Jan F. Reimers
Mr. Reimers, as company President, is responsible for providing overall guidance and direction to the firm. He participates in specialized consulting to individual companies, and has assisted state and national organizations with separations, settlements, access charges, intercarrier compensation, and related matters. He has also been extensively involved in a variety of state regulatory, FCC and IRS proceedings.
Prior to ICORE, he was at the center of the many nationwide changes implemented in separations, settlements and revenue requirements. He held senior management positions with the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) in Whippany, NJ and the United States Independent Telephone Association (USITA) – now USTA – in Washington, D.C.
Among his major responsibilities at USITA and NECA were the development and administration of nationwide average schedules; the formulation of accounting, categorization and traffic procedures for new technologies, including electronic analog and digital central offices; implementation and interpretation of cost study issues and jurisdictional separations procedures for small independent companies; and development of access charge policies and procedures.
His knowledge of issues at the state level was enhanced by his work with Independent Telephone Companies through the New York State Telephone Association, where he held the position of Separations and Settlements Specialist. Among his accomplishments was the unbundling of local rates on behalf of the state’s independent companies.
Mr. Reimers has spent over 45 years in the industry, with roots in the operating telephone company environment. His career began with the General Telephone Company of Pennsylvania where his duties included methods, traffic separations, and training. He later headed a newly created Methods and Procedures department, which was responsible for inter-departmental coordination of company policies and procedures.
He also worked several years for a large telecommunications consulting firm, where his duties included both the preparation and supervision of traffic and cost separations studies.
Mr. Reimers attended Syracuse University on an academic scholarship and is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University at Buffalo with a B.A. degree in Political Science.
Christina D. Bobbyn
Senior Vice President
Mrs. Bobbyn, a partner, has overall responsibility for monthly settlements administration; interpretation of NECA tariff and pool procedure; and settlements and CABS reviews. She is responsible for a variety of CABS activities, including ICORE’s Service Bureau functions and OPTICABS billing and maintenance; analyses of state and interstate compensation plans; network service; CLEC and other competitive activities; and a variety of special projects.
Her specific knowledge includes Interstate average schedule settlements and pooling procedures; access, resale, operator service and other tariff; Billing and Collection issues; contractual arrangements; and interface with NECA and other connecting companies on a wide range of issues.
She assisted with traffic holding time studies and annual traffic factor development. Mrs. Bobbyn also worked on C&WF and COE Categorization Studies as well as Continuing Property Records.
A 1988 graduate of Shippensburg University, Mrs. Bobbyn has a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance.
Christopher T. Ulmer
Senior Vice President
Mr. Ulmer, a partner, is knowledgeable in virtually every one of ICORE’s service areas, and assists clients with CABS activities, cost and average schedule settlements, bankruptcy issues, revenue analyses, interconnection agreements, regulatory reporting requirements, and code administration services including AOCN, LNP and SOA.
He is also responsible for CABS Service Bureau functions, OPTICABS billing and maintenance, and a variety of special projects. In addition. Mr. Ulmer manages ICORE’s marketing functions, as well as the ICORE intranet and all internal network operations.
He is a 1995 graduate of Muhlenberg College with a B.A. in Business Administration and has been with ICORE since 1995.
Bob F. Knoble
Director – Cost Settlements
Mr. Knoble oversees all aspects of ICORE’s access and cost separations process, interstate and intrastate settlements, and a variety of areas involving revenue requirements development and special studies.
Prior to joining ICORE, Mr. Knoble worked 24 years for the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA). Most recently, he worked in NECA’S Eastern Region, where he served as Manager, Member Services. Previous positions included responsibilities with State Universal Service Funds in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Puerto Rico, as well as the Federal Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund.
Mr. Knoble is a graduate of Churchman Business School and holds an A. S. B Degree in Business Administration/Accounting.
