Board of Directors


Paul McGinn

With a background in real estate and corporate development, Paul has worked in the mobile tower industry for over 20 years. Prior to joining Neutral Connect Networks, he was the Vice President of Corporate Development at Vertical Bridge. Previously, Paul was the CEO of CiG Wireless Corporation for over three years and successfully merged CiG into Vertical Bridge. Prior to CiG, he founded and led TCP Communications as its CEO, bringing it to a successful sale with a portfolio of over 250 towers. In the early years, he worked for SBA Communication as Director of Acquisitions. As an entrepreneur and business leader, Paul has successfully built and developed numerous businesses in the real estate and retail arena before making the cell tower industry the focus of his career.

 

Tyler Kratz

Tyler founded DAS Communications, the predecessor to NCN, in 2011. Prior to founding NCN, Tyler was a sole principal engaged in buying, leasing, selling and assigning wireless spectrum at one point controlling over 250,000,000 MHz/POPs. Tyler oversaw the construction of wireless systems on limited amounts of this spectrum in different parts of the US and still maintains spectrum holdings and operating networks. Prior to his work in the telecommunications industry, Tyler practiced securities law and acted as an analyst in the investment banking and hedge fund sectors. Tyler is member of the California and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Bars and is a charterholder of the CFA distinction.

 

Brian Clark

Brian joined M/C Partners in 2001 and has focused on investment opportunities in the mobile, broadband infrastructure and IoT sectors. Formally he had primary responsibility for M/C's investments in Lightower Fiber Networks, Mobi PCS, Triad 700, Cellular One of East Texas and Public Mobile. Previous board seats include Mobi PCS (sold to Verizon), Lightower (sold to Berkshire Partners), Cellular One of East Texas (sold to Chinook Wireless) and Public Mobile (sold to Telus), and he also previously held an observer Board of Director seat at MetroPCS (IPO). Prior to joining M/C, he worked in Corporate Finance in the Global Telecommunications Group at Salomon Smith Barney, where he focused on M&A and fundraising activity in the wireline and wireless segments of the telecommunications industry. Brian received a BBA with dual concentrations in Finance and Accounting and a Masters in Accounting with distinction from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

 

James Wade

As Managing Partner of M/C Partners, Mr. Wade leads the investment process including determining sector focus, seeking out management teams, founding new companies and working with financial sources that provide debt and equity capital to grow companies. In addition to Neutral Connect Networks, he serves on the boards of directors of Open Mobile, Involta, and Thrive. Previous board seats include Lightower Holdings (sold to Berkshire Partners), MetroPCS (IPO), Cavalier Telephone (sold to PAETEC), NuVox Communications (sold to WindStream), Attenda (sold to Darwin Private Equity), Brooks Fiber Properties (IPO and sale to AT&T Wireless), Triad Communications (sold to T-Mobile) and Melita. James graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in Finance and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

Stephen Bye

Stephen is the President and CTO of Cellular South, Inc. (C Spire). He has more than 24 years of engineering, operations, product development, business planning and marketing experience with telecom, cable and wireless service providers. Previously, he served as the CTO of Sprint Corporation. Stephen was responsible for Sprint’s access and roaming, network planning, technology research & development, corporate strategy, development and engineering and spectrum. Stephen and his organization drove Sprint’s corporate, technology and spectrum strategy and planning, core and RAN network architecture and planning, network and technology development and integration, global standards, innovation labs and field integration testing. Prior roles include Vice President of Wireless at Cox Communications Inc. and Executive Director of Converged Services at AT&T. He was employed at inCode Wireless and BellSouth International in the U.S. and was also employed with operations of BellSouth International in Israel, Germany, Denmark, Peru, Venezuela and Argentina. Prior to joining BellSouth International in 1997, he was employed at Optus Communications and Telstra in Australia. He is a veteran of the Royal Australian Navy. He serves on the advisory board for Sutter Hill Ventures and has served on the boards of numerous industry groups over the years. He has been the Vice Chairman of Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions since November 2012 and serves as its Director. He serves as a Vice Chairman of The Competitive Carriers Association. James is a Chartered Engineer, a Senior Member of IEEE and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK). He graduated from the University of Tasmania in Australia in 1990 with a BE and honors in Electrical Engineering and has a B.Sc. with honors in Banking and Finance from the London School of Economics.