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.

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.


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.