Leadership

Katherine M. McConveyChairman and Chief Executive Officer

Katherine is the founder, sole shareholder, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of KMM, the largest independent reseller of cable and wire in the United States. Katherine founded KMM in 1991, in response to the divesture of the Regional Bell Operating Companies and their rapidly changing supply chain needs. Since then, she has continued to recognize and act on emerging opportunities in the communications industry, expanding KMM’s services into the wireless space and creating the company’s Strategic Supplier Program, which allows KMM to mentor small certified diversity firms while providing a single solution to customers. Katherine holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Business and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Windsor, Ontario in Canada.

What I love about being a part of KMM…
Finding the right person for the job; when you get it right it’s so much fun to watch their and our excitement with each other. The other thing I love about my job is getting to work with a whole team of KMM people on something new (opening a DC, transitioning a new piece of business, building a presentation for a new piece of business). The camaraderie and sense of accomplishment is never forgotten.
My favorite way to spend a Sunday is to…

Sit under an umbrella and read magazines, papers, and projects that have built up over the week, and then cook a big family/friends dinner for all those around me.


Katherine M. McConvey

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Nick ShankerPresident

Nick joined KMM in 2014, bringing with him an impressive breadth and depth of experience in the telecom arena. Nick spent more than 21 years at Ericsson, where he honed his technical and leadership skills in a variety of executive management roles including Vice President of Network Deployment and Vice President of Supply & Logistics. Nick also served as CEO of Cerion Optimization Services and Dataworkforce, helping to drive company growth and profitability. Prior to joining KMM, Nick served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Huawei in Shenzhen, China, where he was involved in developing market opportunities and implementing transformation strategies. As President of KMM Nick is responsible for supervising day-to-day operations, providing strategic direction and overseeing the company’s business development efforts.

What I love about being a part of KMM……
Working with a passionate group of people who are eager to drive the business forward, face the challenges head on and make a difference in everything they do. I love watching the energy they exude, the caring attitude they demonstrate and the willingness to provide a great customer experience.
Words to live by…

What brought us here will not keep us here – we must change and evolve to survive.


Nick Shanker

President

Kofi BaduChief Financial Officer

Kofi joined KMM in 2016 and is responsible for leading the company’s financial and risk management operations. An industry veteran with more than 20 years’ experience, Kofi has worked in North America, Europe and Africa. During his 18-year tenure with Ericsson, he held several executive management positions, including CFO, Head of Services Finance, VP of Business Operations, and Controller/Division CFO. He also served as a Senior Staff Accountant in the Consulting arm of PwC in the United Kingdom while training for the designation of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

My favorite way to spend a Sunday is to…
Learning about different leadership styles and the impacts they can have on a country. At the end of the 20th century, China and India were at the same level economically. Today, India is way behind China, largely due to the vision and leadership of Deng Xiaoping. I am intrigued by the leadership styles of Prime Minister Narendra Modhi (India), John Magafuli (Tanzania) and President Alassane Ouattara (La Cote d’Ivoire) and I enjoy educating myself about trends in these countries.
Words to live by…What I love about being a part of KMM……

Seeing the excitement on colleagues’ faces when the baby steps start taking shape. All of a sudden you hear them saying, “how come we never….”


Kofi Badu

Chief Financial Officer

Pat HealyVice President, Sales – Network Services

Pat is the founder of Excell Services Company, a telecommunications construction firm that KMM acquired in January 2015 to help bolster its Network Services offering. Post-acquisition, Pat moved into an Executive Sales position to help promote KMM’s capabilities, which include LTE deployments, network decommissioning, small cell and DAS deployments, and broaden the company’s customer base nationwide. Prior to founding Excell in 2010, Pat gained hands-on experience at almost every level. He has held a variety of executive management positions with national telecom infrastructure companies and boasts a successful record of leading operations, finance and business development.

What I love about being a part of KMM…
Having the opportunity to work with, mentor and promote people from various trades. It’s so rewarding to be able to give people an opportunity to gain experience in operations, finance and sales and to see them develop new interests and excel in their roles.
When I'm not working, I love to…

Travel and play golf. I’ve golfed at courses all across the U.S., as well as in Ireland and Spain. This year I’m hoping to collect some scorecards from some of the more famous courses in Scotland.


