Transition Networks Senior Management

Scott Otis

President

Scott Otis joined Transition Networks in September of 2013. Before joining Transition Networks, he most recently served as Vice President of Operations for the Professional Services unit of TE Connectivity, Inc. (formally known as Tyco Electronics). TE Connectivity acquired ADC Telecommunications (ADC) in December 2010, where Scott was employed for nearly 27 years in a variety of roles supporting both product and service offerings, in developed and emerging markets. This included serving as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for ADC Professional Services and various sales, product management, and corporate development roles earlier in his career at ADC.

Scott received his Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and his MBA from the University of St. Thomas – School of Business.

Tom Savard

Vice President, Product & Technology Development

Tom Savard, Ph.D. joined Transition Networks in January of 2013. In his role as VP of Product & Technology Development, Tom is responsible for directing R&D, Product Management, and Marketing for Transition Networks’ portfolios. Tom’s background in innovation and portfolio management practices spans several industries including Automotive, Defense and Space, and Medical Device. Tom has a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and, following several successful DMAIC and DFSS projects, he has developed an expertise in developing organizations that reduce time to market, improve product quality, and increase the return on R&D investment.

Tom received his BA from St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from Duke University.

Stephen M. Anderson

Vice President of Engineering

Stephen Anderson, Vice President of Engineering, was promoted to his present position in July 1997. He joined Transition Networks in 1996 as Director of Engineering.

Anderson holds an Associate in Applied Science Degree, Electronics Technology, North Dakota State College of Science, 1973, an Associate Degree in Electronics Engineering, Capital Radio Engineering Institute, 1974 and a Bachelor of Science Degree, Electrical Engineering/Communications, North Dakota State University, 1979.

Gale McHale

Controller

Gale McHale, Controller, joined Transition Networks in September of 1997 as Accounting Manager. She was promoted to Controller in January of 2001. Before joining Transition Networks she was employed by the American Red Cross Minneapolis Branch for thirteen years, holding positions of Accounting Supervisor, Finance Manager and Interim Finance Director.

 

Deb Iwasko

Director of Manufacturing Operations

Deb Iwasko, Director of Manufacturing Operations, joined Transition Networks in January of 2003 as Quality Manager. In June of 2004 she was promoted to Manufacturing Manager. Prior to joining Transition, Deb has more than 15 years in quality in the manufacturing industry with Qualex Inc., a subsidiary of Eastman Kodak.

Deb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Photographic Engineering Technology from St. Cloud State University.

Donna Poulos

Channel Director

Donna Poulos, Channel Director, joined Transition Networks Sales department in February of 1998. She has had responsibilities to include account management and territory sales. She became Director of Channel Sales in October of 2005. Before joining Transition networks she held sales positions with Tech Data Corporation, Artisoft Networking and Fujitsu electronics.

Donna holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Business Management from Florida Metropolitan University.

Kevin Martin

Vice President of International Sales

Kevin Martin, joined Transition Networks in February 2014. As the Vice President of International Sales, Kevin is responsible for all sales activities outside North America and is based in Hampshire, UK. Kevin is a career-long telecommunications sales executive with extensive Carrier Ethernet experience in North America, EMEA and Asia Pacific. Before joining Transition, Kevin was the Sr. VP of Global Sales for Overture and has held sales leadership positions at Ciena, Cascade, and Northern Telecom. He has deep relationships at many Tier 1, 2 and 3 service providers, and brings with him a strong technical background.

Duane Olson

Director of International Sales

Duane Olson joined Transition Networks's International Sales department in February 1997. Since starting as the Latin America Sales Manager, he has also been given the responsibility of the Asia Pacific region. He became the Director of International Sales in January 2001. Before joining Transition Networks, Olson worked in Marketing at the Ford Motor Company in Valencia, Venezuela.

Olson is a graduate of St. Cloud State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Business and Spanish in 1996.

Todd Trenasty

Vice President of North American Sales

As the Vice President of North American Sales, Todd Trenasty is responsible for driving growth and customer success in the Service Provider, Enterprise, Channel and Federal Sales markets for Transition Networks. An industry veteran, Todd has over 20 years of experience in generating growth with successful companies in the Networking and Telecommunications Industries. He is focused on developing and leading a best-in-class sales organization and increasing the customer base while driving new business. Prior to joining Transition Networks, Todd held numerous sales and management positions with Tyco TSP, Allied Telesis, Kentrox, CopperCom and Lucent. Todd holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

David Allton

Director, Sales and Customer Operations

David Allton joined Transition Networks in September 2008 as Customer and Technical Support Manager. He was promoted to his present position in August 2013. 

Before joining Transition Networks, David held Global Technical Sales Management roles, with Terawave Communication, ADC Telecommunications and General Instruments.

Jon Barsness

Director, Human Resources and Administration

Jon Barsness joined Transition Networks in March of 2013. Before joining Transition Networks, he served as Sr. Corporate Recruiter for the parent company Communications Systems, Inc. since November 2010. Prior to joining CSI/Transition Networks Jon spent nearly 10 years in corporate and agency recruiting and human resource consulting and management within a variety of industries.

Jon received his undergraduate degree in Physical Education from the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse and his Master of Arts from the University of Minnesota in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Human Resources Development.