Mike Rizzo, President and CEO
Mike brings to Artel more than 20 years of executive leadership experience spanning Telecommunications, Military/Defense, Automotive, and High Technology markets. Prior to joining Artel, Mike provided strategic consulting for independent businesses and private equity firms focusing on CEO support, leadership succession, M&A advisory, corporate strategic planning, managing high growth, international expansion, and ESOP transition. Before consulting, Mike was President of Cylon Energy, the US Division of Cylon Controls, Dublin, Ireland leading a hyper growth and acquisition strategy. Prior to Cylon Energy, he served 18 years at Schleuniger Inc., as President and Managing Director for North and Latin American markets. Mike has also served on various Corporate Boards and Industry Association Boards throughout his career and currently serves as Director for a New Hampshire based start-up.
David Traverse, Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer
David brings to Artel a strong background and high success rate in partnering with vendors and customers that support long-term growth through enhanced technologies, empowered employees, and lean operations. Prior to joining Artel, David served in strategic financial roles for leading-edge companies in the mobile, cloud-based management services, and telecommunications industries. In his capacity as vice president of finance at Scratch Wireless Inc., a start-up, David impacted the company’s growth by fostering relationships with bankers, shareholders, prospective investors, and industry analysts. Previously, at AccuRev Inc., he spearheaded the company’s successful acquisition. Prior to that, David facilitated multiple successful acquisitions at SoundBite Communications and was instrumental in directing the global expansion and management of the company’s U.K. operation.
Jeff Masucci, Chief Technology Officer
Jeff brings to Artel more than 20 years of entrepreneurial leadership and strategic planning experience developing innovative technologies and building world-class organizations. Jeff is an active member of Investors Collaborative, a strategic capital and equity organization, responsible for advising high-quality growth companies. Before consulting, Jeff was the Senior Director of Business Development at Motorola and Chief Technology Officer and Founder of Quantum Bridge Communications. As Senior Director, Business Development of Motorola Jeff led business development for the wireline business identifying, evaluating and acquiring cable and telecom technology and businesses to enhance the performance, improve margins and increase market share and revenue of Motorola’s video distribution, PON (Passive Optical Networks) and SDV (Switched Digital Video) businesses. At Quantum Bridge Communications Jeff led the development of Passive Optical Networking equipment for MSOs and broadband service providers. The systems developed by Quantum Bridge form the basis for Verizon’s FIOS service offering. Prior to Quantum Bridge, Jeff founded several marketing and technology companies that specialized in providing technology and marketing solutions for the telecommunications, cable TV and data communication industries. Also, Jeff served 9 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories where he held various roles in development, systems engineering, and product management. Jeff received an MBA from Boston University, M.S.E.E. Plasma Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BS in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He holds six patents in the field of communications.
Chris Riello, Vice President Product Development
Chris has more than 20 years of experience in directing large global engineering teams in the development of solutions for the telecommunications, broadcast, cable, internet, and other industries. Prior to joining Artel, Chris was Vice President of Engineering at Cambridge Technology, responsible for managing electrical, mechanical, optical, and software activities of the firm and created a research facility focused on new product development, strategic research initiatives, and new technologies. Previously, Chris held several positions at Sycamore Networks (now Coriant), a leading producer of optical switching equipment and network solutions for the telecommunications industry. As Vice President of Engineering, Chris led multi-disciplined engineering teams in the development of SONET, SDH, and PDH products for high reliability applications. Prior to this, as Director of Product Development for the Wireless Business Unit, and before that as Director of Software Engineering for the Optical Business Unit, Chris directed system architecture and design teams, product development, and QA test engineers, and was instrumental in increasing revenue through the successful launches of innovative new products. Early in his career, Chris was Manager of Network Management Software at ADC Telecommunications responsible for managing the software activities serving the company’s telephone, CATV, Internet, broadcast, and wireless customers. Chris is an expert in Agile, Waterfall, and Stage-Gate product development methodologies and is a Certified ScrumMaster. He is co-inventor of 7 U.S. Patents and holds a MBA in International Business and a BS in Engineering from University of Connecticut.
Michael LaFleur, Vice President of Operations
Michael has more than 25 years of experience in operations, purchasing, and materials management. Prior to joining Artel, Michael was Director of Business Operations at Altronics Manufacturing, a contract manufacturer specializing in high tech, telecommunications, and military industries. There, he established cross-functional teams and cultivated key strategic alliances with vendors that reduced materials costs, increasing gross margins and topline revenues. Before that, Michael was the Purchasing and Materials Manager at Sanmina SCI, Inc., where he was responsible for restructuring the purchasing department. Aligning with manufacturing and quality control groups, Michael's team implemented vendor partnership programs, achieving costs reductions while improving quality assurance.
Anthony Morelli, Chief Revenue Officer
Tony brings to Artel a strong history of managing rapid growth and expansion through exceptional sales leadership, service management, and strategic planning. Prior to joining Artel, Tony was Vice President of Global Customer Care and Global Media Software Professional Service at Imagine Communications, formerly Harris Broadcast. In this capacity, Tony spearheaded the launch of new revenue streams resulting in business growth and improved customer loyalty ratings. Before that, he led the centralization of professional services and customer care organizations within Harris Broadcast. Morelli’s efforts increased revenues and improved operational efficiencies while cultivating a global learning environment.
Joanne Pederson, Inside Sales Manager
Joanne Pederson has been a member of the Artel sales team since 1998. She has more than 25 years of experience in providing customer support services and sales order management. As Inside Sales Manager, she has been instrumental in building highly efficient sales processes within the organization as well as maintaining excellent relationships with key customers. Joanne’s background in CRM management has enabled Artel to install world class forecasting processes resulting in highly accurate pipeline results.
Rafael Fonseca, Vice President and Director Product Management
Rafael brings to Artel significant experience in executive management, product management and marketing, sales, and sales operations at established and startup companies. He has a passion for identifying new opportunities and solutions that leverage technology to help companies and organizations surpass their objectives. Previously, Rafael was Vice President of Product Management, Marketing, and Sales Engineering and member of the founding team at Cedar Point Communications, acquired by GENBAND specializing in technology, telecommunications, and multimedia IP solutions. Early in his career, Rafael was a member of Bell Laboratories technical team responsible for research and development in the areas of networking synchronization, adaptive echo cancellation, and equalization for data communication and optical networking systems. He has authored several articles and spoken at industry venues on the operational costs of delivering next generation services and other topics. Rafael holds a M.S.E.E. from Cornell University, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, and a MBA Certification from Wharton School of Business.