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Jim Walker-Pontius joined US Cellular in 2000 and currently serves as Director of Network Operations residing in Madison WI. Over the past 16 years with US Cellular, Jim has served as a Network Switch Engineer, Network Field Engineer, Network Operations Manager and as a Regional Switch Manager. Jim holds a B.A. and a M.B.A with an emphasis in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Jim has extensive end to end knowledge of the operations and maintenance of wireless communications network systems to include RAN and Core network elements, transport solutions including microwave network elements, and tower structures including associated safety and maintenance procedures. Jim is also responsible the for disaster recovery preparedness and execution program. Before joining US Cellular, Jim served in the United States Army as a Satellite Systems Communications Operator with the certified instructor indicator and worked on satellite systems in research and development, fixed site installations as well as serving in a tactical deployment unit. Jim completed his service in 2000 as a digital communications instructor at the School of Satellite Communications located at Fort Gordon, Ga. Jim also serves on the Board of Directors for the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) and serves on the Electronic Engineering Technology Advisory Committee for the Milwaukee Area Technical College.