WISPA Announces Board Election Results, Electing Dave Giles, Todd Harpest and Daniel White
Washington, DC, July 9, 2019 – WISPA announced Dave Giles, Todd Harpest and Daniel White as the winners of its 2019 Board of Directors election. Giles, Harpest, and White will serve a three-year term ending in 2022, and are replacing previous Board Members Dennis Burgess, Garth Nicholas, and Mike Whelan.
Dave Giles is GM, Fixed Wireless Manager for Midco, based in Sioux Falls, SD. On a day-to-basis, Giles focuses his efforts on M&A opportunities for the company, which serves customers in Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Giles owned a WISP for 17 years, giving him experience in almost all areas of WISP operations, including startup challenges, spectrum ownership, tower ownership and site leasing, to name but a few. Dave is actively involved in local economic development matters and was once the Chairman of the National Sunflower Association Confectionary Committee. Giles is also a past WISP PAC Board Director, as well as the winner of the WISPA President’s Award of Excellence.
Todd Harpest co-founded MetaLINK Technologies 23 years ago as a dial-up ISP located in his home basement in Defiance, OH. Today, MetaLINK is a broadband provider utilizing both wireless and fiber technologies. Harpest, who sold his interest in the company in 2009, remains as the company’s External Affairs and Regulatory Director. Todd has been heavily engaged in his local community as a board member of the Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement, and Defiance Area Foundation, among numerous other affiliations. Harpest has long-been active with WISPA promoting the causes of the WISP industry as a member of the Policy Committee, and presently also chairs the State Coordinator Committee.
Daniel White has spent over 14 years in the ISP industry, climbing towers, engineering wireless systems, and managing sales and operations for equipment manufacturers and distributors. Currently, White is Co-Founder of Las Vegas-based Atheral, a white-label VoIP and IPTV provider for WISPs looking to offer telephony and television services on their existing networks. Daniel has previously served on the WISPA Board of Directors from 2015-2016. Before strapping on a climbing harness and getting his hands dirty in telecommunications, White proudly served in the Marine Corps.
“We had tremendous interest among WISPA’s membership for this board election,” noted Trina Coffey, WISPA VP of Events and Operations. “13 candidates competed for the three open seats, which brought in nearly a third more votes from our 800 members than the last election,” she added. “I think this reflects not only the high quality and diversity of the candidate pool, but also the fact that the WISP industry is exploding with growth and opportunity, and our members want to ensure WISPA has the right people to guide the association as it grows with the industry.”
Claude Aiken, WISPA president and CEO, agreed, saying, “Dave, Todd and Daniel bring such immense experience and excitement to the table. I know they and our other Board Members will chart a smart and nimble course to meet the operational, technological and policy challenges the industry faces in the coming years.” He noted, “These guys know what it takes to get broadband out to rural America and will be a huge asset for the WISP industry. I look forward to working with them in this new capacity.”
WISPA congratulates Dave, Todd and Daniel on their new posts; thanks Dennis, Garth and Mike for their contribution to the Board; and would like to thank all the candidates who took the time to participate, campaign, and for being willing to serve on our Board.
WISPA’s approximately 800 members are composed of fixed Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) and the industry that supports fixed wireless broadband, including equipment suppliers, support services, and other components needed to run a successful business. Our members, and WISPs, in general, provide broadband access to over 4 million residential and business customers, often in exclusively rural areas.