PFN Senior Management
James F. Bednarek
Mr. Bednarek is PFN’s Controller and Assistant Treasurer. He has in excess of 20 years of experience in financial, business management engineering and construction. His prior experience includes positions at Prince Corporation, a supplier of interior components to the automobile industry, performing the roles of Production Team Supervisor, Quality Engineer, and Launch Quality Engineer. He also worked with Premeau Construction Inc., in Marquette, as Business Manager/Controller. In addition, he has built and run his own companies in the construction and landscaping industries. Mr. Bednarek earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan in 1990, with subsequent Master’s course work.
Mr. Bednarek has also been an Alpine Ski Instructor since 2008, and served as the Director of the Snowsports School at Marquette Mountain Ski Resort for the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 seasons. Mr. Bednarek has also been active in coaching youth sports since 2001.
Tim McKee is the 911 Program Director for Peninsula Fiber Network. Prior to that, he was the 911 Central Dispatch Director and Emergency Management Coordinator for Chippewa County. He held that position since 2000. He has served on a number of advisory boards including the State 911 Dispatcher Training subcommittee, the Upper Peninsula 911 Authority Board, Eastern Upper Peninsula Fire Fighter Training committee and the War Memorial Hospital Ethics Committee. He also served as a police chief for 18 years in Kinross Township in the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Todd Proehl is PFN’s Director of Technical Operations. In his role, Mr. Proehl is responsible for all of the customer-facing aspects of the PFN network, especially as it pertains to IP engineering and policy, network deployment and service delivery. Mr. Proehl has nearly 20 years of experience in IP and transport network development, systems architecture, planning and network security. His background includes multiple engineering positions at Charter Communications where he was part of the initial transition of their network from stand-alone CATV to TDM and IP transport networking. In addition, Mr. Proehl served as Network and Security Manager for Hagerty Insurance a large, specialty Insurance provider in Northern Michigan. Mr. Proehl received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Sciences from Northern Michigan University and is Cisco CCNA certified.