Leadership

First And Foremost It’s All About
Having The Right Team

Bandwidth IG is a disruptive, technologically advanced and dynamic company made up of industry experts who provide quality, reliable solutions that meet the needs of customers as they grow and evolve.

Our senior leadership team creates an approachable and collaborative environment that makes it easy for businesses to work with us.

Jim Nolte
Jim Nolte

CEO

Jim has spent the last 34 years building and running large, complex telecom networks for some of the most demanding enterprise clients in the US and abroad.  As CEO of Bandwidth IG, Jim is responsible for the company’s strategy and development and is truly passionate about helping clients get the most future-proof network available.

Before launching Bandwidth IG, Jim was Senior Vice President of Sales at Zayo Group, LLC, where he was responsible for developing strategy and managing all aspects of sales and customer relations while providing mission-critical infrastructure to many of the Fortune 100 enterprises in the financial services, content, media, healthcare and telecommunications industries.

Prior to Zayo, Jim served as Vice President of Sales for AGL Networks, a dark fiber provider with metro networks in several key data center markets that was acquired by Zayo in 2010. Mr. Nolte started his career at AT&T where he served in various strategy, sales and account management roles and earned his MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

Mark Elder
Mark Elder

CFO

Mark Elder has been guiding emerging, fast-growth companies for most of his career.  As Chief Financial Officer, Mark is responsible for all accounting and financial matters to include establishing company-wide objectives, policies, procedures and practices to ensure our ongoing fiscal strength.

Prior to his role at Bandwidth IG, Mr. Elder was the CFO of CPG Beyond, Inc., a leading data center services company, and its predecessor entity, Canara, Inc.  During his 10 years at CPG Beyond, Mark oversaw the exponential growth of the business through a series of acquisitions and organic growth.

Mark began his career at Montgomery Financial Management, a boutique consulting firm in Silicon Valley, and has since held a number of CFO positions at emerging and high-growth technology companies.  Mark earned his degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego.

Chris Yost
Chris Yost

General Counsel

Christopher Yost is General Counsel of Bandwidth IG and has been making telecom contracts as frictionless as possible for over 20 years.  At Bandwidth IG, Chris’ responsibilities include all commercial sales and vendor agreements, federal and state regulatory matters, underlying rights, real estate and security related matters.

Prior to Bandwidth IG, Chris served as General Counsel of Zayo.  During his tenure at Zayo, Chris managed all aspects of the legal department supporting Zayo’s dark fiber, wireless infrastructure, lit services, and colocation businesses.  Chris led and/or supported Zayo’s substantial domestic and international M&A activity, and led legal diligence and integration of 42 acquisitions.    

Early in his career, Chris served in a variety of legal and executive roles at Level 3 Communications, including Group Vice President of Human Resources (2005-2007), and Vice President of Litigation and Employment (1999-2006).  Chris also spent 5+ years as a litigation, labor and employment associate at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, in the firm’s Washington DC office.  Chris received his B.S in Political Science and Public Administration from Western Michigan University and his J.D. from Catholic University of America Law School in Washington D.C.

Andy Munn
Andy Munn

VP of Operations

Andy has been building fiber optic networks across the U.S. for the last 20 years.   As our VP of Operations at Bandwidth IG, Andy is the person that keeps our crews busy and our network running.  His responsibilities include all aspects of construction management, network surveillance and service delivery.

Andy’s experience includes senior leadership positions on both the carrier and contractor sides of the industry, allowing him to gain extensive knowledge in construction management, network design and engineering.   His ability to build productive relationships with vendors, service providers and especially customers are assets that will serve Bandwidth IG well as we grow.

Prior to his role at Bandwidth IG , Andy was Project Director for Ledcor Technical Services, a diversified construction company that builds and services communications networks. At LTS, he led operations in the execution of an ongoing design-build metro network expansion for Verizon.

Prior to Ledcor, Andy held leadership roles at OnFiber Communications, CenturyLink, Zayo, and G4S Communications.  Andy is a proud supporter of his alma mater, the University of Colorado Buffaloes. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching his sons play on their various sports teams, snowboarding, traveling and maintaining his meticulously landscaped yard.

Emily Bennett
Emily Bennett

VP of Sales

Emily Bennett is VP of Sales at Bandwidth IG.  Throughout her career, Emily has pridefully built long-lived, strategic relationships with clients such as, CyrusOne, QTS, Comcast, Cox Communications, Sprint, British Telecom, and Google by being thoughtful and delivering on her promises.  At Bandwidth IG, Emily is responsible for helping our customers achieve the most reliable network possible by focusing on providing them the highest network diversity and scalability available.

Prior to her role at Bandwidth IG, Ms. Bennett was Director of Sales at Zayo where she constantly sought an in-depth understanding of the needs of a vital account base consisting of data center operators, cable companies, telecom service providers as well as large enterprise clients and delivered on solutions that met them. 

Preceding Zayo, Emily built key customer relationships at AGL Networks, a metro dark fiber provider where she learned the value of buried infrastructure and gained her deep appreciation for telecom construction.  Prior to AGL, Emily was the southeast sales director for Metromedia Fiber Network, predecessor of Abovenet, which was later acquired by Zayo.

