Co-Founder & CEO
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.
Co-Founder & CTO
Michael Tindall, Co-Founder and CTO, 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 President, 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
As VP of Product Management & Carrier Relations, Mark ensures that our products deliver maximum value and efficiency across a wide variety of implementations. Mark began his career in 1986 at U.S. WEST (now CenturyLink) and spent many of his early years as a financial manager for their government contracting division supporting large customer projects for the Department of Energy’s nuclear facilities. In 1996, he shifted his efforts to helping MCI enter the local telecommunications market by negotiating and implementing local interconnection agreements with the Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (LECs). As the internet evolved, he worked for a DSL startup, Level 3 Communications and most recently VoIP providers IntelePeer and ANI Networks managing carrier relations.
Mark earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Colorado State University. When he’s not working with our carriers to make sure calls complete, he enjoys classic cars, traveling, artwork and exploring the desert southwest. He also enjoys spending time with with wife and family in Tucson, Arizona where they reside.
A passionate technologist at heart with more than 25 years of marketing experience, Tim McLain, thinQ's Marketing Director, loves using technology to help businesses solve problems and grow their bottom line. Tim is happiest brainstorming new approaches to marketing and communications to help thinQ's partners better understand, trust, and embrace our cloud communications solutions. As a lifelong learner, Tim has helped bring four Internet startups to life since 1993, spent several years as a journalist and producer at the Reading Eagle/Times and WGAL-TV respectively, and boasts long marketing management stints at ProQuest and Netsertive (a top Google Premier Partner).
Tim holds a B.S. from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and has Hubspot, Google Ads, and several marketing technology certifications. In his spare time he loves shooting and editing video, spending time with his wife Debbie and son William, riding long distances on North Carolina's amazing bike trails, and enjoying the darkest craft beer he can find.
Eric Leon has been with thinQ since its inception in 2009. Over the years, he has served multiple roles in sales and marketing. As Vice President of Sales, Eric is responsible for scaling our sales team, defining the sales blueprint to enter new markets, forging strategic relationships with customers, and ensuring that every partner receives outstanding service. Prior to thinQ, Eric served as a Visual Effects Designer, where he developed content for major brands such as Budweiser, Jaguar, and Hyundai.
Eric holds a B.S. in communications from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. When Eric's not using thinQ’s disruptive technology to unlock exceptional value you can find him geeking out in the Arduino community.