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Mike Kalogris

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Arete Capital Partners

Mike is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Arete Capital Partners, a private investment company investing in projects that provide an improved quality of life and opportunities for the people, communities and environments they impact.

Since 1988 Mike has consistently distinguished himself as a leader in the highly competitive wireless industry. He was Chairman and CEO of SunCom Wireless, a company he also founded. There he led the company’s development, establishing SunCom Wireless as the first member of the AT&T Wireless Services Inc. network of affiliates as well as one of the leading wireless services carriers in the Southeast. He previously served as Chairman of Triton Cellular Partners, L.P., which specialized in acquiring and operating rural cellular properties. Mike earlier served as President and CEO of Horizon Cellular Group, which became the fifth-largest independent cellular company in the U.S. Prior to Horizon, Mike served as President and CEO of Metrophone, a cellular carrier in Philadelphia, the nation’s fourth-largest market.

Mike has served on the board of directors of Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) since 1990 where he has held many offices including serving as its Chairman.

Prior to joining the wireless industry, Mike spent 17 years at the IBM Corporation where he held positions in sales, marketing, product development and corporate finance. He was the youngest member of IBM Acorn Taskforce, which launched the original IBM personal computer. Later he launched the first American-made IBM P.C. printer and “token ring” local area network technology, which linked personal computers for the first time. He also developed the first retail strategy for IBM and realigned four business units into a single division. In 1988 he received the prestigious President’s Award for his work in the marketing and distribution of IBM personal computers and related products.

Mike received a B.S. in economics and secondary education from the University of Maryland and an M.S. in business policy from Columbia University.