Greg's experience in the technology industry began in 1984, when he formed Tel-West a telecommunications provider of PBX's, competitive access and a reseller of voice services.
In 1995, Tel-West was acquired by NEXTLINK, a Craig McCaw owned organization, (now XO Communications, NASDAQ: XOXO) in which Greg became president of NEXTLINK Washington.
In 1996, he
was part of the senior management team that took NEXTLINK public raising $400 million in the public markets.
In 1998, after three years at the helm of NEXTLINK Washington, Greg left NEXTLINK to begin a new venture - OneEighty Communications, a competitive telecommunications provider focusing on markets with populations less than 500,000.
Six months after starting OneEighty Communications, Avista Corp. (NYSE: AVA) bought majority interest in the company, renaming it Avista Communications.
Greg remained with the company as president and CEO until 2001, when Avista Corp. elected to sell off its telecom division.
That same year, Greg
acquired certain CLEC markets from Avista Communications in the Northwest and further grew top and bottom line metrics and later sold the markets to Eschelon Telecom and OrbitCom.