With more than 25 years’ experience as a Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Finance management Marshall has been involved in all levels of finance and accounting with several major U.S. Corporations. Mr. Erb’s experience includes finance manager of Sprint Communications, Western Regional Director of Finance and Accounting for XO Communications, Chief Financial Officer for Envirocare of Utah, Corporate Treasurer for EnergySolutions, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, and currently as CFO of Veracity Networks.
He has successfully founded and executively led two successful start-up companies: EnergySolutions and XO Communications. As a founding member and Corporate Treasurer of EnergySolutions, he played an integral role in preparing the company to be listed as a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange. In his time at EnergySolutions, Marshall successfully led the finance team in eight domestic and international acquisitions ($2.1 billion in revenue). His span of control included: managing the company’s relationship with Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s, Citibank, and investors; developing and managing the risk mitigation strategy; administering debt covenants ($900 million); leading the contracts and procurement organizations; developing and managing the strategy and protocols for leasing facilities throughout the U.S. and Europe (15 building leases). Marshall has experience as the lead senior-executive in developing the process and protocol for several corporate governance policies. He drafted the finance internal controls for SOX compliance requirements.
Marshall was appointed by the governor of Utah to serve on the board of trustee’s for Southern Utah University.
Founder and CRO
Having spent more than 20 years in the Telecom industry Drew Peterson’s career experience includes transitioning from the early days of long distance to the more modern era of the CLEC business model, and leading/guiding several start-up companies. During his telecom tenure Drew has honed the skills required to lead and manage emerging companies while achieving company goals and objectives. Shortly after beginning his career with Access Long Distance, Peterson quickly proved his leadership abilities. When McLeodUSA acquired Access Long Distance Drew received the assignment to lead the Western Region sales organization. In addition to these responsibilities, Drew was tasked with launching three new markets: Idaho, Montana, and Utah. Although garnering numerous Sales, Marketing, and Management awards while at McLeod, Drew’s most cherished accomplishment is consistently leading his team in achieving and exceeding objectives.
Led by natural entrepreneurial instincts, Drew became one of the founders of Veracity Communications. Under Drew’s leadership Veracity Communications became a CLEC, implemented Sonus Class 4, 5 and VoIP Switches, expanded their data network, and achieved year over year compound revenue growth, from 2002 – 2008, exceeding 500%. As Veracity Communications continued their exceptional growth they were approached by Broadweave Networks, a competitor, to combine entities and agreed to a merger thereby forming Veracity Networks. Led by Drew and his Executive Team, Veracity Networks continues to realize the synergies and exceptional growth of merging both companies. Under Drew’s leadership Veracity Networks has been awarded the best telecom provider 3 out of the last 4 years by “Best of State” and has been nominated nationally by the Stevie Awards the last two years as the best Telecommunications company for sales and service. Veracity Networks exceptional growth has also been recognized by “Mountain West 100” and “Utah fast 50” as the fastest growing companies 4 years in a row. Personally Drew has been recognized by Utah Business Magazine as one of the top 40 executives under 40 and one of the Top CEO’s in 2012.
President and COO
With more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Scott Nelson brings extensive leadership as President and Chief Operating Officer of Veracity Networks. His experience spans leadership in the wireline and wireless industries, including fiber optic, voice, data, wireless broadband, and customer premise equipment.
Prior to joining Veracity Networks, Mr. Nelson was Chief Operating Officer and President of 1Velocity Inc. 1Velocity constructed the world’s largest deployment of millimeter-wave wireless technologies. Mr. Nelson was key in pioneering the design and deployment of this technology in a Metro-Ethernet network. He was instrumental in the execution of its business plan and subsequent growth. Previously Scott served as the President of XO Communications’ West Region. In his role as Regional President Mr Nelson was responsible for over 300 employees across many markets (including two of XO’s largest markets: Los Angeles and San Francisco), and building and managing a P&L of over $275 million.
Mr. Nelson was a Founder and Vice President General Manager for NEXTLINK with responsibilities for building the Utah and Las Vegas markets from the initial start. He oversaw all operations of the business and led his respective teams to construct city-wide fiber-optic networks of over 500 miles of fiber in each market. Under Mr. Nelson’s leadership revenues exceeded $100 million combined.
