NRTC is guided by an experienced leadership team well versed in technology, including smart grid, broadband, wireless and video. More importantly, they drive NRTC’s member-driven attitude.
Chief Executive Officer
Tim Bryan has served as Chief Executive Officer since 2011. In that time, he’s transformed NRTC by strengthening, expanding and deepening the solutions we offer members and driven the organization to become our members’ trusted technology partner.
Through those efforts, the percentage of members who believe “NRTC has members’ best interest in mind” has increased from 32% to 85%. Tim won’t rest until that number is 100%.Read More
Before that Bryan was the Vice President/Finance and Treasurer of Jones Financial Group and Jones Intercable (now part of Comcast), at the time one of the ten largest domestic cable television operators.
Bryan began his career in banking, including as the Vice President and Manager of the Communications Division at NationsBank Corporation (now Bank of America). Bryan has served on the Board of Directors of Nextel Communications, Clearwire Communications, OpenTV (a Liberty Media affiliate), Telekabel, ICO, A2000, and UPC. He has served on the Boards of the Samaritan Institute and the Jekyll Island Foundation as well.
From August 2012 to August 2015 Bryan served on the Board of Directors of FirstNet (a national wireless network to be constructed for use by the nation’s first responders) after appointment by the Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce. He chaired the Finance Committee of the Board for that FirstNet. Bryan served on the Board of Directors of Arris Group, a $5 billion public company engaged in the sale of telecommunications equipment and services to the broadband industries on a global basis, until the company’s sale to CommScope in April 2019 for $7.4 billion.
He is currently on the board of TESSCO, a supplier to the wireless industry. Bryan graduated from Duke University in 1983 and is married with three children.
SVP, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer
Greg Santoro is chief marketing and strategy officer for NRTC where he is responsible for strategic planning, member engagement, marketing, and business and corporate development. Greg joined NRTC from NII Holdings (Nextel International) where he was responsible for marketing, new product and mobile device development, and corporate strategy for the Latin American wireless company.
Greg also led product development and product marketing for all mobile solutions including new wireless device development at Nextel US prior to the merger with Sprint. Post-merger, Greg led the creation of a new innovation team, successfully launching several new ventures.Read More
Santoro has an MBA from the Kellogg School and Master’s in Engineering Management from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science (cum laude) from the University of Vermont.
Chuck Divone joined NRTC as our general counsel in 2017. Divone most recently served as Deputy General Counsel at Neustar where he managed a team of five attorneys and two paralegals. Divone focused his practice on commercial transactions, litigation, intellectual property and compliance.
While at Neustar, Divone played key roles in extending Neustar’s high-value number portability contract, streamlining Neustar’s sales pipeline, and obtaining a dismissal of all claims in a high-visibility securities lawsuit.Read More
Divone is a graduate of Fordham University and Fordham School of Law, and has additional training from Georgetown University in strategic business leadership.
Chief Financial Officer
Bill serves as NRTC’s chief financial officer. Prior to joining NRTC, he spent eight years as CFO for Vubiquity Inc. (previously Avail-TVN), a digital media company. Bill has extensive experience in the digital media and telecommunications industries including more than 12 years with Nextel Communications Inc. as senior vice president and corporate controller.
Following the Sprint Nextel merger, Bill was SVP and corporate controller of the combined entity and then Sprint Nextel’s interim CFO. Bill directed key finance areas, was responsible for all aspects of the accounting functions and managed the shared services organization for the global $40 billion telecommunications company.Read More
Bill was born in Cleveland, OH, and graduated from John Carroll University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and is a certified public accountant. He is married and has two grown daughters.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Fiona Ballard is a dedicated Human Resources Executive with more than 14 years of experience developing and implementing people strategies that integrate with and drive business objectives.
She has a track record of building HR functions and teams from the ground up, leveraging progressive HR to translate vision into practices that attract, retain, and grow top talent.Read More
President, Smart Grid Solutions
Bartolomei leads NRTC’s portfolio of smart grid solutions, which includes metering and metering networks, analytics, demand management, smart energy (including solar), and storage.
He brings nearly 30 years of engineering and utility experience. Most recently, he led the development, quality assurance and program management teams responsible for all electric automation solutions at Eaton. In this role, he partnered with electric cooperatives to provide turnkey technology solutions that helped them generate, deliver and manage energy safely, efficiently and reliably.Read More
Bartolomei holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineer from the University of Maryland and Master’s Degrees in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from The Catholic University of America.
President, Managed Services
Jon Bartleson is president of Managed Services (dba for NeoNova Network Services, LLC). He has 31 years of experience in accounting and financial operations leadership, with a strong focus on delivering effective and affordable solutions to members with a partnership mentality.
Prior to being named president in January 2021, Jon served as CFO of Managed Services since April 2019.Read More
Bartleson holds a BS in Accounting and a Masters in Accounting from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State) and lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He is married and has two grown sons.
President, Mobile Solutions
Curtis Knobloch, who was one of the founding members of Telispire in 2000, has over 25 years experience in the wireless telecom industry. His management and operational experience includes wireless voice and data, video, long distance, paging and internet services.
He has chaired several committees and participated on numerous panel discussions regarding industry challenges and opportunities. Knobloch is a sought-out speaker on key industry trends and innovations.Read More
NRTC provides solutions that help our telecommunications and electric members bring all of the advantages of today’s evolving technology to rural America.
We will be our members’ most trusted technology partner.
OUR MEMBERS are our reason for being.
OUR TEAM is the foundation of our success.
OUR PASSION is supporting rural communities.