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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Brian McAuley

76 2004 Chairman of the Board

John Pescatore

53 2004 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Morgan O'Brien

72 2014 Vice Chairman of the Board

Timothy Gray

47 2014 Chief Financial Officer

Richard Rohmann

72 Executive Vice President, Secretary

Frank Creede

59 2003 Chief Technical Officer

Leon Frazier

70 2014 Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

Robert Schwartz

51 2015 Chief Strategy and Development Officer

Thomas Sidman

62 2015 Chief Legal Officer

T. Clark Akers

59 2014 Independent Director

Mark Hennessy

59 2017 Independent Director

Paul Saleh

60 2016 Independent Director

Peter Schiff

65 2004 Independent Director

John Sites

65 2004 Independent Director

Natasha Vecchiarelli

2017 Investor Relations Manager

Biographies

Name Description

Brian McAuley

Mr. Brian D. McAuley is the Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. McAuley is a co-founder of Nextel Communications, Inc. and held senior executive positions at Nextel from its inception in 1987 until 1996, including seven years as President and Chief Executive Officer. Upon leaving Nextel, he joined Imagine Tile, Inc., a custom tile manufacturer, where he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1996 to 1999, and where he continues to serve as Chairman of the Board. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of NeoWorld Communications, Inc., a wireless telecommunications company, from 1999 until the sale of that company to Nextel in 2003. Mr. McAuley is a certified public accountant and, prior to co-founding Nextel, his positions included Chief Financial Officer of Millicom Incorporated, Corporate Controller at Norton Simon Inc. and Manager at Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. McAuley served on the board of directors of United Rentals (NYSE: URI) until May 4, 2017. Mr. McAuley has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration Degree from Adelphi University and is a member of various finance and telecommunications industry organizations.

John Pescatore

Mr. John C. Pescatore is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Company. Mr. Pescatore has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board since August 2004. He is a seasoned telecommunications executive with particular expertise in rapidly growing companies. Prior to his current role as our President and Chief Executive Officer, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NeoWorld Communications. NeoWorld was founded to develop and launch a nationwide dispatch system and held spectrum in major markets throughout the United States. The company was successfully sold to Nextel Communications in 2003. Prior to that, Mr. Pescatore was Executive Vice President of Operations with Expanets, Inc., one of the fastest growing voice and data communications solutions and services companies in the United States during his tenure. He was one of the key architects in building Expanets and saw the business through enormous growth by strategic acquisitions. Prior to that, Mr. Pescatore was part of the team involved in the start-up of Nextel, where he held numerous senior leadership positions including Vice President of Operations, President of the Two-Way Radio Division, and President of the New York Area during its digital system rollout. Prior to Nextel, Mr. Pescatore was a consultant with Deloitte & Touche LLP. He earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from New York University and earned his certified public accountant certification.

Morgan O'Brien

Mr. Morgan E. O'Brien is the Vice Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. O’Brien has served as a member of our Board since April 2012, and as Vice Chairman since May 2014. From January 2009 to present, Mr. O’Brien has served as an independent consultant to several wireless start-ups and until June 2017 served as a member of the board of directors of GTT Communications, Inc. (NYSE: GTT). As a co-founder and chairman of Nextel, Mr. O’Brien led the creation of the first all-digital nationwide wireless network (the Nextel National Network) and brought push-to-talk (PTT) communication to the mass business and consumer market. After the merger of Nextel with Sprint Corporation in 2004, he was a co-founder of Cyren Call Communications Corporation, where he served until January 2009. Mr. O’Brien was recognized in 1987 as New Jersey Entrepreneur of the Year and was voted the RCR Person of the Year in 1993 and again in 2006. In 2005, he was inducted into the Washington, DC Business Hall of Fame, and in 2007 he was named a Fellow of the Radio Club of America and was named by Fierce Wireless as “one of the top U.S. wireless innovators of all time.” Mr. O’Brien has also served on a number of boards of other public companies including Sprint and Williams Telecommunications. He also serves on the board of several private companies and charitable organizations. Mr. O’Brien is a graduate of Georgetown University and received his law degree from Northwestern University.

