Advisory Council

Jim Burton

Jim Burton is Founder and CEO of CT Link, LLC. Burton founded the consulting firm in 1989 to help clients in the converging voice, data and networking industries with strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and distribution issues.

In the early 1990s, Burton recognized the challenges vendors and the channel faced as they developed and installed integrated voice/data products. He became the leading authority in the voice/data integration industry and is credited with "coining" the term computer-telephone integration (CTI). Burton helped companies including Microsoft and Intel enter the voice market and helped AT&T (now Avaya), Mitel, NEC, Nortel, Siemens and Toshiba with their CTI strategies.

In the late 1990s, venture capitalists turned to Burton for help in evaluating potential investments in IP PBX start-ups. He went on to help these and other companies with strategic planning and partnering, including NBX (acquired by 3Com), Selsius (acquired by Cisco), ShoreTel and Sphere Communications.

In the early 2000s, Burton began focusing on wireless services and technologies. In 2005 Burton started helping vendors with their Unified Communications strategy and in 2006, along with several colleagues, created a web site, UCStrategies.com, to provide information for enterprise customers and vendors.

Jack Wimmer

Jack Wimmer is president of The Placer Group, a technology and strategy consulting organization. Wimmer sits on several advisory boards and provides consulting and support for telecommunications, venture capital, and private equity firms.

Wimmer formed The Placer Group after retiring from Verizon in 2006. Wimmer served as vice president at MCI and then Verizon after the companies merged. He was responsible for the design of network architecture as well as evaluating, assessing, and developing advanced technology. Wimmer joined MCI in 1973, initially working in the network operations and customer service organization. During his tenure, he held a variety of engineering and management positions while honing his technical and business expertise in networks, network planning, and technology development.

Wimmer received a B.S. degree in engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and an M.S. degree in telecommunications policy from George Washington University.

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