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President and CEO of US Cable Corp., James Pearson was
part of an investor group formed to purchase the company
in 1994. As Chairman of Smart City Holdings, he
represents investor interests and regularly applies his
extensive telecommunications background to provide
valuable insight to the management team.
Pearson joined US Cable as Chief Financial Officer in
1982 and became President and CEO in 1990. He serves on
the board of the National Cable and Telecommunications
Association and is a director of several private
He received his B.S. degree in commerce,
cum laude, from Washington and Lee University in 1976
and holds an MBA from Indiana University.
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Martin A. Rubin
Chief Executive Officer and
Martin Rubin has been responsible for all aspects of
Smart City including operations, finance, strategic
planning and all FCC and PUC regulatory matters. Rubin
negotiated acquisition of the business from Wiltel and
Houston Sports Association and developed a successful
purchase package for the buyout of Vista-United, Walt
Disney World's in-house telecommunications company.
Rubin was formerly President of DCT Communications,
Inc., an FCC license holder of wireless spectrum for
voice and data communications in the 38 Ghz band, which
was sold to Advance Radio Telecom in 1997 for $75
million. In 1993, he was the President of Raptor
Systems, Inc., a leading software developer of Internet
firewall technology that was sold to AXENT for $225
million. Previously, he served as president and COO of
AutoInfo, Inc. and vice president of Corporate
Information Systems of JP Morgan Chase.
Professionally, Rubin has received numerous honors
including election to the United States Telecom
Association Board of Directors, the title of
Distinguished Entrepreneur for 2004 by the
Entrepreneurship Institute at Rollins College and
selection as the 2005 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the
Year for Florida in the Technology category. He received
his B.S. degree in economics from the
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
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Chief Financial Officer
Karen Linder has served as a financial consultant to the
company since 1998 and is responsible for the financial
and administrative departments of both Smart City and US
Before that she was Chief Financial Officer of
InterMedia Partners and a vice president of the Bank of
New York. She also volunteers on the finance committee
for the Basilica of St. Mary.
She holds a B.S. degree from Northwestern
University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
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Smart City Networks
As the President of Smart City Networks, L.P., Mark Haley leads the company’s strategic and operational development as well as the efforts of all corporate administration. Mr. Haley guides the company in the critical areas of data network design and deliverance to our clients.
Mr. Haley has over twenty years of experience with the tradeshows and corporate events in North America. Before joining Smart City, Haley was the vice president of facilities for the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority. During his time with the LVCVA, Haley had a significant impact on the organization, launching the customer experience department before transitioning to his executive role overseeing the facilities department.
Prior to the LVCVA, Haley was with Aramark for 23 years during which he held a variety of operating positions in Aramark’s Sports and Entertainment Division, culminating with his role as executive vice president of Aramark’s Convention & Cultural Attractions Group.
Haley is involved with the local Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, along with the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM), and International Association of Exhibition and Events (IAEE).
He holds a BS degree in accounting from University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.
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Ronnie C. Patterson
Vice President, Operations
Support, training and day-to-day management for our
General Managers, Smart City Vice President of
Operations, Ronnie Patterson, epitomizes these skills,
refined over his 30 years of management and operations
in the telecommunications and convention industries.
Previously serving national corporations such as
Lockheed Martin, Rolm Corporation and now Smart City,
Mr. Patterson’s operational systems have been and will
be the backbone to our Company’s startup service
As a Regional Operation Manager for Wiltel
Communications, Ron Patterson won the prestigious
President’s Award in 1989 and had direct management and
P&L responsibility for one hundred plus employees for
Lockheed Martin TOP program throughout the USA. (50+
sites, 100,000 ports). Regional Operation Manager.
While with Rolm Corporation (Division of IBM) as a Major
Accounts Sales Representative he was elected a member of
Rolm’s National President’s Circle, with sales in excess
of 150% of annual objective.
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Vice President, Technology
A core element of the company’s data network design is Smart City
Networks’ Vice President of Technology, David Langford. Degreed in
communications systems management, Mr. Langford cut his teeth early on
with the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Network & Services
project, where he served as a leader in the Network Operations Center
deploying the first national pre-Internet high-speed IP infrastructure.
In the mid-90s, he developed the Sales Engineering division at AOL.
Building from that, he joined UUnet Technologies and built a team that
traveled with FORTUNE 500 companies to support their events, installing
temporary data network capabilities often where none existed.
Since coming to Smart City, Mr. Langford directed the design and
implementation of the Las Vegas Network Operations Center (NOC) that
monitors Smart City networks across the country. He developed the voice
and data networks in thirteen of the nations most prestigious convention
centers. He and his team also created some of the world’s largest WiFi
hot spots, including the wireless network at the Las Vegas Convention
Center and the 126 acre outdoor campus at LazyDays RV Center in Florida.
Langford received his B.S. degree in communication systems
management from Ohio University.
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Smart City Telecom
Chief Operating Officer
John Cascio brings to Smart City a career that parallels the
growth and competitive nature of the telecommunications
industry. Before Smart City, he served as Vice
President responsible for marketing, sales, and service
of Sprint’s communication portfolio to the Southeastern
Sprint, John credits his entry level sales position with
Xerox and his early career with Rolm, an emerging
digital PBX manufacturer for laying a great foundation. In his own words,
"the phenomenal sales training at Xerox combined with
the entrepreneurial pace at Rolm helped me develop a
respect for establishing clear objectives leading to
consistent performance as an individual and leader,
especially in our chaotic and rapidly changing
On growing as a leader, John refers back to 1991 when he was recruited
by United Telephone in North Carolina to "bring a
competitive mindset to a regulated organization."
He holds a BS degree from the
University of Maryland.
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James T. Schumacher
Vice President, Finance & Administration
Since 2001, James Schumacher has led the finance and
administration functions for Smart City Telecom. His team is
responsible for finance and accounting, information technology,
human resources and logistics services. He is also responsible
for regulatory and legal compliance.
From 1991 to 2001,
Schumacher served as the manager of business affairs for
Vista-United Telecommunications. He also served as the manager
of regulatory affairs (1985 - 1991) and manager of revenues
(1981 - 1985). Schumacher received his M.B.A. from the Crummer
School of Business at Rollins College in Orlando, Fla. and his
B.S.B.A. in accounting from the University of Florida in
Gainesville. He also did graduate work in theology at
the Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.
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Vice President, Technology Services
Carlos Palenzuela brings to Smart City a twenty-year career in the telecommunications industry where he was known for his leadership, professionalism and attention to customer satisfaction.
In his twenty years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Carlos has worked in engineering, sales, network operations and network services. Prior to joining Smart City, Carlos served as the District Manager for Embarq in Central Florida. During his tenure at Embarq, his network services team earned numerous awards for Best in Class Key Service Measures.
As the Vice President of Technology Services, Carlos is responsible for overseeing Network Services, Engineering, Construction, and Operations.
Carlos holds a BS degree from Florida State University and is a licensed Florida Professional Engineer.
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