Marc Ganzi - Executive Chairman
Marc Ganzi is a successful real estate and telecommunications entrepreneur. In addition to serving as Executive Chairman of Vertical Bridge, he is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Digital Bridge Holdings, LLC. He previously co-founded Global Tower Partners (GTP), an owner and operator of communications, real estate and related companies, where he played an instrumental role in building the business, which was ultimately sold in 2013 for over $4.8 billion.
Prior to GTP, Ganzi was a consulting partner at Deutsche Bank’s DB Capital Partners overseeing the institution's radio tower sector investments in Latin and North America. His other earlier experience includes Apex Site Management and the U.S. Department of Commerce's Foreign Commercial Service Department.
Ganzi is a member of Young Presidents' Organization, a Director of Olympus Media, LLC, and a three time finalist for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Florida. He is a graduate of Wharton School of Business at the University Of Pennsylvania.
Alex Gellman - Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Alexander L. Gellman is the Chief Executive Officer of Vertical Bridge, the largest private owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure in the US.
Prior to co-founding Vertical Bridge, Mr. Gellman was President and COO of Global Tower Partners, the largest privately-held tower company in the United States. Mr. Gellman was instrumental in the sale of Global Tower Partners to American Tower Corporation in 2013 for over $4.8 billion. Previously, Mr. Gellman has been involved in a number of successful ventures, including Sonitrol Corporation, a leading provider of verified electronic security in North America where he served as President and COO until its sale to Stanley Works.
Mr. Gellman also co-founded Apex Site Management, the largest third-party manager of wireless and wireline communications sites in the U.S. Apex merged with SpectraSite Communications to create the largest telecommunications site portfolio in the United States. Following the merger, Mr. Gellman served as President and CEO of SpectraSite-Transco Communications, Ltd., a joint venture between SpectraSite and British Gas to develop tower sites in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Gellman previously served as Vice President - Development and a co-founder of Horizon Cellular Group, a start-up backed by McCaw Cellular to acquire, develop and operate rural cellular franchises in the eastern United States.
Mr. Gellman earned an MBA in Finance and Accounting from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Biology from Tufts University.
Bernard Borghei - Senior Vice President – Operations and Co-Founder
Bernard Borghei is the Co-Founder and Senior Vice President, Operations of Vertical Bridge. He is responsible for Vertical Bridge’s daily operations, regulatory compliance, vendor management, engineering services, human resources and emerging technologies.
Borghei has over 23 years of experience in wireless industries and before co-founding Vertical Bridge, he served as Senior Vice President and Partner at Global Tower Partners (GTP), where he oversaw domestic and international market operations, including a portfolio of more than 6,500 towers and 12,000 managed properties.
Borghei has also held executive and senior management positions in operations, engineering, sales, supply chain, site development, and customer care at several wireless operators and service providers including SkyBitz, Wireless Facilities, Inc. Western Wireless International, and at Triton PCS where he successfully ran operations across 24 different countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North and South America.
Bernard has a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University and an MBA in global management from the University of Phoenix. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Villanova School of Engineering.
Operations - Click to view other Operations management team membersKimberlee Steck - Senior Director of Human Resources
Kimberlee Steck is the Senior Director of Human Resources of Vertical Bridge and has over 15 years of experience in Human Resources and in the telecommunications industry. She is responsible for the human resource function, including business partnering, talent and organizational development, compensation and benefits, and human resource operations.
Prior to joining Vertical Bridge, Steck was the Senior Manager of Human Resources for American Tower Corporation. Previously, she was the Director of Human Resources for Global Tower Partners where she managed employees across the United States, Mexico, and Costa Rica.
Michael Belski - Senior Vice President – Leasing & Marketing and Co-Founder
Michael Belski is the Co-Founder and Senior Vice President, Leasing & Marketing of Vertical Bridge. He is responsible for creating deep relationships with clients, working with some of the country’s largest carriers to develop leasing contracts.
Prior to co-founding Vertical Bridge, Belski was the Senior Vice President of Leasing & Marketing at Global Tower Partners (GTP), where he was responsible for leasing and marketing the company’s portfolio of assets and securing build-to-suit contracts.
He previously held senior positions at Morrison Hershfield Corporation and SBA Communications Corporation.
Michael Romaniw - Chief Financial Officer
Mike Romaniw is the Chief Financial Officer of Vertical Bridge. He is responsible for all financial aspects of the company including accounting, finance, tax, treasury, budgeting, forecasting, and investor relations.
Prior to joining Vertical Bridge, Mike was Chief Financial Officer of the Sterling Organization, Senior Vice President of Finance for Parmenter Realty Partners, and held various tax and financial management roles at the AES Corporation. Mike started his career with Ernst & Young and has Master of Business Administration and Master of Taxation degrees from Canisius College, a BA from McMaster University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Finance - Click to view other Finance management team membersDaniela Giannoccoli - Director of Financial Planning and Analysis
Daniela Giannoccoli is the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for Vertical Bridge where she is responsible for Vertical Bridge’s planning and forecasting, and provides crucial financial perspectives to help drive the company forward. Her experience includes more than 15 years of experience in Financial Planning & Analysis as well as 5 years of experience in the wireless telecommunication industry.
Prior to joining Vertical Bridge, Giannoccoli was the Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis at Global Tower Partners where she was responsible for overseeing the budget as well as department financial reviews and capital expenditure reporting. Previously, she was the Vice President of Financial Analysis and Reporting for Maritime Telecommunication Network where she oversaw all finance and treasury functions.Beth Blazek - Controller
Beth Blazek is the Controller of Vertical Bridge and has over 20 years of experience in accounting and 12 years of experience working in the wireless telecommunications industry. Blazek is responsible for managing the finance department within Vertical Bridge including the company's financial statements, general ledger, cost accounting, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, tax compliance, and various special analyses.
