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Jim Johnston
CEO/Owner

Experience Summary

A former US Army microwave instructor, Jim has over 43 years of experience in the low voltage, computing and networking fields with extensive design and construction experience developing copper and fiber and wireless systems to provide connectivity to government, enterprise, education and medical entities.

  • 43 years experience in low voltage electronic systems contracting
  • 28 years experience in computer technology, data networking & connectivity
  • 26 years experience in wireless data communications

Jim founded JTS in 1988, and incorporated JTS in 1995. JTS is a system integrator which provides services such as customer needs analysis, design, engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance services. Special expertise in IP convergence involving video surveillance, VOIP, ROIP, building automation and remote network management and monitoring.

Key Projects

  • Designed licensed microwave system to connect campuses of Tulsa Technology Center.
  • Designed wireless system for San Angelo Independent School District
    Strategic Plan and Design for Barnett Shale gas field wireless backhaul and SCADA.
  • Strategic Plan and Design for Eddy and Lea County, New Mexico gas field wireless and SCADA.
  • Designed network for City of Houston fresh water production services
  • Designed video surveillance networks for auto auction yards covering over 88 acres.
  • Designed wireless backhaul systems for dozens of municipal, county, education, water and electric utility and enterprise applications in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico and Wyoming.

Education

  • BSEET, Devry Institute Electronics Engineering Technology
  • NSCA, Project Management For Owners
  • Cox School Of Business, SMU

Affiliations

  • BICSI (Building Industry Consultants Systems International)
  • NSCA (National Systems Contractors Association)
  • ASN (Apple Solutions Network)

Vendor Certifications

  • BICSI RCDD, Registered Communications Distribution Designer
  • Qualifying Party, State Of Texas Security Contractor License
  • Qualifying Party, State of New Mexico
  • GB98 General Contractors License
  • GF7 Fixed Contractors License
  • Tanks & Towers
  • ES3 Low Voltage Contractor’s
  • License
  • AXIS Video Certified Engineer
  • Cisco CCNA, CCDA
  • Citrix Certified Administrator
  • ASN Apple Solutions Expert
  • Comtrain Tower Safety & Rescue
  • AG Croup Ethernet Protocol Analysis, TCP/IP Protocol Analysis OSHA 10

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Tom Emerick
Vice President

Experience Summary

Thomas is the Vice President at JTS. Before joining JTS, Thomas trained more than 700 installers for ALU’s LTE deployment for the Sprint Vision project. This was a three day hands on course covering installation standards, close-out documentation, grounding and cable testing.After nearly 15 years of military duty in the communications field he joined Northern Telecom/BNR in the wireless division. Thomas started as a GSM Technical Support Engineer and became the Department manager after six months. He was selected to Asia Pacific Wireless Technical Support group and home based out of Bangkok, Thailand. He operated as a UMTS technical liaison for a Nortel/Matsushita joint venture at YRP Nobi just outside Yokohama, Japan. Upon returning to Texas, Thomas transferred to the Wireless R&D Division and started a International Technology Trials group that demonstrated functionality of new technologies to customers in the global market. As an additional duty he was given responsibility for ensuring the CDMA/CSVS software development labs were functional and available for Engineers to test there modules and system testing after each load compile.

As Service Manager for JTS, Thomas’ role is to identify ways to ensure superior customer satisfaction with JTS products and services. This is accomplished through job reviews and ongoing training of our technicians. Thomas is also responsible for the development of test plans and procedures ensuring equipment is properly provisioned and tested in the JTS lab before deployment to the customers site.

