MEET THE TEAM
Chief Executive Officer
Donny Smith came to work in the telecommunications industry via a circuitous route. His entrepreneurial spirit led to years as a cattle exporter that created his signature Stetson cowboy hat look.
Donny would later go on to spend time as a programmer at IBM, and eventually to work on the first fiber-to-the-home project at Jaguar Communications.
His attempt at retirement was interrupted by continued communication from young entrepreneurs in the telecom industry hoping to learn from his success. Donny re-entered the telecom landscape to found Fibersmith in 2013, expanding fiber design and construction into rural areas.
Donny received a Bachelor of Science in computer science and an MBA from the University of Rochester.
Nicholas Peña has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. What started as a position in a call center eventually developed into a career designing fiber networks.
He joined the Fibersmith team in 2013 and now works alongside internet service providers and contractors to design and build fiber networks nationwide — often in rural areas with limited broadband access.
Nicholas received his Bachelor of Science in computer information systems from Columbia College.
Chief Information Officer
Josh Johnson has more than 20 years of experience developing software in the telecommunications industry, specializing in the development of business and operational support systems.
Josh has designed and managed systems that include subscriber and asset management, sales, marketing and field operations. He has extensive experience working with third-party service, software and hardware vendors like ADTRAN, AT&T, Calix, CCH, Google and QuickBooks to create integrations that limit swivel-chair.
Josh received his Bachelor of Arts in computer science from the University of Missouri: Columbia. He joined the Fibersmith team in 2017.
Chief Operations Officer
Jen Gilman is a recent addition to our Fibersmith Team. She brings over 15 years of extensive experience in management and tactical business leadership specializing in service teams working as trusted partners to independent businesses across the globe.
She is well versed in managing and participating in large organizational projects to identify and improve process efficiency, standardization of work, IT optimization and employee skills flexibility. In her previous work she managed a ten-million-dollar budget with over 70 direct reports, twice earning the highest level of recognition awarded by the company.
She now applies these same organizational talents building a productive customer-focused team committed to achieving outstanding service and design standards.