Prior to joining Vertical Bridge, Blazek was Senior Accounting Manager for Tyco’s North America Installation & Services division where she was responsible for general and administrative accounting. Previously, she was the Senior Audit Manager of Partnership Accounting for AT&T Mobility.
Bob Paige - Senior Vice President of M&A
Bob Paige is the Senior Vice President of M&A of Vertical Bridge. Paige is responsible for all portfolio acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic transactions.
Prior to joining Vertical Bridge, Paige was a Principal and Telecom M&A Group Head at Brown Brothers Harriman where he led all assignments for companies in the telecommunications industry with a specific focus on the wireline and wireless sector. He also served as the Managing Director at Falkenberg Capital Corporation where he advised wireline and wireless companies in M&A transactions.
Paige started his career as a telecom lending executive with Northern Telecom and GE Capital.
Daniel Marinberg - Vice President and General Counsel
Dan Marinberg is the Vice President and General Counsel of Vertical Bridge. Marinberg is responsible for legal, regulatory and government affairs, as well as Secretary to the Board of Directors.
Prior to joining Vertical Bridge, Marinberg was a partner at top international law firm Greenberg Traurig where his practice focused on real estate including, acquisitions and dispositions of commercial real estate, financings, leasing, development, and joint venture structuring for individual properties and multi-asset portfolios. He also assisted clients with international issues arising from these transactions.
Legal - Click to view other Legal management team membersAdam Ginder - Associate General Counsel
Adam Ginder is the Associate General Counsel of Vertical Bridge. He is responsible for assisting the General Counsel on all legal, regulatory and government affairs for the company.
Prior to joining Vertical Bridge, Ginder was in-house counsel for both a leading boutique residential brokerage firm and a commercial developer. He also served as an attorney for a well-known law firm where focused on real estate litigation as well as commercial real estate transactions.
Ginder received his Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and his JD from Brooklyn Law School.
Johnny Crawford - Vice President of Development
Johnny Crawford is the Vice President Development of Vertical Bridge. He is responsible for overseeing all sales and delivery of build-to-suit opportunities for the company.
Prior to joining Vertical Bridge, Crawford was Vice President of Business Development, Network Services at SBA Communications Corporation where he was responsible for sales to SBA’s national customers. Additionally, he has served as Vice President of Engineering and Operations for Airgate PCS, a Sprint PCS affiliate and as Director of Engineering and Operations for Sprint, where he launched one of the first PCS markets. Crawford was also a co-owner of Optima Towers, a South Carolina-based company that owns towers in the Southeast.
Crawford was recently appointed as a Board Member for Music-Movement.Org, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that develops and funds music centric programs for children and young adults living with Autism.
Development - Click to view other Development management team membersAriel Rubin - Vice President Tower Development
Ariel Rubin joined Vertical Bridge in September 2016 as the Vice President of Tower Development. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Mexico Tower Partners and previously as Project Director at Global Tower Partners, where he oversaw the ongoing development and operations for the LATAM region. He also was responsible for compliance, site maintenance, vendor qualification and implemented initiatives to optimize cost and process.
Prior to joining Global Tower Partners, Mr. Rubin was a Shareholder with Morrison Hershfield Corporation (MHC). During his almost 11 year tenure at MHC, Ariel was the Director of Site Development and was responsible for project delivery. This included architectural and engineering designs for cell sites, and due diligence activities on cell sites and rooftops throughout North America.
Mr. Rubin has over 16 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and is a registered Professional Engineer. He holds a Bachelor degree of Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Jim McCulloch - Vice President of Real Estate
Jim McCulloch is the Vice President of Real Estate of Vertical Bridge. McCulloch is responsible for the development and expansion of Vertical Bridge’s real estate portfolio.
Prior to joining Vertical Bridge, McCulloch was Vice President of Real Estate for Global Tower Partners (GTP) where he developed the company’s real estate portfolio, and expanded existing landlord relationships.
His experience also includes serving as partner at DGP Development, a leading provider of Distributed Antenna Systems to hotels and sports stadiums and a successful consulting practice advising buyers, sellers, and owners of commercial real estate on a variety of technology and financial matters. Additionally, he was vice president of Information Technology for Destination Hotels and Resorts.
Mark Sanfilippo - Vice President of Information Technology
Mark Sanfilippo is the Vice President of Information Technology of Vertical Bridge. He is responsible for the strategic integration of enterprise-wide technology as well as creating and executing automated business processes, collaborative portal and business intelligence solutions.
Prior to joining Vertical Bridge, Sanfilippo was the Vice President of IT Solutions at FirstService Residential, the leading residential property management company in North America. While at FirstService, he was responsible for the implementation of technology programs across the country.
Sanfilippo received his Bachelor of Information Technology from American InterContinental University. He also studied Computer Science and Psychology at Florida International University.
Buddy Norman - Vice President of Real Estate Development
Buddy Norman is the Vice President of Real Estate Development of Vertical Bridge. Norman is responsible for all excess real estate leasing and disposition, ground lease amendment negotiations and ground lease buyouts.
Prior to joining Vertical Bridge, Norman founded and served as President of KW Commercial, one of the largest national commercial real estate brokerage firms in the United States. Under his leadership, KW Commercial expanded to over 1,700 commercial agents in 450 cities completing over $7 billion in transaction volume for 2015. Norman started his commercial real estate career at the Staubach Company where he was promoted to co-managing partner in Southern California.