Management Team

Brett Lindsey, President and Chief Executive Officer

blindsey@everstream.net

Brett Lindsey was named President and CEO of Everstream in February 2014. Previously as Chief Operations Officer of OneCommunity, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming Northeast Ohio’s economy, Brett oversaw the $100 million expansion of the network that powers Everstream. He brings more than 20 years of experience in successful operations management and business development efforts for venture-backed organizations to the Fortune 500. Brett has extensive experience in the telecom industry, having served as President of Elantic Telecom and Chief Operations Officer of Vox Mobile. He also held executive management positions with City Signal Communications, Qwest Communications, XO Communications and Williams Communication Systems.

 

Christian Gartner, Chief Financial Officer

cgartner@everstream.net

Christian Gartner joined Everstream in August 2016 as Chief Financial Officer with responsibilities for leading the financial management of the company, including the administration and reconciliation of Everstream’s investment portfolio, asset/liability system and other financial activities. With more than 25 years of experience, Christian served as CFO for a decade in telecommunications and spent 10 years with a $4.5 billion multinational transportation company. He has assisted with numerous acquisitions and divestitures, helping to finance nearly $6 billion in deals to date. Christian holds an MBA in Finance from Xavier University and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Miami University. He also is a Certified Public Accountant.

 

Chuck Girt, Chief Technology Officer

cgirt@everstream.net

As the Chief Technology Officer, Chuck Girt is responsible for the development, growth and management of the Everstream network infrastructure. Most recently, Chuck served as Chief Technology Officer for OneCommunity, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming Northeast Ohio’s economy. He also has held engineering and technology positions throughout his career, including National Director of Engineering and Operations for Adelphia Commercial Services as well as Director of Midwest Operations and Core Developer for Northpoint DSL. Chuck holds a PhD in theoretical physics, a master’s degree in quantum physics and a bachelor’s degree in electrical and mechanical engineering, all from the University of California at Berkeley.

 

Mikail Shomade, Vice President of Engineering

mshomade@everstream.net

Mikail (Mak) Shomade joined Everstream in 2014 and is responsible for managing network operations, planning, construction and engineering functions. Mak is a veteran of the wired and wireless telecommunications industries, with more than 15 years of experience. Previously, he served as Vice President of Engineering at Birch Communications where he managed a network with more than 200,000 users across 50 states and oversaw acquisition and network integration efforts. Mak also has held management and engineering roles at Cbeyond Inc., Sprint, Level 3 and Rapid Link. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Chemical Engineering and Electronics Engineering and Communication Systems from Clark Atlanta University and DeVry University in Atlanta, respectively.

 

Bill Major, Vice President of Sales and Marketing

bmajor@everstream.net

Bill Major joined Everstream in 2015 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing with responsibility for expanding and leading the company’s SMB, enterprise, carrier and wireless sales efforts. Bill has nearly 20 years of telecommunications and management experience. Prior to joining Everstream, he was responsible for Enterprise Sales at Fibertech Networks, LLC (Lightower), with a territory that included Upstate New York, Indiana and market expansions in Ohio and Michigan. Throughout his career, Bill has successfully built and led sales, management and operations efforts for Windstream, PAETEC, McLeodUSA, LDMI and ICG Communications.

 

Marlene Piatak, Vice President of Finance and Administration

mpiatak@everstream.net

As Vice President of Finance and Administration, Marlene Piatak is responsible for accounting and reporting, financial statement audits, cash flow management, tax projections, and managing the finance and accounting team. Previously, she served as Vice President of Finance and Administration, Controller and Compliance Manager during her tenure with OneCommunity, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming Northeast Ohio’s economy. Additionally Marlene worked in public accounting for 15 years as a principal with Cohen and Company. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Baldwin Wallace University. Marlene also is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA).

 

Pat O’Leary, Executive Vice President and Michigan General Manager

poleary@everstream.net

Pat O’Leary joined Everstream in May 2016 as Executive Vice President and Michigan General Manager, bringing with him extensive experience in the telecommunications industry. As Everstream continues to grow its assets into the Midwest, his expertise will ensure the company enjoys a seamless introduction and transition into the Michigan market and beyond. Throughout his more than 30-year career, Pat has served as CEO of TelNet Worldwide and President and CEO of LDMI Telecommunications along with senior level managerial positions with Allnet Communications and RAM Mobile Data. A native of Ireland, he holds a degree in History and Education from University College in Dublin.