Mr. French is President and Chief Executive Officer for Shentel. He is responsible for the overall leadership and strategic direction of the Company. He has served as President since 1988, and has been a member and Chairman of the Board of Directors since 1996. Prior to appointment as President, Mr. French held a variety of positions with the Company, including Vice President Network Service and Executive Vice President. Mr. French holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Virginia. He has held board and officer positions in both state and national telecommunication associations, including service as a director of the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO) and was president and director of the Virginia Telecommunications Industry Association. Mr. French is currently a member of the Leadership Committee of the USTelecom Association.
Mr. Heimbach is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Shentel. He joined the Company in May 2018, and is a twenty-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, having served in a variety of senior management roles with both large corporations and entrepreneurial start-ups. He most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of Rise Broadband, the nation’s largest fixed wireless service provider, with responsibility for sales, marketing, product management, engineering, construction, field and customer operations, and corporate strategy. Prior to joining Rise Broadband, Mr. Heimbach held several executive positions at Cincinnati Bell (NYSE:CBB) over a 14-year period including Chief Operating Officer; Senior Vice President/General Manager, Business and Carrier Markets; Vice President and General Manager of the Evolve Business Solutions subsidiary; Vice President Product Development; Director, Small and Medium Business Strategy; Director of Operations, Extended Territories; and Product Manager. Mr. Heimbach is committed to a number of charitable causes and has served on several non-profit boards and is an active investor and board member to a handful of small privately held companies and start-ups. He is also a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Mr. Ostroski is General Counsel, Vice President Legal and Corporate Secretary for Shentel. He joined Shentel in 2013 and is responsible for all legal and regulatory compliance matters for the Company. He also acts as Corporate Secretary to the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Ostroski began his career in the telecommunications industry in 1985, and has served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for One Communications, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for RCN Corporation and Senior Vice President and General Counsel of C-TEC Corporation. Mr. Ostroski earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Wilkes University and also earned a Juris Doctor degree from Temple University School of Law.
Mr. McKay is Senior Vice President Engineering and Operations for Shentel. He is responsible for network planning, engineering, construction and operations for Shentel’s networks. He was promoted to Senior Vice President in September 2015. Previously he was Vice President - Wireline and Engineering. Mr. McKay joined Shentel in 2004, and began his telecommunications industry career in 1996, including previous engineering management positions at UUNET and Verizon. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering. He represents the Company on the Board of ValleyNet.
Mr. Pirtle is Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing. He was promoted to Senior Vice President in September 2015. His previous position was Vice President Wireless, responsible for Shentel’s Wireless segment. He joined the Company in 1992, as Vice President Network Services responsible for Shentel's technology decisions, maintenance and operation of its telephone, cable, cellular, paging and fiber optics networks. He helped launch Shentel's Internet business in 1994, and led its participation in its wireless PCS business and Sprint affiliation beginning in 1995. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia. Mr. Pirtle is a co-founder of the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council and has represented the Company on the Board of ValleyNet. Mr. Pirtle currently serves on the CTIA and CCA boards of directors. He will serve as chairman of the CCA board in 2019.
Mr. Whitaker is Senior Vice President Fiber Operations of Shentel’s regional fiber optic initiatives. He was promoted to Senior Vice President in September 2015. Mr. Whitaker joined Shentel in 2004, through the Shentel acquisition of NTC Communications. He previously was COO of NTC Communications, and served as Vice President of Network Operations at Broadslate Networks, Director of Wireless Operations for nTelos, and was Co-Founder and Vice President of Nat-Com, Incorporated. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) in Lenexa, Kansas. Mr. Whitaker is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV.
Mr. Baughman is Vice President Information Technology Special Projects at Shentel. He began his career in 1991, working with the Navy and entered the telecommunications industry in 1995, working for companies including Bellcore/Telcordia, AT&T, Lucent, WINfirst and SureWest. He joined the Company in 2006, and is responsible for all of the back-office software and infrastructure systems at Shentel. Mr. Baughman has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College and an MS in Optics from the University of Rochester.
Mr. Brooks is Vice President Wireless Sales for Shentel, a position he has held since August 2015. He is responsible for all sales, distribution and operations of the Sprint, Boost and Virgin products under the Shentel affiliate agreement. He began his wireless career in 1990, with Atlantic Cellular and also worked for United States Cellular. He joined Shentel in 1995, and has experience in Sales, Marketing, Operations and multi-channel distribution. Mr. Brooks has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Shepherd University.
Mr. Folk is Vice President Wireless Operations. He is responsible for all operational aspects of Shentel’s Wireless Network, including switch and cell site operations. He joined Shentel in 2005, as a Field Operations Manager in Converged Services. He was promoted to Director of Customer Service in March 2009, and then Vice President Customer Service in April 2012. In September 2015, he became Vice President Wireless Network Operations. Mr. Folk began his telecommunications career in 1992, with various levels of responsibility in the communications field of the U.S. Air Force. Before joining Shentel he was a Program Manager on several multi-million dollar Telecommunications and Records Management contracts with the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Folk is a graduate of the University of Maryland with bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Information Technology Management from Colorado Tech University.
Mr. Kyle serves as Vice President Industry Affairs and Regulatory. He is responsible for negotiating programming agreements and is the primary contact with local, state and federal legislators and regulators. He joined the company in 2003, and has led projects in acquisitions, business development, long-range planning and Shentel Cable marketing and sales. Mr. Kyle began his career in 1994, and has experience in telecommunications, consumer products and investment banking. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon College and a master’s degree from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and has held positions at Cable & Wireless, Broadslate and Craigie, Inc. (BB&T).
Mr. Meenan is Vice President Wireless Network Development at Shentel. He is responsible for the advancement and improvement of the wireless cell site network. Mr. Meenan joined Shentel in 2016, after serving as Vice President Engineering at nTelos Wireless. He worked for nTelos Wireless from 1995 to 20168, and held numerous leadership positions in engineering, cell site development, operations and sales. Mr. Meenan holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bucknell University, and has an MBA from Averett University.
Mr. Turtora is Vice President Accounting and Planning at Shentel. He joined the Company through the acquisition of nTelos, where he served as Vice President and Controller since 2012. Mr. Turtora started his telecommunications career in 1993, including 12 years at Centennial Communications where he served as Vice President and Controller of its Caribbean division. Mr. Turtora earned a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from Villanova University.
Mrs. Washington is Vice President Marketing at Shentel where she is responsible for marketing and product development. She joined Shentel in 2010, as a Marketing Manager, and was promoted to Vice President of Customer Service in August 2015. Prior to her time at Shentel, she served as Director of Marketing and Sales at JetBroadband in Rustburg, VA. Shentel purchased JetBroadband in 2010. Mrs. Washington also worked as a Business and Residential Marketing Specialist for Cox Communications in Roanoke, VA. She is a graduate of Ferrum College and holds a master’s degree in Business Administration. She is past president of the Virginia Chapter of Women in Cable Television.