After graduating with honors from Ohio State Law School, where he served on the Law Journal and was elected to the Order of the Coif, Skip started his career by joining a major law firm in Cleveland, Ohio. During the ensuing 12 years that he was affiliated with that firm, Skip specialized in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities, and business organization matters. He became a partner in 1986.In 1990, Skip joined one of his clients, Alltel Corporation, in Little Rock, Arkansas, as general counsel. In the course of the ensuing 16 years, Skip took on a number of additional responsibilities at Alltel, including business development and mergers and acquisitions, wholesale revenue, government and regulatory affairs, corporate communications, human resources, and administrative services. He served on the board of USTelecom, a telecom trade association headquartered in Washington, DC, for a number of years and as its Chairman for two years. In 2006, when Alltel spun off Windstream Corporation as a separate public company, Skip became Chairman of Windstream and served in that capacity until 2010. Thereafter, Skip continued to serve as a director of Windstream and as Chairman of its Audit Committee until 2014 when Skip became Chairman of Communications Sales and Leasing, Inc (NASDAQ: CSAL), a publicly-traded real estate investment trust headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, that Windstream spun off as a separate public company. Skip currently serves as Chairman of its Board, as Chairman of its Governance Committee, and as a member of its Audit Committee and Compensation Committee.In 2007, Skip co-founded a community bank in Little Rock of which Skip served as Chairman from its inception until 2014 when he sold his interest in the bank. Skip and his wife moved to Ponte Vedra Beach from Little Rock in 2009. Since then, Skip has been involved as a board member of several companies and non-profit organizations in Northeast Florida. Skip has been married to his wife, Karen, since 1987. They have two adult children.
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