A Decade of Operational Success … and Counting
Peerless Network is managed by a team of individuals with deep expertise in the telecommunications industry. The combination of their talents across a variety of disciplines, including technology, operations, strategy, sales and marketing, provides the structure for a world-class organization.
John Barnicle has 30 years of leadership experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to founding Peerless Network, John was President and Chief Executive Officer of Lynch Interactive Corp. where he led the effort to take the company private. Under his leadership the firm grew non-regulated revenue streams on a 20% annual pace and reduced the company’s reliance on USF (Universal Service Fund) financial support.
Prior to Lynch Interactive Corp., John served as Co-founder, President and Chief Operating Officer of Neutral Tandem Inc. which he helped grow from inception to an annualized revenue run rate of over $40 million in just 20 months. Under John’s control, Neutral Tandem became EBITDA positive within 12 months of providing service. His leadership established the foundation for the company’s successful Initial Public Offering in November 2007.
Prior to Neutral Tandem, John was Co-founder, President and Chief Operating Officer of Focal Communications Corp. With direct responsible for all day-to-day activities of the company, John grew Focal to over $350M in annualized revenue in less than six years, guided the company to an operating profit in its first full year of operations and was involved in raising over $800 million in capital during that period, including a successful IPO in July 1999. John also held executive management roles at MFS Communications, Duff and Phelps Credit Rating Company and Centel Corporation.
Mr. Barnicle earned an M.B.A. in Finance from DePaul University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis on RF communications systems from the University of Illinois at Champaign.
Lisa B. Neimark has over 30 years of technical experience in finance and accounting and extensive practical experience transforming companies through mergers and acquisitions and organic revenue growth. Lisa has driven results by advising CEOs, boards of directors, senior executives, lenders and shareholders of public and privately held companies in complex transactions and financial and operational matters. She has been responsible for leading the execution of strategic transactions throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia and is consistently recognized as a dedicated, collaborative and principled leader with strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
Lisa has held CFO position at PSL North America, Palm Bay Academy, Johnson Publishing Company and other major companies. In addition, she has held executive level positions with firms such as Duff & Phelps, Macquarie Capital, Capstone Advisory Group and Ernst & Young Corporate Finance.
Lisa has a B.S. from Indiana University in Accountancy and successfully completed the Executive Program at Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University.
Scott Kell has nearly 20 years of experience providing the telecommunications industry with innovative products and services. In his current role as Executive Vice President of Operations, Scott is responsible for network engineering, provisioning, translations and cost/margin for all voice services, including VoIP and related 911 ESGW services.
Previously, Scott was Vice President of Voice Operations for Broadwing Communications where he oversaw the post-acquisition engineering and operational integration of the local and long distance networks of Focal Communications and Broadwing Communications into a single network entity (Broadwing acquired Focal Communications in 2004). Scott also directed the implementation of Broadwing’s first VoIP network and the introduction of all resulting Broadwing products to the marketplace.
Scott has a B.S.E.E. from Purdue University, a M.S. in Telecommunications Management from SMU and a M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
RicK has 25 years of award-winning business building experience including launching of new technologies and products, creating local and national marketing programs, acquiring new customers and directly impacting corporate margins by increasing gross revenues. Rick has developed, sold, supported, engineered and implemented customer solutions that achieved high-margin revenues and his experience includes Fortune 500, affinity and wholesale market segments.
As Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for TeleGuam Holdings, Rick was responsible for developing sales and support teams and interconnections agreements while selling mobile, long distance, data and local services. Rick’s efforts included the development of national, business and residential account teams focused on revenue generation while maintaining margins in excess of 75%. Rick has held senior management positions with Focal Communications Corporation and MCI.
Rick earned a B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1985 and a M.B.A. from DePaul University.