When performing due diligence, investors will often spend hours looking at the fundamentals of a company and industry trends, but often fail to properly evaluate the management team. This is a terrible oversight. These individuals are responsible for making decisions that determine the very fate of the organization.
Chairman and CEO Bruce Widener leads Beacon Enterprise Solutions with more than nineteen years of industry experience. He is recognized as one of the founding employees of UniDial Communications/Lightyear Network Solutions, a private company that grew from start-up to over $220,000,000 in sales within six years. At Lightyear, Mr. Widener was responsible for product development and IT as well as mergers & acquisitions and was the driving force behind several significant initiatives. Prior to joining Lightyear, Mr. Widener held positions at WorldTel Services, LiTel/LCI International and Charter Network.
Gerald L. Bowman, President and Chief Operating Officer, brings over twenty-five years of experience to the company. Prior to Beacon Enterprise Solutions, he served as Managing Director and Vice President of Enterprise Global Services for CommScope, Chief Operating Officer for Superior Systems Technologies, Vice President of Engineering at Riser Management Systems, and Vice President and General Manager of VARtek. Mr. Bowman has also been a featured speaker and thought leader for publications and organizations such as ASIS, BICSI, ISSA, and InfraGard.
Chief Administrative Officer Victor Agruso has accumulated more than twenty years of strategic planning, organization, development, and talent management experience in a variety of public and private sector industries with organizations ranging in size from emerging growth to Fortune 100 companies. Mr. Agruso has held global human resources executive positions with Nike, Hallmark Cards, Humana, and Maritz. He holds two Master’s degrees from Harvard University focused on organization and human resources development.
Scott Fitzpatrick was recently promoted to Vice President Corporate Controller and Treasurer, and is Beacon’s Principal Financial Officer. Mr. Fitzpatrick has more than 25 years of accounting/finance experience with growth-oriented public companies, which includes serving as Corporate Controller and Director/Manager for multi-location companies in both service and manufacturing industries. His expertise encompasses international accounting, SEC and internal financial reporting, GAAP compliance, financial analysis, budgeting, and many other financial and operational areas.
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