Pat Healy

Vice President, Sales – Network Services

Daniel PichéVice President – National Sales

A veteran of 25 years in the telecommunications and IT industry, Daniel is responsible for leading KMM’s major wireless accounts, including OEMs, program management companies, tower owners, as well as other wireless service providers. Prior to joining KMM in 2012, Daniel served as President of Cerion Optimization Services. He held executive sales positions with Baran Telecom Inc. and Radian Communications and also spent 15 years working for Ericsson in various technical and managerial capacities. Daniel started his career with the Sperry Defense Product Group (now Unisys) in Montreal, Canada, where he worked for seven years.

What I love about being a part of KMM…
Getting to work with an incredibly competent team in a collaborative manner, without egos, and a great attitude towards getting the job done for our customers.
One of my favorite sayings is…

“Say nothing, Do nothing, Be nothing”


Daniel Piché

Vice President, National Sales

Chawn M. TateVice President, Federal Sales

Chawn brings more than 20 years’ experience in business development and marketing to KMM and is responsible for leading the company’s growth strategy with regards to pursuing government opportunities and new verticals outside of the telecom sector. Prior to joining KMM in 2016, Chawn served as a Senior Business Development Executive with Commdex Consulting. In this role, he helped secure several multi-year, multi-million dollar contracts with the DOD, DHS and FAA, and spearheaded the Mentor Protégé relationship with the largest defense contractor in the world and other government entities. Prior to this, Chawn also supported MBI as Vice President, Marketing and Business Development. Under his guidance, MBI’s clients were awarded more than $238M in State and local government contracts, including work with the DOD, DOJ, DESC, OPM and DOC.

What I love about being a part of KMM…
the fact that it is ALWAYS changing. Every day I learn something new, but what gives me the real thrill is I am the one making the discoveries now! I no longer just rely on what I hear from other people; I’m driving it myself and enjoy being at the cutting edge. For me that is amazing!
Words to live by…

“The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow”. Rupert Murdoch


Chawn M. Tate

Vice President, Federal Sales

Walter RhinehartVice President, National Sales

Walter joined KMM in 2017 and is responsible for leading KMM’s pursuit of wireline broadband business with Tier 2 and 3 operators and associated Connect America Funds (CAF), as well as driving business development with wireline OEMs and managing specialized wireless projects in the enterprise space. Rhinehart is a veteran in the telecom industry, with a well-established resume spanning across two decades. Prior to joining KMM, he worked as a Program Manager for Ericson for 12 years, and held executive sales positions with TrueNet Communications and Edge Communications.

What are you passionate about personally?
I really enjoy mentoring and teaching. Each summer I coach a Little League team made up of kids aged 11 through 13. It’s more than just baseball; it’s about teaching them how to approach life with a positive attitude and apply various life skills to different situations so that they are primed for future success.
What I love about being a part of KMM…

Working for such a well-respected and innovative company that is driven by an incredible Leadership Team. I feel fortunate to work with people who I can trust and who share a vision of building something great in this exciting industry!


Walter Rhinehart

Vice President, National Sales

Brian SavvaVice President – Network Services

Brian is responsible for leading KMM’s Network Services division, which offers a variety of services to support LTE, fiber, DAS and small cell deployments. Prior to joining KMM in 2017, Brian spent seven years with HPC Wireless Services, first as Chief Operating Officer and then as Chief Strategy Officer. He was instrumental in helping launch the company’s construction division and grow revenue by over $20 million annually. Brian has also garnered international experience while working as a consultant for Saudi Arabia’s HRH Prince Faisal A. Al-Faisal. Brian spent three years in the Middle and Far East overseeing all operations, spending time in Indonesia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and Dubai. Prior to this, Brian worked for American Tower for 11 years, during which time he held a variety of management positions including Area Development Manager, overseeing all new tower development in the Northeast as well as Area Construction and Operations Manager with responsibility for overseeing the maintenance and operations of all tower assets as well as all construction activities for ATC in the Northeast Region.

What I love about being a part of KMM…
helping KMM expand into new markets and diverse industries, strengthening our reputation from coast to coast, and working with a phenomenally talented leadership team.
Words to live by…

“If you can keep your wits about you while all those around you are losing theirs, the world will be yours and everything in it.” Rudyard Kipling


Brian Savva

Vice President – Network Services

Larry MezoeVice President, Engineering

What I love about being a part of KMM…
Being part of something that is bigger than myself. To be able to capitalize on my years of telecom experience and so many friendships in order to help grow KMM into a total Telecom services company. To be respected and leaned upon by the KMM leadership team to collaborate and develop the next stages of our Services Business Growth .
Words to live by...

