ICOA is led by an industry-leading team, pioneers in creating next-generation broadband wireless solutions for top-tier brands, including: Starbucks, American Airlines, McDonald’s, AT&T, AT&T Wireless, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Panera Bread, Au Bon Pain and Hilton.
George Strouthopoulos, Chairman & CEO
Utilizing his extensive experience in the marketing, production, distribution and management of public access terminals, in 1998 he formed WebCenter Technologies, Inc., an ICOA company, to focus on the public internet access market. Partnering with SBC, WebCenter Technologies installed and operated Internet Terminals at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Previously, Mr. Strouthopoulos founded GOFAX, and led the development and deployment of pay-for-use, public access, ‘payfax’ machines worldwide. GoFAX produced over 2,500 payfax machines for customers in the US, Canada, Caribbean and British Telecom, PLC (BT) in the UK, resulting in the largest network of public access terminals in North America. GOFAX provided customized hardware and software, as well as back-office credit card processing and hotline services for its customers.
Prior to arriving in the US and following service with NATO in Europe, Mr. Strouthopoulos marketed and operated a major resort hotel in Greece.
Erwin Vahlsing, Director and CFO
With nearly thirty years of corporate finance experience, Mr. Vahlsing initially served as Chief Financial Officer of ICOA from his appointment in 1999 through 2005 at which time he was tasked with a special project. In June 2006 he was reappointed to the position by the board and continues in that capacity today.
Mr. Vahlsing’s numerous fiscal leadership roles include serving as: Vice President and General Manager of Connect Teleservices, an $8 million call center; Senior Financial Analysts for Monarch Industries, a $35 million manufacturer; Vice President and General Manager of Arctic Air, a $2 million contractor; Vice President of Finance for ROLO, a $12 million manufacturer; CFO for Bloom & Son, a $35 million manufacturer; Corporate Comptroller for Trimont Chemical, an $18 million chemical manufacturer; and Corporate Comptroller for Paul Alfred, a $15 million manufacturer.
Mr. Vahlsing holds an MBA from the University of Rhode Island and a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Connecticut.