Timothy Gray

Mr. Timothy Gray, CPA is the Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Gray joined the Company as Chief Financial Officer in June 2014. From November 2011 to May 2013, Mr. Gray served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MedImmune, Inc., and then served as Senior Vice President of Finance for MedImmune’s Specialty Care Group until November 2013. Mr. Gray also served in various other finance roles at MedImmune since April 2008. Prior to joining MedImmune, Mr. Gray served in finance positions at AOL and Nextel and started his career at Deloitte & Touche LLP. He is also a member of the Audit Committee of the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health. Mr. Gray holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame and is a certified public accountant.

Richard Rohmann

Mr. Richard E. Rohmann is the Executive Vice President and Secretary of the Company. Mr. Rohmann is one of our co-founders and is our Secretary and Executive Vice President focused on the development of our technology platform, and has filled such roles since 2004. Mr. Rohmann previously served as a director on our Board from 2004 until May 2014. Mr. Rohmann was also our President from 1997 until 2003. He designed and developed our first two commercial software products. Mr. Rohmann created the database schema and user interface for the first commercial version of our series of telecommunications services that enable wireless PTT dictation and documentation from mobile phones. He is a co-inventor on our eleven granted U.S. and international patents. Before co-founding our Company, he served for nine years as Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Asset Management for The Lomas Santa Fe Group, a privately held real estate owner/developer. Prior to that, he served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of HomeVest Real Estate Securities, and President of HHC Mortgage Corporation and HHC Management Company, which were real estate syndication affiliates of the former Home Federal S & L. His military service includes 4-1/2 years as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer in the United States Air Force. He holds an MBA in finance from San Diego State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology, Mathematics, and Chemistry from the University of Colorado, which he attended as a Boettcher Scholar.

Frank Creede

Mr. Frank Creede is Chief Technical Officer of the Company. Mr. Creede has served as the Chief Technology Officer since 2003. He has led the strategy, development, buildout and operation of our enterprise focused, push-to-talk network and DispatchPlus application platform. Mr. Creede is a former board member of the San Diego Tech Coast Angels and an angel investor in over 10 Southern California emerging high tech companies. Formerly the Founder & CEO of Logic Innovations, Inc., he negotiated the sale of the company to a former division of IBM in 1999. Mr. Creede also founded Staffing Innovations, LLC, a technical contract outsourcing business in 1997 and which was acquired in 2012. He is a mentor at the Chairman’s Roundtable and a volunteer at EvoNexus. Mr. Creede is a registered Professional Engineer, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Davis and he has completed coursework for the MBA program at San Diego State University.

Leon Frazier

Mr. Leon Frazier is the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of the company. Prior to joining us, he conducted an independent consulting practice since May 2012. In April 2010, he was recruited to start Bloomberg Government Sales and Marketing as Head of Sales and served in that role until May 2012. Mr. Frazier previously served in various roles for Sprint Corporation, including Vice President of Public Sector Business (which included state and local government, education, utilities, healthcare and federal government), and Senior Vice President of Enterprise and Public Sector (which also included construction, manufacturing, professional services and distribution) from September 2005 until his retirement from Sprint in 2008. Prior to joining Sprint, Mr. Frazier was Vice President of Public Sector at Nextel, which position he held since 2001 after joining Nextel in 1997. During his tenure at Nextel, he designed and implemented a corporation accounts program which was responsible for sales to 375 of the Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Frazier has more than 33 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, starting in 1981 at RCA where he was a Senior Vice President with subsequent positions at General Electric and Mitel Business Telephone Systems, where he was Vice President and General Manager of the North American Division. Mr. Frazier graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1971 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.

