Paul Barton is President and General Manager for the Westelcom Family of Companies. In this capacity, Mr. Barton is responsible for all functional areas of the company, guiding strategic business initiatives and corporate performance. Mr. Barton has over 33 years of experience in the communications and advanced technology industries in a variety of managerial and engineering roles. Prior to joining Westelcom, Mr. Barton was CEO of Geographic Internet Services Company (GiSCO), one of New York’s largest regional internet service providers. Mr. Barton founded GiSCO in 1996 developing all aspects of the company to include, but not limited to, financing, engineering, management, and business development. Prior to establishing GiSCO, Mr. Barton was a US Department of Defense consultant, providing strategic planning support on multiple intelligence and communications programs. Mr. Barton served 10 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force, holding multiple acquisition and contracting program management positions in the communications, information technology and intelligence arenas. Mr. Barton holds BS in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University, a MBA from the University of West Florida and a MS in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University. Mr. Barton has served as Chairman of the Greater Watertown North Country Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Syracuse Region of the American Heart Association, Chairman of the Clayton Youth Commission, and the Publisher of Absolutely Business magazine.