Jack Koo – President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director
Mr. Koo has more than 25 years of executive experience in the telecommunications and corporate finance industries. Before joining Rise in 2008, Mr. Koo co-founded FrontierVision Partners, L.P., where he served as Executive Vice President and CFO and was later responsible for the company’s operations. FrontierVison was built from a start-up and grew to 700,000 subscribers, becoming a top 10 cable television multiple system operator in four years. FrontierVision was sold to Adelphia Communications in 1999.
Mr. Koo is a principal of Koo Ventures LLC, making private investments. He previously served as Executive Vice President and CFO of WINfirst, a Fiber-to-the-Home broadband service provider, which was sold to Surewest Communications. He also worked for eleven years specializing in telecommunications and media finance for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (“CIBC”) and Bank of New England (now Bank of America). At CIBC, Mr. Koo co-founded the Mezzanine Finance Group.
He received a BA in Communications from Vanderbilt University.
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.
Al Fosbenner – Senior Vice President / Finance & Accounting
Mr. Fosbenner has direct responsibility for all of Rise Broadband’s accounting, finance and treasury management since joining the company in 2014.
With 20 years of experience in the broadband industry, Mr. Fosbenner has served in senior financial and operational roles in well-known cable television as well as fixed wireless and interactive television organizations including FrontierVision Partners, WINfirst, i1 Network, Liberty Global, United Artists Entertainment and United Cable Television.
From 2004 to 2014, Mr. Fosbenner managed all financial, operations administrative and support functions as Vice President – Accounting & Administration for Matrix North America Construction, a large national union construction and maintenance contractor.
Mr. Fosbenner received a BS in Accounting from Philadelphia University. He has passed both the CPA and CMA exams.