Meet our
Management Team

Unwired is led by a seasoned team of executives with backgrounds in Mobile, Wireless and Banking.

Executive Management

Cheré Heintzmann, 

Former President and COO of iJet Technologies, Cheré Heintzmann brings a strong background in company startups and turnarounds. She carries with her executive level experience in all facets of telecom, wireless and software development, as well as 25 years in the Technology industry. She served 15 of those years in Senior Management at AT&T Wireless, Walt Disney and SeaMobile/MTN, where she was President/COO. In addition, she has co-founded three companies and led financing efforts for small growth companies in excess of $250 million.

Steve Sybeldon, SVP Financial Services

With over 25 years of wireless communications management experience, Steve Sybeldon brings a depth of experience to the Unwired Nation team. Before Unwired, Sybeldon led worldwide sales for iJet Onboard, SeaMobile and MTN Satellite Communications. He was responsible for global network solutions and development of innovative products and services in the US, Europe and Asia. Steve has also held executive level positions with McCaw Cellular and AT&T Wireless Services, where he was regional vice president responsible for the management of sales, customer service, technical operations, and people development.

Tim CarterSVP Customer Solutions

Tim Carter brings a diverse background of Accounting, Finance, Information Technology, Manufacturing and Project Management, with well over two decades of experience in mapping customer business processes to automated solutions. He has successfully led many ERP, MRP, point-of-sale, payment processing, accounting and finance deployments in the aerospace, telecommunication, manufacturing and IT industries, both domestically and internationally.

Jeff SlarksVP Financial Sales

Wielding a strong sales background in the Wireless Telecommunications Industry, Jeff Slarks has been a part of development and expansion of sales through B2B, National Retail, Distributor Partners and Company Retail. In the last 26 years he has held a wide range of positions, including Director of Sales for Mobi PCS; Regional General Manager - Northwest Region for Cricket Communications; General Manager - Washington/Oregon for MCI WorldCom; and General Manger - Business Sales for GTE Wireless.

C. Eric SmithCo-Founder, VP Business Strategy

With over 20 years of startup experience, C. Eric Smith co-founded Unwired and served as its President and CEO until February 2013. His previous ventures include BroadQ, LLC (Digital Lifestyle/Media company) and Gocho Networks (Mobile startup), among others.

R. Stacey Zuniga, Co-Founder, VP Operations & Platform Development

R. Stacey Zuniga has over 20 years of technology operations and finance experience. He co-founded Unwired and was instrumental in developing its mobile strategy. Zuniga plays a key role in the company’s product strategy and operations. Before joining the startup community, Zuniga served in production and project management positions at Texas Instruments and Motorola.

Board Members and Advisors

John ChappleChairman

John Chapple currently serves as President of Hawkeye Investments in Seattle, WA.  As former Chairman/CEO of Nextel Partners, Chapple took the company from inception through public offering and acquisition by Sprint for $9.5 Billion.

Steve HooperSenior Board Advisor

Steve Hooper is the Founding Partner of Ignition Partners in Seattle, WA.  His former positions include Chairman and CEO of Nextlink, co-CEO of Teledesic and CEO of AT&T Wireless, where he grew the company from $1.8 Billion to $4 Billion.

Dale QuisenberryBoard Member

As Co-Founder of Crossroads Systems, Dale Quisenberry took the company public in 1999. He is the lead Series A investor for the Unwired.

Dana Bowers, Board of Advisors

Dana Bowers is co-founder and former CEO of iPay Technologies, which served 40% of the nation’s community financial institutions before it was sold to Jack Henry and Associates in 2010 for $300 million. 

Sushil GillBoard of Advisors

With a depth of experience in the realm of wireless and mobile technology, Sushil Gill has served in executive roles with AT&T Wireless, and Western Wireless. He specializes in Business Development for major technology companies as well as startups, both domestically and internationally.