Dedication, Passion and Expertise
Our core management team represents well over 175 years of telecom experience, all committed to making the world a better place than how we found it — we are passionate about helping causes that support children, education, the environment and fair trade.
Meet the BetterWorld Senior Management Team:
James F. Kenefick, Chairman
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Jim Kenefick, serial entrepreneur and sustainability expert, has been implementing Triple Bottom Line best practices (people, planet and profits) over the past 10+ years. With 20+ years as a Chairman, CEO, Sr. Executive in Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT), his career includes leading 3 companies from $0 to $15M, $0 to $30M and $0 to $70M in sales with over $750M in market capitalization; he has raised over $500M; he has managed over 650 employees, managed 220+ sales force with over 22 offices with 3 distinct sales channels and directing the construction of a 10 city state-of-the-art voice/data switch network spanning over 9,000 miles and linking over 12,000 clients in 10 of the largest US cities.
Today, Jim is Managing Partner at Working Excellence (WEX), a Corporate Strategy/Investment Firm focused on TMT and Sustainability. He specializes in corporate strategy, capital formation, development of high performance management teams and is an experienced high growth leader. His core focus is strategic execution, corporate culture and value creation.
He chairs the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Social Enterprise Network – Real Leaders Making a Difference and created the SEN Corporate Social Responsibility awards program. He is also the former YPO Washington DC Chapter Chair, Trustee and Former International Board Member of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), Former Board of Director for Social Venture Network (SVN) and Twice named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist.
He is a Babson College graduate who majored in Finance and Entrepreneurship. His passions include adventure travel, Bikram Yoga, golf, fly-fishing, skiing, surfing, sailing, triathlons, music and reading.
Matt Bauer, President & Co-Founder
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Matt has worked to improve communities in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors for more than 25 years. Before co-founding BetterWorld Telecom in 2003, Matt served in a series of leadership roles in the telecommunications and power industries, including the AES Corporation and NETtel Communications.
Matt is co-editor and author of the Nonprofit Guide to Going Green, published by Wiley & Sons, and is regular contributor to the Washington Post as a Small Business Panelist, as well as Sustainable Industries/Triple Pundit Media. He has either helped found or grow a number of non-profits over the past few decades, including Lowcountry Local First (Charleston, SC), Sitar Center for Children and the Arts (D.C.), and the True Colors Theatre Company (Atlanta). Matt is a member of the Entrepreneurs' Organization, Full Circle Fund, and Social Venture Network, and serves on the national boards of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) and the American Sustainable Business Council.
Matt lectures/speaks nationally on sustainability and telecommunications, most recently at Funders' Network Annual Conference in Seattle, Progressive Opportunities, NetImpact Annual Conference, Sonoma State College, Evergreen State College, Green Telecom East, CTIA Green Telecom Summit, the FCC Broadband Workshop Series, Nokia Siemens Green Telecom Summit and as a CAIR at Bainbridge Graduate Institute. He holds a BA in Telecommunications from Indiana University and MBA from The George Washington University.
Glenn Powell, Director of Operations
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In his 30 years of competitive telecommunications industry experience, Glenn has developed a wide breadth of knowledge about all aspects of the planning, pricing, marketing, sales and delivery of voice and data services. Before joining BetterWorld Telecom, Glenn served as Director of Product Development at CCMI, where he defined new products, services and conferences for this industry leading telecommunications information services provider. Before joining CCMI, Glenn was Vice President of Markets and Product Development for the AES Corporation, a Fortune 200 independent power company, where he led the planning for a CLEC in the top 35 US markets and helped launch a telecommunications business in Bolivia. Previously, Glenn served a number of roles over 13 years including Senior Vice President and General Manager for Valucom, Inc., a telecommunications analysis, publishing, consulting and pricing information services company.
Prior to Valucom, Glenn served in a number of capacities at MCI Telecommunications and Satellite Business Systems including rates and tariffs; product management; project management for the implementation of a nationwide satellite/switching center network; managing a 225 person inbound/outbound sales and customer service center; and providing sales support for a large national accounts sales organization. He has also served in a number of volunteer positions associated with youth sports, the Cub Scouts, and is currently President of the Cardinal Hill Swim and Racquet Club, a neighborhood swim and tennis facility which supports a number of children and adult recreational programs. Glenn holds a BA in economics from Virginia Tech.
