The Walnut Telecom Team

Christopher J. Iovane

Senior Telecom Consultant

  • He started working in the telecom industry in 1999 and has experience with ShoreTel, Allworx, Mitel, Avaya, Telrad, and Intertel PBX phone systems
  • He spent several years at Broadwing Communications(purchased by Level 3) implementing a nationwide WAN project for a top 25 Law Firm, a large electronics retail chain, and a worldwide healthcare supply company.  He worked with Qwest(purchased by CenturyLink) supporting a large wireless retain chain in Denver, CO.
  • He also has experience at SBC Communications(purchased AT&T) working with large implementations throughout the country

Laurie Anne Reed

Director of Client Services

  • Laurie was born in the Los Angeles, CA area and moved to Colorado in the 1980’s.  She went to school at University of Colorado-Boulder.
  • Laurie started working in the business world for homebuilders such as Richmond American Homes, Kaufman and Broad, now KB Homes.  She successfully closed out several properties and was promoted several times for her attention to detail and customer focused attitude.
  • Her telecommunications experience was as a Client Account Manager at Qwest, now CenturyLink, where she successfully managed over 400 clients for them.
  • Laurie enjoys spending her time with her daughter Bella as well her orange tabby cat, Viggo

Shannon Woody

Senior Telecom Consultant

  • Originally from Houston, TX, Shannon have been in the Denver area since May 2007
  • Shannon previously spent 6 years in accounting with KPMG, was the Director of Business Development with The Office Phone(Avaya PBX)  recently was an Account Executive with Rincon Technology
  • Shannon brings a great work ethic and dedication to ensuring her clients’ telecom requirements are met.
  • Shannon enjoys spending time with her dog, Finn.

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Michele Freeman

Sales Operations Manager

  • Michele is originally from Nebraska and has lived on Colorado since 1972. She has lived all over Metro Denver, Western Slope and resides in Northern Colorado
  • Michele started her career in telecom in 1995 with MCI and has over 11 years in the conferencing industry and over 12 years working with Channel Partners and almost 20 years in the industry
  • Michele has successfully managed both mid size and global accounts through her career with her main emphasis on the customer and doing what is right

Josh Casey

Senior Telecom Consultant

  • Josh is a Colorado native growing up in the South Denver Metro area.
  • Josh served in the United States Air Force as a civil engineer and still maintains a reserve status. After completing his educational and military service he applied his technical knowledge to becoming a trusted technology and telecom consultant.
  • Before joining the Walnut Group he worked for Long Building Technologies and Integra Telecom.
  • In his spare time he enjoys watching his son Tyler play in his basketball and soccer games, exploring the outdoors, and rooting on the Denver Broncos!

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Andy Finney

Senior Telecom Consultant

  • Andy has almost 20 years of experience in the dynamic and fast paced Telecom and Information Technology space.   During this time he has helped numerous companies understand how leveraging new technologies can help their business grow and run more effectively.    Andy enjoys the diversity of working with all types of businesses from professional sports organizations to specialty private practice medical offices,  and everything in between.    Integrity, commitment, and trustworthiness are the standards by which he operates and the foundation under all the long term relationships he has forged with his clients
  • Andy has always been an active member of the tech community.  He was one of four founding members of the Colorado chapter of the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners.  He is also an active participant in many other technology organizations both locally and nationally.  Andy enjoys being connected to companies that innovate and challenge the business world to lead and not follow.
  • Andy grew up in Minnesota and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  He enjoys spending time with his wife and family (2 sons and a daughter), playing and coaching ice hockey, skiing, and taking in live music at one of the many incredible venues along the front range of Colorado.

*Independent Representative of Walnut Telecom Group

Consistently brings the best solution…

"I have worked with Chris for the past six years and he has served as our telecom partner and coordinated many significant changes for this organization over those years.  He helped us managed and reduce multiple vendor contracts as well as bring better choices for new or replacement services from the marketplace.  On several occasions, Chris has also made sure that our new services were installed and in good working order; he has run interference for us with slow or non-responsive vendors and made sure that we were getting the support we needed from our telecom vendors.  It is has been a pleasure to work with Chris and I truly value his depth of industry knowledge and commitment to consistently bring the best solution that he can to our organization."

Gayle Giguere, CIO for Republic Financial Corporation

A pleasure to work with…

“I have known Chris for years and worked with him in several companies I have worked at. In our latest capacities I have recommended Chris to clients without hesitation – He is honest and delivers both product and services to my clients without question. I value his involvement and I increase my own standing with my clients when I recommend him. It is a pleasure to work with Chris and my pleasure to let others know they are in good company when using Chris' services.”

Mike Massaro, President for Massaro Enterprises

A “bump-free” process…

“Walnut Telecom Group has helped connect us with all of our phone and cabling vendors. Chris has helped smooth out all of the bumps along the way.”

Kim Bittner, COO for The Solomon Foundation

Solutions that met our goals…

“Having Walnut Telecom Group provide their expertise in determining the solutions that would meet our goals was extremely valuable”

Drew Wolfe, President of Smartwire

The only resource I need…

“As an IT consultant, I am focused on worrying about how my clients’ data network services are working, and cannot always keep abreast of current telecom trends and offerings. When I have a client who needs to introduce, add or change telecom services, I will always call Chris immediately–with no exceptions! Over the years, I have come to the conclusion that he is the only resource I need when it comes to finding the right telecom services at the right price for my clients. As a result, I no longer waste my, or my clients’, time trying to find the right telecom solutions, and I am able to deliver even greater value because of his services. He provides some of the best after-the-install support and provider support access I have experienced in the industry. Since adopting Walnut Telecom Group as my only go-to telecom consultant, my client satisfaction surveys have improved considerably.”

Ryan Ploger, IT Consultant

A true consultant…

“CVI Digital Solutions has used the services of Chris Iovane and Walnut Telecom for many years.  We continue to go back to Chris whenever the need arises because of his service and support we have received over the years.  Chris’s knowledge of the expanding technologies in the telecom industry has helped our organization to make the right decisions when is comes to our voice and data technologies.  I would recommend the services of Walnut Telecom to any business looking for a true consultant for their communications needs.”

Scott Real, President, CVI Digital Solutions

They worked miracles for us…

“I would highly recommend Walnut Telecom Group to anyone who is looking for a phone partner. Chris was instrumental in getting a phone hook-up in a complicated environment within a very limited window of time. They say it pays to know someone in the business and I am so glad that I know Chris. He was able to accomplish things that I could never have been able to do on my own. Chris was responsive to my crazy anxiety attacks regarding securing the necessary internet services. He would call and email me back at all hours. Next time, I will believe it when Chris says not to worry. Bottom-line: They worked miracles for us and I will definitely call them with my next installation. Thanks, Chris. “

Bobbie Bolinger, Hacienda Colorado/Elways Steak Restaurant