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Management Team


Company Management

First Communication’s team of directors, senior executives and operating managers has significant experience in the communications industry and extensive knowledge of its local markets. Members of the First Communications executive management team have more than 70 years of combined experience in managing communications companies. In addition to industry knowledge, the management team has public company operational experience and expertise in integrating acquired facilities.

      • Mark Sollenberger, President

        Mark Sollenberger is the President of First Communications. Mark has served in various executive roles at First Communications, including Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining First Communications, Mark served as Vice President of Finance for Resolve Corporation,a $400 million publicly held Canadian business process outsourcing company, where he was instrumental in taking the company public in 2006. Mark previously held the position of Director of Finance at Allen Telecom,a $500 million publicly held international manufacturer and distributor of wireless telecommunications equipment and services.Mark received  a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Kent State University.

        Sandi Murphy, SVP, General Counsel

        Sandi Murphy is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of First Communications. Prior to joining First Communications, Sandi was an attorney for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and served as Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Secretary of ProCare Automotive. Before transitioning to in-house counsel, Sandi was a partner with Benesch Friedlander and then of-counsel at Jones Day, with practices focusing on corporate, mergers and acquisitions and securities law. She has served as an officer, director and active member of various community organizations. Sandi received a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Kent State University and a juris doctorate from Vanderbilt University School of Law.
      • Jamie Rowlands, Vice President, Sales & Customer Engagement

        Jamie joined First Communications in 2002 and is responsible for all Direct and Indirect sales teams, as well as Account Management revenue growth, churn/retention control, and customer care. Jamie has over 30 years of business experience, specifically in the disciplines of Sales Management and Business and Consumer Marketing. Jamie holds an MBA from The Ohio State University, and a B.S. in Business Administration from Miami University. Prior to joining First Communications, Jamie held the position of Major Accounts Manager at Sprint from 1987 through 1999, Jamie also held various Sales and Marketing Management positions at FirstEnergy , including Director of National Sales.
      • Mark Wons, Vice President, Operations

        Mark brings more than 20 years of network operations and engineering expertise to First Communications. Mark is responsible for ensuring the superior quality of the First Communications network so that customers have a first class experience. Mark joined First Communications in 2004, and throughout his tenure with the company, has held various leadership positions within the organization. Mark started his career as an installation technician with MCI WorldCom after graduating with a degree in Engineering and Electronic Design from ITT.