5 11, 2021

JSI Welcomes FCC Veteran Jenn Holtz as its New Regulatory VP

2021-11-05T11:27:26-04:00November 5, 2021|News|

Jennifer HoltzWe are very pleased to announce the hiring of Jennifer (Jenn) Holtz as our new Vice President-Regulatory Affairs. Jenn will be taking the helm from John Kuykendall who has headed that group since 2004. John will remain with JSI in a more strategic role as Regulatory Advisor, spearheading client advocacy initiatives as well as providing guidance and support for Jenn and the regulatory staff.

Jenn Holtz comes to JSI with a very impressive resume. Most recently she was at the FCC where she held several positions in the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, including serving as the acting division chief of the Cybersecurity & Communications Reliability Division and special counsel for the Operations and Emergency Management Division. At the FCC, Jenn oversaw 911 reliability and several cybersecurity-related issues. Before moving to the FCC, Jenn was an associate at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, representing clients before the FCC, Universal Service Administrative Company, and state public service commissions on regulatory matters, enforcement actions, administrative audits, and investigations. She also spent time at the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) as senior policy advisor to BroadbandUSA, which helped communities build capacity using lessons from Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), and worked closely with the National Economic Council, Council on Economic Advisors, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Jenn received her law degree from Syracuse University, but she also holds Masters’ degrees from both the London School of Economics and the Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism at the University of Southern California.

“JSI is very fortunate to attract someone of Jenn’s caliber and experience,” said JSI President Steve Meltzer. “Jenn’s knowledge of the industry, of broadband policy and her contacts at various regulatory organizations will be a huge benefit to our clients and our staff.”

“I’m honored to join such a talented team at JSI and look forward to helping our clients bridge the digital divide and offer more services to their customers,” Jenn said. “This is an unprecedented time of growth for JSI, with the recent acquisitions of Mid-State Consultants and N-Com and a number of new senior hires, and I’m excited to help take both the firm and our regulatory offerings to the next level.”

In her spare time, Jenn serves as the Affiliate Chair for Washington, D.C.’s Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, where she’s doubled affiliate membership and participation. She became involved with the group after losing her father to the disease. She’s also active with the Federal Communications Bar Association.

Jenn Holtz can be reached in JSI’s Maryland headquarters at 301-459-7590 or via email. Please reach out and help us welcome Jenn to JSI!

2 07, 2021

JSI Welcomes Industry Veteran Steve Collier

2021-11-02T13:09:10-04:00July 2, 2021|News|

Steve Collier, JSI

JSI is very excited to announce the addition of Steve Collier to its staff as a senior director in its Austin, Texas-based regional office. Steve’s hiring further bolsters our firm’s abilities to assist broadband providers of all types to leverage the unprecedented federal and state funds being appropriated to expand their broadband networks to reach unserved and underserved communities.

“Steve’s addition to the JSI team is part of JSI’s commitment to be a solutions partner for broadband providers across the country. His varied experience and industry connections will provide new perspectives and resources that will benefit our clients, as well as our entire organization,” said JSI President Steve Meltzer. “This is an exciting time for our industry and we’re so pleased to have someone of Steve’s caliber join our efforts to help spread fiber-based broadband opportunities throughout rural America.”

Steve is well known throughout the rural utility industry for working with cooperatives on ways to take advantage of the latest technologies to improve their businesses and operations. He has more than 40 years of experience helping rural providers with technology strategies and planning, management, and operations. Most recently, Steve was Conexon, LLC’s Vice President of Business Development where he focused on assisting electric cooperatives as they expanded into broadband and deployed Smart Grid technologies. He has also worked for Milsoft Utility Solutions, the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative, and several electric cooperatives.

Steve has been a speaker at the Consumer Electronics Show, South by Southwest Interactive, and numerous rural telecommunications meetings, and keynoted the APPA annual conference and several of their other events and forums. He also has been an instructor for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Management Internship Program for more than 30 years. He earned his Master’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow in Engineering. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Houston.

Steve Collier is based in JSI’s Austin office and can be reached at 512-338-0473 or via email.

16 06, 2021

JSI Names Jeremiah Raya New Head of Its Austin Office

2021-11-02T13:10:46-04:00June 16, 2021|News|

Jeremiah RayaJSI is pleased to announce that Jeremiah Raya has been chosen to lead its regional office in Austin, Texas. The Austin office provides financial and regulatory services to clients throughout the Southwest and specialty services to companies throughout the nation. Jeremiah is assuming the role after Gary Smith’s retirement earlier this year.

“Jeremiah is an outstanding leader and has been instrumental in our success for some time now, making him the natural choice for this position,” JSI President Steve Meltzer said in making this announcement. “Jeremiah is very passionate about his work with rural telecommunication carriers and is always ready to assist our clients with whatever needs they have. He’ll be carrying on the JSI tradition of great customer service instilled by Jim West and Gary Smith.”

Jeremiah has worked for JSI for nearly 21 years, starting his career with the firm as an analyst in the office’s Separations department. Over his tenure he has worked on clients’ cost studies and cost allocation manuals and has assisted them with their required federal and state filings. He’s also worked with clients on forecasting and budgeting, cost recovery analysis, strategic planning and process improvement, affiliate transactions, federal and state reforms, and monitoring of their overall financial performance.