Robert Schwartz

Mr. Robert H. Schwartz is the Chief Strategy and Development Officer of the Company. Mr. Schwartz joined the Company as Chief Strategy and Development Officer in August 2015. Prior to joining our Company, beginning in October 2013, Mr. Schwartz served as Chief Executive Officer of STI Brasil, LLC, a company focused on developing shared fiber infrastructure for wireless operators in Brazil. Prior to STI, from November 2009 to September 2013, Mr. Schwartz served as Managing Director of Unison Site Management, during which Unison acquired and managed cell site easements throughout the United States and sold its site portfolio to American Tower. From June 2006 to October 2009, Mr. Schwartz was Managing Partner of Woodmont Partners LLC, a strategic consultancy to telecom, media and technology companies including software, mobile and cable companies. Earlier Mr. Schwartz was Executive Vice President of IDT Telecom from 2001 to 2006, and led Corporate Development, Product Management, and the Mobile Division. In 1996, Mr. Schwartz joined The Associated Group to launch Teligent, and became Teligent’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, leading functions including strategy, capital markets, investor relations and M&A activities through the startup, initial public offering, and the sale to Liberty Media. Mr. Schwartz also served as Director of Corporate Development at Nextel where he was responsible for supporting key strategy, M&A, and capital markets initiatives, including the strategic investment in Nextel by Craig McCaw’s Eagle River in 1996. Mr. Schwartz holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from George Washington University’s School of Government & Business Affairs.

Thomas Sidman

Mr. Thomas J. Sidman is the Chief Legal Officer of the Company. Mr. Sidman joined the Company as our Chief Legal Officer in June 2015. Prior to joining our Company, from 2009 to June 2015, and from 2003 to 2006, Mr. Sidman provided business and strategic consulting and advisory services to domestic and international telecommunications companies. He was a co-founder and served as a senior executive for Cyren Call Communications Corporation from 2006 to 2009. Cyren Call’s principal mission and focus was advocating for and architecting a nationwide advance generation mobile wireless broadband network for priority use by public safety personnel in the United States. Mr. Sidman served as General Counsel of Nextel from October 1994 until early 2001, and thereafter served as Senior Legal Advisor to Nextel until April 2003. Mr. Sidman obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Psychology. He received his law degree from The University of Virginia School of Law and subsequently, his graduate business degree from The George Washington University.

T. Clark Akers

Mr. T. Clark Akers is an Independent Director of the Company. He has been a Managing Director at Commerce Street Capital, a Dallas investment banking firm that serves financial institutions and middle market companies, since 2013. His responsibilities at Commerce Street include raising capital for Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) funds for experienced U.S. investment managers. Mr. Akers holds both Series 7 and Series 63 License Registrations with the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. Mr. Akers also serves on the Advisory Board of Pharos Capital Group, a private equity firm based in Nashville and Dallas. Mr. Akers also serves on the Board of Managers and is a founder and Vice President of Continuum 700 LLC, a wireless start-up that has acquired ten 700 MHz A Block licenses covering a population of approximately 12 million people. In preparation to bid on those licenses in a 2008 FCC 700MHz spectrum auction, Mr. Akers and his partners raised $68 million of capital for Continuum 700 LLC. Mr. Akers recently served as Vice Chairman of Intechra, the largest electronic waste and asset disposal company in the U.S. As a founder of Intechra, Mr. Akers raised $50 million of equity that was necessary for the organic and acquisitive growth which marked Intechra’s rise to leadership in the e-waste business. Additionally, he was responsible for recruiting key members of Intechra’s management team. Following those initiatives, he worked closely with the sales team on targeted Fortune 100 business development efforts. Mr. Akers’ tenure with Intechra began in 2004 and ended in 2009. Prior to Intechra, Mr. Akers served as Senior Vice President of External Affairs for TeleCorp PCS, Inc., the ninth largest wireless phone company in the U.S. before its acquisition by AT&T Wireless in 2002. Mr. Akers received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University in 1979.

