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VP of Operations

TVGateway LLC

A consortium of leading cable MSO's formed to develop an electronic program guide to help drive competition and innovation in the user interface for cable services.Spun off JV from main company to launch to scale

  • Directed a staff of 15 with a P&L of $7.2M.
  • Maintained International Operations in 10 countries and 750,000 subscribers.
  • Staffed and developed new spinoff venture; purchased equipment, built processes and leased facility for growth.
  • Responsible for all operations functions of venture, including QA, System integration and test, customer program mgmt, technology deployment, Customer Call center and PMO
  • Worked with MSO partners for scalable deployment and technology migrations.
  • Reduced expenses 25% while implementing new processes and a flexible organizational structure.
  • Achieved mission of establishing a reputation for operational excellence in industry and with vendors.
  • Staffed and transitioned to new facility with Lab and IT infrastructure, with zero downtime to developers.
  • Implemented defects tracking system and Crosby Methodology for quality management that decreased risk to development projects
Dec 2011Present

Principle

RFK Networks Consulting

Provide engineering and deployment management to new technology introductions. Focusing on WiFi, RF and Telecom industries.As the world becomes more mobile, the demand for bandwidth is making for a challenge and an opportunity for service providers. We understand the system ramifications and can help network providers in their effort to offload traffic and to take advantage of the WiFi systems and networks..

  • Customer projects
  • Bandwidth offload coordination
  • In-Market management
  • Technology and vendor oversight
  • Vendor coordination
  • Field resource mgmt.
  • Technology development planning
  • Project deployment and introduction direction
Aug 2005Dec 2011

GM and VP Operations and Engineering

Vector180 LLC

Vector180 is a customer focused WIFI internet connectivity provider to the hospitality industry as well as secure WiFi networks for business

  • Started company in 2006 after I saw an opportunity in transient use networks as the Iphone and Social media made connectivity to be a full time requirement by users.
  • Was responsible to hiring staff, financial forecast and growth strategy.
  • Grew market foothold by dominating a local market place to drive home an industry leadership position.
  • Leveraged leaps in technology as well as cost reductions to develop a palatable market price and offering.
  • Led to developing sales channels and partnerships to increase pipeline.
  • Researched competitive positioning to develop a go to market offering.
  • Scaled business by developing partnerships with brand leaders and networks.
  • Constantly reworked strategy to take advantage of industry trends in the marketplace.
  • Increased profitability market introduction of new offerings.
  • Develop marketing and technology integration plan
  • Total P&L responsibility over $6M
  • Channel partner development
  • Content and VAR development
Jun 2004Jul 2005

VP Operations

ClosedNetworks Inc

ClosedNetworks developed wireless networks for underserved municipal marketplace and designed secure networks for Homeland security surveillance systems.

  • Started with company at an early stage, just passed start-up. Was responsible to form an Operations, deployment and support organization that would scale to a national level.
  • Strategized the cost reduction of the product offering and formed first real financial model for growth.
  • Developed a technical model, "proof of concept" in the local marketplace that led to the first Municipal broadband system in Phila.
  • Worked with homeland security reps to design and implement a secure wireless network for Ip cameras for tier 3 threat sites.
  • Worked to secure funding through Ben Franklin Technology partners for new technology build.
  • Built and managed complete Wireless backhaul ring from South Jersey through the city area of Phila, and maintained a broadband customer base for bandwidth offloads and redundancy.
  • Directed Call center and negotiated contractor rates to maintain margins
Jan 1999Aug 2002

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC PROGRAMS

Worldgate Communications

A provider of interactive television applications and systems utilizing the broadband data infrastructure provided by cable and DSL providers.

  • Directed a staff of 45 with budget responsibility of $5M.
  • Directed, staffed and organized the corporate Project Management Office. Implemented project scheduling and resource tracking mechanisms that reduced development costs by 23%.
  • Developed project review process and tracking of priorities across functional groups.
  • Directed a matrix organization of developers, product managers and customer project managers.
  • Managed and deployed projects for domestic international customers in Latin America and Europe.
Feb 1981Aug 2002

SENIOR MANAGER ENGINEERING PROGRAMS

Motorola / General Instrument

A global leader in providing integrated communications and embedded electronic solutions to the CATV marketplace.Directed resource allocations and a project development staff of 95 engineers for 75 projects in the US, Taiwan, Mexico and the United Kingdom with a budget responsibility of $75M.