“It is with great pleasure that I assume the role of Senior Director overseeing JSI’s regional office in Austin. I am honored to lead this talented team through the next phase of growth,” Jeremiah said. “I look forward to continuing our focus on personalized service as our clients evolve and we support them in navigating the challenges ahead.”

JSI opened its first Texas-based office in Dallas in 1978 but moved the office to its current Austin location in 1988 to be closer to the state capital and public utility commission. Jeremiah can be reached at 512-338-0473 or via email.

11 12, 2015

JSI-MD Donates Toys, Coats to Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

2017-05-19T10:09:44-04:00December 11, 2015|News|

toy donation The lobby of JSI’s headquarters overflowed with holiday cheer today as the staff in the Maryland office once again participated in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree drive. This is the office’s 10th year collecting toys and warm clothing for a local holiday program, with each year’s donation topping the last. We estimate that JSI donated more than $4,000 in toys and clothing this year.

Bags and boxes poured into the office throughout the beginning of December, filling Denise Banning’s office as pick-up day grew closer. In the end, JSI donated 30 coats, 10 bikes, 43 games, 7 scooters, 35 dolls/action figures, 9 big wheels, 5 shopping carts, dozens of balls, 5 skateboards, and various stuffed animals, craft supplies, baby toys, kites, Star Wars figures, sports equipment, hats, gloves and scarfs.

Angel tree toy donation

Salvation Army Lt. Priscilla Ramaji said JSI’s donation will go a long way towards fulfilling the wishes of the 1,249 angels assigned to the Prince George’s County-based corps in 2015. Her corps relies on JSI’s enormous donation to fill in the gaps of the 200 children whose angels weren’t chosen by another business or individual in the community.

Happy holidays from JSI!

 

6 10, 2015

Dave Lewis Joins JSI

2017-05-19T10:09:45-04:00October 6, 2015|News|

dave_lewisJSI announced today that Dave Lewis has joined the organization. Dave will serve as a Vice President of Product Innovation responsible for developing and sourcing business opportunities for the rural communications industry.

Dave will be leading this initiative with clients and vendors to support and expand revenue generating business services that leverage market position, advanced services and in-house telecommunications expertise in and beyond rural markets.

“We are pleased to have Dave join the JSI team. Dave’s strong track record of building and growing diverse businesses with a keen strategic vision and direction will help our clients, and the overall industry, realize new and profitable growth opportunities,” stated Manny Staurulakis, president of JSI.

Prior to joining JSI, Dave spent a decade counseling ILECs across a range of topics as a consultant. Then, as founding CEO of ANPI, he built the organization to $100 million in revenue, and architected forward-looking solutions, such as ANPI’s Voice and Applications Peering Network (VAP) and its Unified Communications Solution, to which more than 100 rural providers have subscribed.

Dave stated, “I am very excited to join JSI and be a part of this leading organization. I feel extremely privileged to have the opportunity to work intimately with the rural industry during this time of great change to identify, develop and deploy new strategies and facilitate the realization of emerging marketplace opportunities.”

Dave is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, and is actively involved in his community. Dave attended the University of Illinois where he also started his career at the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Dave can be reached via email and at 941-257-4291.

2 07, 2015

VP Dan Weaver Retires from JSI After 37 Years

2017-05-19T10:09:47-04:00July 2, 2015|News|

On July 2, JSI said farewell to one of its longest serving employees as he embarked on the many new adventures that await him during retirement. Vice President Dan Weaver started his journey with JSI on March 27, 1978. Over the next 37 years, Dan moved up the ranks of the firm, eventually to lead JSI’s Separations Department and serve on its management team.

Dan began his career at JSI shortly after graduating from Salisbury University on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. He started out in our Continuing Property Records Department, where he learned the fundamentals of how a telephone switch works and how networks operate. He carried these skills onto his work on client cost studies, strategic plans and financial forecasts. He also is known as the person who taught Manny Staurulakis how to complete a cable and wire study when Manny first joined JSI full time in the early 1980s.

Over the years, Dan accumulated an immense amount of knowledge of the FCC rules and regulations regarding separations studies, access tariff filings, and universal service. Coupled with his knowledge of network functionality, Dan assisted hundreds of clients meet their goals for continued prosperity. Dan was often on the road visiting clients. This took him to exciting places such as Guam, Michigan, Arizona, South Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, and more.

Dan also was instrumental in developing JSI’s various impact and long-term forecasting models, which continue to provide clients with revenue and profitability projections. As well, he used the relationships he developed with those at the FCC and NECA to suggest policy changes and modifications that would be beneficial for JSI’s clients.

On Friday, June 26th, JSI’s Maryland office honored Dan with a special luncheon. During the party, Manny spoke about Dan’s role throughout much of JSI’s history and how he’s been an important part of the success of the company. Dan has mentored many staff members over his long career, influencing how work is done in the Separations Department now and far into the future.

Dan is wasting no time to begin his retirement adventures. He leaves on July 4th for a diving trip with friends in Bonaire. We all wish him well and thank him for all of his hard work on behalf of the company and its clients.

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