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Executive Management Team

Bret England

CEO & President
Bret's Bio

As President and Chief Executive Officer, Bret leads the CallTower team in delivering integrated best-of-breed communication solutions.

Bret has more than 25 years of experience as a senior financial and operational manager and investor. Prior to CallTower, Bret worked in senior, domestic and international, financial and operational roles at Symantec, Informix, Alta Vista, Portal Software, NetManage and JDA Software. Bret has also assisted several technology companies in various CXO and board positions and as an investor through England Consulting and Capital Group. He started his career as a Certified Public Accountant working for KPMG and Deloitte & Touche. Bret has significant experience with all aspects of mergers and acquisitions and has been involved in over 50 transactions in excess of two billion dollars.

Bret has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting Weber State University, has a Master of Science from Golden Gate University and has completed Stanford Business School’s Executive Education program.

Email: bengland@calltower.com

Jeff Schroeder

VP of Technology
Jeff's Bio

As Vice President of Technology, Jeff oversees the platforms and vendors that comprise CallTower’s industry-leading, cloud-based, Unified Communications and Collaboration solutions.

Jeff brings more than twenty years of IT experience to CallTower. Before joining Appia Communications as a Provisioning Engineer in 2005, Jeff was a VoIP and networking consultant and a corporate trainer for Microsoft’s Windows 2000 MCSE track.  Jeff has played multiple roles at Appia, including Contact Center Engineer and Engineering and Operations Manager. 

In 2011, Jeff moved into the role of VP of Engineering of Appia, leading the company through its evolution into a geographically redundant national service provider.   When CallTower acquired Appia Communications in early 2018, Jeff was a critical component of the transition.

Email: jschroeder@calltower.com

William Rubio

Chief Revenue Officer
William's Bio

William Rubio holds the position of Chief Revenue Officer at CallTower, providing a visionary perspective to the company-wide sales and business development of this organization. He is an innovative executive with a diverse background in both engineering and sales. Through his pioneering approach to the UCaaS sector of the industry, William has anchored CallTower’s position among the industry’s top solution providers. He brings over 20 years of diverse experience in telecommunications, IT, and Cloud.

Prior to CallTower, William was responsible for leading EarthLink’s Nationwide Hosted Voice rollout in the channel/partner community. He also served as the Vice President of Sales at STS Telecom and has held multiple leadership roles at companies such as AT&T and XO Communications. William has a technical, in depth knowledge of VoIP, Cloud, channel solutions, wholesale, IT, and operations.  He brings this knowledge to the market along with a passion for strong partnerships and quality solutions.

Along with his extensive experience in the Technology industry, William also spends a considerable amount of time doing Charitable work. This includes participation in fund raising events, awareness programs, recreational, and educational events for Creative Children Therapy, Villa Leon Academy, United Cerebral Palsy, and a board member at A Child is Missing.

Email: wrubio@calltower.com

Shawn Hansen

VP of Finance, HR & Training
Shawn's Bio

As VP of Finance, Human Resources and Training, Shawn is responsible for all financial activities at CallTower. This includes managing the accounting and billing teams at CallTower. Shawn is also responsible for FP&A activities, financial reporting, equity administration, tax and regulatory compliance and managing our external audit. Shawn also oversees all HR and Training functions within CallTower. This includes overseeing payroll, employee benefits administration, employee onboarding and recruiting as well as internal and external training efforts. Shawn supports employees’ desire to continually improve, learn and grow, so the company can be known for its expertise.

Shawn has over 10 years of accounting and finance experience to CallTower. He is an active Certified Public Accountant with extensive experience in accounting and finance. Shawn joined CallTower from public accounting in the audit practice of Ernst & Young. His time in public accounting focused on auditing the financial statements and internal controls of large public technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Shawn has extensive experience with accounting and finance processes, procedures and controls as well as financial statement preparation and presentation.

He holds both a Bachelors and Masters of Accountancy from Brigham Young University.

Email: shansen@calltower.com

Brandon Watts

Chief Technology Officer
Brandon's Bio

Brandon connects people through technology as CallTower’s Senior Vice President of Technology and Chief Technology Officer. He develops and delivers technology solutions with competitive advantages.

Brandon has been at the forefront of technological innovation in the telecommunication and IT industries for 27 years. During his tenure, he has been a leader in developing and providing Cloud Hosted IVR and Call Routing systems, which have successfully processed over a billion customer calls. His products have allowed clients to meet customer needs quickly and with few errors.  His systems achieved an up-time greater than 99.999%. Brandon also designed and developed a multinational network and cloud solution, linking retail locations with corporate headquarters and allowing for secure real-time data collection and storage. Brandon has not only surpassed client needs in the private sector, he has led efforts for Government agencies. In providing them with an integrated solution, he reduced processing times on millions of government documents.

