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Meet Our Management Team

When selecting a service provider for your school district’s fiber wide area network, we think it is important to know the team you are counting on. Here’s a little more about the Velocity Fiber team members (in alphabetical order by first name) who will be working diligently to build and operate your E-rate Category 1 eligible fiber WAN, and we look forward to getting to know you too!

Darren Bonawitz
Darren BonawitzFounder & CEO
Darren Bonawitz has over 25 years of experience in the information technology, data center and telecommunications industries. Prior to founding Velocity Fiber, he co-founded and was the original investor in WANRack, LLC, a CLEC that grew to provide leased lit fiber solutions in 13 states during his tenure.

Before pursuing opportunities as a CLEC, Darren spent much of the previous decade in the data center and telecommunications interconnection space. He was co-owner and CEO of 1102 Grand in Kansas City, and under his guidance, the carrier hotel facility became one of the most network-rich, core interconnection environments in the Central Midwest.

Darren is also an angel investor in telecommunications, hardware, and software companies, has sat on several entrepreneurship and technology speaking panels and been interviewed and quoted on television, radio, and by a wide range of publications including The Kansas City Business Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times.

Cynthia B. Schultz, Esq.
Cynthia B. Schultz, Esq.Federal Regulatory and Compliance Counsel
Cynthia Schultz is one of the nation’s leading experts in E-rate and federal broadband compliance and is passionate in her work to close the digital divide. She serves as Regulatory and Compliance Counsel for Velocity Fiber and is also Managing Member of Broadband Law Group. A few highlights of her distinguished career include:

– General Counsel and Partner at Patton Boggs, LLP in Washington D.C., where she specialized in technology and communications law with a focus on USF Programs such as E-rate and Rural Healthcare and other federal and state technology grants.

– Director of Compliance and Audits for the $4.7B Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) at the National Telecommunications & Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

– Director of Service Provider Support for the $2.25B E-rate Program at USAC, where she managed compliance issues and advocated on behalf of over 4,000 service providers nationally.

Greg Elliott
Greg ElliottSVP, Customer Solutions & Satisfaction
Prior to joining Velocity Fiber, Greg oversaw sales for 1102 Grand (now Netrality Properties) which became one of the largest Internet interconnection hubs in the Midwest. He brings a unique insight into how the Internet works behind the scenes and has extensive experience working with school districts as well as with regional education networks.

Greg is passionate about helping connect as many people as possible to affordable broadband across the United States and is active in several educational and telecommunications organizations including Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition (The SHLB Coalition or SHLB). In addition, Greg is on the Board of Directors with the KC Tech Council and Overland Park, Kansas, Arts and Recreation Foundation.

Mary White
Mary WhiteDirector, Fiber Infrastructure
Mary began her professional life in public education working with children with disabilities. It was in this space that she saw firsthand the influence that technology and access to it has on a student’s and/or teacher’s success in and out of the classroom.

After several years in public education, Mary transitioned to the telecom sector by joining Zayo Group. As a member of the E-rate team, she was able to blend her passions and was heavily involved with network implementation, design, estimation and project management of fiber networks for school districts across the country.

Steve Morgan
Steve MorganDirector, Engineering & Outside Plant Construction
Steve owned an outside plant (OSP) construction company for 22 years. What started as a small, 2-person company eventually grew to 50 employees with annual revenue of nearly $10 million, building communication networks in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, as well as multiple states throughout the Midwest.

Since selling his company, Steve has spent the past 10 years focused on the design and construction of E-rate eligible WANs for K-12 school districts in nearly 20 states. His knowledge of FCC guidelines and NEC specifications coupled with his hands-on experience with project planning and execution is part of the reason he is recognized as an expert in the industry.

Emily Lomaka
Emily LomakaDirector, Finance & Compliance
Emily has almost 25 years’ experience in the construction and construction engineering fields. Her practical knowledge of the industry is well rounded and stems from operating within a variety of roles, including proposal writing, project administration and management, project auditing and reporting, and full cycle accounting functions.

Prior to Velocity Fiber, she handled day-to-day accounting and telecommunications compliance filings for WANRack, an E-rate Category 1 Service Provider, working with local municipalities and government and regulatory officials in 13 states. Her multifaceted experience has provided her with the balanced insight needed to successfully negotiate both client and vendor relations.

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