The members of the Spectrum Bridge management team have a long history of creating companies that delivered innovative technologies into the marketplace. Most recently, they were the senior management team of MeshNetworks, acquired by Motorola in late 2004. The team has created several successful startups, each of which resulted in either an acquisition or IPO.
Rod Dir, President and CEO
Mr. Dir joined Spectrum Bridge in 2011 as President and CEO with over 27 years of experience with telecommunications and early stage technology companies. Most recently he served as COO for Firethorn LLC, a mobile commerce service provider acquired by Qualcomm in 2007. Prior to joining Firethorn he served as COO at Cincinnati Bell, Inc., overseeing each of the company's business segments, including wireless, broadband, local access, long distance, and IT managed services. Mr. Dir also served as COO of Powertel, a wireless carrier operations across 12 states throughout the Southeast where he was instrumental in developing the market prior to the company's acquisition by T-Mobile in 2001.
Richard Licursi, Executive Chairman
Mr. Licursi is the Chairman and co-founder of Spectrum Bridge. He was also a co-founder, President and CEO of MeshNetworks Inc., which became recognized as the global leader in mobile mesh networking technology. Upon Motorola’s acquisition of MeshNetworks in 2004, he held the position of Vice President and Director of Operations for the Mesh Product Group. Mr. Licursi has successfully exited four venture-backed deals.
Peter Stanforth, CTO
As CTO and co-founder of Spectrum Bridge, Mr. Stanforth is responsible for managing intellectual property development and aspects of Product Development and Operations. Prior to co-founding Spectrum Bridge, Mr. Stanforth was co-founder and CTO of MeshNetworks, Inc, where he was responsible for managing the strategic business and technical aspects of product development and operations. MeshNetworks owns 100 patents on ad-hoc and broadband wireless technologies, of which he authored 20, and has over 100 pending applications.
Jeff Schmidt, Vice President of Engineering
As Vice President of Engineering, Mr. Schmidt leads Spectrum Bridge's product and technology development strategy. He has over 20 years of experience in the wireless communications industry at firms including Motorola, MeshNetworks, Comsat, and Lockheed Martin. As an innovator, Mr. Schmidt has been instrumental in developing new broadband communications technologies, obtained FCC type acceptance on numerous products, deployed large scale networks and holds several design patents in this field. He holds MSEE and BSE (Magna Cum Laude) degrees from the University of Central Florida and published papers on antenna design and spectrum policy.