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John Watson has served as Chairman of the Board for BearCom since the merger of Bear Communications and PageCom in 1995. Prior to BearCom, John served as President of PageCom for four years.
Before his involvement in the wireless communications industry, John spent more than 20 years in the commercial real estate investment and development industry in Texas.
With more than 40 years of business experience, John leads BearCom’s Board of Directors and management team in setting company strategy. From a tactical standpoint, John oversees the company’s Dallas headquarters operation.
John holds BBA and JD degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.
President, CEO & Founder
Jerry Denham serves as President & CEO of BearCom. Prior to the formation of BearCom, Jerry served as the CEO & Chairman for Bear Communications, as well as Vice President and co-founder for a total of 14 years.
With more than 25 years of executive experience, Jerry is able to lead his team with the management expertise and wireless industry knowledge he has acquired over the last several decades. Jerry’s focus on sales management, directing growth, acquisitions, marketing, and team building has helped form BearCom into America’s only nationwide dealer and integrator of wireless communications products and solutions.
While technology and infrastructure are important to Jerry, BearCom’s employees remain one of his top priorities. His belief is that happy employees help make satisfied customers.
Since 2004, Jerry has served on the Board of Directors for the Enterprise Wireless Alliance. He also served on the Board of Directors for the California Coast Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization in 2004-2005 and again in 2007-2008.
Jerry has a BA degree in psychology from California State University at Long Beach, where he also attended its MBA program.
Executive Vice President & Founder
Brent Bisnar directs the rental function for BearCom. He joined the company as its first outside sales representative in 1986 and rapidly began to accelerate the growth of the organization. Brent became a partner of Bear Communications in 1987.
Over the past 20 years, Brent has led BearCom’s executive rental department for wireless communications by providing consulting services to a wide variety of international events, such as the U.S. Open, New York Marathon, Cricket World Cup, Summer and Winter X Games, World Cup USA, 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He has also served as an advisor to a number of professional sports organizations, including the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, and ESPN.
As a wireless industry expert, Brent has written numerous articles for trade publications and has been invited to speak at industry association meetings for the International Festivals & Events Association and the International Association of Exhibitions & Events.
Brent attended California State University at Long Beach.
Chief Financial Officer
Jerry Noonan joined BearCom in 2001 as Chief Financial Officer. Jerry directs and manages the finance and accounting functions for BearCom—including banking and treasury relationships—as well as the company’s annual budgeting process. As a member of BearCom’s executive staff, Jerry is also in charge of developing various financial dashboards that focus managers on critical issues and trends. He assists BearCom in its financial progression and helps ensure that the company continues to build shareholder value and maintain financial stability over the years.
Prior to BearCom, Jerry held the position of Chief Financial & Administrative Officer for Bright Truck Leasing, where he worked for nine years. His duties there included pieces of the IT function, as that department was rolled up under his realm of responsibilities. Many of the accomplishments Jerry achieved with Bright Truck Leasing were brought over to BearCom, including his proficiency with ROI analysis, quarterly comparative analysis, and P&L statements that could also be used to objectively determine sales executives’ rankings.
For seven years, Jerry has been a member of the Financial Executives Networking Group.
Jerry received his BS degree in both finance and economics from Louisiana State University. He also attended Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business, where he graduated with an MBA.
Chief Marketing Officer
Kent Huffman is responsible for expanding BearCom's presence in its target markets, as well as driving all marketing strategies and tactics.
Before joining BearCom in 2006, Kent served as Vice President of Marketing for CompuCom Systems, a $2 billion computer hardware and software reseller, where he managed the entire corporate marketing function. Previously, Kent led the marketing group at Perot Systems, a Fortune 1000 IT services company. While there, he received a number of awards and accolades for the quality and performance of the company’s various integrated marketing initiatives.
In the mid-1990s, Kent founded and managed a boutique marketing consulting firm, Marketek Media, which helped technology companies increase revenue and market share by applying innovative Internet marketing strategies. Earlier in his career, Kent held several marketing leadership positions at AT&T Capital, a large division of AT&T that leased computers and electronic test equipment to other enterprises.
Kent is accredited as a Certified Business Communicator (CBC) by the Business Marketing Association. He serves as a thought leader in integrated marketing and search engine marketing for international research firm Frost & Sullivan and is a member of its Executive Advisory Board.
Kent has a BBA degree in marketing from Texas State University.
Vice President of Sales
John Czapko drives the overall sales efforts for BearCom and has a long history of successful leadership in the telecom and wireless industries. He joined BearCom in 2003 as the Central Regional Director responsible for eight branches, and in 2006, he was promoted to Vice President of Sales.
Prior to BearCom, John led the Cellular Handset Division at Fujitsu America, where he focused not only on the sales and marketing aspects of the business, but the product design, manufacturing, and distribution functions as well. While there, John joined the CTIA and became one of the first representatives from a manufacturing company to be allowed to participate on a CTIA committee.
In the 1980s, John managed the Philadelphia Region for Bell Atlantic Mobile Systems and was accountable for generating more than half of the company's total revenue and was successful in launching several new business concepts.
Previously, John started a new business group at AT&T Wireless and quickly grew it to a 150-member team. He began his career at 3M in Philadelphia, where he became the youngest sales manager in his division at the age of 28. John held several progressively more responsible positions at 3M for 12 years, and during that time, his success was highlighted by a number of professional accomplishments and achievement awards.
Vice President of Operations
Ken Nixon has responsibility for the operational functions within BearCom, including fulfillment, materials management, customer service, and rental operations. Ken joined BearCom in 1999 as Operations Manager for several emerging businesses and was promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2000.
Prior to joining BearCom, Ken spent several years at CellStar, a global supplier of cellular handsets and accessories. During his time there, Ken focused on improving operational efficiencies and inventory management processes as the company went through unprecedented growth. At the time of his departure from CellStar, Ken was Director of Operations for the Americas.
From 1979 to 1996, Ken held progressively more responsible logistical and operational management positions at Texas Instruments, focusing on international logistics and distribution operations. He sat on various committees that addressed the strategic development of global distribution and logistics within the company. In addition, Ken spoke frequently at various educational symposiums and industry events on the dynamics that impacted global supply chains.
Ken holds a BS degree in transportation and logistics from the University of Tennessee.