Rich Simmons began his extensive career in the communications technology sector while serving in the United States Air Force as a Telecommunications Systems and Control Specialist for European Digital Satellite and Long Distance Network. From there, he worked for NASA as Assistant Manager of Private Line Technical Services for the Space Shuttle Program and for ITT as Systems Maintenance Manager for the Hospitality Division.
As Vice President of Pinnacle's Hosted Services, Rich has the responsibility of managing the expanding cloud-based services and development of new hosted applications and solutions.
Rich’s duties are extensive in both field operations and in the boardroom. He has vast knowledge of voice, data, wireless, and messaging. He oversees a national technical base comprised of centers in thirty U.S. cities and has played a prominent role in Pinnacle’s successful transitioning from traditional TDM telephony to the new generation of Internet Protocol technologies.
Rich’s leadership and knowledge of Pinnacle’s broad range of solutions, from IP PBX to HSIA to Wireless to DIRECTV and Cloud Hosting are invaluable assets for the company.