Leadership

Dave Spencer

Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining NoaNet, David was the founder and manager of a leading information technology company in Boise, Idaho.  His background also includes management and sales for a large consulting engineering firm focusing on information technology and telecommunications. Dave earned a B.S. in Physics from the College of Idaho and a Masters degree in Operations Research from Oregon State University.


Rob Kopp

Chief Technology Officer

Rob has spent most of his 30+ years professionally focused on the development of large-scale telecommunications systems. After graduating from Boise State University, Rob joined one of Silicon Valley’s first technology startup’s, ROLM Corporation, the first digital PBX. IBM acquired ROLM in 1987 and in 1990 Rob was recognized by IBM’s Presidential Award for Professional Excellence. Rob served IBM/ROLM in technical and business roles.  In 1992 Rob joined POWER Engineers to develop its IT/Telecom practices. During Rob’s tenure at POWER, he led innovative projects nationally and internationally. While at POWER, Rob was consulting to Washington PUD’s and was afforded the opportunity to work on the initial planning/development on what now is known as NoaNet.  Rob joined NoaNet in Feb 2000 and led NoaNet technical operations through its initial startup and now focuses on strategic direction for NoaNet and it’s members. Rob is married to his wife Sheri for 30+ years who have two children Dillon and Cheyenne, one Grandchild, Emmy Mae.


Mike Henson

Chief Security Officer   

Mike brings over two decades of experience in the telecommunications to NoaNet, where is the chief security officer. Past experiences include working with Oracle as a technical manager for telecommunications and utilities and working at Netigy Corporation as security technical director and principal architect.  Following service in the U.S. Navy, Mike attended the University of South Alabama and Southwest Missouri State University.


Paul Harding

Chief Financial Officer

Paul has nearly 25 years of experience in the finance industry, ranging from manufacturing to construction and finally telecommunications. Paul earned a B.A. in accounting from Washington State University.


Duane Ball

Business Systems & Technology Director   

Duane’s experience in telecommunications includes sales and management with an emphasis in business operations, process, and IT systems.  Prior to joining NoaNet, Duane helped build and manage telecommunications networks for rural telecommunications and utility companies for the past 18 years.  Duane earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Oregon State University.


John Fryling

Operations Director   

John brings more than thirty years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including experience in a variety of management positions in operations and engineering. John is a proven telecom professional with a track record of achieving objectives, providing strong leadership, problem-solving, and a commitment to customer satisfaction and continuous organizational improvement. John earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Washington University and is a retired veteran of the United States Coast Guard.


Rich Nall

Network Coordinated Services Director

Rich brings nearly 30 years of experience in the telecom industry to NoaNet. He has overseen the deployment of large cellular and broadband networks and his experiences have included network engineering, outside plants, as well as business development and strategic direction. Prior to working with NoaNet, he led the broadband deployment of a major Washington State Public entity, was on the NoaNet board of directors, and worked at ATT (Cellular One) and Lockheed Martin. Rich has a B.S. in Telecommunications Management from City University.


Craig Nelsen

Sales and Marketing Director   

Craig began his nearly 30 years of experience in the Telecom industry in the hardware space representing  Toshiba PBX/Key systems, he then worked for MCI in various roles including Sales Manager for both Retail and National Accounts. Craig then went to work for ATT and PageNet overseeing Sales, Marketing, and Customer Care.  In 1994 he began his career with Electric Lightwave/Integra Telecom over the span of 17 years, he built from the ground up their third-party distribution channels, Director of Product Marketing and later became the Vice President of Carrier overseeing all P/L aspects of the department including Care, Project Management, Sales Engineering and Offer Management. NoaNet hired Craig in January of 2012 to oversee Sales and Marketing. Craig graduated from the Motion Picture Arts and Science Academy in 1984 and lives in Beaverton Oregon with his wife Angela and two children.


John Smith

Engineering Director   

John brings with him over 25 years of experience in telecommunications and business management. Prior to joining NoaNet John led one of the largest publically owned Fiber-To-The-Premises (FTTP) build-outs in the country. The FTTP network included the delivery of Internet, Video and Phone services to primarily rural communities. He has worked in a diversity of areas including; network engineering, outside plant engineering, application planning and development, regulatory compliance, IT, SCADA and business process management. John received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Florida State University.


Chris Walker

Telecommunications Director   

Chris has been with NoaNet since 2001 and has worked his way up from operations manager to operations and engineering manager to the telecommunications director position. Currently, Chris is working on network growth and expansion, strategic planning, capital development of outside plants and competitive procurement. He was the executive director of the NoaNet BTOP construction build-out and sets the architectural direction of the network facilities throughout the state. Prior to NoaNet, Chris served 12 years in the armed forces in various management and leadership roles.