John Siegel
John Siegel

Board Member

John is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Bandwidth Infrastructure Group, euNetworks, eX² Technology, Landways, Lemongrass, New Signature, Silica Fiber, SummitIG, Supply Networks, TerraPact, Vivacity, and Wyyerd Group. John previously served on the boards of ICG Communications (acquired by Level 3), New Global Telecom (acquired by Comcast), Presidio (acquired by American Securities), GTS CE (acquired by Deutsche Telekom), mindSHIFT (acquired by Best Buy), FDN Communications (acquired by NuVox), Virtustream (acquired by EMC), Cologix (majority stake acquired by Stonepeak), Cloud Sherpas (acquired by Accenture), Contino (acquired by Cognizant) and Zayo (NYSE: ZAYO) and represented Columbia Capital’s interests in Mpower Communications (acquired by TelePacific). Before joining Columbia Capital, John worked in Morgan Stanley’s Private Equity Group, where he specialized in investments in the telecommunications/data services arena. He also held positions with Fidelity Ventures, the private equity division of Fidelity Investments, and the Investment Banking Division of Alex. Brown & Sons, Incorporated. John received his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Sharon Lam
Sharon Lam

Board Member

Sharon Lam is Vice President at Columbia Capital, where she focuses on internet infrastructure and mobility investments. Sharon has worked with management teams from thesis generation stage through company creation/deal execution, post-investment strategic advisory and sale. Sharon currently serves on the Board of Bandwidth Infrastructure Group, and previously was a board observer for SummitIG (acquired by SDC Capital Partners).

Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Sharon worked at Goldman Sachs in their Technology, Media, and Telecommunications investment banking group in New York. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Sharon was an analyst at UBS in their TMT group. Sharon received her B.S.C. in Finance and Accounting from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

Neil Hobbs
Neil Hobbs

Board Member

Neil Hobbs is Chairman of the Board of EuNetworks, Chairman of New Signature, Partner at Level 5 Capital Partners and a board member of Big Blue Swim School. Previously Neil was Chairman of SummitIG and a board member of Cologix, stepping down from both following successful transactions and ownership changes. He brings more than 35 years of experience in the technology and telecommunications industry, holding Chairman, Chief Executive and Senior Executive positions. He has also served on the boards of Teliris, Terrapact and Atlantix.
Robert Stevens
Robert Stevens

Board Member

Robert is the president of CSW|ST2, which is a 65-year-old California based professional services firm that provides engineering, surveying, and planning services. He and his team solve infrastructure challenges improving our communities’ quality of life. Robert is a licensed civil engineer in California, Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona.

Since the mid 1990’s, Robert has also worked within the telecommunications sector to deploy fiber optic networks. He currently supports public agencies to expand their fiber optic communications networks designed to improve internal communications, bridge the digital divide, and develop intelligent transportation systems. He is the co-founder of Silica Networks, which is now Bandwidth Infrastructure Group.

 Bill Cook
Bill Cook

Board Member

With over 31 years of experience developing and operating bandwidth infrastructure networks, Bill is a proven leader with strategic vision and operational expertise. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated his commitment to delivering effective results and creating value for investors, customers, and employees. In 2012, Bill founded SummitIG and led the company’s unprecedented growth in Northern Virginia, the world’s largest data center market. He served as the company’s CEO until March 2019.

Bill is currently the CEO of Cook Consulting, LLC and is a special advisor to Columbia Capital. His depth of knowledge in telecommunications infrastructure and his entrepreneurial style are valuable to investors and operators for developing new network solutions and providing valuable insight and direction to companies’ executive teams.

Prior to SummitIG, he was instrumental in launching Intellifiber Networks, serving as its VP of Service Delivery and Operations. As Senior Director of Project Management at OnFiber Communications, he not only successfully managed the implementation of network augments, but also demonstrated his unique ability to create effective customer solutions. This skill was also recognized during his years as Senior Director of Network Development and Operations for Metromedia Fiber Networks, constructing and operating most of their west coast and central US markets.

Bill began his career at MCI, acquiring rights-of-way for its national network build-out and ultimately leading the Program Management organization. Additionally, his career has included serving in leadership roles with FiberNet, KDL and Zayo.

Bill holds a BA from the University of Mississippi. He remains an active member with the National Eagle Scout Association.

Meet The Team

Jim Nolte
Jim Nolte

CEO

Jim has spent the last 34 years building and running large, complex telecom networks for some of the most demanding enterprise clients in the US and abroad.  As CEO of Silica Networks, Jim is responsible for the company’s strategy and development and is truly passionate about helping clients get the most future-proof network available.

Before launching Silica, Jim was Senior Vice President of Sales at Zayo Group, LLC, where he was responsible for developing strategy and managing all aspects of sales and customer relations while providing mission-critical infrastructure to many of the Fortune 100 enterprises in the financial services, content, media, healthcare and telecommunications industries.

