Baltimore and his BS in Accounting at Towson State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Chief Strategy Officer
Ron Kormos is a founding member of FiberLight and has been with the organization since 2000. After serving as FiberLight's Chief Development Officer for five years, Mr. Kormos was promoted to President of Texas Operations in 2013 and named FiberLight's Chief Strategy Officer in 2014. Mr. Kormos began his FiberLight career as Vice President of Construction with FiberLight's predecessor ACSI NT, in 2000. With ACSI NT and Xspedius Communications, he also served as Vice President of Operations.
Mr. Kormos is a 30 year veteran of the utility construction industry, with a specialized background in the placing, splicing and testing of fiber optics. He also has 20 years of experience in operational budgeting and contract management.
Chief Development Officer
John Schmitt began his FiberLight career in 1997 as a Sales Account Executive with our predecessor ACSI NT, specializing in POTS lines, Dedicated Access Lines and Integrated Circuits. Since then, he has served in many leadership roles within the organization, including Regional VP of Sales, VP of Business Development and Senior VP of Carrier Sales and Business Development. He became FiberLight's Chief Development Officer in 2013.
As CDO, Mr. Schmitt is responsible for FiberLight’s strategic direction and business development management, as well as all large network expansion activities in pursuit of key projects.
Executive Vice President of Operations
Kristine Kropp joined FiberLight as Executive Vice President of Customer Operations in 2014. Ms. Kropp is responsible for FiberLight’s Network Operations Center which manages customer care and network monitoring, surveillance and repair. She is also oversees FiberLight’s Service Delivery, Network Engineering and Documentation, IT and Back-Office Systems, Sales Support and Customer Care teams.
Ms. Kropp is a 15-year veteran of the telecommunications industry with a specialized background in executive leadership of network operations, service delivery, customer maintenance, order coordination, back-office systems, sales support and customer care/experience. Prior to joining FiberLight, Ms. Kropp was Vice President of tw telecom’s Network Operations Center located in St. Louis, MO. She has also held leadership roles at Xspedius, LightCore, New Edge Networks, Nuvox, Emerson Electric, Xilinx Semiconductors and Hewlett-Packard.
Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing
David Spitznagel joined FiberLight as Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing in 2013. In this capacity, he manages the day-to-day operations of the Enterprise and Carrier Sales teams and oversees FiberLight's Marketing department.
Prior to joining FiberLight, Mr. Spitznagel served as General Manager of CenturyTel's CLEC operations and led LightCore’s (a CenturyTel Company) Major Enterprise Sales group. He began his telecommunications career with general management and sales leadership positions in several entrepreneurial ventures including Digital Teleport, New Edge Networks and Gabriel Communications. Additionally, Mr. Spitznagel is a US Navy veteran who served 8 years as an Aviator.
Mr. Spitznagel holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The University of Missouri in Columbia and a MBA from Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.
Executive Vice President of Engineering Services
Jeff Chapman, Executive Vice President of Engineering Services, is responsible for FiberLight’s network architecture and engineering. Mr. Chapman manages the company’s planning, design, implementation and support activities related to our high capacity Ethernet and DWDM networks throughout our markets. He brings to this role a career of progressive telecommunications and technology experience in providing network solutions for carriers and enterprise carriers, including wireless service providers.
Mr. Chapman has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years. Prior to joining FiberLight, Mr. Chapman held various executive and leadership roles with AT&T, New Edge Networks, Lightcore, Suddenlink and PEG Bandwidth.
Senior Vice President of Carrier Sales
As FiberLight's Senior Vice President of Carrier Sales, Larry Wilson is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the company's Wholesale Carrier Sales group. Mr. Wilson is a 25-year veteran of the telecommunications industry and has provided executive leadership within sales, operations, engineering and marketing roles. His critical thinking and ability to adapt quickly to changing markets has provided significant sales growth throughout his career.
Prior to joining FiberLight, Mr. Wilson held various leadership positions with companies such as PEG Bandwidth, MCI, New Edge Networks, Brooks Fiber, Level 3 and Covad. Mr. Wilson is a veteran of the US Air Force.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Tony Cash has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years. Prior to becoming FiberLight's General Counsel in 2012, he previously held positions with AT&T and Bell South, co-founded and served as General Counsel for technology licensing company Fero Networks and practiced law privately for 10 years.
Mr. Cash attended Clemson University (B.A.), Furman University (M.B.A.) and Georgia State University (J.D.).
Mr Cash is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the American Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in the following courts: Georgia Superior Courts, Georgia Court of Appeals, Supreme Court of Georgia, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.