ATP History

A letter from our Co-founder

ATP was started modestly in 1999. Our guiding principles of professional development and networking that cultivates deep relationships still hold true today for the advancement of our telecom and technology community. We have refined this over the years to include the recognition of excellence, the genesis of the Gala, and now with ATP Cares.

The first meeting took place at the California Pizza Kitchen at the Perimeter in the Fall of 1999. It exceeded our expectations with over 30 attendees. We had our first topical event, in the Spring of 2000, on the new big thing in telecom – you guessed it: IP VPN’s! Not sure how many of us even recall what that is anymore. From there, we incorporated and put together our charter with Bob Speers and Brian Nagel as founding Board Members. We grew quickly with more events that appealed at the time and then we noticed that people kept coming back. It was the start of our ATP family.

Over the years, new Board members joined and stayed! This is the reason for our continued momentum. Membership grew, as well as our influence. Another defining moment was when we launched the ATP awards Gala 10 years ago with the leadership of Melanie Brandt. Ralph de la Vega of AT&T was our first award winner and continues to be a friend of ATP, along with all the executives who have won and been nominated since.

I think, at the time ATP was founded, Cheers was a big show, so welcome back to ATP, where “everybody knows your name.” Thank you for being part of the ATP Family!

Kevin R Nicholas
ATP co-Founder
Executive Advisor

Presidents of ATP

Bob Spears

Bob Spears

1999 - 2000

Kevin Nicholas

Kevin Nicholas

2001 - 2005

Melanie Brandt

Melanie Brandt

2006 - 2007

Audra Browning

Audra Browning

2007 - 2008

Jenifer Juarez

Jenifer Juarez

2009 - 2010

Rick Loose

Rick Loose

2011 - 2012

Karen Finger

Karen Finger

2012 - 2013

Michelle Henley

Michelle Henley

2014 - 2015

Gary Humphrey

Gary Humphrey

2016 - Present