Mark Dzwonczyk lives in Silicon Valley, commuting to New York's North Country for about 50% of his time in his role as CEO of Nicholville Telephone Company, a local incumbent provider that is installing the fastest broadband in the nation to sections of otherwise-unserved rural NY. For 20 years prior to his work with this legacy telephone company, Mark built a number of new telecomm businesses, in various roles as founder, CEO, and in Board or advisory seats. With a focus on communications technologies, Mark has grown companies from scratch using conventional angel and venture capital investments, though he bootstrapped his first company from his garage. Mark received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University and an MS in Aeronautical Engineering from MIT. After working in the Cambridge Massachusetts area for 10 years, Mark migrated to Silicon Valley in the early internet days to attend Stanford for a PhD . But the entrepreneurial bug was more infectious than academia, so he left Stanford to pursue his real passion of growing businesses that provide value to the investors and meaning to the employees and the community. Mark is active in local North Country economic development and was elected to Clarkson's Board of Trustees.