Certifications & Specialized Training

  • Microwave/Satellite Maintenance and Operations – US Air Force
  • ComTrain Tower Rigging, Climbing and Rescue – ComTrain LLC
  • Anritsu Certified Technician – Tessco
  • Fiber Optic Level 3 Technician – ODM
  • RFS Hybriflex Trainer – CommScope
  • PPC – Master Technician – PPC
  • Microwave Pathing and Integration Trainer – Clear
  • Sprint LTE Installation Trainer – ALU
  • Nortel CDMA Basestation Installation and Commissioning
  • BSSM Integration
  • Nortel GSM Basestation Installation and Commissioning
  • OMC-R Integration
  • EVDO Integration

Technology Experience

Microwave, GSM, Edge, GPRS, UMTS, CDMA, CPDS, CSVS, TDMA, WiMax, LTE-A, AWS, AISG-II, 3GPP, IDEN, VOIP, WiFi, Fiber Optic, IP

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John Thompson
Sales Manager

Experience Summary

Operating currently as a Sales Manager for JTS, John has over 17 years of experience in the telecommunications field. John has extensive knowledge of tower construction and microwave installations. Manages projects from conception through to the completion of network turn up.

  • 17 years experience in tower construction
  • 18 years experience in microwave planning, design, and installation
  • 8 years of project management in the telecommunications industry
  • 7 years of sales in the telecommunications industry

John started at the age of 16 in the telecommunications industry. Constructed towers, installed lines and antennas for all major carriers. Currently providing turn-key wireless network infrastructure solutions for municipalities and utilities.

Sales Manager

Leads a small team of sales representatives and business development personnel to market and sale to all verticals. Oversees all pre-sales engineering, participates in negotiations, handles transition from sales to operations, works to assure consistent sales. Also aids in marketing strategies for the direction of the company.

Key Projects

  • Designed and installed a licensed microwave ring for Ector County consisting of 4 major licensed links and 9 unlicensed links. Construction of 2 self support towers for microwave line of site.
  • Lea County Electrical Cooperative Wireless Network – Design and Installation of new wireless backhaul for Lea County Electrical Cooperative Inc. Construction of nine 195’ self support towers and 25 40’ concrete direct burial poles. 12 total licensed microwave links and 24 licensed spur links to interconnect all substations and switches. Handling network engineering and installation of the layer 3 network needed for data transport.
  • City of Shreveport Water Network Improvements – Installation of licensed backhaul for City of Shreveport. Construction of 3 new self support towers. Coordination and Implementation of 5 wireless backhaul links. Construction of 3 SCADA sites for data transport of water treatment facilities.
  • NCTCOG 911 Redundant Microwave Network – Negotiated, Designed and Planned the installation of 21 self support towers, and 54 licensed microwave paths spanning around the DFW metroplex. This project was completed in 1 year and 6 months, ahead of schedule by 6 months and with a gross profit of 40% over the 30% budgeted.

Education

  • Bachelors degree in Business Management

Certifications

  • Currently training to receive a PMP Certification
  • Qualifying Party, State Of Louisiana General Contractor License
  • CPR and First Aid Certified
  • ComTrain Certified
  • Anritsu Certified
  • Andrew/Commscope Cable Installation Certified
  • Eupen Cable Installation Certified

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Kyle Fuller
Business Development/Government Contracts

Experience Summary

Kyle has 27 years of experience, including both the OEM product and services arenas, for various telecommunications, municipal, state, federal, and enterprise clients.

  • 14 years experience in engineering, quality control, product management, international marketing, and OSP services for RELTEC/Marconi
  • 3 years experience as a sales engineering manager for customized DC power systems and enclosures with Magnetek Telecom Power Systems
  • 9 years of experience with JTS as a Business Development/Government Contracts Manager for wireless and wireline infrastructure related services

Key Projects

  • Establish infrastructure/documentation for several successful RFP/RFO responses within JTS
  • Worked closely with the Project Management team in obtaining several successful contracts, including but not limited to:
    • City of Midland
    • City of Waco
    • City of College Station
    • Ector County
    • TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation)
    • Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ)
    • Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA)
  • Obtained six (6) statewide-cooperative purchasing contracts with the DIR (Texas Department of Information Resources) for wireless, video, and tower related products and services
  • Obtained two (2) similar contracts with the TASB (Texas Association of School Boards) BuyBoard
  • Obtained four (4) TIPS (The Interlocal Purchasing System) contract for JTS’ services, Cambium Networks, and various other microwave equipment
  • Obtained two (2) OMES (Office of Management and Enterprise Services) contracts with the State of Oklahoma
  • Manages JTS’ outbound marketing activities
  • Served as JTS’ Safety Manager for one year

