Leadership Team

A people-first approach to construction

Lightspeed is proud to have an executive team that came from boots-on-the-ground experience. We’re driven by the belief that your infrastructure project should be delivered by a partner that values people and relationships above all. The Lightspeed leadership team is dedicated to delivering results in a way that displays unwavering commitment to the clients we serve, the communities we impact, and the trusted employees we value.

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Chris May

President

Chris May is the President of Lightspeed Construction Group, joining the company in 2022. 

Chris has previously been with Comcast serving in executive roles in construction, network maintenance, engineering, engineering operations, and headend at Comcast headquarters, division, and regional levels. Chris has helped to extend, grow, upgrade, and maintain networks serving millions of passings and thousands of miles of plant.

Before working at Comcast, Chris served in leadership roles in several cable-focused and Fortune 500 telecommunication companies, engineering and operating converged networks leveraging xDSL and PON technologies.

Chris is a member of the SCTE, having previously served on the Board of Directors for the Rocky Mountain SCTE chapter. Chris has completed the SCTE Management Development Program at Georgia Tech as well as the SCTE-Tuck Executive Leadership Program at Dartmouth College and holds both a Bachelor of Science in Technology along with a Master of Business Administration degrees.

Chris brings over 27 years of professional experience and is a proud veteran of the United Sates Navy. In his spare time, Chris enjoys running, CrossFit, music, spending time outdoors, and being with his wife of 27 years and their three adult children. 

Jason Clements

Jason Clements

Vice President and General Manager

With over 20 years of experience in all phases of FTTX construction, Jason is passionate about achieving deployment goals through building strong business relationships and utilizing the best available technologies. As a senior construction manager for Quanta Telecom Services, Jason worked closely with engineering, design, and construction teams for Verizon’s 5G backbone project. Before joining Lightspeed, Jason served as director of operations for Electricom’s west division. Jason attributes his success to a philosophy of honesty and trust with employees and contractors, believing the best path to success is through the spirit of partnership. Outside of his professional life, Jason has been married for over 22 years and has been blessed with 5 children. He enjoys woodworking and is actively involved in his church community.

Jason Ketchum

Jason Ketchum

Vice President, Finance

Serving in financial governance roles for over 15 years, Jason is excited about the opportunity for Lightspeed Construction Group to be a part of building the nation’s communication infrastructure. With a background in economics, Jason has served in the roles of purchasing manager, director of institutional services, vice president of finance, all the way to chief financial officer. He credits his success with applying his efforts equally between self improvement and helping others obtain their professional or personal aspirations. Outside the office you can find Jason spending time outdoors with his wife and two children.

Heather Briner

Heather Briner

Vice President, Business Operations

Heather is excited by the energy generated in business transformation, integrity renewal and growth activities. With over two decades of industry experience, Heather prides herself on fostering a deep sense of commitment and pride from Lightspeed teams. A part of the greater Lightspeed venture for 17 years and counting, Heather has aided in its transformation from a two-office operation into a multi-state, full service organization with state of the art tracking, reporting, and revenue systems. Heather strives to demonstrate her core principles of honesty, service, self-respect, and respect for others throughout her personal and professional life. A strong adherence to these values have guided her career promotions from office manager to director and beyond. When not working, Heather enjoys spending time outside with her family.

Joe Collina

Joe Collina

Vice President and General Manager, Northeast Region

Joe began his career in the telecommunications industry at an early age, teaching himself coding language to become the lead test and commissioning engineer for Sprint sites in New York City. He displayed this same curiosity and passion for telecom operations throughout his career, starting with working his way through the ranks at Level 3 Communications. As the Director of Operations, he was responsible for over 800 route miles of fiber network throughout New York City, Long Island and Connecticut, including 12 manned data center locations, over 200 POP sites and the Transatlantic Submarine Cable System that connects Bellport, Long Island to Bude, England. Since then, Joe has continued to expand his knowledge of telecommunications by holding director-and-above positions at various companies in the fields of data/IP engineering and architecture, circuit provisioning, deployment, the network operations center (NOC), facilities operations and colocation engineering. 

Jumping to the MSO/cable industry, Joe managed both fiber and coax construction throughout Manhattan for Time Warner Cable/Charter Spectrum as well as the survey department across all five New York City boroughs. One of his proudest accomplishments has been heading Time Warner Cable’s first fiber to the home (FTTH) strategy in the New York City market from an engineering and deployment perspective. This included designing the FTTH architecture for deployment in the city’s second tallest skyscraper. Most recently Joe ran a Local25/Local3 IBEW construction company which specialized in low voltage, wireless and fiber optic construction. There he was responsible for building Verizon Wireless’ largest indoor DAS project to date, at the newly constructed UBS Arena on Long Island. Joe enjoys spending time with his three children, cooking and working on his pro touring ‘69 Camaro.

Greg Bennett

Greg Bennett

Director, Business Analysis and Reporting

Greg has learned a great deal over his 20 years in cable, predominantly as a field operations leader with one of the largest MSOs in the United States. His passion for learning, sharing, and approaching tasks as an adventure has carried him from his first job in origination production to high-speed data deployments to operations management. The last 15 years of his MSO career were spent in fulfillment, working to improve the experience for both customers and technicians while driving operational efficiencies through deployment of automated workforce, dynamic routing, and dispatch consolidation. Along the way, he successfully consolidated nine dispatch centers into a single regional support center; optimized automated workforce tools, and developed web-based solutions to improve operations and communication for over 1,600 technicians across multiple states; and improved employee opinion survey results by 50% in the first year of managing a group of 6 offices across multiple states.

Joshua Mizelle

Joshua Mizelle

Regional Installation Manager

Learning from great leaders and managers over the years, Joshua’s career has taken him from installation technician and quality control to tech supervisor and now regional manager. As a leader, he believes in accountability, teamwork, and constant improvement. Through his ability to lift up those around him and automate whenever possible, Joshua has taken start-up installation teams from three technicians to over 35, managing successful area expansions without sacrificing home base metrics. In 2021 he received Time Warner Cable’s Top Gun award for the lowest rework numbers in the Carolinas. In his personal life Joshua loves spending time with his wife and two children.

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