Management Team

D. Sean McEwen (Chairman/CEO - KonaTel)

Mr. McEwen founded KonaTel in 2014 as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) providing wireless voice and data services. From 2010 to 2013, he served as an executive consultant to international MVNOs in the U.S., Peru, Croatia and China, providing expertise in the areas of operations and technology procurement & deployment. From 2010 to 2011, Mr. McEwen served as a founding board member of the exchange traded fund One Fund (NYSE: ONEF). Russell Investments acquired One Fund in 2011. In 2007, Mr. McEwen became a member of the venture/angel investment group Sierra Angels. While a member, he served on several high-tech due diligence committees and participated in early stage funding transactions.

In early 1983, after departing college prior to graduation, Mr. McEwen co-founded Online Data Corp. Through a series of acquisitions/mergers, the company was eventually renamed TriTech Software Systems. From 1983 to 1990, TriTech developed enterprise software applications for numerous businesses, including E. F. Hutton Life Insurance, Travel Lodge Hotels, Foodmaker (Jack in the Box restaurants), AT&T, and Visa’s Plus Systems national ATM network. In 1991, McEwen and his partners transformed TriTech into an application and systems integration company specializing in mission critical software solutions for public safety (Police, Fire, EMS). TriTech’s flagship product, VisiCAD, was the world’s first 9-1-1 emergency dispatching system based on Microsoft technology with integrated GPS based tracking and predictive routing technology. In 1995, TriTech won Microsoft’s Most Innovative Windows Application award competing against Windows applications worldwide. In 1998, while Mr. McEwen was CEO, TriTech was named to the Inc. 500 as the 344th fastest growing privately-held company in the United States.

Mr. McEwen served as Vice President of TriTech from 1983 to 1988, President from 1988 to 1996, Chairman/CEO from 1996 to 2000 and finally served as a member of the Board of Directors until controlling interest was sold to Westview Capital Partners in 2006 .

Brian Riffle (CFO)

Mr. Riffle is a Certified Public Accountant with over 35 years of experience in various industries. He is the Managing Partner of a Certified Public Accounting firm and his industry experience has included retail, healthcare, financial services, cloud computing and telecommunications. He has also served as a master’s level college accounting instructor since 1994.

Mr. Riffle holds certifications in several popular accounting system packages and cloud-based software applications, and he has implemented accounting systems and industry-specific operational software solutions for over 200 companies. He has served as KonaTel’s corporate accountant since 2014 and CFO since becoming a publicly traded company in December 2017.

Mr. Riffle earned a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Pittsburg and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1987.

Chuck Schneider (CEO - Infiniti Mobile)

Mr. Schneider has over 30 years of telecommunications experience spanning a Fortune 500 telecommunication company to small/startup telecommunication companies. He served as President & CEO of TAG Mobile, a mid-sized mobile reseller and wireless Lifeline carrier in over 20 states. Previously, Mr. Schneider served as President & CEO of dPi Teleconnect, a nationwide Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) and wireline Lifeline carrier operating in over 30 states.

Mr. Schneider served as Vice President of Business Operations at CMC Telecom, a regional CLEC, overseeing network operations, engineering, regulatory affairs, billing, IT, provisioning, customer care, and finance. In this role, he led CMC’s transformation from a basic telecommunications reseller to a national facility-based carrier operating an Alcatel-Lucent and BroadSoft VoIP software platform with 10 colocation facilities across the United States.

Prior to joining CMC Telecom, Mr. Schneider was the Director of Business Development at BullsEye Telecom, a nationwide CLEC where he coordinated the launch of voice services across 42 states.

Mr. Schneider joined KonaTel in 2016 and today serves as CEO of Infiniti Mobile, KonaTel’s wholly owned Lifeline service subsidiary. Mr. Schneider holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The University of Michigan.

Josh Ploude (CEO - Apeiron)

Mr. Ploude is the CEO and co-founder of Apeiron Systems, and since 2013, he has been responsible for defining the company’s product vision and operational strategy. Apeiron became a wholly owned subsidiary of KonaTel on December 31, 2018. He has worked directly with software, hardware and carrier network vendors to oversee the development of Apeiron’s product set. He also works with internal software development teams to ensure Apeiron’s software provides the requisite function to support product and operational initiatives.

Prior to founding Apeiron, Mr. Ploude has led the planning and construction of other national Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) and Internet Service Provider (ISP) facilities-based networks since 2001. He has also managed multiple greenfield network deployments (i.e., a new network where no previous network existed) across various wire-line and wireless network infrastructures.

From 1999 to 2005, he served as CTO of PCS1/Datavo, a facilities-based CLEC serving a California-wide footprint. From 2006 to 2010, he served as President/CEO of Ethos Communications, a consultancy assisting CLECs and ISPs with operational and technology development. From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Ploude served as CTO of TNCI, a facilities-based CLEC & ISP, serving a 48-state national network.

Mr. Ploude holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from UCLA and a Master of Science in Telecommunications Management from Golden Gate University.