Meet the Team
Paul McGinn, CEO
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, Founder & Head of Business Development
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.
Ira Levy, CFO
Ira Levy served as the CFO at iWireless until joining NCN/5Bars where he headed financial, regulatory, real estate and administration functions for iWireless, a $100M business unit which was majority owned by T-Mobile. Prior to iWireless Ira lead Mozido fund raising efforts where he raised over $200M to launch the MVNO e-commence business across the USA, Caribbean, Mexico, Latin America, China, Australia and Africa. Ira has more than 30 years of progressive senior financial leadership experience in the wireless industrystarting from his early days at Houston Cellular, Southern Cellular, Primeco, Verizon and Metro PCS.
Brian Porter, SVP of Sales and Operations
Hired in 2017, Brian leads NCN’s sales and operations efforts. Brian brings 20 years of telecom experience with a focus on sales management, account management, product marketing, contract negotiations, product development and product strategy planning. Prior roles include Vice President of In-Building Systems at Ericsson, Chief Operating Officer at STI Brasil, and Vice President of New Products at American Tower.
Bruce Banigan, II, Vice President of Business Development
Bruce is a 20 year veteran of the wireless and wireline telecom industry and was part of the leading sales teams at Sprint and Level 3 servicing large enterprise customers. Bruce has been instrumental in leading large telematics projects as well as DAS build outs in some of the largest manufacturing sites in the U.S. Bruce previously served as a Naval Aviator in the United States Marine Corps where his assignments included serving as the pilot of Marine One and Leading Combat operations in Africa and in the Middle East. Bruce has a Bachelor’s degree from Cal State Long Beach and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Alessandro Feitosa, Vice President Solutions Engineering
Alessandro serves as Vice President Solutions Engineering. He brings 15 years of experience and expertise in the sports and technology space. He has led strategic pursuits and deployments across the globe. Alessandro has been involved with the design, engineering, installation and management of high density Wi-Fi networks, including World Cup Soccer, MLB, NHL and NBA facilities as well as dozens of stadiums worldwide. Previosuly, Alessandro held key technology roles at Nokia, Cisco, Juniper Networks and Ruckus Wireless. He was directly involved with the first GSM, 3G and 4G mobile networks in Latin America and Europe. Alessandro holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from CEFET, and an MBA in Business Management, from FGV, both in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English.