Aaron Leon, Co-Founder and CEO, leads our strategic planning and product vision. Prior to founding thinQ, Aaron held multiple executive-level roles at leading nationwide VoIP provider Bandwidth.com beginning in 2002. During his 8-year tenure, he managed teams of engineers and consultants as they developed and sold large-scale telecom solutions to enterprise and wholesale customers. As SIP technology became more prominent, however, Aaron quickly saw its potential to meet the telecom market’s needs and learned the technology from the ground up. Armed with his new skills, market acumen, and vision to bring SIP-enabled routing technology to the cloud, he teamed up with Bandwidth.com colleague Michael Tindall to make this vision a reality.
Aaron holds a B.S. in Chemistry from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When he is not realizing his vision of bringing communications to the cloud, you’ll find Aaron spending his time camping, fishing or spending time with his family.
Michael Tindall, Co-founder and President, leads our product development and engineering teams. Michael’s career started while attending Clemson University in 1998, when he co-founded Tsoft Solutions—a technology company that provided a host of networking services to off-campus locations. Tsoft was purchased by Atlanta-based competitor ClearSky Networks in 2001, hiring Michael as the Network Operations Manager, where he designed and implemented their WISP back office systems and network topology. In 2003, he built and ran a top-notch support team for US Networks. Recognizing his talent, Bandwidth.com hired Michael in 2005 as Director of Network Services and Sales Engineering until he was approached by Aaron in 2009 with the idea of building a cloud-based routing system. The rest is history.
Michael holds a B.S. from Clemson University, is a 40 under 40 winner, and is one of only 18 OpenSIPS Certified professionals worldwide. When he is not coding the future of telecom, you’ll find him enjoying movies, cars, entertaining, and exercising.
Mike is passionate about leading high-performing teams at innovative, technology-focused companies. As COO, he is responsible for the day-to-day business operations at thinQ and driving our long-term success strategy. Mike began his career in publishing and communications software, where he held senior-level positions at both RR Donnelley and the Thomson Corporation. From there, he became the CEO of ichat, which was purchased by Apple in 2002. Later, he founded Mosaic Networks, a telecom VAR. It was during this time that he was asked to sit on thinQ’s Advisory Board, where he helped lay our strategic foundation before joining the team full time in 2014 as COO.
Mike holds a BS in Economics from Purdue University, and attended Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. When he is not testing the limits of his FitBit, he enjoys spending quality time with his wife and 4 kids.
VP of Product & Carrier Relations
With over 20 years experience from virtually every facet of the industry, Craig is our most decorated telecom veteran. As VP of Product Management & Carrier Relations, he ensures that our products deliver maximum value and efficiency across a wide variety of implementations. Craig began his storied career at SprintPCS in 1998 during the launch of their wireless services. He then pivoted to the ILECs and facilities-based CLECs space in 2000 at CT Communications (later purchased by Windstream), where he mastered the regulatory side of telecom. In 2007 he began operating in the VoIP space through senior-level positions at ACN, Bandwidth.com and Broadvox.
Craigs hold an MBA from Wake Forest University. When he’s not maximizing the potential of thinQ’s products for our partners, you’ll find him rooting for his other Alma Mater, The University of Utah, where he played linebacker. Currently his only contact sport is golf. He also enjoys spending time with with wife and family.
VP of Operations
Whether he’s armed with a wrench or a CDR, there is virtually no problem Jason Mann cannot fix. As VP of Operations, Jason leads our Customer Success team, ensuring that customers and carriers are properly onboarded and supported. He started his career as Co-Founder of Tsoft Solutions with former classmate and current thinQ President, Michael Tindall. When the company was bought by ClearSky Networks in 2001, Jason oversaw design, implementation and installation of all wireless networks and backhaul. He then became a VoIP engineer for US Networks in 2005, where he was in charge of ShoreTel installations and headed up the install for the entire University of Mount Olive campus. After a few private entrepreneurial ventures in the years following, Jason was approached by Tindall to join thinQ as our first official hire, aptly titled “The Mechanic” (watch out Jason Statham)
Jason holds a B.S. from Clemson University, and has Somos, VMWare, and Nimble certifications. In his spare time he enjoys running, spending time with his wife and children, flipping houses and is a Ham Radio operator and movie enthusiast!
VP of Sales
Nathan’s 20-year career includes the launching of new organizations, turn-arounds and managing a 400+ employee sales organizations with over $800 million in revenue. As VP of Sales, he incorporates a management approach that balances classic sales methodologies, fiscal responsibilities, operational excellence and a unified corporate vision. Having held positions at companies like Tech Data, PC Connection, Office Depot and Bandwidth.com, his career has been laser-focused on technology sales of hardware, software and telecommunications services.