Chairman of the Board
Bill Tauscher brings a wealth of financial and managerial experience to his role as Executive Chairman. This experience gives Vertical a unique advantage as it pursues its mission to provide businesses with enterprise communications solutions that enable and support critical/natural workflows.
Bill is the founder of The Tauscher Group, which invests and assists in the management of enterprises in various industries. Previously, he served as chairman and CEO of Vanstar Corporation (formerly ComputerLand Corporation), having led the group that acquired ComputerLand in 1987. Under his guidance, Vanstar grew to be the largest PC sales and service company in the world, and was sold to Inacom in 1999.
Prior to Vanstar, Bill was the chairman and CEO of FoxMeyer Corporation, a wholesale pharmaceutical and beauty-aid distributor, from 1977 until its sale to National Intergroup in 1986. He currently is Chairman and CEO of Blackhawk Network, a billion dollar prepaid network that distributes and processes gift cards and other prepaid cards through third-party retail distributors. He also serves on various boards of directors, including Safeway Corporation, a $45 billion food and grocery company, and holds controlling investments in a number of successful companies.
Chief Executive Officer
Richard joined the Company in January 2005 as Executive Vice President and General Manager. Prior to joining Vertical, he was the Executive Vice President and General Manager
of CFM Corporation, a leading integrated manufacturer of home products. He was with CFM Corporation from October 2003 until January 2005.
Previously, Mr. Anderson was CEO of Temtex Industries, Inc. from July 2002 until its purchase by CFM Corporation in October 2003. Mr. Anderson also served in various executive roles, including Chief Operating Officer of KnowledgePlanet from September 2000 until July 2002, and held Senior Vice President positions in sales and marketing for Inacom and Vanstar Corporations.
Serving as Vertical's President, Ben Treadway is responsible for Vertical's sales and service organizations. His long and distinguished career in telecommunications began in 1979 when he started as a sales representative with Dictaphone and quickly rose through the ranks to branch manager. He then joined Executone as a sales manager in 1982, where he spent the next decade in various sales, managerial and executive capacities.
Ben ventured out on his own in 1993 when he opened American Telecom, an Atlanta-based systems integrator, which he sold to Inter-Tel in 1996 and became general manager of the company's Atlanta branch. Over the next 10 years with Inter-Tel, he rose to the position of senior vice president for the company's Eastern Region.
After leaving Inter-Tel, Ben acquired Fulton Communications, an Atlanta-based systems integrator, and developed it into a market leading national communications solutions provider. Since spearheading a buyout of Fulton's ownership in 2006, he grew its annual revenue nearly 600 percent. He also paved the way for Fulton's partnership with Vertical, where it ranked first in sales for the past two years as a Vertical Diamond Dealer.
Executive Vice President, Sales
Rick is responsible for leading and driving the sales organization at Vertical. Rick has been a leading executive in the telecommunications industry for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Vertical in 2011, he served as president of Mitel Networks USA, leading sales, marketing and operations.
During his time there, Mitel's operating profit improved from a net loss to a positive double-digit margin. Before Mitel, Rick was with former industry leader Inter-Tel, Inc. as executive vice president of sales. During his eight years there, he grew sales revenue almost 400% and delivered sales margins in excess of 20%. He also cultivated a successful and thriving dealer channel. In 2007, he was responsible for the successful integration of all US Sales and Operations when Mitel purchased Inter-Tel.
Prior to joining Inter-Tel, Rick served in various sales roles with TIE Communications, Inc. and Executone of Ohio. He attended Ohio State University and holds an Engineering degree from DeVry University.
Senior Vice President, Operations
Marc Niknam is responsible for Vertical's Operations organization. His responsibilities include Field Services, Support, Manufacturing Operations, Quality Control, Supply Chain Management, Distribution and Information Technology.
Marc brings over 25 years of experience in engineering, manufacturing, quality control and technical support to Vertical. His expertise helps ensure that our solutions meet the high demands of our customers' environments.
Marc joined Vodavi Technology, Inc./Executone Information Systems, Inc. (which was later acquired by Vertical) in 1988 as executive director of engineering, operations, technical support and repair center. From 1989 to 1994 he served as director of operations, where he was responsible for setting up multiple factories overseas, as well as implementation of ISO 9000 standards in those factories.
Previously, Marc worked for Eaton Corp., Tracor Applied Sciences, Inc. and Honeywell. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering.