Executive Management Team


NewCore Wireless’ Executive Leadership Team shares a passion for innovation, technology and creativity. The team is comprised of proven industry veterans who have played pivotal roles driving growth in the rural telecommunications industry. Together, they bring great thought leadership and tangible business results to our partners to help them accelerate and grow their businesses.

Albert Kangas

General Manager & COO

As General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of NewCore Wireless, Albert is responsible for overseeing the business, technical and day-to-day operations of the company. Albert has 24+ years of experience in wireless communications and is considered one of the leading experts in wireless communications. Having worked on all aspects of engineering and operating a wireless network, his knowledge and understanding of rural wireless networks is unrivaled.

Albert is frequently asked to speak on topics of LTE, backhaul, DAS, network build outs, industry insights and more.

Previously, Albert served as Director of Network Engineering and Operations at St. Cloud Wireless Holdings. During this time, Albert guided the team through technology changes, network expansions, system integrations and finally transitions to Verizon and Sprint.

Roger Schmitz

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Roger Schmitz is responsible for leading NewCore Wireless’ finance organization, which includes corporate strategy, accounting and reporting, internal audit and investor relations. He is an experienced financial professional with over 19 years of diverse wireless telecommunications industry experience. Recognized as a trusted advisor with strong organizational, analytical and planning skills, Roger is a proven trainer with the respect of all in the rural wireless industry.
Roger is on the Board of Directors at the Rural Wireless Association (RWA) and is frequently asked to speak at industry events. His prior experience includes being the Controller for a wireless company with 250+ employees, CFO of two entrepreneurial telecommunications companies and audit manager for a regional CPA firm. Roger graduated from the University of St. John’s with a BA in Accounting.

Paul Vershure

Executive Director of Site Development and Construction Services

Paul Vershure has over 20 years of experience in the construction and site development industry. The past 10 years of his construction and site development experience have been in the wireless communication industry during a period of very aggressive cell site build out in the upper Midwest. Paul’s strategic approach to managing a large number of cell sites has proven itself as he continues to successfully lead the Site Development and Construction team at NewCore Wireless. Paul and his team are responsible for all aspects of site development from land acquisition to tower construction to base station commissioning. His understanding of construction and site development is second to none.

Paul started his career in the wireless industry at St Cloud Wireless Holdings where he was able to show his tremendous operational strengths by managing the initial build out phase for a Sprint PCS Minnesota affiliate. During the 2 year period of the initial build out, Paul was responsible for the construction and site development activities that averaged a new site on air every 3 days.

Julie Ahlbrecht

Intercarrier Relations Manager and Technical Team Lead

Joining the NewCore Wireless team in 2009, Julie brings two decades of experience in partnership relations. She is responsible for managing all aspects of NewCore Wireless’ roaming partner relationships, including roaming agreement negotiations, network set-up and implementation, GSMA industry standard testing through to Commercial Launch, TAP reconciliation, billing, settlement and financial clearing. She is also responsible for network switching updates including roaming, 911, translations and trunking implementation.

Julie is an active member of the GSMA Billing, Accounting and Roaming Group and the North American BARG/TADIG Working Group.

Julie started her career in telecommunications with Cellular One of Rapid City, South Dakota. Her career evolved with experience in many aspects of telecommunications with Rural Cellular Corporation in Alexandria, MN, Quantum Communications in Eden Prairie, MN and Northern PCS in St Cloud, MN.