Mike Whitaker has had an extensive management career, encompassing a variety of roles within the telecommunications industry as well as a City Manager, where he managed the municipal public works and telecommunications infrastructure. His experience in these positions also benefited from Mike’s outstanding entrepreneurial skills.
Mike served as Chief Operations Officer at Memphis Networx. At MN, Mike’s team designed, built and helped lead a collaborative public and private effort that allowed the City of Memphis to construct a 110 mile metropolitan communications fiber network that connected 12 Bell South central offices. The team developed a comprehensive operation support system that allowed for efficient provisioning, ordering, customer inventories, and billing.
One of Mike defining experiences was as the Vice President of Strategic Alliances for William's Communications, Inc. While at Williams, Mike headed a team that forged an alliance with SBC Communications, which was critical to SBC being granted relief to enter the long distance telephone market. Mike was a key member of a team that was responsible for the build out of a 43,000 mile fiber optic system.
Mike served as the City Manager of both O’Fallon, Missouri and Lake St. Louis, Missouri, immediately after their incorporations. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations and the development of a comprehensive plan for infrastructure and subdivision development in both cities. While City Manager of O’Fallon, Mike was a member of the Regional Waste Water Management team that designed and funded a regional waste water system for the 11 county area, including metropolitan St Louis. Mike was also elected to serve at large on the St. Charles County Ambulance District. Mike also served as the President of the Lake St Louis/ O’Fallon Rotary Club.