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Grande Communications Management Team

Grande is a Texas company. All of our employees, including executive management, live, work and play in Texas. As Texans, we understand the customer experience you're looking for. Learn more about the Grande Communications management team below.

President and General Manager  Austin, San Marcos, & San Antonio Matthew M. Murphy
Matthew M. Murphy

Matt is responsible for oversight and management of Grande's operational performance and strategic direction. With over 14 years of experience, he has extensive knowledge within the telecommunications and media industries. Prior to joining the Grande team, he served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and was part of the founding management team of Atlantic Broadband. Prior to Atlantic Broadband, he served in various strategic management and investment professional roles with Aprisma Management Technologies, Great Hill Partners and Media Communications Partners. Matt began his career as an investment banker with Merrill Lynch after graduating from the University of Chicago.

VP Technical Operations Shane Schilling
VP Technical Operations
Shane Schilling

Shane is responsible for the oversight and management of Grande's network and IT systems, delivering voice, video and data services for our residential and commercial customers. Shane has 10 years of experience in the telecommunications and cable industries, bringing with him extensive knowledge in network operations and engineering. Prior to joining Grande, Shane served as Director of Network Operations for Atlantic Broadband, with responsibility for all four of their operating regions.

VP Finance Steve Knouse
VP Finance
Steve Knouse

Steve brings over 30 years of experience to Grande, most of which has been in the telecommunications industry. He has a wealth of financial management knowledge. Prior to joining the Grande team, Steve served as Director of Accounting and Business Administration for Atlantic Broadband's Pennsylvania operations. Prior to Atlantic Broadband, Steve held various financial and operational management roles with Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications and Fanch Communications. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and lives in Waco, Texas.

VP Network Operations and Engineering Lamar Horton
VP Network Operations and Engineering
Lamar Horton

Lamar has architected, launched and operated large Internet, video, telephony and transport networks and services during his 13 years in the industry. With his experience in the residential, commercial and wholesale communications environments, he brings a unique perspective to problem solving through technology and process. Prior to Grande Communications, Lamar contributed to other network providers such as Broadwing, PointOne and Dantis in various engineering and leadership roles. Lamar has also spent time as a Systems Engineer with Ethernet Switching and Routing manufacturer Riverstone Networks. His experience with Riverstone allowed him to understand the dynamics of working with Service Providers from a solutions platform perspective. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology from DeVry University in Dallas, TX .

VP Human Resources Tracy Brutcher
VP Human Resources
Tracy Brutcher

Tracy has over 19 years of HR experience in the technology and telecommunications industries. Before joining Grande in April 2002, she managed human resources for the avionics division of Trimble Navigation, a leading provider in advanced positioning systems. Before Trimble, Tracy held various Human Resources roles with Verticom Inc. and MicroElectronic Products. Tracy received her certificate in Human Resource Management from Sonoma State University, earned her Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) credentials through World at Work, and her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation from Society for Human Resources Management.

VP Customer Care Dawn Blydenburgh
VP Customer Care
Dawn Blydenburgh

Dawn joins us from Florida where she directed the Atlantic Broadband Call Center. She entered the cable industry in 1996 with Comcast, and then she expanded her call center management experience with Charter Communications. Working from the ground up in the business has given Dawn the ability to relate to the everyday experiences faced in a call center environment, specifically with cable related products. She is most passionate about the growth and development of individuals, which together create a successful and rewarding team. She volunteers as an elementary classroom reading buddy and for animal rescue organizations.

VP Retail Operations C. Matthew Rohre
VP Retail Operations
C. Matthew Rohre

Matt is responsible for overall business development and fulfillment at the market level, providing management for technical operations, direct sales operations, front office and business operations, community relations and government affairs. Matt has more than 24 years of experience in the telecommunications industry in a wide variety of senior management and technical roles, both as a service provider and a vendor. Prior to Grande, he spent time with Marconi, AT&T Broadband, TCI and Telecable. Matt currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Midway ISD Education Foundation and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Texas at Dallas.

VP Network Services James Jordan
VP Network Services
James Jordan

James brings over 17 years of experience in the Telecommunications industry. He is responsible for the planning, implementation and cost management of Grande's network. Prior to joining Grande in 2000, James served as Director of Product Development for Thrifty Call as well as various product management roles at ALLTEL Communications. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Arkansas Tech University and his MBA from the University of Arkansas.

VP Marketing Pete Drozdoff
VP Marketing
Pete Drozdoff

Pete brings over 17 years of marketing and industry experience to Grande. Before joining Grande in 2013, Pete was vice president of marketing at SureWest Communications, a regional telecommunications company that offered phone, Internet, TV, wireless and data transport services. Pete's responsibilities included all aspects of product management, marketing and corporate communications. SureWest was eventually sold to Consolidated Communications in 2012. Prior to SureWest, Pete held senior marketing positions with both Sprint PCS and Motorola Cellular Subscriber Group.