Todd R. Ruelle, Chairman & CEO
Mr. Ruelle is a recognized innovator in the telecommunication industry. Since his early days in Bill McGowan’s and Jack Goeken’s MCI, he has focused on strengthening the ties between his company and its customers. By keeping that focus he has brought to market compelling products and services that helped shape the industry to what it is today. As CEO of Sonic Telecom, he launched the first optical international network designed specifically for transmitting video in high-definition–or not–according to customers’ requirements for any given transmission. The network served the leading media centers in Western Europe, the United States and Asia. By coupling the service with by-the-byte billing and delivering bandwidth-on-demand, Sonic was quickly transporting shows for major networks including NBC, ABC, CBS, NFL Channel, RTL, Fox News and others. The service was also quickly adopted by providers of video conferencing services. Sonic Telecom was bought by PanAmSat in 2003 and renamed Access PAS and Mr. Ruelle was named Managing Director of PanAmSat’s European subsidiaries, formerly the Sonic Telecom operations in the region. Prior to starting Sonic, Mr. Ruelle held executive positions at Orion Satellite Corporation, Sprint International and MCI Telecommunications. At MCI, he was part of the five-member team that created and launched the Friends & Family consumer program that propelled MCI from three million to 10 million residential users within 18 months. He was awarded the 1996 WorldCom Group’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” designation, was a finalist for Inc. Magazine’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” designation in 1994 and 1995; was recognized in 1993 by President Clinton for creating the country’s first public transportation service fueled by natural gas (Clean Air Cab Company) and he was a Presidential Appointee to the White House Conference on Small Business.
Scott Rockafellow, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer
Scott Rockafellow founded and served as the Managing Director of Willowoak Investments Limited, a Zambian manufacturer and exporter of furniture and lumber. He was responsible for product design, procurement of lumber, manufacturing, marketing and sales until 2012. From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Rockafellow was Executive Vice President-Corporate Development for Sonic Telecom, where he was responsible for arranging $50 million of early stage financing and for establishing joint service relationships with partners in India, Asia and the Middle East. Prior to joining Sonic, Mr. Rockafellow worked for 14 years as an investment banking professional. From 1998 to 1999 he worked with International Capital Strategies, providing financial management and advisory services a variety of early stage companies. As a member of Lehman Brothers’ private placement group in New York City from 1994 to 1998, Mr. Rockafellow had lead banker responsibility for all aspects of the private placement origination and execution process, and placed in excess of $900 million of debt, equity, asset backed and tax credit offerings.
Prior to Lehman Brothers, Mr. Rockafellow was a Director with Morrison & Company Securities in Wellington, New Zealand where he established venture capital and infrastructure investment funds, organized and managed public equity offerings, and provided investment and acquisition advisory services to governmental and commercial enterprises. Earlier in his career, Mr. Rockafellow was a member of the Competitive Advantage of Nations Project team, led by Dr. Michael Porter. Mr. Rockafellow holds a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard University.
Wesley Vargo, Chief Development Officer
Mr. Vargo is an expert software engineer, programmer and project manager with over 25 years of experience. Prior to joining Fine Point, he worked for TRW, Engineering Research Associates, and FASI. His experience includes commercial, DoD and intelligence related projects in a wide-range of technical areas, providing Mr. Vargo hands-on experience with many technologies. Mr. Vargo holds a BS degree in Computer Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, aka Virginia Tech.