You're in Good Company
Jerry Dunlap is the president, chief executive officer and co-founder of ISDN-Net. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and also charts the company's long-term direction.
Dunlap, a registered pharmacist, became a technology executive through his love of computers. He became a computer enthusiast in the 1980s and operated several computer bulletin boards.
In 1992, he was asked by the state Public Service Commission to head up a pilot project to bring ISDN service to Tennessee. Through that project, he met Ken Russell, who was serving on Project FYI Tennessee, the plan responsible for Tennessee having one of the nation's most advanced communication systems in the nation.
The two founded ISDN-Net in 1994 to serve the business community with the best talent and the best partnerships available. The company's goal is to let customers take full advantage of the telecommunications revolution.
"I believe the Internet industry is at a crossroads and will re-emerge as an alternative to the traditional telephone-based companies," Dunlap says. "Smaller companies like ISDN-Net that use wireless technologies will emerge as the new communications providers of the future."
In addition to his work with ISDN-Net, Dunlap is involved with the Nashville Technology Council and the Federated Internet Providers of America.
He and his wife, Deborah, live in Nashville and have two sons.
Kenneth C. Russell is the vice president and co-founder of ISDN-Net. He is responsible for business development, public-private partnerships and building out the next generations of the Internet.
He founded ISDN-Net with Jerry Dunlap in 1994 after the two worked on Project FYI Tennessee, the plan responsible for Tennessee having one of the nation's most advanced communication systems in the nation.
Their goal for the company is to serve the business community with the best talent and the best partnerships available so customers can take full advantage of the telecommunications revolution.
Russell has nearly two decades' experience in implementing computerized management systems for businesses. He has designed large Novell networks for organizations and has integrated voice, data and video networks for universities and hospitals.
Russell served on the Tennessee Public Service Commissions' Tennessee Technology Task Force, the Emerging Technologies Committee of the High Tech Initiative, and was a volunteer instructor of the Vanderbilt Virtual School Program. He is currently president of the Tennessee Internet Service Providers Association and a board member of the Nashville Technology Council.
Russell and his wife, Cindy, live in Nashville and have two daughters.
"I think we'll see as many changes in the next two years as we saw in the last five," Russell comments on the future state of the industry. "Our goal is for our network to be able to respond to that demand."