Our Leadership

  • Jack Dayan

    Founder and CEO

    Following the enactment of the Telecom Act of 1996, Jack Dayan saw an opportunity to create a telecommunications business focused on providing quality and affordable service with personalized care for consumers and businesses and founded what is now known as Spectrotel.  As CEO for more than 17 years, through a sea of change within the telecommunication industry, including mass consolidation, Mr. Dayan steadily led the company through organic growth to not only survive through one of the most turbulent telecom eras, but to emerge as a multimillion dollar corporation on a significant growth trajectory. In addition, Mr. Dayan is the creative and business force behind several other successful enterprises he founded, including USA Gold Corp (2009) and most recently, SigBop (2012). Mr. Dayan began his career leading the Asian division of a family enterprise in consumer electronics. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1992.

  • Ross Artale

    President and COO

    Mr. Artale had over 16 years of telecommunications experience when he joined Spectrotel as Vice President of Operations in 2007.  He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in March 2012 and was named President in December 2013. He began his career at Mobile Comm, a Bell South Company, and then later took management positions at two start-up companies, Geotek and Prism Communications. In 2000, Mr. Artale moved into the role of Vice President, Customer Care for InfoHighway Communications, formerly known as Eureka Broadband Corporation, where over the next seven years he was part of the management team that grew the company from a small start up to a $100 million corporation. At Spectrotel, he is responsible for managing and leading all day to day operations, including, sales, marketing, product management, engineering, provisioning, customer care, quality assurance, and regulatory functions.

  • David Zahka


    Mr. Zahka joined Spectrotel as CFO in October 2016 with responsibilities for all of financial operations and human resources. He came to Spectrotel with over 25 years’ experience in financial management and leadership expertise in various industries including telecommunications and financial services. Prior to joining Spectrotel, he was Founder and Managing Member at Financial Dynamics Group, LLC in Short Hills, New Jersey. He also served as CFO for Guardtrax, LLC and Talk America, LLC. In addition, Mr. Zahka held several senior level positions at UBS Warburg, LLC and Paine Webber Incorporated. Mr. Zahka holds an MBA degree from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a BA degree from Colgate University.

  • Mitch Wright


    As Chief Information Officer since 2002, Mr. Wright’s responsibilities include corporate infrastructure, application development, billing operations, and revenue assurance. His 19 years of experience in telecommunications and information technology include management positions at Global Crossing, AT&T and Qwest (formerly US West). He was previously the billing committee co-chair of the OBF (Ordering and Billing Forum), a national collective of industry experts who address access and interconnection issues, as well as chair of Telcordia’s Technical Review Group, responsible for the development of Carrier Access Billing Specifications (CABS). Mr. Wright is currently a member of the B/OSS Live! Conference and Businessplex advisory board. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from North Dakota State University.

  • Christopher Ricca

    Executive Vice President

    Mr. Ricca joined Spectrotel as Vice President of VoIP in 2005 with over 19 years’ experience in the Telecommunications industry. He was later promoted to Executive Vice President. Mr. Ricca began his career with AT&T as a communications technician and was then promoted to a series of positions in AT&T’s Network Management Center. He then joined Polar Communications Corp. as a Switch Supervisor and was later appointed to the position of Vice President, Operations. In 1997 Mr. Ricca was Co-founder of Enhanced Telecommunications Solutions LLC (ETS), a domestic and international long-distance service provider. As President of ETS, he oversaw revenue growth from startup to $12 M annually, and he was responsible for business planning, engineering and implementation of the International Private Network. At Spectrotel, Mr. Ricca is responsible for sales operations, account retention, and provisioning. Mr. Ricca is a graduate of DeVry Institute of Technology.

  • Ellie Mondini

    VP Product & Revenue Assurance

    Ms. Mondini joined the Spectrotel team in 2010 as Managing Director of Corporate Development and now holds the position of VP Product & Revenue Assurance overseeing all aspects of Product Development and Management along with responsibility for a wide variety of activities to ensure profitability of the company. Ms. Mondini began her career in telecommunications in 2000 as a Project Manager with Eureka Broadband Corporation and rose through the ranks to achieve the position of VP Sales Finance. When Eureka was acquired by Broadview Networks in 2007, she remained with the company to become VP Sales Operations. Prior to her telecommunications career, Ms. Mondini held various positions in manufacturing, logistics and systems management. She holds an MBA in Operations and Logistics Management from The Max M. Fisher Business School at The Ohio State University, and a B.S. Operations and Systems Management from The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.