JSI Welcomes Michele Friedman as Its New Chief Operating Officer

July 18, 2023 – Greenbelt, MD: JSI is pleased to announce that Michele Friedman has joined the company as its new COO. Michele’s initial focus will be on the Consulting and Business Advisory Division and to maintain the seamless execution of all customer plans and applications related to the Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) program.

Prior to joining JSI, Michele served as the COO of Tribalco, an IT and telecommunications systems integrator, where she led the Sales, Engineering Technical Services and Operations teams to significantly grow revenue and ensure customer satisfaction. Before her time at Tribalco, Michele was Vice President of Portfolio and Program Management at Discovery Communications. Earlier in her career, she was a partner in Accenture’s Communications and High-Tech consulting practice, developing IT solutions and launching new products and services for established telecommunications clients and emerging market entrants.

Michele has more than 30 years of experience working with Fortune, Mid-Market, and Startup public and private companies in the commercial and government sectors, providing leadership, strategy, client services, and operations excellence.

“JSI has been the most successful broadband consulting company in rural America in assisting our clients with capturing funds through the RUS Reconnect program and the NTIA middle-mile grant program. Michele will help us to further scale our operations and assist customers with their business plans and success in acquiring BEAD funds,” Tasos Tsolakis, JSI CEO, commented.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to join JSI and return to the broader communications industry during this period of rapid growth,” Michele Friedman commented. “It is a privilege to work with an industry leader and help them scale to support the independently owned broadband providers to close the digital divide.”

Michele holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from George Washington University. She will be based in JSI’s Greenbelt, Maryland headquarters and can be reached at 301-459-7590 and by email at michele.friedman@jsitel.com.

About JSI

JSI is a full-service consulting firm and broadband solutions leader, providing financial, engineering, management, operational, regulatory, and strategic assistance to independent, community-based communications providers. For more than 60 years, JSI’s business knowledge, experience, and demonstrated record of success have helped its clients plan and realize long-term success and profitability. JSI has relationships with over 750 communications entities across the nation, including several US territories. Headquartered in Greenbelt, Maryland, JSI also has offices in Alaska, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin. 


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