Executive Director & CEO, Utopia

Roger is a technology management professional with over 15 years experience in telecommunications and information technology. After graduating from Brigham Young University, he worked for the BYU Office of IT on the deployment of various network products including a campus wide wireless network, network authentication system, and web filtering system.

While living in Provo, he became interested in the technology and benefits of fiber-optic networking as Provo began its iProvo fiber-to-the-home project. In 2004, soon after it started, he went to work for iProvo and spent four years there as a network engineer and established their Network Operations Center, deployed an IPTV system, and supported growth to over 10,000 customers.

He then went on be the CTO for UTOPIA, an 11-city Fiber-to-the-Home project in Utah. He directed the design, planning, and completion of the agency’s upgrade of its core network, expansion throughout several cities, implementation of enhanced network monitoring systems, and implementation of an IPTV system.

Roger then spent two years as the Vice President of Engineering for Vivint Wireless, launching a new wireless ISP in Utah and Texas. Vivint Wireless quickly grew to be one of the largest wireless ISPs in the country and is currently ranked by Ookla as the 2nd fastest ISP in Utah, and ranked in the top 25 of fastest ISPs nationally by Netflix (#1 in both rankings among wireless providers).

Roger now serves as the Executive Director and CEO of the UTOPIA/UIA fiber project in Utah where they are actively building out their open-access fiber network that includes 10 residential service providers and many business service providers.

Roger earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Information Technology from Brigham Young University. His Master’s thesis topic was “Open Access Fiber to the Home Networking.”