VERTICOM’s mission is to complete projects on time, on budget, and at the highest level of quality – all without compromising safety.
Jeff graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Finance. He worked for Kimberly-Clark for five years as a cost and financial analyst. Jeff transferred to Dallas with Kimberly-Clark to attend graduate school at the University of Dallas. He earned his MBA in International Management in two years going to night school. After Kimberly-Clark, Jeff joined Ernst & Young’s Engineering, Construction and Real Estate consulting practice where he worked for David Stanford for five years. Jeff’s consulting clients included JPI, Hillwood Development Company, Trammell Crow, Insignia, AIMCO, Sprint, as well as many others. Jeff left Ernst & Young in May of 2000 to pursue independent consulting and did so until September of 2000 when he joined a St. Louis-based wireless infrastructure company as their Chief Operating Officer.
In 2001, Jeff founded VERTICOM to service the growing need for a professional Wireless Infrastructure Services company in the South. Under his leadership, the company has grown from four people to a team of over 140 strong with a reputation for being the best and safest at what we do. He also led the implementation of the employee benefits program which includes a company matching 401k plan. He became the President of the Texas State Wireless Association in 2014 and is actively involved with several charities including The First Tee of Greater Dallas of which he serves on the Board of Governors.
Vice President of Engineering and Integration
Don joined VERTICOM in 2016 as the Vice President of Engineering. With his extensive knowledge and trusted reputation, Don will be leading our design and engineering initiatives that allows our customers to successfully operate their Macro and DAS networks. Don has over 29 years of experience in the wireless industry, and is also a member of the Wireless Infrastructure Association Innovation and Technology Committee, where he has worked on several industry white papers in that capacity.
Prior to joining VERTICOM, Don started his career working as a technician in the Public Safety and LMR two way radio industry. In 1994, Don was hired as a System Performance Engineer on the iDEN Network by Fleet Call, later to be renamed Nextel. After twenty two years in a variety of RF Engineering positions, Don left Sprint in 2007 to start a regional RF Engineering and implementation company focused on DAS networks. In 2012, Don sold this company to SAC Wireless. SAC wireless was purchased in 2014 by NOKIA Networks and Systems. He graduated college with a degree in Electrical Engineering from DeVry University.
Dean joined VERTICOM in 2016 as the Director of Operations for the Construction Service Line. He is an operations leader who delivers results, optimizes resources and drives change on project and business initiatives. Dean has extensive project, construction and leadership experience with over 20 years in the construction and wireless industry. He holds a strong reputation of integrity while completing complex wireless telecom projects, excelling in a fast-paced industry with both national and global teams.
Prior to joining VERTICOM, Dean gained experience holding senior level positions with American Tower, two major global OEM’s, and executive level positions for national turn-key services companies. Dean has been directly responsible for the delivery of large scale carrier network rollout programs nationally and abroad with experience reaching in to Puerto Rico, Mexico and Panama / Central America.
Director, Real Estate Services
Richard joined VERTICOM in 2013 and currently serves as the Director of the Real Estate Service Line. He is responsible for developing customer relationships, qualifying and assigning projects to internal resources, as well as subcontractors and overall day to day project management. In addition, Richard handles all service line bidding and estimating, verifies the quality of all SOW deliverables and has responsibility for company-wide and market based financial objectives as they relate to Real Estate. Our Real Estate team currently manages not only traditional macro sites but also DAS and small cell build outs.
Prior to joining VERTICOM, Richard gained extensive knowledge of the site acquisition processes as a Manger within the Wireless Telecom industry. He has worked as both a Site Acquisition Manager and a Project Manager for several telecom companies including Nexlink GS, Baran Telecom-O2 Wireless, WFI, Delta Groups Engineering and MasTec Wireless North America. Richard’s experience also includes overseeing construction and managing site development services on numerous projects throughout the Midwest and Southern states.
Doug joined VERTICOM in 2003 as a Project Manager and become the Vice President of Operations for the Construction Service Line in 2011. He has over 15 years of wireless industry experience and currently serves as the company’s Vice President. He is responsible for making sure our customers receive value from the solutions we provide. These solutions include Engineering, Real Estate, Construction, Integration, Maintenance and Staff Augmentation services. Doug has extensive experience in the deployment of wireless networks and a unique ability to lead diversified teams. In addition to his deployment responsibilities, Doug currently leads our company wide Sales initiatives and is focused on executing our geographic, customer and service line growth plan.
Prior to joining VERTICOM, Doug gained experience in operations management, service development, program management and customer support with various companies. He worked as a Project Manager for a nationwide telecom construction and installation company. He has also managed telecom construction and installations across the country for multiple customers including US Unwired, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, Nortel, Lucent and Ericsson.
Ben Buck, Regional Manager, Oklahoma & Arkansas Markets
Regional Manager, Oklahoma & Arkansas Markets
Ben joined VERTICOM in 2006 and currently serves as the AROK Market Regional Project Manager for the Construction Service Line. He is located in the Oklahoma City office and is responsible for the Oklahoma and Arkansas markets. Ben oversees the A & L as well as the civil construction phases of each site. He performs bid walks, equipment layout design assessments and tower audits. All Construction Managers in the Oklahoma and Arkansas markets report directly to him.
