Don Swayne, VP - Fiber Services
Don Swayne oversees our Fiber Optic business operations across all markets. He joined the team in June of 2018. Don’s 30 years of telecommunications wired outside plant experience brings that extra element of connectivity solution to our team and client base. Don has served the industry in many capacities. As a senior leader in carrier industry as well as the contracting industry, Don has utilized his experience in fiber infrastructure to develop teams and solutions for any outside plant deployment nationwide. He is responsible for staff and contractor management, client relationships and oversees initiatives involving long haul projects, small cell deployments, civil electrical and other fiber infrastructure projects.
Don’s experience with outside plant started in the 80’s with technology growth in the CATV sector. Learning and mastering the various methods of deployment launched his career into project management, operations management and eventually senior management. Don has helped companies such as MYR Group and Tetra Tech develop single source, multi-year contracting opportunities with carriers such as Quest and Comcast. Don additionally developed business development, estimating and project management staff to target large public-sector projects. Airfield, DOT’s, IDIQ’s and municipal projects were particularly successful, challenging and rewarding to both the companies he served as well as his clients.
In 2010, Don was approached to serve as a senior leader by one of his CLEC customers and oversee Western US operations. This challenge was exciting and rewarding and helped Don gain the knowledge needed to understand the competitive carrier business. Serving Unite Private Networks, Conterra Networks and eventually an upstart Media Link Telecom, Don developed unprecedented growth for each company, winning and completing several flagship networks in key strategic geographic areas. Anchoring his networks via the Erate school fiber model, Don successfully deployed on budget and on time networks in Dallas, El Paso, Aurora, CO, Bay Area, Tucson, AZ just to name a few. Don helped develop these networks for additional revenue and they soon became gateways for other enterprise and cell carrier customers. Don has always remained a Colorado native. Colorado has called him back and when he’s not in our Golden, CO office or serving a client, you likely will find him climbing a mountain, fishing a wild river or riding ATV’s with his two boys.