Harley B Lang, Jr
Owner, General Manager
Harley is our company’s owner. He has been our President and General Manager since he purchased ATCO in 1999. A technically minded and production-oriented person, he has led us through significant growth and manifold industry changes over the last twenty years. During his fifty years in the telecom industry, Harley has always set himself apart with his attention to technical details, a “can do” attitude and innovative ways of managing people and processes. He quickly gained broad experience in engineering, construction and customer facing roles early in his career. His unusual ability to manage complex budget situations and lead teams involved with large technical projects continues to contribute to the success of his employees and customers. Harley is a veteran of the US Navy and a graduate of Western Washington University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Industrial Technology with a minor in Anthropology. A life-long passion for automotive mechanics and fabrication occupies much of his personal time and has produced a collection of classic cars and custom street rods.
Scott is part of our leadership team. He manages a large portion of our projects and most of our team distributed across the western United States. Scott also is a key leader in our market development and sales process, leveraging his extensive experience in bidding, estimating and resourcing. A telecom industry veteran for more than forty years with GTE, Verizon Communications, and Qwest/CenturyLink, Scott brings a variety of technology, people and budget experience. During his fourteen years with ATCO, he leverages this for operational and customer success. Scott received a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Telecommunications Management from the Steven’s Institute of Technology in 2002. And he is a graduate of Colorado State University where he received a degree in Zoology. He is a past board member of the Seattle International Right-of-way Association and member of the King County Utility Coordinating Council. He is actively engaged in community organizations, taking prominent roles in groups that benefit the health and wellness of people and wildlife.
Harley "Skip" Lang III
Marketing & Sales
Skip is our Vice President of Marketing and Sales. He leads our market and business development efforts and is responsible for managing our sales processes and marketing efforts. Skip has led high performance teams, developed and executed growth strategies to build businesses in test and measurement and telecommunications industries. In March 2019 Skip brought his professional marketing skills and leadership experience to ATCO. His previous role was head of marketing for Fluke Networks, the industry’s leader in twisted pair copper and fiber cable testing. During his development at Fluke, he was instrumental in developing their fiber optic testing business. Prior to his time at Fluke, he earned the respect of cabling professionals as a product manager at Leviton and a structured cabling installer. Skip is a graduate of the University of Washington, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He has been a BICSI Registered Communications Distribution Designer for over 15 years and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, where he received extensive leadership training and experience.
Michelle is our Midwest Operations Manager, based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She is responsible for the handling of the day to day operations with the team in Fort Wayne. Prior to this role, she held project management and OSP drafting positions. Michelle’s CAD quality assurance experience and managing projects across multiple telecom companies gives her a strong ability to help serve our diverse customer base. Michelle collaborates daily with multiple business partners to ensure projects are completed to expectations. She is responsible for scheduling and ensuring quality levels are maintained. Michelle also works day to day with new drafters and assists with their training. Her knowledge base and experiences help develop a strong team to prepare them and our company for the future. Michelle has an AA degree in Business Administration and has over 25 years in the telecommunications industry.
IT & Systems Support
Ralph is our Director of IT and System Support and is responsible for managing IT and System Support efforts along with project management for the customers ATCO serves. He has broad experience in leading outside plant engineering, system support, and system conversion teams in the telecommunications industry. Ralph joined the ATCO management team in November of 2009. Prior to this Ralph was involved with the Verizon project management team responsible for deploying the fiber to the premise infrastructure overbuild program in Western Washington. During his employment with GTE and Verizon his system support team was responsible for overall implementation and ongoing support of OSP engineering systems in the Northwest Region. Additionally Ralph has been a key contributor on national system analysis teams for OSP, implemented major system conversions along with development of practices and procedures during his telephony career of 40 years. Ralph is a graduate of Western Washington University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology. He is a contributor in his community by being involved with local boards and committees.
Terry is part of our leadership team, and manages our team that supports customer receipts, billing and payroll taxes for the 24 states where we provide engineering support to our customers. His insights and methodical approach to working with our customers and employees helps ensure business continuity. A telecom industry veteran for more than forty years with GTE, Verizon Communications, and Frontier Communications, Terry brings a variety of technology, people and budget experience. During his six years with ATCO, he applies this knowledge for operational and customer success. Terry received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Industrial Engineering from Western Washington University in 1970. Additional graduate studies in Business Administration were completed at City University. He is past member of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce and past Board member of the Bothell Chamber of Commerce.
