Overwhelming demand at the network edge is causing unprecedented investments by wireless, wireline, MSO and content companies. This investment is expected to continue indefinitely.
Congruex is a group of seasoned industry executives bringing together leading engineering and construction companies across the US. Congruex is a company with unique capabilities built on experiences ranging from network development, engineering, construction and operations. Our customers benefit from the integral capabilities that the Congruex companies offer as a single discipline, or as a turn-key solution.
Congruex is backed by Crestview Partners. Founded in 2004, Crestview is a value-oriented private equity firm focused on the middle market. The firm is based in New York and manages funds with over $7 billion of aggregate capital commitments. The firm is led by a group of partners who have complementary experience and distinguished backgrounds in private equity, finance, operations and management. Crestview has senior investment professionals focused on sourcing and managing investments in each of the specialty areas of the firm: media, industrials, energy and financial services. For more information: www.crestview.com.
We empower our partners with innovative turn-key solutions and complete self-perform capabilities.
Our team has lead the development, deployment and operations of over 20 billion dollars of broadband networks over the last 25 years.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
With more than 28 years’ leadership experience in building and operating businesses, Mr. Beans has led both start-up and established companies. Mr. Beans is currently the President, CEO, and co-founder of Congruex, LLC, an engineering and construction company focused on the network and utility industries. Prior to co-founding Congruex, he was the founder, Chairman and CEO of Open Range Communications, a wireless company targeting rural broadband deployments in over 200 markets. Prior to Open Range, he served as President of TeleTech Holdings, one of the largest call center operators in the world. He previously served as Director, President, and COO of ICG Communications and prior to that was SVP ATT Local Services (previously Teleport Communications Group.) Mr. Beans started his career in the construction business working for Peter Kiewit Sons’.
Mr. Beans earned a BS In Construction Management from the University of Nebraska’s College of Engineering.
With more than 30 years’ leadership experience in building and operating businesses, Mr. O’Hara has led a number of organizations from inception through periods of rapid growth. Mr. O’Hara is currently the Executive Chairman and co-founder of Congruex, LLC, an engineering and construction company focused on the network and utility industries. Prior to starting Congruex, he served as President and CEO of Integra Telecom where he was responsible for turning around the financially troubled communications service provider. Prior to Integra, he was a co-founder of Level 3 Communications and served as its President and Chief Operating Officer, helping to lead it from its inception to $4.2 billion of annual revenue. Prior to Level 3, he served as president and CEO of MFS Global Network Services, where he helped lead the growth of MFS from a single city service provider to a provider with international reach. During his tenure at MFS, annual revenue grew from less than $10M to more than $2 billion. Mr. O’Hara started his career in the construction business working for Peter Kiewit Sons.
Mr. O’Hara currently serves on the board of directors for RigNet Communications, a NASDAQ listed company that services the oil and gas industry. He was Chairman of the Board of Elemental Technologies, the market-leading video processing technology company, until the sale of Elemental to Amazon in October 2015. He also served on the board of Integra Telecom for 5 years, including approximately one year as chairman of the board prior to being named CEO. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Drexel University.
Mr. O’Hara earned a BSEE from Drexel University and an MBA from the University of Chicago
Brian Cassidy joined Crestview in 2004 and is a partner of the firm and a member of the Investment Committee. Brian is also the head of Crestview’s media investing strategy. Prior to Crestview, Brian worked in private equity at Boston Ventures, where he invested in companies in the media and communications, entertainment and business services industries. He also worked for one year as the acting CFO of a portfolio company. Previously, Brian was an investment banking analyst at Alex. Brown & Sons, where he completed a range of financing and M&A assignments for companies in the consumer and business services sectors. In addition to Congruex, Brian is a director of CORE Media Group, Camping World Holdings, NEP Group, Interoute Communications and WOW!. Previously, he was involved with ValueOptions, OneLink Communications, Charter Communications, Insight Communications and Cumulus Media.
Brian received an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and an A.B. in physics from Harvard College.
Mr. Kilpatrick is a Principal at Crestview Partners and joined the firm in 2009 after receiving his Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In addition to Congruex, Mr. Kilpatrick is currently a director of Crestview portfolio companies Camping World Holdings, Inc., the parent company of CORE Media Group and NYDJ Apparel and was previously a director of Accuride Group Holdings, Inc. and Symbion, Inc.
Mr. Kilpatrick received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University.
With scale operations leadership experience at the forefront of disruptive technologies and sustainable business models, John Schanz has brought together distinguished technology and business leaders to design, build, and operate the world’s most powerful and reliable networks. In his early days at Sprint and Aol,John has also been recognized as a key contributor to the massive scaling and advancement of Internet infrastructure.
As the former Chief Network Officer at Comcast, John led 5,000 FTEs and transformed the culture and talent to champion changes from historic norms. In collaboration with peers and field colleagues, John scaled the world’s largest 24xForever network and infrastructure, which supports five multibillion-dollar business units. John also has global hyperscale experiences with cloud-based software delivered products & services, digital transformations, OSS/BSS platforms, cybersecurity, self-service customer platforms, big data & high-velocity analytics, AdTech stacks, and more. John earned an Electrical Engineering degree at Manhattan College. The Chairman of the FCC appointed John to chair the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council.
Currently, John is a Senior Advisor at BBH Capital Partners, a TDF Venture Partner, and is on the Board of Congruex and Stream Companies. John is also a Strategic Advisor to both Dejero Labs and A2C IT Consulting. With a strong personal commitment to advancing high-quality education , he serves as a Board member of Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School and Anderson Orthopaedic Research Institute. He enjoys spending time at the beach with his wife and three children, and is an avid muscle-car enthusiast.
Robert Vrij brings 25 years of industry experience, most recently serving as senior vice president of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) Enterprise Group and managing director of HPE Americas. Prior to joining HPE, Vrij spent five years at Alcatel-Lucent, where he was the executive vice president and chief of global sales and marketing as well as president and chairman of Alcatel-Lucent USA. In this role, Vrij was responsible for direct and indirect sales in 145 countries – managing $15 billion in sales, as well as global alliances, marketing, and communications. Prior to ALU, Vrij worked almost a decade at AT&T and Lucent Technologies, advancing from sales management to become president and CEO of Lucent Technologies for EMEA. He has run a small to mid-size public company and worked as an executive in start-ups such as Openwave Systems, a leading provider of software applications and infrastructure, and Genband Inc., a provider of IP solutions to service providers.
Robert holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Southwest Texas State University and a Master of Business Administration from St. Thomas University in Houston.
Bill Beans, Jr, Chief Executive Officer
Charles Marsh, Chief Revenue Officer
Ian O’Brien, Chief Innovation Officer
Caroline Schuster, Chief People Officer
Andy Carlson, Chief Financial Officer
Patrick Sadler, SVP, Finance & Group Controller
Lorrie Pope, General Manager, CHC Consulting
Adam White, General Manager, White Construction
Todd Briner, General Manager, Terra Technologies
Steve Schwing, General Manager, HHS Construction
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