Chief Alan W. Perdue, Executive Director

Chief Perdue began his public safety journey as a volunteer firefighter in 1977 with the Pinecroft-Sedgefield Fire Department and was hired by Guilford County Department of Emergency Services in 1979. He progressed through the ranks and was appointed Emergency Services Director in July 2003 and retired in February 2013. Chief Perdue is credentialed as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and Fire Marshal (FM) through the Center for Public Safety Excellence Commission for Professional Credentialing.

Chief Perdue currently serves as Commissioner on the CPSE Commission for Professional Credentialing, a member of the International Accreditation Services Technical Advisory Committee for Fire & Life Safety Departments, a member of the International Code Councils Codes & Standards Council and as an Elected Guilford County Commissioner.

Chief Perdue served eight years as the International Director representing Fire & Life Safety on the International Association of Fire Chiefs Board of Directors and twelve years as the Governor’s fire service appointee to the North Carolina State Building Code Council. Additional service to local, state and national fire service organizations include Director at Large, Vice-Chair and Chair of the IAFC Fire & Life Safety Section, four terms as a member of the International Code Councils Fire Code Hearing Committee, vice-chair and chair of the North Carolina Fire Code Revision Committee, President of the North Carolina County Fire Marshal’s Association and as and an advisory board member for the Guilford Technical Community College fire science program.

John Foley, Vice President, Operations

John has held key business development, operations, engineering, and executive roles at companies such as Level 3 Communications, MFS, and MCI. John was a co-founder of XO Communications where he was VP of Operations and Engineering, and later VP of International Network Development. John led dark fiber provider City Signal Communications in the position of President and CEO. John most recently served as Capture Director for specialty construction firm Henkels and McCoy, a leading DAS Integrator.

At H&M John led efforts for creating designs, workplans, budgets, and proposals for thousands of US based DAS, small cell, and public safety communications projects ranging from small-medium commercial buildings to mega-venues.

John comes from a family with a tradition of first-responder service. His grandfather Joseph Foley was a Philadelphia Police Officer, as was Joseph’s brother Vincent – who lost his life on duty – End of Watch March 19, 1949. John’s brother Michael continued that tradition of service with twenty years on the force wearing badge 2397. Since October of 2008,  John’s son / Mike’s nephew Sean proudly wears badge 2397 as a twice-decorated Philadlephia Police Officer. Several of John’s extended family serve on the Philadelphia Fire Department.

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Jeff Hipchen, Board President 

Jeff has more than 20 years of experience as an executive and entrepreneur. He is a principal with RF Connect, a company focused on the design, deployment and support of high performance wireless networks and applications. Prior to RF Connect, he founded Digital Data Solutions, Inc., a Midwest Voice and Data Network solutions provider that grew to seven offices in five states with over $20 million in sales before being sold to CTS Companies in 2003. Jeff has also been an Advisor to several start-up companies, assisting them with the development of their business plans, funding and sales execution.

Throughout his career, Jeff has participated in several partner leadership councils including Ameritech, The Safer Buildings Coalition, ATT and Cisco and was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business Magazine as a “40 under 40” business leader. He also acts as Treasurer on the executive board of the The Family Learning Institute and is on the board of Mobility Technology Association of Michigan.

 

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Mike Collado, Board Treasurer 

Mike Collado is a marketing executive and brand evangelist who helps companies win mindshare and capture marketshare. Mike recently served as Vice President of Marketing for SOLiD – a manufacturer of Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) Optical Transport solutions – where he led the strategy and execution for all corporate marketing, product marketing and marketing communications. During his tenure, Mike helped launch the Safer Buildings Coalition. He also defined and developed thought leadership for the “Middleprise” market segment, and was the visionary and content contributor for the indoor public-safety communications eBook, The Imperative.

Prior to SOLiD, Mike established brand awareness for MobileAccess (a DAS manufacturer, formerly known as Foxcom, and later acquired by Corning). He also led the turnaround for a managed services company and helped reboot a middleware business to compete against larger incumbents. In addition to Safer Buildings Coalition, Mike serves on advisory boards for IWCE and the Northeast DAS & Small Cells Association (NEDAS). Mike was named “Volunteer of the Year” in 2011 for his work on behalf of the YMCA of Central Virginia. He is an author, blogger and frequent speaker at wireless industry events.

 

Seth Buechley, Board Secretary

Seth Buechley is the past President of SOLiD’s US and Canadian operations, where he oversaw a growing team of industry leaders responsible for delivering innovative Distributed Antenna System (DAS) and Optical Transport solutions. He is also the founder of the Safer Buildings Coalition.

Seth began his wireless career as a co-founder of CORD Communications, a turnkey network implementation company acquired by publicly-traded WesTower Corporation in 1998. He was then a founding investor and Vice Chairman of Washington Oregon Wireless (WOW), a Sprint PCS affiliate. In 2001, Seth co-founded Tri-Power Group, a leading DAS integrator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2008, he became President of SOLiD USA. Seth is a frequent speaker and blogger about emerging wireless technologies as well as policy and training initiatives within the public-safety wireless market.