Meet the Senior Executive Team

Frank DiRico
Frank DiRico

President and CEO

About Frank

Frank DiRico is a successful telecom entrepreneur with a 37-year track record. Frank established Cellular One of Northeast Colorado in 1991 with headquarters in Ft. Morgan, Colorado. In 2003, the company acquired Nebraska Wireless Telephone Company and changed its name to Viaero Wireless.

Viaero’s Expansion and Hometown Roots

Viaero Wireless currently provides portions of Eastern Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and Wyoming with unparalleled coverage and service. Frank has led the company’s expansion by achieving double-digit revenue growth, which he’s reinvested into the business to enhance Viaero’s network reach and capabilities. The network currently includes 900 towers and serves a growing subscriber base.

Viaero Wireless is still headquartered in Fort Morgan, honoring its neighborly roots with 44 retail and 20 authorized dealer locations. Frank believes in honoring Viaero’s commitment to delivering exceptional cellular and high-speed internet service to each community and customer.

Professional and Personal Background

Frank is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of New England-based Industrial Communications and Electronics (“Industrial”). He started Industrial in 1974, growing it to the third largest SMR operator and Motorola Radio Dealer in the United States until the profitable sale of 800 Mhz frequencies to Nextel in 1998. Frank developed and has a U.S. patent on his Skycell® tower-top equipment building.

He served on Ocean Reef Academy’s school board in Key Largo, Florida, the Board of Directors for the American Telecommunication Association in Washington, D.C., and the Founders Society Baptist Hospital System’s board. He currently serves on CCA’s board of directors. Frank is an avid helicopter pilot and earned Chief Pilot status with the Altar Helicopter Corporation in 1994.

Mike Felicissimo
Mike Felicissimo

President of Viaero Wireless and Treasurer of Viaero Wireless Technologies

Wes Burnett
Wes Burnett

Chief Technology Officer

Vinod Miriyala
Vinod Miriyala

Chief Operating Officer

About Mike

Mike Felicissimo has more than 25 years of senior management experience in the telecom industry. Fourteen of those years have been with Viaero Wireless as its Executive Vice President and CFO.

Professional Background

Mike has an extensive entrepreneurial background that’s developed his skills in running operations related to sales and marketing, finance, customer care, billing and collections, and logistics.

He demonstrated his entrepreneurial spirit during his time as CFO for U.S. West Wireless. Mike helped grow the company from a start-up venture to a 14-state, $1.8 billion cellular network with more than 1.1 million subscribers and over $800 million in annual revenue.

Educational and Personal Background

He graduated from the esteemed American Graduate School of International Management and has an MBA in Finance and a Master’s in International Management. Mike also earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut.

In his spare time, Mike is an avid cyclist and multisport athlete. He has competed in over 100 events, ranging from USA Cycling and USA Triathlon races to Ride the Rockies and Pedal the Plains, Ironman 70.3, and ITU World Championship Multisport events. He was a proud member of the USA Triathlons’ Team USA in 2018 and 2019.

About Wes

Wes has more than 20 years of senior-level executive experience designing and supervising the development of wireless networks. Since 2004, he’s managed Viaero’s network and its operations team. He’s also managed the expansion of Viaero’s network and the construction of new towers - 600 and counting.

Professional Background

Before Wes joined Viaero, he designed a breakthrough network for the aviation industry and developed and implemented the world’s first air-to-ground data network. Wes has overseen the design of one of the country’s largest high-bandwidth microwave networks, in addition to the construction of a PCS network with more than 360 towers.

His knowledge of network technology spans GSM, EDGE, UMTS, CDMA, and TDMA platforms.

Educational and Personal Background

Wes holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University. He’s also an avid pilot, with an FAA Airline Transport Pilot Certificate and his First Class Medical certification.

About Vinod

Vinod comes to Viaero as a telecommunications engineer who cut his teeth launching satellites, designing robots, and building high-end analytics and edge computing capabilities. His recent experience with Dish and Sling TV harnessed his skills in digital transformation.

While Vinod was at Dish, he was an instrumental force for the company’s M&A activities. Vinod has held executive positions at Kaiser Permanente, Anthem, and NBC Universal.

Viaero Business Solutions

His initial focus at Viaero will be developing Viaero Business Solutions and its services and capabilities. He will also concentrate on enhancing Viaero’s back office, taking the company into its next growth phase. Vinod is eager to share his experiences with our growing organization.

