Charlie Smith, CEO:
Charlie Smith is a founding investor of SDT and has been the Company’s CEO since January of 1999. Mr. Smith has worked in the telecommunications infrastructure services industry for over 35 years and has extensive experience in all aspects of telecommunications engineering and construction including design and engineering, route development, construction management and budgeting. Prior to joining SDT, Mr. Smith co-founded CommTech Technical Services, Inc. (“CommTech”) in 1986 and became its President. In this capacity he was instrumental in winning large network construction projects with AT&T, BellSouth, MCI and other leading names in the telecommunications industry. In addition, he played a major role in CommTech’s acquisition of Cannon Construction, a provider of fully engineered and constructed “turnkey” telecommunications networks. Mr. Smith grew revenues at the combined entities to $30 million before both companies were acquired by First South Utility Construction in 1997. After the sale, Mr. Smith continued to serve as President of CommTech and Cannon Construction, as well as of the AG Hill subsidiary of First South Utility Construction, until his departure for SDT in 1999.
James Ezell, President:
James Ezell is a founder of SDT and has been with the Company since 1993. He currently serves as the Company’s President and leads the expansion of SDT’s various services divisions. Mr. Ezell has over 33 years of experience in the telecommunications infrastructure services industry. A significant portion of that experience was alongside Mr. Smith at CommTech, which he joined at its founding in 1986. While at CommTech, Mr. Ezell was involved in all aspects of network planning and construction for a number of large fiber construction projects and assumed increasing responsibilities for both project management and marketing functions. He was also heavily involved in the integration of CommTech’s acquisition of Cannon Construction.
Richard Johnson, CFO:
Richard Johnson has been with SDT since 1998 and currently serves as the Company’s CFO. Prior to joining SDT, he worked with Mr. Smith and Mr. Ezell as Controller for both CommTech and Cannon Construction. Mr. Johnson has over 19 years of financial management experience and is a Certified Public Accountant. He began his career in public accounting with May and Company, a large accounting firm based in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Mr. Johnson then became the Controller of Rouse Rubber Industries, where he was responsible for a host of administrative functions including accounting, audit, regulatory compliance, payroll and benefits. In addition, he was instrumental in Rouse Rubber Industries’ sale of a majority equity interest to a strategic acquirer.
Kirk Smith, Vice President:
Kirk Smith joined the Company in 2004 and serves as SDT’s Vice President of Corporate Development and Corporate Secretary. In this capacity he leads the Company’s business development efforts and has primary responsibility for sourcing potential acquisitions. He also supports the Company’s overall strategic planning efforts. Prior to joining SDT, Kirk spent 4 years as an investment manager with Legg Mason Wood Walker, Inc. and was also a founder and President of AmeriCom, Inc., a telecommunications and utility contracting firm. Mr. Smith has an MBA from Mississippi College.