Education

  • BS Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington
  • MBA, University of Dallas

Affiliations

  • Member, BICSI (Building Industry Consultants Systems International)
  • Member, BICSI Wireless Subcommittee
  • Member, ENTELEC Regulatory Subcommittee
  • Board Member, TCAA (Texas Celtic Athletic Association)

Certifications & Specialized Training

  • BICSI RTPM, Registered Telecommunications Project Manager
  • TXDOT, Small Business LINC Program
  • Certified Grant Writer
  • Fortinet, Wireless Sales Specialist
  • CommScope, LTE Proper Installation
  • Alvarion, Advanced Sales Certified Partner
  • BridgeWave, Partner Training
  • Cielo Networks, Partner Training
  • Cambium Networks, Canopy & PTP Sales Training
  • RADWIN, PTP Certified Partner Training
  • Radio Waves, Microwave Antenna Systems Training
  • Proxim, Systems Configuration Engineer Certification

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Greg Van Dell
Business Development/Utilities Markets

Experience Summary

We welcome Greg to JTS as our newest Business Development Manger, with a focus on the Utilities Markets. Greg is a well respected juggernaut in the wireless industry, with over 33 years of experience, including lengthy forays in the service provider, OEM, and systems integrator arenas. This breadth of knowledge makes Greg well suited to understand the needs of our clients.

  • 6 years experience as a Project Development Manager for Sprint
  • 7 years experience as a Senior Systems Engineer for Newbridge Networks
  • 3 years of experience as a Senior Systems Engineer for Turnstone Systems
  • 3 years experience as a Senior Project Manager for DragonWave Inc.
  • 6 years experience as a Senior Systems Engineer for Exalt Communictions
  • 1 year experience as Senior Systems Engineer for Aviat Networks
  • 2 years experience as Co-Founder/Engineer for Versatile Wireless
  • 1 year experience as Business Development Manager for Cambium Networks
  • 1 year experience as Senior Systems Engineer for Twin Eagles Consulting
  • 1 year experience as Principal Engineer for Aero Constructors
  • 2 years experience as Principal Microwave Engineer for Sherpa Broadband/Absolute Communications

Education

  • Music Major (interrupted by draft), Miltonvale Welseyan College
  • EE Associate Electronics Degree, White Bear Lake Technical Institute
  • BS of Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota

Affiliations

  • US Navy Veteran
  • Member IEEE
  • UTC (Utilities Technology Council) Board Member

Certifications & Specialized Training

  • Certified Technical Writer
  • Terrestrial Microwave Path Analysis and Design SME Certification
  • CCNA (in progress)
  • TDM Certification
  • SME Level III Certification on the Alcatel-Lucent ALU 9500
  • IP Network Design Certification
  • MPLS Certification
  • Aviat Networks Certification on Eclipse Radio Suite
  • DragonWave Product Certification
  • Exalt Networks Product Certification
  • Cambium Networks, Canopy & PTP Sales Training
  • RADWIN, Certified Partner Training

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Scott Kirby
Network Engineer

Experience Summary

Operating currently as the network design engineer for JTS, Scott has over 36 years of experience in the telecommunications field. Scott has extensive knowledge of microwave system design, installation, and testing. Manages projects from conception through to the completion of network turn up, as well as quick-response failure root cause analysis and recovery.

While working in the telecommunications field, Scott has also used his Electrical Engineering training and experience to work as a Senior Systems Engineer for a major nuclear power station, providing design support and maintenance top-level support in physical security, radiation monitoring, and fire-control systems.

In his spare time Scott also owned and operated a small electrical company, rewiring Victorian homes in Vicksburg, MS.