Ali Gunertem, Director of Customer Operations & Co-Founder
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Ali joined BetterWorld Telecom (“BWT”) in the fall of 2003 and brings over 18 years of experience. He has spent the past ten years working in telecommunications, with extensive experience working with carriers and network vendors in all aspects of provisioning, customer VoIP implementations and customer support. He has extensive knowledge of carrier services including both voice and data systems. He is responsible for the company’s day-to-day customer support, VoIP planning and provisioning and technical support. Prior to joining BWT, Ali worked as the General Manager at Cities Restaurant Group, based in Washington, D.C. He has extensive experience in sales, staff management, project management, fundraising, billing and networking. He received his Bachelors of Arts degree from Marmara University at Istanbul. He is married and has a daughter. He currently resides in Alexandria, VA.
John (JP) McCormick, Director of Sales & Co-Founder
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J.P. joined BetterWorld Telecom in the fall of 2002 and brings more than 15 years of sales experience to BetterWorld Telecom. Prior to joining BetterWorld, J.P. worked for MCI, MFS, Westinghouse Communications, Qwest and Level Three Communications. J.P Graduated from West Virginia University in 1989. J.P. and his wife, Lisa, live in Alexandria Virginia.
David O'Leary, Director of IT
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David has more than 20 years experience in telecom and network services and equipment sales and product management. Throughout the 1980s, he held engineering, operations and customer support, and operations management positions at Carnegie-Mellon University, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and SURAnet — part of the original NSFnet. From 1992 to 1998, he worked at Cisco Systems, providing consulting services for large enterprise and service provider customers worldwide. He contributed to product developments such as the Cisco 12000, 7500, and 2500 series routers. From 1998 to 2005, he served as Director of Consulting Engineering at Juniper Networks, leading a team of engineers providing key customer consulting and technical support for the first customer deployments growing to over $1 billion in revenues. He supported customer network design and deployment efforts around the world, and contributed to many key Juniper Network product decisions.
He joined Better World Telecom in the fall of 2006, supporting sales and operations efforts. David enjoys hiking, backpacking and canoeing in his spare time. He volunteers with the Sierra Club, where he is currently focused on the climate change and smart energy solutions campaigns.
Joe Londeree, Regulatory and Customer Service Analyst
Joe joined BetterWorld Telecom (“BWT”) in the spring of 2008. He is responsible for the company’s day-to-day customer and regulatory issues, as well as technical support. Prior to joining BWT, Joe worked in engineering for Mitsubishi (Braselton, GA) and Westinghouse (Athens, GA). He has extensive experience working with sales, managing staff, project management, and accounting. He received his Bachelors degree from Ohio State University and a Masters from the University of Georgia. He is married to Leah and currently resides in Manning, SC.
Salem Kimble, Manager, Online Strategies
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Salem has been working with BetterWorld since 2009. She is responsible for raising awareness about BetterWorld Telecom's unique value offerings in the telecom industry and the benefits of BetterWork. She works both online and offline to engage customers, partners and the larger business and non-profit communities. Salem has worked with a wide variety of for-profit and not-for-profit companies in sustainable tourism, law, dance and environmental education. Salem is also a singer-songwriter and has self-produced two albums of original music. She holds a BA in Global Studies from UC Santa Barbara and resides in Oakland, CA.
Anastasiya Zarko, Sales Associate
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Anastasiya Zarko was born and raised in Belarus, moved to the U.S. to further her education and career. After studying the hospitality industry at Belorussian State Economic University, Anastasiya began a degree in business administration at City College of San Francisco. She is a former employee of the mobile company Guide by Cell, and previous manager of Samovar Lounge in San Francisco. Thanks to the education and experience in hospitality and passion towards technology, Anastasiya is able to assist the administrative and sales team in their daily duties and helps to maintain client networking at Betterworld Telecom. She is also fluent in English, Russian, Belarusian and Spanish.