Tilson recently appointed Andy Spurgeon to spearhead the development of public sector opportunities. He will focus on local and federal programs, newly funded emergency programs, and infrastructure stimulus opportunities that align with key initiatives across Tilson’s business lines. Today, May 11, Spurgeon joins Greg Edmoundson, Vice President of Network Development, as Tilson’s most recent addition to its senior leadership team.
As Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Spurgeon will work closely with Tilson’s executive, network, infrastructure development and consulting teams to oversee Tilson’s long-term initiatives and program execution. Those support broadband expansion, telehealth, and distance education in response to the impacts of COVID-19. They also back Tilson’s vision to build America’s information infrastructure, including connecting all Americans to high speed broadband.
“When I first met Andy during the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program during the last stimulus period he struck me as a pragmatic problem solver, highly intelligent, and mission driven person, and I’m thrilled that he has joined our team to help us connect every American to high speed broadband,” said Tilson CEO Joshua Broder. “America’s information infrastructure is more critical than ever to the resilience of our communities and this newly-created position is at the heart of Tilson’s mission and growth objectives.”
Spurgeon comes to Tilson with experience in IT strategy and leadership, sales, marketing, and business development across numerous technology companies in the telecommunications and cloud computing industries. For the last ten years, he’s been Chief of Operations for BroadbandUSA, a program within the National Telecommunications & Information Administration. His responsibilities included grant evaluation and oversight at all levels of government, nonprofits and industry, data analytics, broadband technical assistance, and implementation of the National Broadband Availability Map. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the need for all Americans to have reliable broadband Internet connectivity into sharp focus, due to surging demand for remote health, education, telework, and conferencing applications. These conditions are expected to accelerate public sector investments in these vital services,” said Spurgeon. “Tilson’s experience and capabilities make it an ideal partner for public sector programs targeting broadband gaps through the deployment of fiber, 5G, WiFi, and other infrastructure.”
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