Joseph is our VP of Finance and is responsible for maintaining the administrative and financial operations of the company. He develops financial and operational strategies for managing the company’s finances. This includes financial planning, management of financial risks, maintaining record-keeping, and maintaining accurate financial reporting. Joe started in our industry as telecommunications installation technician while still in high school. One of our longest standing employees with ATCO, he developed and led our finance organization through many years for growth. The efficient processes, financial position, and ability to scale that he orchestrated have been a competitive advantage for us. After a few years in a consulting role while attending law school, Joe has returned to the company full time. Joe earned a Bachelor of Arts focusing on Science, Technology and the Environment from the University of Washington. While working at ATCO he attended night school to earn a Master’s of Arts in Public Policy also from the University of Washington. More recently he earned a Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School of Law. In addition to his passion for helping people live a more just and fulfilling lives, Joseph is an avid outdoorsman.
Nick is our Sr. Director of Business Operations working to drive efficiencies in the business. Nick is involved in many facets of the business including contract negotiations, project management, recruiting, hiring, training, and customer service. His experience with large telecommunications facilities Infrastructure projects, variable outside plant (OSP) Fiber and Copper Design/Engineering/CAD work orders including redline review uniquely serves him in his operations role with ATCO. Nick also has a passion for teaching which makes his role in managing our training program. Part of our leadership team, Nick joined ATCO after twenty-one years in the telecom industry. He brings a broad base of experience, beginning as a CAD operator in 1994, he has held a variety of installer, engineering and planning roles including Customer Access Facility and Network Engineering. Nick has a Bachelor of Arts in Science, Technology & Environment from the University of Washington. He previously commenced an Associates of Arts with an emphasis in Engineering, in December of 1995 at Edmonds Community College in Edmonds, WA. Nick holds a Level II Alpine and Level I Snowboard - National Teaching Certifications as a Member of the Professional Ski & Snowboard Instructors of America. An avid sportsman and father of three young children, his time outdoors is important.
Sales & Operations - Midwest
Corey is the managing Director of our Midwest operations based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is responsible for our team, our business and our customer relationships across the region. A technically fearless person with a knack for recruiting and training, Corey has built a team that augments tried and true techniques with innovative new tools and approaches. Corey came to our industry with a background in precision mold making and 3D modelling where he learned CAD and CAM techniques. This allowed him to quickly learn telecom drafting and engineering as he developed during his early years at ATCO. His experience in operations and customer service in the motorsports industry serves him well with business development and for running our engineering operations in the Midwest.
COE Eng & Planning
Keith is part of our leadership team. He manages ATCO’s network equipment engineering and planning projects across the western United States. Keith’s technical expertise and industry knowledge ensures successful customer initiatives Connect America and FTTP deployments. He also is a key leader in our market development and sales process, leveraging his extensive experience in bidding, estimating and resourcing. Keith is a telecom industry veteran for more than forty years with Contel, GTE, Verizon, and for the last 10 years with us at ATCO. He managed all OSP Engineering across a four state region for Verizon and led the engineering build out of FTTP in Verizon's Oregon and Washington. During his career, Keith’s collaborative leadership style has contributed to his success in multiple roles and across broad geographical footprints and complex technology roll outs. Keith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix which he obtained while working full time at Verizon. Keith is an avid sports fan who spend his free time attending local sporting events and spending as much time as possible with his fantastic grandchildren.
Alice is our HR/Recruitment Manager and is responsible for recruiting top talent for our engineering, project management, fielding, drafting, needs. Alice has a broad base of telecommunications experience and a wealth of contacts and relationships around the industry. She began working for ATCO in September 2008, performing contract work for Verizon Communications, managing central office equipment reuse and retirement initiatives. She then moved to processing Hi-CAP/HSI orders before being promoted to her current position in spring of 2015. Alice has worked in the telecommunications industry since August 1975; starting with GTE Northwest which became Verizon Communications before she left the company in March 2003. While she has worked in technical and business roles, most of her career was in Human Resources related fields; staffing, recruitment and HR business partner. Alice has been involved with her community as a youth soccer coach, has served on PTA/PTO boards of her children’s schools and is a current member of Telephone Pioneers. Alice enjoys reading, travelling and knitting to sooth her soul.
Sonja is a leader on the Business Administration team, with over a decade of business operations experience. During her 8 years at ATCO, she has overseen critical projects for recruiting, records, events, strategic planning, and insurance. She has a unique ability to focus on the critical elements of complex issues and brings resources together to develop solutions as a team. Sonja works cross functionally to integrate aspects of marketing, finance, and human resources for the benefit of our customers and building a stronger company. Sonja is a University of Washington graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and a Certificate in Food, Nutrition, and Health. She is a devoted mother to six talented children and an active volunteer in the Snohomish community where she lives.