Bear Communications utilizes a diverse and well structured leadership team which drives our success on a daily basis. We encourage you to explore our leadership background by selecting any individual name listed below.
Brett Niles - Chief Executive Officer
Brett Niles is the Founder and CEO of Bear Communications and is responsible for the overall strategic vision of the company. Before forming Bear in 2002 Brett attended the University of North Dakota where he studied commercial aviation. While attending college Brett spent his summers working as a cable TV installer learning the industry from the ground up. In the spring of 2002 Brett formed Bear Communications with a small loan from his father and a goal of building a turn-key communications contracting company with the expertise and resources to perform construction, maintenance and installation services. From 2002 to present day Brett has built Bear Communications into a diversified company serving all of the top communications providers across the United States. Year over year with the help of his key leadership Brett continues to grow Bear Communications.
Sean Beaver - Vice President, Employee Experience
Sean is a senior construction industry Human Resources professional, an accomplished customer-focused leader, and strategic partner to senior business executives. This experience includes heavy industrial, building, mining, underground, oil & gas, power generation, transmission and distribution, telecom, energy, and infrastructure construction and engineering. Sean has over 18 years in the corporate Engineer Procure Construct (EPC) construction industry as a senior HR and Talent Acquisition leader with diverse experience including strategic planning, budgeting, compensation, mobility, organizational effectiveness, domestic and international experience, HR program management, HRIS, employee relations, employee engagement, staff training & development, leadership development, and extensive staff talent recruitment supporting diverse global business units. Originally from Kansas City and has lived in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. He has proudly served his country in Iraq with the historic US Army’s 1st Infantry Division and attended Kansas State University while working for his father in the construction industry. Sean has extensive experience with community service projects and outreach and has served on leadership boards of several area non-profit organizations where he continues to give back to the community through various outreach programs, events, festivals, and fairs.
Cort Stephens - Vice President, Finance
Cort Stephens specializes in accounting and systems management. Prior to his current role as Corporate Controller for Bear Communications, he applied his accounting expertise at companies such as Meyer Companies, Power Group, and Burns & McDonnell. At Bear Communications Cort provides financial leadership in the areas of financial reporting, forecasting, budgeting, audit, statistical analysis, and systems development. Cort works in a team environment emphasizing strong internal control and process improvement. He is from the Kansas City area and is a graduate of the University of Kansas.
Travis Bemis - Vice President, OSP Construction
Travis Bemis, our Vice President of Construction Operations, brings more than 21 years experience in the construction arena to Bear Communications. Prior to working at Bear, Travis was a General Foreman for Par Electric Underground, and then the Operations Manager at Warlock OSP Services. Throughout the past eight years as Director of Construction Operations at Bear Communications, he has helped the company build its reputation of leadership and professional integrity. His hands on experience in all aspects of aerial and underground construction, along with his understanding of the industry, has helped him successfully manage projects for Time Warner Cable, SureWest, Sunflower Broadband, Media Comm, AT&T, Unite Private Networks, Comcast and Google. Travis has maintained a successful partnership with customers throughout the construction process by establishing exceptional performance by his construction team and his commitment to his clients.
Robert Rose - Vice President, Fulfillment Division
Robert Rose our Vice President of Fulfillment Operations brings over 28 years of telecommunications experience to Bear Communications. Robert’s involvement in the cable industry includes experience in almost every aspect of fulfillment operations. He began his cable career in December 1988 as a disconnect technician for Telecrafter Cable Contractors. Following Telecrafter, Robert moved to Mitchell Communications where he gained significant experience in both installation and quality control responsibilities. While employed with Mitchell Communications, Robert was promoted to Assistant Operations Manager in 1994, then moved to General Manager in 1996, overseeing drop buries and installation and was instrumental in the launch of Digital TV, High Speed Internet and Telephony for Cox Communications, Oklahoma. In January 2001 Robert was promoted to VP of Fulfillment and grew Mitchell from a 20+ technician operation to over 150 techs in multiple states. Robert started with Bear Communications in August, 2015 as Regional Operations Manager and was quickly promoted to Corporate Director of Fulfillment Operations in November of 2015. Robert oversees the fulfillment budget and is responsible for installation operations, safety, and administration.
Todd Gatzke - Vice President, Business Development
Todd has 24 years of diverse industry experience. A former executive with Comcast Cable where he spent 22 years in several roles, ranging from Technician, Field Supervisor, Operations Manager, Warehouse Manager, Market GM and Operations/Engineering Director. Upon leaving Comcast, Todd started TG3 (private consulting firm) where he successfully help deliver operation excellence, process improvement and change management for several public and private companies. Staying active in the community is important and has served as “Big” for Big Brother Big Sisters of Twin Cities, Store to Door volunteer, Tournament Director for Hackers Invitational, President of NAMIC MN and MO and board member for SCTE (Heart of America) and KCTA.