AWC Announces Retirement of CEO and New Partners
Advanced Wireless Communications (AWC) announces the retirement of Ben Coons, CEO, as of September 30, 2013, and that new partners have joined the company.
Ben Coons founded AWC in 1992, along with his son Ken Coons, who will continue as the company’s President and majority owner. “Ben enjoyed his tenure at AWC and is amazed that the company grew from a start-up to a multi-million dollar company,” says Ken Coons. “Ben has been instrumental in building the company from a small handful of customers to the thousands of locations and businesses who use our products today.”
The CEO’s departure opened the opportunity to take on new business owners and management team members. This new team comes from Rebound Enterprises LLC, Northfield, Minn., and the appointments include:
• Brett Reese has been named AWC’s Chairman of the board. He also serves as Rebound Enterprise’s Managing Principal and Chairman of the board, founding the investment and advisory company 25 years ago.
• Jon Bergquist has been named AWC’s Chief Operating Officer. Bergquist has 30 years experience in manufacturing, including engineering, sales, operations, quality, and finance.
• Bob Reese has been named AWC’s Chief Financial Officer. He has more than 29 years experience in public and private accounting.
In addition to these appointments, Rick Bowles has been named Vice President of Sales. As President Ken Coons will now focus more on product development and making strategic decisions to forward AWC’s mission.
“Rebound Enterprises and AWC are both businesses with strong Northfield connections,” says Jon Bergquist. “About two years ago, Ken Coons and Brett Reese had their first conversation regarding the potential of Rebound participating in some manner to coincide with Ben’s retirement. Rebound brings a broad base of successful sales and manufacturing experience to AWC as well as equity, working capital, and focus.”
The collaboration’s immediate agenda is to ramp up customer service initiatives, revamp some key products, and achieve higher levels of growth by adding two to four additional regional sales staff.
Advanced Wireless Communications is a leader in the design and integration of wireless communications solutions. The company focuses on providing reliable and cost effective on-site communications to retail, health care, education, and manufacturing companies throughout the U.S.