Matthew M. Mumma
Director – Average Schedule Settlements
Mr. Mumma is responsible for all the monthly average schedule services, settlements administration, interpretation of interstate and intrastate pooling procedures and tariff development and filing. He is also responsible for CABS service bureau activities, OPTICABS billing and maintenance and a variety of special projects.
Mr. Mumma received a B.S.B.A in Finance from Shippensburg University in 1997.
John F. Glod
Mr. Glod is responsible for the financial modeling used to assess the impacts of regulatory and legislative changes, as well as, new product and business opportunities. Other duties include paystation compensation, code administration and regulatory report filing support.
Prior to joining ICORE, Mr. Glod was Director – Revenue Administration for Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises, Inc. where he was responsible for administrating, budgeting, and forecasting of access revenues for Commonwealth’s ILEC and CLEC units. His previous experience included positions in General Account, Budgeting and Marketing where his duties included financial and regulatory reporting, expense budgeting, variance analysis, and product and promotion development and tracking. Mr. Glod also provided financial modeling for the company’s CLEC business plan and analysis of various acquisition opportunities.
Mr. Glod is a CPA and is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of King’s College with a B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration.
Joseph J. Laffey
Mr. Laffey is responsible for supporting the firm’s activities related to access charges, settlements, carrier relations, and state and federal regulatory activity. He has over thirty years of experience in the telecommunication industry.
Mr. Laffey most recently served as Vice-President Regulatory Affairs for Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises Inc (CTE), Dallas, PA. In this capacity he was responsible for all intercarrier revenues including state and interstate access charges and the related settlement processes. Included in his responsibilities were the inter-company billing processes as well as the carrier relation process. He also provided support in the areas of regulatory planning and policy development and advocacy.
Mr. Laffey also previously held the position of Vice-President of Regulatory and External Affairs for the D&E Communications, Inc., Ephrata,Pa. As with CTE, he had responsibility for all the activities related to intercarrier revenue and billing, and the carrier and regulatory relations processes for D&E. In addition, he was responsible for the Company’s budgeting and forecasting.
Mr. Laffey has been an active participant in industry activities as a member of numerous committees at USTA, NECA, OPASTCO, and the Pennsylvania Telephone Association. He has served as an expert witness in proceedings before the Pa. PUC on numerous occasions representing the Pennsylvania Telephone Association and CTE.
Mr. Laffey holds a B.S. Degree in Accounting from the University of Scranton.
Don C. Snyder
Mr. Snyder acts as director for Administrative Operating Company (AOCN) Services, Service Order Administration (SOA) Services and project manager for various CLEC planning and implementation functions.
The AOCN services include NPA/NXX assignments and administration, LERG (Local Exchange Routing Guide) maintenance and updates, and reporting the forecast and usage of NPN/NXC Codes to the FCC and various State Commissions. Mr. Snyder is an active member of the Industry Support Group that develops recommended changes and improvements to the many procedures and processes that support the Industry LERG databases.
The CLEC Implementation Services include such things as certification with State Commissions, performing cost feasibility studies, executing Interconnection Agreement, preparation of Tariff Filling and obtaining necessary Industry codes, such as, OCN, CLLI, CIC, ACNA, etc. ICORE is in a position to provide a full array of services or just guidance and advice on specific CLEC start-up activities.
Prior to joining ICORE, Mr. Snyder was with AT&T, where he worked extensively with LECs and CLECs in the areas of network and access interfaces. Mr. Snyder participated in the development of methods, procedures and processes necessary, within AT&T, for CLECs to be integrated into the traditional telephone network. Major areas of work included Customer Billing, Access Charges, ASR process as well as managing CLEC databases including profiles, competitive information and other data.
Earlier in his 34 year career with AT&T, Mr. Snyder worked at various assignments in the Long Lines, External Affairs and General Departments. These assignments included areas such as: Operations, Engineering and Provisioning of Service, Separations, Division of Revenues and Bell Independent Relations.
Mr. Snyder is a graduate of the State University of New York.