Prior to joining VERTICOM, Ben worked in all phases of construction. One of the most memorable projects he was involved in was the microwave installation and path design for Alcatel Lucent on the “Homeland Defense” project after the tragedy of 9/11. Ben is certified by Comtrain and Anritsu.
Brian Coughenour, Regional Manager, Houston Market
Regional Manager, Houston Market
Brian joined VERTICOM in 2014 after serving six years as the Gulf States Regional Operations Manager for USTS. Prior to becoming the Houston Market Regional Project Manager, Brian served as VERTICOM’s Senior Project Manager for the Sprint and Crown Small Cell projects in Houston. Brian has more than 25 years of experience in the telecom industry, with 17 years in Western Europe rolling out new cellular networks for Nokia, Ericsson, Nortel and ALU which included SDH and PDH microwave back haul infrastructures. Brian is a Desert Shield / Storm Veteran with the 3/187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division.
Brian Hays, Regional Manager, Austin & San Antonio Markets
Regional Manager, Austin & San Antonio Markets
Brian originally joined VERTICOM in 2005 and worked as a Project Manager in the Dallas Office for five years. In 2014, he joined the team again as the Austin / San Antonio Market Regional Project Manager for the Construction Service Line. He is located in the San Antonio office. Brian oversees the A & L, as well as the civil construction phases of each site. He performs bid walks, equipment layout design assessments and tower audits. All Construction Managers in the Austin and San Antonio markets report directly to him.
Prior to joining VERTICOM, Brian gained over 19 years of experience in the tower industry as a Construction Manager, Project Manager and Scoping Engineer. Brian also brings experience in UMTS upgrades, LTE upgrades, scoping LTE, reviewing tower audits, site acquisition management and training tower crews.
Bobby Henderson, Project Manager, NTX Market, Construction Services
Project Manager, NTX Market
Bobby joined VERTICOM in 2010 and currently serves as a Project Manager for Construction Services in the Dallas office. He is responsible for RF and equipment installation scopes of work, including work on AT&T UMTS and LTE, Sprint LTE, T-Mobile and American Tower Corporation. He performs bid walks, equipment layout design assessments and tower audits. All RF Construction Managers report directly to him.
Prior to joining VERTICOM, Bobby worked as an Operations Manager for five years at a local crane company managing the cellular division. Prior to the crane company, Bobby managed the cellular division of an electrical company. Bobby began in the industry as a tower hand and has over 20 years of industry experience installing cell sites. Additionally, Bobby is Comtrain and Anritsu certified.
Chad Sigler, Project Manager, NTX Market, Construction Services
Project Manager, NTX Market
Chad joined VERTICOM in 2010 and currently serves as a Project Manager for Construction Services in the Dallas office. Chad manages new site builds, the civil side of all projects in North and South Texas and handles all equipment installs and upgrades. Chad communicates directly with customers on a daily basis to ensure projects are completed safely, accurately and in a timely manner while meeting budget requirements. Additionally, Chad oversees all logistics for arrival and departure of materials in the warehouse in order to accommodate site development and upgrades.
Prior to joining VERTICOM, Chad gained extensive experience working for an engineering company doing new site builds and over builds.
Jeff Morgan, Project Manager, NTX Market, Construction Services
Project Manager, NTX Market
Jeff joined VERTICOM in 2013 and currently serves as a Project Manager in our Dallas office. Jeff’s responsibilities include gathering close-out documents from Construction Managers overseeing each site. He also handles AAV documents and various other daily tasks as needed by Project Managers and Construction Managers.
Prior to joining VERTICOM, Jeff worked as a Project Manager/Tower Division for five years in the Microwave field. Jeff also spent four years in the Oil & Gas field installing Microwave Towers in various locations across the Southern United States.
At VERTICOM, we believe that giving back to the community is one of the cornerstones of a successful business. Listed below are some of the worthwhile organizations that we proudly support.
VERTICOM is a proud member of the following organizations
The V Foundation for Cancer Research
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball couch and ESPN commentator. The foundation has awarded over $115 million to facilities nationwide and awards 100% of all direct cash donations and event proceeds to cancer research.
Operation Finally Home
Operation Finally Home is an organization devoted to helping Americans honor and thank wounded and disabled veterans and widows of fallen soldiers by providing them with custom made mortgage free homes. The effort of Operation Finally Home allows veterans to get their lives back on track and become productive members of their communities.
PwC SMU Athletic Forum
The PwC SMU Athletic Forum is a community outreach program used to recognize athletes who have achieved great success in their respectable sport. The program also allows the community to support athletes through scholarships and operating initiatives at SMU. The PwC SMU Athletic Forum also holds the Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet every year to recognize an outstanding collegiate football player who not only shows success on the field, but also is in good academic standing and is on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification. VERTICOM is a proud participant and sponsor of the SMU Athletic Forum.