Key Projects

  • Designed and managed the installation of an 82-site network in Region VIII, in northeast Texas. The network included 90+ licensed links and the installation of over 70 monopoles.
  • Designed, engineered installation of, and maintained the operational portfolio of over 480 FCC-registered monopoles and self-support towers in more than 8 states.
  • Automated design processes to increase productivity in network engineering, allowing one two-man team to propose over 4000 links in a one-year period.

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, United States Air Force Academy (USAFA)

Certifications & Specialized Training

  • Qualifying Party, Low Voltage/Limited Energy Contractor in the States of Louisiana, California, Washington, Minnesota, and Arizona
  • Master Electrician, Vicksburg MS
  • CPR, AED, & First Aid Certified
  • ComTrain Certified
  • Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) MPR 9500 SME Certified
  • USAF SCOPE Team Certified
  • USAF Technical Instructor

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Albert Plasket
Operations Manager

Experience Summary

Albert is the Operations Manager for JTS, and oversees all aspects of day-to-day internal and field operations.

Albert has worked for JTS for 7+ years. As our former Purchasing Manager, Albert was responsible for ordering, receiving and dispatching all of the necessary resources in order of field crews to successfully complete JTS assignments.

Over the course of his time at JTS, Albert has played an integral part in all of JTS’ projects. He has successfully developed professional relationships with many suppliers which has enabled him to negotiate discounts and payment terms to benefit JTS on several multi-million dollar projects. He successfully implemented an inventory QR code system, which made our inventory processes considerably more efficient.

Albert coordinated the logistics of parts being delivered to job-sites or to JTS in order to keep the uninterrupted flow of materials to the crews and maintain a high level of work efficiency and meeting critical deadlines. This experience has been a tremendous asset in his move to Operations Manager.

Albert regularly attends industry conferences and trade shows to keep up to date on industry trends and new technology.

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Adrian Barboza
Construction Manager

Experience Summary

Adrian Barboza has been with JTS for over 16 years, and has served in many roles. Progressing from cabling technician, tower & wireless technician, crew leader, job manager to project manager. Adrian has witnessed the emergence of IP networking in all facets of industry and has been an integral in developing JTS quality of workmanship, job planning and employee development.

Construction Manager

In the role of JTS’ Construction Manager, Adrian utilizes his vast skill sets which include leadership, project management, plus a keen eye on detail, in assisting our personnel in both planning projects and in ongoing quality control of in-process and completed installations.

Key Projects

  • Managed the deployment of wireless system for United Wireless, installing and aligning over 80 microwave links and LTE installs throughout Central and Western Kansas.
  • Managed the deployment of 400 Mbps licensed microwave ring around the Houston, TX with multipoint links to fresh water production sites.
  • Managed crews restoring hurricane damage in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas after Katrina and Ike. Averaged restoring two microwave links per day for hospitals and carriers.
  • Managed deployment of high speed licensed microwave system to connect campuses of Tulsa Technology Center, Tulsa, OK.
  • Managed deployment of a high speed wireless backhaul system connecting gas production plants for XTO Energy in the Freestone gas field.
  • Successfully managed and completed complex wireless and wired data networks for such customers as:

Cox Enterprises-Norman, OK
University of Texas Southwest Medical Center
City of Denton, TX
City of Corinth, TX
City of Midlothian, TX
City of Conroe, TX
City of Tomball, TX
Denton Water District
XTO Energy
Chesapeake Energy
Devon Energy
Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG)

Education

  • GED

Industry Affiliations

  • BICSI (Building Industry Consultants Systems International)
  • NSCA (National Systems Contractors Association)

Certifications

  • Fortinet – Fortinet Certified Engineer
  • Fortinet – Certified Engineering Professional
  • Alvarion – Certified Alvarion System Specialist
  • ComTrain – Tower Safety & Rescue
  • ComTrain – Certified In-House Tower Safety and Rescue Instructor
  • OSHA 10 hour General Industry Safety & Health

Other Vendor Certifications

Cielo Networks, Ceragon, Cambium Networks, Alvarion, Freewave, GE MDS, BridgeWave, Radwin, Aviat Networks/Stratex, Fortinet, Aruba Networks, Siklu and Berk-Tek.