True leadership comes when we: Replace “Passion for Self” with Compassion for Others…


Larry Mezoe

Vice President, Engineering

Todd WomackVice President, Fixed Network Delivery

Todd comes to KMM with several years’ experience working directly with Fixed Network Delivery. He brings with him over 20 years of combined experience in Central Office (CO), Mobile Telephone Switching Office (MTSO), Outside Plant (OSP), Cell Site Construction, Engineering and Quality. Todd has worked as a level 1 Field Tech all the way up to General Manager, he has dedicated his career to thoroughly understanding the business. Prior to joining KMM, Todd was with CSS Corporation where he served as Director of Field Services. With Todd’s extensive background and knowledge of our industry, he has been able to provide the perfect foundation for cultivating a Fixed Network Delivery market for all KMM customers.

What I love about being a part of KMM…
Being part of a highly motivated team, watching it grow and achieve success.
Words to live by...

Your word is your bond do not take it lightly. We are always smarter as a team than we ever are individually.


Todd Womack

Vice President, Fixed Network Delivery

Tim McCutcheonVice President – Operations

Tim is responsible for overseeing KMM’s operations team, including distribution operations, cable plant operations, transportation services, engineering services and quality. Tim started working in the supply chain industry in 1984, and served as the Group Manager of Solutions Design for Sprint for 16 years prior to joining KMM in 2005.

What I love about being a part of KMM…
Being in a position to be able to help solve our customers’ most difficult supply chain challenges, and experiencing the passion and dedication that our staff exhibits everyday.
When I’m not working I love…

Spending time with my family camping in the mountains.


Tim Mccutcheon

Vice President, Operations

Debbie SmithVice President, Integrated Customer Solutions

Debbie’s efforts are focused around the implementation of new projects for KMM and managing KMM’s Integrated Customer Solutions group, which includes sourcing, purchasing, supplier and inventory management and customer service activities. Debbie began her career in 1979 with the U.S. Navy, where she served as a Data Processing Technician for five years. From there, she went on to work for Systems Research and Applications Corp. before becoming the sole proprietor of Focused Consulting from 1996 to 2007. In this role, she worked with telecommunications companies sharing her expertise in the areas of project management, strategic business planning, process reengineering, supplier optimization, and organizational design. Debbie joined KMM in 2007.

What I love about being a part of KMM…
Being able to assist customers in resolving issues and meeting customer objectives.
Words to live by…

“To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.”


Debbie Smith

Vice President, Integrated Customer Solutions

Mike KerstetterDirector, Technology

In addition to managing all in-house software development, Mike is responsible for software purchases, implementation, and network design for KMM members of the Strategic Supplier Program. Prior to joining KMM in 1994, Mike worked in the transportation industry for eight years, where his responsibilities included partial development of dispatching and rate scheduling software.


Mike Kerstetter

Director, Technology


Scott Fryar, Esq.General Counsel

Scott brings almost four decades of experience to KMM, where he is responsible for overseeing and managing all legal affairs for the company. Scott began his career with Texas Instruments Incorporated in 1979, where he served as a Business Services Manager and Senior Contracts Specialist. In 1988, Scott joined Ericsson, where he specialized in negotiations and management, intellectual property rights, regulatory compliance, and supply-side services and materials acquisition. Prior to joining KMM in 2015, Scott served as Assistant General Counsel for Ericsson. Scott earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received his J.D. degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law.

What are you best known for professionally?
I have a consistent reputation among those who I have given legal support of being very un-lawyerlike in how I approach my job. I’m generally regarded as part of the team on a business management level, and my nickname “Legal Dude” at Ericsson was a true term of endearment from my coworkers.
What I love about being a part of KMM…

Moving KMM’s business objectives and strategies forward by removing legal obstacles.


Scott Fryar, Esq.

General Counsel

Maria CortezDirector, Human Resources, Communications & Marketing (HRCM)

Maria Cortez joined KMM in October 2016 after working in the Human Resource Department at Warner Bros. in California. She comes to us with an extensive background in HR, starting in 2002 where her focus was in employee benefits. As her career evolved her HR experience brought her into the pharmaceutical and dental industries in New York. Maria holds a Master’s in Human Resources Management, completing a graduate thesis exploring an exploration of methods to streamline HR.

What I love about being a part of KMM…
Working with employees at all different levels in every department of the organization provides different ongoing challenges for HR. I enjoy partnering with employees to empower them and help them overcome obstacles for the betterment of themselves and KMM.
Words to live by...

“None of us is as smart as all of us.” –Ken Blanchard


Maria Cortez

Director, Human Resources, Communications & Marketing (HRCM)