  • Responsible for all new product, system or technology startups within the business unit.
  • Initiated first "beta test" concept and process, resulting in smooth product introduction to field and reduction of production defects.
  • Provided pre and post sales support to include initial customer site surveys, ongoing project management and continuing through the installation process and ongoing customer support.
  • Assured customer contract and budget adherence. Efforts on Major MSO account resulted in savings of $8M in imposed penalties.
  • Led customer projects in Latin America, Sweden, Norway, UK, Ireland, France as well many domestic locations.
  • Frequently called upon to lead "laser" focused teams of developers and support staff to solve high profile or time critical issues
Apr 1991May 1994

SENIOR ENGINEERING MANAGER

Music Choice

Provides the widest array of commercial-free professionally programmed music channels and digital downloads available on one site.The first provider of CD quality music over cable or satellite.

  • Managed development and deployment of the first CD quality music service in CATV history.
  • Managed the development, growth and operation of a startup team of 5 to a corporate development and support team of 80 developers and engineers in partner companies with a budget of $13M.
  • Generated departmental revenues of $8M.
  • Managed the broadcast facility and satellite uplink.
  • Hired and managed national field engineering staff to install and support MSO launches across country.
  • Oversaw the system integration of technology into DTV uplink facility while maintaining DTV operations and installation specifications.
  • Drove partner engineering teams to develop new innovations for user features.
  • Responsible to take marketing and corporate requirements and work with design team to bring features to market while maintaining cost margins

Education

Temple University

Certificate in Project Management

ASEE

PennCo Technical University

BSEE

Penn State University

Skills

Homeland Security IP Camera Networks
Wireless Broadband
Wireless systems Networking
Web content Mgmt
Marketing and New Business Development
RF and Systems Engineering
Hospitality WiFi Technology and Operations
Municiple WiFi Deployment and Operation
Engineering Management
PMO
Large Scale Technology Deployments
CATV Operations
WiFi technology and Networking
Technolgy developemt

References

Kevin Backe

As the Director of Communication for the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia, I reached out to Bob and Closed Networks to help me design and expand a wireless network to cover a rowing regatta over approximately 5 square miles. Bob and his team were excellent in working with us and coming up with out of the box the ideas to assure there was complete coverage for the event!! Bob's work ethic, dedication and commitment assured that all went smoothy

Paul Clough

“Bob and I worked together while at Music Choice and then again at Vector180. In both situations we were dealing with managing state of the art and rapidly evolving technologies. Bob does a great job managing the practical aspects of technology, deploying it and making certain that systems run as designed in the “real world”. He is attentive to customer needs and knows how to manage a team to get the work done so that the customer is thrilled with the result.”

Mark Axelman

“I recommend Bob Kelly without hesitation. Bob brings a positive energy to any situation and has the ability to work through, around and over obstacles that may stand in the way of success. Bringing fresh ideas and vision to situations is one of Bob’s strong suits and putting the proper pieces in place for execution is where he excels. In addition Bob is always on the leading edge of his technical knowhow, ensuring that his team is well informed and ready for all sales situations.

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Summary

Executive Management Professional with 15+ years experience in National and International Product Development and Operations, Engineering and Project Development within the Communications industry.Experienced in directing all operations disciplines while reducing costs, increasing labor efficiencies and improving bottom line profits.

QUALIFICATIONS SUMMARY

Markets Served:WIFI, CATV, Technology Operations, Wireless, IP & RF Technology, Communications, Satellite Communications,System Integration Hospitality,

Areas of Professional Expertise:P&L and Operations Management, Cost Control, Process Improvement,Management / Staff Recruitment & Development, Hospitality technology, Interactivity, Content Development, Distributed Systems, WEB Development,

Personal Skill

  • Hands On
  • Strategist
  • Fwd thinking
  • Leader
  • Balanced - life and business
  • Eager
  • Team leader
  • Many hats
  • Technologist
  • Deployment Manager 
  • Integration leader
  • Market penetration
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Cost containment

Major Accomplishments

  • Deployed first Municipal WiFi network in Phila
  • Directed start-up Hospitality WiFi venture from ground up.
  • Authored many articles on WiFi marketplace
  • Deployed first PPV system in Northern Europe
  • Created new LLC from ground up
  • Developed successful go to market strategy for WiFi for the hospitality marketplace
  • Integrated state of the art motion detection s/w with wireless backhaul technology for Homeland security threat sites.
  • Successful deployed new CATV set-top guide in-front of 750K subscribers in 10 countries
  • Over saw all technology design and implementation of first CD quality satellite radio system delivered to subscribers via cable
  • Managed development of multi-project cutting edge video system for CableTV set-tops from system design to factory.

Googled links for Bob Kelly

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