We were founded by optical network specialists who wanted to work on a faster, more efficient way to move information. People who knew they could do more to connect people, businesses and industries together than what was being done through copper. So we created Kore-Tek, an optical networking company, to offer the best possible optical and WAN transport network architecture, engineering, integration, and managed services.

Because we work exclusively with optical and WAN transport networks, we’re able to provide a quality of engineering field expertise that’s unmatched in the industry and we know how to fulfill the most demanding and complex projects, so they go off without a hitch.

Our Mission

We exist to make sure everyone can share knowledge, make connections and do business at the speed of light.

Our Values

At Kore-Tek, we believe that WAN transport and optical networks are the most important vehicle for sharing information the world has ever known. Every optical and routed connection we make is a way of turning our world into a smaller, more intimately connected place. And making sure every person, organization and business can utilize the amazing possibilities of those connections is what drives our work and informs the values we live by every day.

Be Proactive

We don’t build for today. We make sure every network is ready for tomorrow

Do the Right Thing

Even if it takes longer or is harder to do, we do the right thing. Because we believe that everything we do should be beyond reproach and reflect well on us and our employees

Keep It Simple

We streamline every installation and every component to make sure it’s as simple as possible to use and maintain, so it works. Period

Document Everything

Networks are always evolving. That’s why we document everything we do, down to the connector. So when it comes time to upgrade or change something, everything is right there and ready to go

Executive Leadership Team

Ryan Young

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO, Ryan is responsible for helping companies, cities and government organizations across the country as they look toward the future and seek out faster, more efficient ways to connect and communicate

Jeremy Humphrey

Chief Technology Officer

Jeremy has two decades of experience in the engineering and deployment of optical networks.He has a rare combination of field-engineering, network architecture and project management experience in the optical networking space

Steve Fazio

Chief Strategy Officer

Steve puts his extensive experience in developing channels and building global IT partnerships to work. He has launched, lead, operated and sold multiple companies in IT services, network infrastructure, software and security

Management Team

Michelle Mauricio

Director of Finance and Sales Operations

Michelle has 12+ years of finance and sales operations experience. She is responsible for overseeing and spearheading business, financial and sales operations, ensuring efficiency, profitability and smooth workflow

Tony Gambaiana

Director of IP Field Engineering

Tony is a Director of Field Engineering with over 17 years of experience in optical networking Staging, Installation, Fibering, Labeling, Provisioning, Testing & Turnup. Tony leads our vast engineering team who deploys multiple Optical, IP and Routing technologies and vendor solutions

Paolo Yuan

Director of Network Architecture and Design

Paolo has extensive hands-on technical knowledge of major optical and routing network platforms, hardware, tools, and management systems from various vendors. He spends his time leading our customers and supporting their technology to architect and design streamlined network infrastructures

Vito Rita

Director of Transport Field Engineering

Vito is a 25+ year Transport Network Engineer who leverages his technical knowledge to lead a team of engineers who design, Install, implement, and engineer various transport platforms for our customers. He has built a team of troubleshooting specialists who find, evaluate and correct issues with equipment, software and fiber

Mark Nalley

Director of Managed Services

Mark brings over 20 years of experience in managing our NOC, Remote Engineering and FLM service team. He is responsible for the setting of goals, objectives, managing engineering operations while devising strategies to optimize services and ensuring our customers networks success 24x7x365

Erik Blakkestad

Director of Business Development/Marketing

Erik plays a crucial role in both the generation of new sales opportunities along with communication of the Kore-Tek brand. He leads our channel vendor programs, forecasting of revenue streams, and supports the organization in maximizing new business opportunities

Robert Poehlman

Manager of Front-Line Maintenance

Robert is responsible for managing a well-documented process for handling the logistics associated with FLM dispatches and the ability to have our technicians work under the supervision of either Kore-Tek’s or our customers’ NOC /TACs teams during the resolution of network outage events. He operates as the overall manager for the dispatch and coordination of our technicians, spare parts, and test equipment resources in the field

Gustavo Codina

Manager of Remote Engineering Services

Gustavo leads a team responsible for remote engineering support services for our customers. They deliver remote support, problem analysis, incident support, problem identification, TAC ticket support, and operational support of our customers’ networks. He often works as an extension of our customers’ WAN transport team to help provide guidance and support

Erik Arveseth

Manager of Warehouse and Field Logistics

Erik is the manager of Kore-Tek, our warehouse, and logistics service. He leads a team who provides inventory receiving, hot and cold staging, packaging, and logistics distribution for our customers. His team has handled Kore-Tek projects from a few to several hundred pallets of equipment simultaneously. Leveraging our warehouse facility and the Kore-Tek fleet of logistics trucks, he ensures that large-scale distributed network hardware projects are successful