“We were not equipped nor chartered to be an ISP. Turning that business over to Apogee was a good business decision for Ithaca College. It’s been a win-win situation for everybody.”
www.ithaca.edu ~ Ed Fuller, Associate Vice President, Information Technology Services, Ithaca College
Charles Brady founded Apogee in March 1998. As CEO and President, Brady´s vision and management style have created a company that is poised to offer a proven, and profitable, business model to universities and colleges. While the company began as a success in offering student long-distance services, Brady recognized that there was an even greater untapped potential in helping colleges and universities at the administration level.
Relying on his own engineering background, Brady refocused the company on technology. In the summer of 2000, Apogee began introducing a custom networking solution that helps schools meet and exceed their financial and educational objectives. This solution is being utilized by public and private universities, ranging in size from 1,200 to 50,000 students.
Mark rejoined the Apogee team in March 2010. After playing a key role in Apogee’s first five years from 1998 through 2003, Mark left to gain valuable experience, and a change in climate, at Alaska DigiTel, a regional provider of cellular voice and data services.
While at DigiTel, Mark was part of a team that grew subscribers from 7,000 to 40,000 over 5 years. In 2008 the company was acquired by an Alaskan statewide telephone and cable operator, GCI, for $40 million. Post acquisition, Mark served as a Director for GCI overseeing voice and messaging products. With an institutional perspective on Apogee’s vision and more than a decade of telecommunications experience, Mark’s drive for organizational growth and scalability is well-suited to Apogee’s customers, employees, and leadership team.
Mark has a degree in Accounting from St. Edward’s University and has earned the designation of Certified Public Accountant.
Skip Hendrickson joined Apogee in 2011. Skip is a veteran sales leader in the field of telecommunications and has held key positions in many national technology firms, including AT&T, MCI/Verizon and Airband Communications. With more than 20 years of experience, Skip brings an impressive track record of sales success and a unique customer-focused leadership style to the Apogee team.
Skip is responsible for driving new customer acquisition and revenue growth at Apogee as well as assisting in the delivery of new and improved technologies to the higher education market. He is located in Austin at the company’s national headquarters.
Jeff Tobias joined Apogee in May 2008 as Director of Student Services. In leading the support team, Jeff is responsible for driving future customer experience strategies, move in and student utilization of Apogee’s current services.
Jeff brings 20 years of experience in service and support organizations. Most recently, Jeff was responsible for creating and implementing the support and service organization for Motion Computing.
Trisha joined Apogee in early 2011 as Senior Client Services Manager. Her focus at Apogee is to successfully transform the companies vision into reality by delivering customer satisfaction and business development results. As the conduit and escalation point for customer requests and problem management, her role is to advocate the client needs within Apogee, deliver unparalleled levels of quality service and execute a first class client experience.
Trisha has a broad background in telecommunications and technology. She has worked for major telecom carriers in sales engineering support and client services management for more than 15 years.
Wendi Lisso works to introduce new services and technologies to the higher education community. Wendi also attends and exhibits at national and regional higher education conferences throughout the year, interacting with Housing, Business and IT officials across the country.
Prior to being hired at Apogee in 2005, Wendi spent more than ten years working in commercial and residential real estate sales. She also has experience in investor relations and special event planning.
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