Prior to Zayo, Jim served as Vice President of Sales for AGL Networks, a dark fiber provider with metro networks in several key data center markets that was acquired by Zayo in 2010. Mr. Nolte started his career at AT&T where he served in various strategy, sales and account management roles and earned his MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

Mark Elder
Mark Elder

CFO

Mark Elder has been guiding emerging, fast-growth companies for most of his career.  As Chief Financial Officer, Mark is responsible for all accounting and financial matters to include establishing company-wide objectives, policies, procedures and practices to ensure our ongoing fiscal strength.

Prior to his role at Silica, Mr. Elder was the CFO of CPG Beyond, Inc., a leading data center services company, and its predecessor entity, Canara, Inc.  During his 10 years at CPG Beyond, Mark oversaw the exponential growth of the business through a series of acquisitions and organic growth.

Mark began his career at Montgomery Financial Management, a boutique consulting firm in Silicon Valley, and has since held a number of CFO positions at emerging and high-growth technology companies.  Mark earned his degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego.

Chris Yost
Chris Yost

General Counsel

Christopher Yost is General Counsel of Silica Networks and has been making telecom contracts as frictionless as possible for over 20 years.  At Silica, Chris’ responsibilities include all commercial sales and vendor agreements, federal and state regulatory matters, underlying rights, real estate and security related matters.

Prior to Silica, Chris served as General Counsel of Zayo.  During his tenure at Zayo, Chris managed all aspects of the legal department supporting Zayo’s dark fiber, wireless infrastructure, lit services, and colocation businesses.  Chris led and/or supported Zayo’s substantial domestic and international M&A activity, and led legal diligence and integration of 42 acquisitions.    

Early in his career, Chris served in a variety of legal and executive roles at Level 3 Communications, including Group Vice President of Human Resources (2005-2007), and Vice President of Litigation and Employment (1999-2006).  Chris also spent 5+ years as a litigation, labor and employment associate at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, in the firm’s Washington DC office.  Chris received his B.S in Political Science and Public Administration from Western Michigan University and his J.D. from Catholic University of America Law School in Washington D.C.

Andy Munn
Andy Munn

VP of Operations

Andy has been building fiber optic networks across the U.S. for the last 20 years.   As our VP of Operations at Silica, Andy is the person that keeps our crews busy and our network running.  His responsibilities include all aspects of construction management, network surveillance and service delivery.

Andy’s experience includes senior leadership positions on both the carrier and contractor sides of the industry, allowing him to gain extensive knowledge in construction management, network design and engineering.   His ability to build productive relationships with vendors, service providers and especially customers are assets that will serve Silica well as we grow.

Prior to his role at Silica, Andy was Project Director for Ledcor Technical Services, a diversified construction company that builds and services communications networks. At LTS, he led operations in the execution of an ongoing design-build metro network expansion for Verizon.

Prior to Ledcor, Andy held leadership roles at OnFiber Communications, CenturyLink, Zayo, and G4S Communications.  Andy is a proud supporter of his alma mater, the University of Colorado Buffaloes. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching his sons play on their various sports teams, snowboarding, traveling and maintaining his meticulously landscaped yard.

Emily Bennett
Emily Bennett

VP of Sales

Emily Bennett is VP of Sales at Silica Networks.  Throughout her career, Emily has pridefully built long-lived, strategic relationships with clients such as, CyrusOne, QTS, Comcast, Cox Communications, Sprint, British Telecom, and Google by being thoughtful and delivering on her promises.  At Silica, Emily is responsible for helping our customers achieve the most reliable network possible by focusing on providing them the highest network diversity and scalability available.

Prior to her role at Silica, Ms. Bennett was Director of Sales at Zayo where she constantly sought an in-depth understanding of the needs of a vital account base consisting of data center operators, cable companies, telecom service providers as well as large enterprise clients and delivered on solutions that met them. 

Preceding Zayo, Emily built key customer relationships at AGL Networks, a metro dark fiber provider where she learned the value of buried infrastructure and gained her deep appreciation for telecom construction.  Prior to AGL, Emily was the southeast sales director for Metromedia Fiber Network, predecessor of Abovenet, which was later acquired by Zayo.

John Siegel
John Siegel

Board Member

John is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Bandwidth Infrastructure Group, euNetworks, eX² Technology, Landways, Lemongrass, New Signature, Silica Fiber, SummitIG, Supply Networks, TerraPact, Vivacity, and Wyyerd Group. John previously served on the boards of ICG Communications (acquired by Level 3), New Global Telecom (acquired by Comcast), Presidio (acquired by American Securities), GTS CE (acquired by Deutsche Telekom), mindSHIFT (acquired by Best Buy), FDN Communications (acquired by NuVox), Virtustream (acquired by EMC), Cologix (majority stake acquired by Stonepeak), Cloud Sherpas (acquired by Accenture), Contino (acquired by Cognizant) and Zayo (NYSE: ZAYO) and represented Columbia Capital’s interests in Mpower Communications (acquired by TelePacific). Before joining Columbia Capital, John worked in Morgan Stanley’s Private Equity Group, where he specialized in investments in the telecommunications/data services arena. He also held positions with Fidelity Ventures, the private equity division of Fidelity Investments, and the Investment Banking Division of Alex. Brown & Sons, Incorporated. John received his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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