Email: bwatts@calltower.com

Martin Call

VP of Customer Success & Services
Martin's Bio

As Vice President of Customer Success and Services, Martin is responsible for all post-sale customer operations and success. Martin creates a seamless client onboarding process, oversees a 24x7x365, customer-centric, technical support experience and leads a world-class customer experience though our Customer Success Program. He is also responsible for our purchasing and logistics operations.

Martin comes to CallTower with over 10 years of business operations experience. He started his career at the Department of Defense working international logistics for the F-16 Foreign Military Sales Program. After transitioning back into the private sector, Martin worked global sales and distribution of medical imaging equipment. Martin joined CallTower managing the logistics operations and has held various positions at CallTower; most recently he held an essential integration management role during CallTower’s 2018 acquisition of Appia Communications, undertaking the responsibility for a seamless operational transition.

Martin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Sales from Weber State University and a Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University.

Email: mcall@calltower.com

Senior Management

James Dastrup

VP of Engineering
James' Bio

James is a life-long veteran of the IT field who brings over thirty years of high-level IT experience to the CallTower Team. His past experience includes working with American Express as well as owning and operating his own independent consulting company. James is certified with both Microsoft and Cisco. He joined CallTower in 2013 as a Senior Systems Administrator and is currently positioned as CallTower’s VP of Engineering.

Email: jdastrup@calltower.com

Sean Bailey

Corporate Controller
Sean's Bio

Sean graduated from Utah State University in 2013 with a master’s degree in Accounting and has an active CPA license. He started his career in public accounting at Eide Bailly, a top-tier, national accounting firm. In 2014, he created a mobile app which enabled CPA candidates to challenge other candidates to sets of retired CPA exam questions. He made the jump from public accounting in 2015 when he joined CallTower as an Assistant Controller. In 2018, he was promoted to Corporate Controller and manages CallTower’s accounting and many finance functions.

Email: sbailey@calltower.com

Doug Larsen

Senior Director of Development & Future Products
Doug's Bio

Doug graduated from Brigham Young University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in Business and Information Systems. He worked for the Utah Department of Economic Development, becoming their first webmaster. Upon graduation, Doug transitioned to a twelve-year career at IBM, becoming a Junior Architect and Manager for the tech giant. In 2011, Doug joined the CallTower Team as a Senior Developer and was promoted to Director of Software Development in 2015. Doug was one of the chief architects for Connect, a revolutionary tool which enables users to easily personalize and control their CallTower Solutions. When away from CallTower, Doug enjoys golfing, mountain biking and hiking on the dusty trails of the greater Salt Lake area. 

Email: dlarsen@calltower.com

John Lodden

Director of Telecom
John's Bio

As Director of Telecommunication, John Lodden manages telecommunication carrier relations for CallTower.

John has been active in the telecommunications and computer industries for over 30 years. He has worked on both management and technical operations sides of the business. John started as an computer software/computer re-seller working with the automation and telecommunication clients.  Seeing the fast consolidation of the computer and telecommunication industries  he moved into the converged networking of voice and data networks. 

He joined Coast to Coast Telecommunication in 1992 as Director of Operations. Coast to Coast was sold to XO/Verizon in 2002, which led John to co-found MichTel, a facilitates based CLEC in Michigan. Just prior to joining Appia, he was founder and president of Michigan Network Services, a CLEC he sold in 2014. When CallTower acquired Appia in 2018, John was made Director of Telecommunication and was instrumental during the transition.

Email: jlodden@calltower.com

Seanna Baumgartner

Director of Marketing
Seanna's Bio

Seanna brings more than 20 years of marketing, public relations and graphic design experience to the role of Director of Marketing at CallTower. Upon receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, from New Mexico State University, Seanna started her career at the NBC affiliate in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as a Public Affairs Coordinator. She transitioned to marketing in 1997, at an Amusement Park before extending her Entrepreneurial skills in 2002, as a Creative Consultant where she refined her proficiencies with a wide array of clientele ranging from an International Clothing Distributor to an Investment Equity Firm. In 2013, Seanna joined the SoundConnect team as Marketing Manager and remained in this role through CallTower’s acquisition in 2015. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in July 2018.

Email: seanna@calltower.com

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