Chief Technology Officer
As Veracity Networks Chief Technical Officer, Chris Modesitt has developed and deployed numerous technological and engineering innovations enhancing network performance, stability, and reliability. Chris’s Engineering and Information Technology background perpetuates Veracity to consistently improve the efficiency and utilization of our network, thereby providing solution-oriented benefits to our customers. As one of the Founders of Veracity, Mr. Modesitt’s engineering knowledge was requisite in Veracity receiving their CLEC status as well as designing and implementing many of the products Veracity now offers its customers, from legacy products (T1, DS3, DSL) to fiber optics-based offerings and advanced data features VPLS, MPLS, Advanced QOS and IPV6.
Mr. Modesitt’s leadership has proven crucial in the development of Veracity’s core infrastructure, network strategies and operating protocols. His consistent approach to grooming the network positions the Company for sustained customer growth. Chris began his telecom career in 2000, and has rapidly ascended over the last 15 years becoming instrumental in stationing Veracity at the top in technology deployment and customer facing solutions. From the early origins of implementing an 802.11b wireless network to building a dynamic fiber optic and copper wire medium, Chris’s organization continues to engineer and deliver state of the art telecommunication results.
Executive VP Sales & Marketing
Using his more than 25 years of management and leadership experience in technology-based companies Randy Christensen leads Veracity Networks Sales and Marketing organizations. As Vice President of Sales and Marketing Randy is responsible for Veracity’s marketing and sales efforts including: residential, agent channel sales, direct commercial sales, account management sales and marketing efforts. Using his broad background in both sales and marketing Randy has implemented extensive system enhancements and efficiencies within the sales organization, as well as, created repeatable and predictable marketing strategy templates. Mr. Christensen’s use of product knowledge coupled with understanding the requirements to deliver innovative solutions to customers guides Veracity’s product development team. His collaborate efforts with Engineering and Operations has allowed Veracity to present innovative solutions aimed at increasing productivity and efficiency within the Company. As a result, Veracity has experienced year over year sales growth and achieved multiple sales and marketing awards including: Utah’s Best Telecom, Utah Fast 50, Mountain West top 100 and Utah Valleys top 50 Companies.
Under Randy’s leadership, Veracity’s Community Enhancement Program continues to seek opportunities that reach out and serve youth based initiatives. He currently sits on the Board of the Jimmer Fredette Family Foundation, a charitable organization chartered to benefit underprivileged families in our community while furthering the cause to eliminate bullying in our schools.
Christina Jackson, SHRM-SPC
VP of Human Resources
Ms. Jackson’s career in Human Resources covers a wide range of disciplines and assignments. She has worked in both the not for profit and for profit sectors and has experienced first hand the requirements to effectively protect the company as well as its employees. Christina’s knowledge and understanding of employee and company labor protection statutes, rules, and regulations provide great benefits for Veracity Networks when dealing with hiring and disciplining matters.
As a degreed and senior certified Human Development leader, Ms. Jackson has developed and implemented an Employee Handbook, drafted the hiring and discipline processes, oversaw the development of compliance and regulatory statutes as well as health and safety guidelines. Ms. Jacksons’ roles include: lead chair on policy and process committee, lead negotiator with benefit underwriters relative to employee welfare benefits, coaching and mentoring management on employee development and training, and maintaining employee records and managing the payroll process.
Christina serves on numerous philanthropic boards and committees associated with Veracity’s charitable initiative. Serving as a board member on the Bikes For Kids foundation Christina coordinated the effort to annually collect and donate 1,000 bikes to 1,000 underprivileged children. As an active member of her Community Ms. Jackson and her family provide a visible presence for Veracity Networks and our charitable endeavors.
Executive VP of Customer Service
Mike began his career on July 1st 1987 with Tel America Long Distance, at the time the nation’s largest privately held telecommunications company with over 400 employees in 5 states. Mike started in sales and moved on to become sales manager, GM, and eventually Vice President of Operations. Mike is now the Executive VP of Customer Relations for Veracity Networks, a locally owned telecom company, where he is also a part owner. Mike and his wife Tami are the parents of four Daughters with 8 grandkids. He loves the outdoors and traveling.