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The experienced executive team is well respected in the industry with a proven track record of success and demonstrated results. Establishing the highest standards for their technology service offering and customer service, they offer managed solutions that give you the competitive edge locally and globally.


Johnie Johnson

CEO | Co-Founder

With more than 30 years of experience in the wireless industry, Mr. Johnson has held executive positions in rural, regional and national wireless companies including: Infiniti Broadband, Branch Communications, Nex-Tech Wireless, U.S. Cellular, Telecorp PCS, Suncom Wireless, AT&T Wireless and Mid-Missouri Cellular. Mr. Johnson's proven track record includes leading startups and successfully transitioning technology companies by developing and implementing successful strategies to achieve profitable margins through increased subscribers and increased efficiencies.

Mr. Johnson has served in leadership roles for CTIA and CCA wireless industry associations. He served as President and Chairman of the Board, as well as Chairperson for several Executive Committees, including Government and Regulatory Affairs, where he testified before Congress on behalf of the wireless industry. Mr. Johnson was recognized by his industry peers and awarded the Rural Cellular Association’s 2009 and again in 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award.

Mr. Johnson is also a community leader who has served on the Board of Directors for local banks, chambers of commerce, civic and non-profit organizations. He served as President of the Boys and Girls Club and received top state and national honors for fundraising activities for Big Brothers Big Sisters.


Ben Ealey

Chief Operating and Technology Officer | CoFounder

Mr. Ealey brings a wealth of wireless experience having held leadership roles in the wireless industry for
more than 26 years. His successes include leadership positions with McCaw Communications, CellularOne, AT&T Wireless, Sprint PCS, and Cricket Communications.

Mr. Ealey has a vast background in Business and Network Operations. His wireless legacy includes building an environment for collaboration among all functional groups in both public and government sectors. These departments included technical, operational, financial and marketing. The platform created brought success in both the public and government arenas.

Mr. Ealey worked with Ada County Public Safety to transition over 2,000 First Responders and 11 different Public Service Agencies serving over 400,000 citizens to a new multi-year business plan with a new vision and strategy.

During Mr. Ealey’s tenure at Cricket Communications, Sprint PCS and AT&T Wireless, he played key leadership roles in National Operational & Technical Standards, 911 Compliance, Fixed Asset Management, Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity, Software Tools Development, Data Centers, Technical Training and Developments.

Lastly, Mr. Ealey is an active community leader working with Big Brothers Big Sisters and World Vision.


Steve Largent

Executive Strategic Advisor

Mr. Largent served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association, also known as CTIA-The Wireless Association, from November 2003 to June 2014 where he drove policy on the hill directly impacting the wireless telecommunication ecosystem.

He also served as the President of Wireless Foundation which developed programs utilizing wireless technology and promoting safety and responsible use to the masses. Before taking the helm at CTIA, Mr. Largent was a Consultant for Washington, D.C.-based Wiley Rein & Fielding where he traveled the country as a highly sought-after motivational speaker. Mr. Largent was also a Member of the United States Congress, where he represented Oklahoma’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1994 to 2001. His seven-year voting record reflects consistent support for lower taxes, less regulation, and strong free markets. Mr. Largent managed his own advertising & marketing consulting firm, where he worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies around the country. He served as Mid-West Chapter Executive Director of the Wheelchair Foundation. Mr. Largent was a record setting wide receiver with the Seattle Seahawks for 14 years, setting six career records and participating in seven Pro Bowls. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995 and the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame in 2006. In 1990, Mr. Largent was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the Jaycees. In recognition of a lifetime of achievement, he was awarded the Golden Plate Award by the American Academy of Achievement in 1989. He was recognized as the NFL Man of the Year in 1988 for his commitment to community service. Athletes in Action also awarded him the first Bart Starr Award by the NFL, for his exemplary role model both on and off the field. Mr. Largent received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Tulsa. Mr. Largent resides with his family in Tulsa, OK.
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Samuel Perales

Director of Connectivity Solutions

Samuel A. Perales is a seasoned Director with over 15 years of experience in the fields of telecommunications, program management, and operations. His expertise lies in enhancing efficiency, productivity, and revenue while successfully overseeing projects of varying complexity.

Throughout his career, Samuel has excelled in numerous key areas, including project lifecycle management, infrastructure & telecom solutions, government & public services, broadband initiatives, grant management, resource coordination, private public partnerships, cross-functional leadership, and more.

His professional journey includes impactful roles at prominent organizations such as Facebook, coreNOC, and Inveneo, where he spearheaded projects aimed at delivering cutting-edge connectivity solutions globally. Samuel has also demonstrated his commitment to social responsibility by serving as the Director of Field Operations at Inveneo, Inc., where he empowered underserved communities with information and communications technologies, positively impacting education, healthcare, economic development, and relief services.

With a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Summa Cum Laude, from Regis University, Denver, CO, Samuel combines academic excellence with practical expertise. His extensive list of technical certifications, multilingual capabilities (fluent in English and Spanish, basic French), and active involvement in community organizations, such as IT Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC), San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT), and the Red Cross, further solidify his reputation as a dedicated professional and community leader.