Personal Background

Vinod lives in a suburb of Denver with Shalini, his wife of 27 years, his sons Josh and Dave, and his pet husky Kira. As a servant of the community, Vinod mentors the youth, loves to hit the gym, strum his guitar, and is a voracious reader.

Ron Christensen
Ron Christensen

President of Viaero Fiber Networks

Mike Ziegler
Mike Ziegler

Vice President of Network Operations

Jon Becker
Jon Becker

Vice President of Government and Business and President of Industrial Tower West

About Ron

Ron is no stranger to the fiber optics and wireless industries, having spent nearly 30 years in project management and operations. He and a staff of nearly 30 now design, manage, construct, and operate the entire fiber network for Viaero. Ron has more than 20 years of fiber optic experience and almost 9 years in network design and management, including wireless 3G, 4G, LTE, and Microwave networks.

Professional Background

Before joining Viaero in 2014, Ron worked for a diverse range of organizations, including General Dynamics, MCI Telecommunications (now Verizon), Metro Media Fiber Networks (now Zayo), and G4S Technologies. Ron specializes in the design and management of several large-scale projects. He’s successfully served a large range of clients throughout many miles of construction within Colorado, the Denver metro area, Nebraska, and Northwestern Kansas.

Viaero Fiber Networks

Ron has managed and constructed the downtown Denver area three times. Viaero Fiber Networks’ infrastructure runs into Omaha and Denver, where there are connections to data centers and AT&T MTSO facilities.

Ron and his Viaero team have constructed over 1300+ miles of fiber over 7 years and served nearly 100 customers as a part of this installation. Viaero Fiber Networks continues to construct major rural long-haul routes and serve customers along these routes.

About Mike

Mike Ziegler’s career with Viaero Wireless began when he joined the company as a phone technician 25 years ago. He then worked his way up to the position of switch technician before becoming a vice president. Mike manages the Network Operations Center (NOC) and field operations for Viaero.

Personal Background

Mike Ziegler has lived in Brush, Colorado, for the past 15 years with his wife and four children. After graduating from Ft. Morgan High and Morgan Community College with his associate’s degree, Mike first worked in the oil fields for Schlumberger. In his free time, he enjoys dirt track racing.

About Jon

As Vice President of Government and Business, Jon Becker oversees the permit process for all Viaero new tower and retail locations, administering all leases and easements. Additionally, Jon serves as president of Industrial Tower West.

Professional Background

Jon Becker’s long standing experience in public service and deep understanding of the public-private sector relationship brings a valuable perspective to Viaero. Jon was elected Morgan County Commissioner in 2008 and named Chair of the Morgan County Commissioners in 2010. He served in the Colorado House of Representatives and as the Executive Director of Morgan County Economic Development Corporation.

In addition, Jon has served on numerous Colorado Legislative panels, including the Joint Budget and Transportation and Agriculture Committees.

Educational and Personal Background

Jon Becker is a graduate of Morgan Community College, Colorado State University, and Colorado Christian University. He holds an MBA, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Organizational Management.

Jon is a native of Morgan County, Colorado. He still lives in the county with his wife, Christal, and their two sons, Grant and JT.

Monica Akin
Monica Akin

General Counsel

Monica Akin
Diana Sanne-Coup

Controller

About Monica

Monica Akin brings years of legal experience to her role as General Counsel for all branches of Viaero Wireless Technologies. These branches include NE Colorado Cellular, Inc., Viaero Fiber Networks, LLC., Industrial Communications West, LLC., and Industrial Tower West, LLC.

Viaero Career Trajectory

Monica joined the company as Associate General Counsel for Viaero Wireless in June of 2016 and was promoted to General Counsel in February of 2019. Monica currently oversees a variety of aspects of the business, including all corporate, contract, litigation, real estate acquisition, compliance, and regulatory matters.

Professional Licensure and Educational Background

She is licensed in Nebraska and Colorado, a member of the Colorado and Nebraska State Bars and the American Bar Association, and a member of the Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section for Communications, Cable and Internet, and the Federal Communications Bar Association.

Monica holds a law degree from the University of Wyoming and a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from Chadron State College.

About Diana

Diana has served as Viaero Wireless’s controller since March of 2018. She began her career with Viaero in February of 2014 as a Senior Staff Accountant. Diana was promoted to Assistant Control in September of 2015 and held that role for 2.5 years before her most recent advancement.

Professional and Personal Background

She came to Viaero with a background as a regional CFO, accounting manager, and controller in the healthcare industry. Originally from Nebraska, Diana holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with an accounting emphasis from Doane College. Her hobbies and personal interests include animal welfare and rights, education, and health and wellness.