JASON SCHREIBER:
 
JASON SCHREIBER




 
 
 
 
 
President and CEO of Lansing-based Arialink, a mid-Michigan telecom company he cofounded in 2003. Focusing on delivery of advanced broadband communication services using alternative last-mile infrastructure via fiber optic and Wi Max network facilities, Arialink has experienced an average year-over-year growth of more than 25 percent. Directing sales, finance, and product development efforts, Schreiber successfully raised $18 million of growth capital for Arialink. In Schreiber's seven-year tenure, the company has captured market share estimated at 20 percent of commercial and 90 percent of educational and public sector users. With direct-fiber connectivity to more than 30 public school districts and fiber peering available to more than half of the other school districts in lower Michigan, Arialink plays a major role in the rollout of advanced telecommunications to Michigan's schools. Providing independent business and residential services over native network infrastructure, Arialink has more than 400 miles of fiber optic network throughout mid- and western Michigan, and roughly 150 square miles of wireless coverage in western Michigan. Arialink owns the most utilized fiber optic network in mid-Michigan, carrying as much as 30 percent of the region's telecommunications traffic. Prior to Arialink, Schreiber was president and cofounder of CRT, a mid-Michigan software development company focused on delivery of Internet-based applications designed to increase the efficiency of corporate IT systems, as well as mobile applications and wireless technology development. Software developed by CRT included applications for Nokia/Qualcomm as proof-of-concept, leading the way to modern-day wireless Internet access (showcased at the 1996 Sugar Bowl and 1997 Super Bowl) as well as AT&T's wireless systems. CRT was sold in 1999 after establishing itself as a leader in mobile application development. Schreiber serves as a technology and telecom policy advisor to state officials and local elected officials in Ingham, Eaton, Saginaw, and Midland counties. Through Arialink, Schreiber is a strong supporter of education and entrepreneurial development, focusing efforts on new business incubators that operate in tandem with Michigan State University, and science education for children.


WHERE BORN: “Grand Rapids.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “Patrick Fitzgerald, who was the director of new media development for 1 on 1 Sports Network. As a client, he set the bar high and set the pace for my career. Also, U.S. Air Force Sgt. "Yogi" Weinert was the recipient of my second or third delivery of software in what was my first experience working with the military. He was a great guy to work with.”

LAST BOOK READ: “I just finished, for the third time, Rework by the founders of 37 Signals, Jason Fried and David Hansson. It's a straight talk approach to business, focused on fundamentals.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Motivated, passionate, generous, and loyal.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “The technology and telecommunications industry has evolved more in each of the past five to 15 years than during the first 100 since our first telephone conversations. It's hard to predict where it's going but it's focused on the free-market, limited-regulation environment. The pace of innovation will continue to accelerate. In 1876, the first telephone conversation happened, and 86 years later, the next innovation was touch tone. Thirty years later, we had call waiting. With deregulation starting in 1996 and a universally available Internet environment, development exploded. Hundreds of websites and apps are developed every day. Once a year, one of these change the way we live. Now, my kids think it's normal to video conference their uncle from a cell phone. Universal access, scalable infrastructure, and innovation will continue. Disparity in access is the number one challenge.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “My Smartphone has to be the most amazing piece of technology invented. It is my music system, a remote for my TV, movies, and video conferencing. Android is amazing. Google is disruptive and enabling in every industry it touches.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “In the summer, Traverse City or northern Michigan in general, and in winter, anywhere warm with wi-fi.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “I have 5- and 7-year-old boys, so any outside summer or winter sport. My free time is spent composing music.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “Exploring any food is one of my hobbies. My current favorite is Indian food. I love Mumbai in downtown East Lansing. And in Chicago, Veerasway is wonderful.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “I've played guitar since I was 9 years old and I'm a pretty decent blues guitar player.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “My goal is to build a business that enables the community to take advantage of technology, and that has longevity, innovation, and durability beyond what I bring to it. Personally, as a generous, friendly, capable member of the community who lent support.”