Mark Hennessy

Mr. Mark Hennessy is an Independent Director of the company. Mr. Hennessy recently retired in December 2015 after a 34-year career at IBM where he served in a number of executive management and leadership positions. During his tenure at IBM, he was responsible for global integration initiatives and technology operations focused on innovation and growth. He served as General Manager for several IBM businesses, including the Asia Pacific Systems business based in Tokyo, the European business based in Zurich, and the Global Distribution Sector based at IBM corporate headquarters. Mr. Hennessy also held several IBM executive staff assignments, including Global Chief Information Officer, General Manager of Global Business Partners and General Manager of Strategy and Sales Transformation. During the last five years, Mr. Hennessy’s positions at IBM included General Manager of the European business, General Manager of the Global Distribution Sector and General Manager of Global Business Partners. For the past seven years, Mr. Hennessy has served on the board of directors of Covenant House International where he has led many board activities, including strategic planning, program evaluation and site expansion. Mr. Hennessy received Covenant House International’s Beacon of Hope award in 2014. Mr. Hennessy holds a B.A. in Economics from Boston College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Paul Saleh

Mr. Paul N. Saleh is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Saleh currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE: CSC), a role he has held since May 2012. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer for Gannett Co., as well as leading brands Sprint Nextel and Walt Disney International. Upon leaving Sprint Nextel in 2008, Mr. Saleh founded Menza Partners, an operational and financial advisory group focusing on media, telecommunications and technology industries, where he served as Managing Partner. Before joining Walt Disney, he was with Honeywell Inc. for 12 years, where he was Vice President and Treasurer from 1994 to 1997, and has held other various leadership positions in finance, treasury, investor relations, strategic planning and operations. Mr. Saleh was recognized in June 2005 by Treasury & Risk Management as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Finance, and Institutional Investor Magazine named him as the best Chief Financial Officer in the telecom services and wireless sector in 2004 and 2005. Mr. Saleh holds a Master of Business Administration with distinction in Finance; a Master of Science in Computer, Information & Control Engineering; and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, all from the University of Michigan. He resides with his family in the Washington D.C., metropolitan area.

Peter Schiff

Mr. Peter G. Schiff is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Schiff has served as a member of our Board since August 2004. He also currently serves as Managing Partner of Northwood Ventures, a private equity firm he founded in 1983. Prior to founding Northwood, Mr. Schiff worked in the private equity division of E.M. Warburg, Pincus & Co., and previously had been an officer in the corporate division of Chemical Bank (now JPMorgan Chase & Co.). He serves as a director of many of Northwood’s portfolio companies. Mr. Schiff graduated from Lake Forest College and received an M.B.A. from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business with concentrations in Finance and Marketing. In 2009, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by the Lake Forest College after serving as a trustee for 16 years, culminating in serving as its Chairman. Mr. Schiff also serves as a trustee and secretary of Hofstra University and as a member of the Joint Board of Overseers of the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. Northwood was an early investor in several enterprise focused carriers including Nextel, Dispatch Communications, NeoWorld, PowerFone and TeleCorp.

John Sites

Mr. John C. Sites, Jr. is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Sites has served as a member of our Board since August 2004. He has been a partner at Wexford Capital since 2008, and joined Wexford Capital in 2006, where he focuses on private and public equity investing. Prior to joining Wexford in 2006, he was a general partner of Daystar Special Situations Fund and Rock Creek Partners II, Ltd for ten years. From 1981 to 1995, Mr. Sites was employed by Bear Stearns & Co., Inc., where he reached the position of Executive Vice President and was a member of the board of directors. While at Bear Stearns, Mr. Sites established the firm’s mortgage and asset-backed department, served on the firm’s executive and compensation committees, was co-head of the taxable fixed income group and oversaw Bear Stearns’ Asset Management and the Financial Institutions Group. From 1974 to 1981, Mr. Sites worked at Trading Company of the West, First Pennco Securities, and Morgan, Keegan & Company. Mr. Sites holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Economics from Rhodes College and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Natasha Vecchiarelli