Jim O’Brien – Chief Executive Officer
Mr. O’Brien was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Rise Broadband in June 2018, after previously serving as President / Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Customer Operations. Mr. O’Brien provides leadership for Rise Broadband to develop, implement and communicate business strategies, tactics and objectives to maximize operating results.
Mr. O’Brien has 20+ years’ experience driving operational performance with deep industry knowledge and a strong track record of driving operational improvements. Mr. O’Brien is highly adept at uncovering key process improvement opportunities and can drive change management initiatives that greatly affect the overall profitability of organizations.
Previously Mr. O’Brien served as EVP and Chief Operations Officer with Birch Communications; EVP Infrastructure, Engineering and Operations with Earthlink; EVP Operations with Deltacom; and SVP of Operations and ICG.
Jeff Kohler – Co-Founder, Chief Development Officer, and Director
Mr. Kohler co-founded JAB Broadband (Rise Broadband’s parent company) in 2005, serves on the Board of Directors and is the company’s Chief Development Officer; responsible for all merger, acquisition and corporate development activities. Under his leadership, more than 100 companies have been acquired since the company was formed.
With 20+ years of wireless industry experience, Mr. Kohler previously served as Director of Corporate Finance and M&A with GVC Capital LLC, where he focused on mergers, acquisitions and capital formation within the wireless industry.
Mr. Kohler was also CEO and Founder of Reason, Inc., a wireless management services company which was acquired by InPhonic (formerly NASDAQ:INPC) in 2002. Furthermore, he held senior positions with AT&T Wireless and McCaw Cellular Communications.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors and the FCC Committee for the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA), is Co-Founder and Director of WISP PAC (www.wisppac.org), is a Voting Member of the Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI) and is active in advocacy efforts with both the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as well as the U.S. Congress. Mr. Kohler received his MBA from Regis University (Denver) and BS/BA from the University of Denver.