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Blake Wetzel

Blake Wetzel

Blake Wetzel is vice president of sales for the CenturyLink Channel Alliance. He is responsible for leading an industry-leading sales channel comprised of more than 200 partners who have thousands of agents and sub-agents offering CenturyLink’s communications solutions to business customers across the country.

Prior to his current role, Wetzel served as director of national customer care, business sales support and chief financial officer for the business sales organization at Qwest as well as various financial management positions at MCI Communications.

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Mindy Powers

Mindy Powers

Mindy Powers is vice president of business sales for the Western region and responsible for leading a sales organization that provides world-class communications solutions to global enterprises.

With more than 25 years in the telecommunications industry, Powers was director of sales for the CenturyLink Channel Alliance and named "Channel Executive Woman of the Year" by CRN Magazine in 2010. She is also a long-time supporter and advocate of the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Richard G. Twilley

Richard G. Twilley

Richard Twilley is vice president of business sales, and is responsible for leading the enterprise sales organization for the Eastern Region of the United States. Consisting of 25 states and approximately 500 employees, his organization provides the complete business portfolio of communications products and services to the enterprise business marketplace.

With more than 24 years of experience in the telecommunications and consulting industries, Twilley has held various positions at Sprint/Embarq, and the Michaels Group as a business consultant.

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Shaun Trippel

Shaun Trippel

Shaun Trippel is the area vice president of sales providing world-class communications and network solutions to state and local government agencies, K-20 education organizations and non-profit health care facilities nationwide.

With more than 19 years of experience in the communications industry, Trippel has held various management positions at CenturyLink, Verizon and MCI.

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Jeff Oberschelp

Jeff Oberschelp

Jeff is a seasoned executive with 15 years of experience in the communications industry. He is responsible for delivering the best innovative products and solutions to CenturyLink customers including CenturyLink’s Cloud offerings of IaaS, PaaS and SaaS.

Prior to CenturyLink, Jeff was Area Vice President for Verizon Information Services and VP, General Manager for McCleodUSA in Missouri and Kansas.

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Jeremy Ferkin

Jeremy Ferkin

Jeremy is a communications and technology executive with over 20 years of experience, in all segments of product development, operations, and brings an entrepreneurial spirit to everything he does.

Prior to CenturyLink Jeremy served in various roles in the technology industry from software to digital media, to other facets of applications and operations of technology and telecommunications companies.

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Dick Csaplar

Dick Csaplar

Dick has over 30 years of experience in the IT field working for startups, international companies and in Silicon Valley. Currently he is a Senior Research Analyst for the Aberdeen Group covering virtualization and the cloud. Dick also worked, lived or traveled through more than 60 countries of the world.

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Diana L. Gowen

Diana L. Gowen

Diana is the senior vice president and general manager, Public Sector of CenturyLink. In this role, Ms. Gowen oversees all efforts needed to execute on CenturyLink's solutions for its federal government customers, Sales Operations, Proposal, Program Management and Contracts and Procurement.

Ms. Gowen has more than 30 years of experience as a senior executive in the communications industry. She began her career working in the federal government for both civilian and defense agencies in the United States and abroad. Before joining CenturyLink in 2005, she was president of government solutions for Corvis and Broadwing Communications.

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Penny Larson

Penny Larson

Penny Larson has more than 40 years of business experience in the communications industry. She is currently CenturyLink vice president and general manager for western and southern Colorado.

Penny is a member of the board of governors for the Colorado Springs Business Alliance and a long-time member of the Colorado Springs Executive Association and former board member.

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Scott Russell

Scott Russell

Scott is the Vice President and General Manager for the Denver/Northern Colorado market, where he leads a team of over 700. Scott’s focus on leadership and innovation has enabled a rapid evolution of a team-based culture that is highly responsive to changing customer needs. With more than 23 years of professional leadership, Scott has held various leadership positions across field operations, marketing, product development, business development, field sales and retail sales experience.

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Frank Grillo

Frank Grillo

Frank Grillo is vice president of business marketing, responsible for leading the business product and marketing organizations at CenturyLink Business. Frank and his organization manage the development and implementation of industry-leading products and world-class communications solutions for small-, medium- and large-sized enterprises across the globe.

With more than 20 years experience in various executive marketing and product roles in the communications industry, Grillo also worked at Cypress Communications, LDDS, MCI Worldcom and Z-Tel.

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Ken McMahon

Ken McMahon

Ken McMahon is the Vice President and General Manager for the Metropolitan Phoenix market of CenturyLink.  Ken has end-to-end responsibility for developing a localized approach to the market, including product offerings and promotions for Cloud offerings of IaaS, Paas and SaaS.

Ken has spent 15 years in the communications industry working in various leadership roles.   Prior to taking his new role in Phoenix, he served as CenturyLink Vice President and General Manager of Northern Missouri.

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Betty Reynolds

Betty Reynolds

Betty Reynolds is vice president of business sales for the Southwest Region, and is responsible for leading market development, sales, sales engineering and support for CenturyLink Business clients. Her organization paves the way in linking businesses to next-generation technology that enables growth and efficiencies for organizations in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, California and Utah.

With more than 35 years in the telecommunications and broadband industries, Reynolds has held various leadership roles in sales, product and customer care departments.

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Julie Darrington

Julie Darrington

Julie Darrington is a business development and technology executive with nearly 20 years of experience. As vice president of the Dakotas and Western Minnesota, she is responsible for CenturyLink’s overall broadband expansion and market growth.

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Rob Roache

Rob Roache

Rob Roache leads the sales, engineering and sales support teams focused on serving global, enterprise, government and education customers across the Northwest. His teams are focused on solving the business challenges of customers using an extensive portfolio of network, hosting and managed services solutions.

With 25 years in the telecommunications and IT Services industry, Roache has held leadership positions in sales, engineering and operations departments. He has been with CenturyLink since 1991. Most recently, Roache was AVP of Sales, and supported customers located in the company’s Southern region.

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Sue Anderson

Sue Anderson

As an executive in the fast-changing world of telecommunications, Sue places her focus squarely on the customer. Sue uses her 18 years of experience in network engineering and operations, product development and pricing to offer products at the speeds and prices demanded, using the devices and channels of our customers.

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Gary Sloper

Gary Sloper

Gary runs the technical solution engineering teams for CenturyLink’s Eastern United States Business Solutions Group, supporting Global Cloud, MPLS, SIP, Disaster Recovery and Managed Services for Fortune 1000, government and education clients. Gary has 9 years of tenure with CenturyLink in sales engineering and operational roles

With more than 17 years experience in the technology and managed services industry, Sloper held various management positions at CenturyLink, Exodus Communications and ColoSpace.

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