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"I have known the members of the Telarus leadership team for years now and I am continually impressed with their innovative ideas and leadership in the industry. Most companies in telecom are "me too" types, so to meet a group that thinks outside of the box and are just plain nice guys is very refreshing!"

Dan Baldwin, President
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"The Telarus management team is solid. I've been in this business for a long time, and I have met a lot of people, but these guys really are different. They say what they do, and do what they say - and where I'm from, that means a lot. Most importantly, they know how to focus a large organization on sales production as evidenced by Telarus being our number one distributor since 2008.

Jason Dishon
VP of National Agent Program
Windstream Communications

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Telarus Management Profiles

Photo: Telarus receives the top partner award from executives of Windstream.
Leadership for the Next Generation of Telecom
Telarus was founded on the principle of strong, flexible, progressive leadership. Over the years, we have assembled a team of all-star executives that shine in their respective fields. Their collective attention to detail, integrity, and ability to execute on the Telarus vision makes them integral to the success of our company and to the success of our partners.

Since 2002, our management team has achieved unparalleled success in sales growth, recruiting, intellectual property, software development, and carrier relationships.

  Adam Edwards, Co-Founder, President Connect with Adam Edwards on LinkedIn
Mr. Edwards is a co-founder of Telarus, Inc. and serves as our president. Mr. Edwards is a well-respected member of the Channel community who sits on numerous advisory boards, including PHONE+/ChannelPartners.com, is a frequent keynote speaker on industry discussion panels and forums, and has twice been named a Top Channel Chief by CRN Magazine. His day-to-day responsibilities include all aspects of the business related to strategy and culture. Prior to co-founding Telarus, Inc. in 2002, Mr. Edwards was the Vice President of Finance for Quest Manufacturing, Inc. Mr. Edwards served from 1999 through 2001 as the Vice President of Finance for Silicon Film Technologies, Inc. In his role at SFT, Mr. Edwards prepared the company for its successful financing in 2000 in which the company raised $6 Million. Mr. Edwards holds a B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University and is a CPA. Adam Edwards

  David Bashford, COO and General Counsel Connect with David Bashford on LinkedIn
Mr. Bashford serves as our Cheif Operations Officer, and has been with Telarus since Novermber 2013. Although new to 'telecom,' David is a 20-year veteran of the insurance industry, with experience in property and casualty, employee benefits, and retirement plans, with a focus on large and middle market accounts. His responsibilities have included defining and executing the strategic plan, day-to-day operations, working with prospective and existing clients, recruiting and developing top producers, and managing legal matters. Prior to joining Telarus Bashford worked as the president of the Leavitt Group, the 2nd largest privately-held brokerage in the nation, as well as serving as the the chief operating officer and general counsel for Van Gilder, a large commercial insurance and employee benefit broker in the Rocky Mountain region. Bashford received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and Juris Doctor from the University of Denver. David Bashford

  Zane Christensen, CFO Connect with Zane Christensen on LinkedIn
Zane Christensen serves as Cheif Financial Officer, and has been with Telarus since December 2013. In his role as CFO, Mr. Christensen will be directing the financial affairs of Telarus; partner compensation, supplier compensation, employee compensation, budgeting, and forecasting, all fall under his purview. Christensen brings with him a vast wealth of experience working in industries that include software, technology, manufacturing, financial services, and many others, and holds a Masters of Accounting from Brigham Young University. Zane Christensen

  Robert Butler, VP of Sales Connect with Robert Butler on LinkedIn
Robert Butler serves as Vice President Sales, and has been with Telarus since January 2007. Mr. Butler oversees all personnel involved in Sales; namely the Partner Development Managers (PDMs), the Internal Channel Account Managers (ICAMs), and the local Partner Relationship Managers (PRMs) in each market. Mr. Butler's department is on the front line, working with our partners each day to ensure they have everything they need, both from a Telarus support perspective, as well as from a carrier/supplier perspective. Mr. Butler is a telecommunications veteran and has a proven track record of accomplishments within the data, voice, and cloud industry. In this capacity, Mr. Butler manages agents, VARS, sales employees nationwide who interact daily with Telarus and Telarus suppliers. Previously, Robert was Director of Telarus VAR Channel, Director of sales, and held sales leadership positions at New Edge Networks (now Earthlink Business). Robert holds a Finance degree from Southwest Texas University. Robert Butler

  Lanny Gray, VP of Business Development Connect with Lanny Gray on LinkedIn
Lanny Gray serves as Vice President of Business Development, and has been with Telarus since April 2013. Mr. Gray is in charge of everything relating to our supplier relationships, from vetting new vendors to frequently meeting with existing suppliers to ensure proper alignment of resources to achieve common revenue goals. Lanny and his team ensure Telarus partners enjoy the best contracts, commission, and support available and that they have the suppliers who offer the most up-to-date network access and managed services on the market. Prior to coming to Telarus Mr. Gray served for four years as the Director of Commercial Sales and Marketing for the Mountain (Utah and Arizona) region for Comcast Business, and holds degree in Business Management from the University of Utah. Lanny Gray

  Austin Holverson, Director of Marketing Connect with Austin Holverson on LinkedIn
Mr. Holverson is the Director of Marketing for Telarus, and has been with the company since December 2011. He is the creative mind behind much of Telarus' innovation, including the Telarus Agent Marketing Program, and is responsible for telling the Telarus story. Public relations, branding, social media, attracting new partners to Telarus, and working with other departments to ensure Telarus maintains its edge in the industry all fall under his Marketing Department. Prior to coming to Telarus Mr. Holverson worked for SEO.com and he holds a degree in Marketing from BYU-Idaho. Austin Holverson

  Patrick Oborn, Co-Founder, VP of Engineering Connect with Patrick Oborn on LinkedIn
Mr. Oborn is a co-founder of Telarus, Inc. and a true industry pioneer. He was the one who wouldn't take 'no' for an answer during the start-up phase of the company, coming up with the idea for GeoQuote (real-time quoting), lead sharing, and more. Mr. Oborn is a public speaker and expert in search engine marketing - he typically shares many of his secrets at the annual Telarus Partner Summit in Deer Valley, Utah. He is also a blogger and patent holder of GeoQuote real-time quoting technology. Mr. Oborn graduated with Honors from Brigham Young University in 1998 with a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and was a circuit designer for Northrop Grumman and a web designer for Cognigen Networks prior to starting Telarus. Patrick Oborn

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